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The day book. [volume] (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, May 21, 1915, NOON EDITION, Image 11

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nation pretending to be free was ab
solutely entitled to know.
The Dardanelles expedition was the
sole device of Winston Churchill,
head of Great Britain's navy depart
ment. All of the admirals and naval
experts were dead against it. He in
sisted. "Of course, these naval men
don't know anything about politics,"
says he. They then pointed out that
at best the attempt to force the Dar
danelles with only naval power was
utterly futile; there must be landing
parties to keep the positions won by
the shells of the fleet.
So an arrangement was made with
M. Venizelos, then prime minister of
Greece, by which Greece was to fur
nish the land forces, thereby plung
ing her into the war on the side of
the allies.
In this M. Venizelos was doubtless
sincere, but he had overlooked the
fact that King Constantine of Greece,
like the rest of the crowned heads of
Europe, is a German. The king
kicked over the prime minister's plan
and the prime minister resigned.
This left the expedition without a
landing party. Mr. Churchill never
theless banged ahead with it, and it
got rolled up, as the admirals had pre
dicted. It was necessary, therefore,
to withdraw troops from other ser
vices for this one.
The censorship passes every day
preposterous inventions to the effect
that Germany and Austria are starv
ing. Germany and Austria were starv
ing six months ago. According to the
British press they have been starving
every day since. No public on earth
that is able to read at all is dull
enough to be fooled in this way. But
the censorship is dull enough to think
it can be fooled.
Hence the dreary repetition of the
same old fakes.
Every line that goes into a British
newspaper, whether editorial, news
or advertisement, must be passed by
the censor.
The whole thing is of the mutt, J
mutty, and of the nut, nutty.
Soon after the beginning of the
war the government found itself se
riously hampered by lack of certain
materials, the manufacture of which
was unorganized and inefficient in
Great Britain.
An American in that line of trade
heard about the difficulty and worked
out a plan to remedy it. After he had
convinced the authorities, 1, that he
wasn't a spy; 2, that he did not intend
to blow up the king; and, 3, that he
had no designs on the prince of
Wales, his plan was adopted and he
was engaged to take charge of the
work.
He found he was in need of articles
he could not get here; also of expert
workmen. He cabled for these to his
firm in Boston. No reply.
He cabled again, requesting an im
mediate response. Nothing doing.
A third cable produced nothing. He
sent some heated letters. No reply.
The work stopped short.
Then he said to the government
'people:
"I guess my firm has blown up or
'died. I can get no reply to my cables.
I will hop over there on the Lusitania,
get what I want elsewhere and hop
back."
So a week later he stalked, in some
thing of a grouch, into his firm's of
fice in Boston and found that not one
of his cables had been received.
The censor had stopped them all.
But this isn't the whole of the
story. On his arrival in New York a
reporter there gathered from nim ma
terial for a cracking good Sunday
story about his plans and work for
the British government
This, with full details, the New
York newspaper printed. An ex
change editor in a London office saw
it and clipped it The censor passed
it and the whole thing was repro-'
duced in the London journal.
Beyond this in muttism there
would seem to be nothing achievable r
by the human mind.
No correspondent or reporter is al-
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