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The day book. [volume] (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, September 04, 1914, LAST EDITION, Image 12

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By Vincenc Noga.
Scores of Bohemians and Poles
have recently been executed because
of their lack of love for their re
spective kaisers.
No one familiar with the kind of
treatment the Bohemians have been
receiving at the hands of the Haps
burg potentates would expect them
to jump into fire for their sakes.
Their fate, however, is not as adverse
as that of the Prussian Poles, whose
treatment is absolutely barbaric.
The Hapsburgs are merely devour
ing the bread of the Bohemians,
while in their Germanizing mania
the Hohenzollerns are snapping their
teeth into the very souls of the Poles.
I am not prepared to disprove that
Germanization may be beneficient to
the natives of German colonies in Af
rica, but that it has an ausolutely de
grading influence upon the Poles is
not open to question.
If two children of equal intelli
gence, one German and one Polish,
are placed in the care of a German
tutor, their educational opportunity
becomes extremely unequal, one un
derstanding the teacher's language
and the other not. Were the Pole a
budding Michiewicz he could not be
transformed by Germanization into a
Schiller any more than he could be
transformed into a Bostonian by be
ing fed on pork and beans.
The Poles have virile blood in their
veins, and a greater German than
their Slowacki, Mickewicz or Sinkie
wicz is yet to be born; but unless they
soon regain their liberty they will
lose their seat upon the Olympus of
culture. That Germany has anything
to gain by annihilating their culture
is doubtful.
Speaking of oppressors it is more
proper to refer to the Hohenzollern
family rather than to Germany, for
the Germans as a whole are one of
he most noble of races on earth.
My own experience has taught me
low ill-founded is the hostility be
ween the Teutonic and the Slavic
nations. Being a Bohemian and hav
ing been raised in subjection under
the despotic hand of a Teutonic mon
arch I grew up with a brazen convic
tion that the Slavs were angels and
the Germans demons. When I emi
grated to Germany I soon found my
self living amid the finest people
imaginable. Some of the many friends
I made there admitted frankly that
they did not esteem the Bohemians
very highly and that I was an excep
tion and that I should really have
been a German. This suggested to
me that they had as little reason for
their antipathy to Slavs as the Slavs
had for them.
Had I never had the opportunity
to learn what the Germans really are,
reading the present war news I would
chuckle with savage joy that-the ene
mies of my race were being exter
minated; but since my insight into
history teaches me the priceless
truth that racial discords were orig
inated and are being cultivated by
individuals and not by the people, and
since my intimate acquaintance with
my supposed enemies and my test of
their matchless hospitality I see only
abomination in punishing the Ger
man race for the domineering greed
of the Hapsburgs, Bismarcks and
This martial conflagration in Eu
rope was kindled by the eruption of
hatred of a small oppressed race, and
while it may be impossible to check
the present havoc, its repetition can
be averted by setting the various sec
tions of the different enthralled na
tions free.
Washington, Sept 4- Senator
Pomerene, Ohio, asked the president
to have the war tax placed on sweet
wines. He claimed that under the
present internal revenue system, Cal
ifornia, which makes the bulk of the
sweet wine, practically gets a bonus
of $7,000,000 a year, thus operating
against the wine "makers of Ohio and
elsewhere east of the Rockies.

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