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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, June 24, 1915, LAST EDITION, Image 9

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Editorial. Monroe 333
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Jeiepnones Circulation, llonxoe 383
SUBSCRIPTION By Carrier In Chicago.
30 cents a Month. By Mail. United
States and Canada. (3.00 a Year.
Entered as second-class matter April
21. 1914. at the postofllce at Chlcatro,
II L, under tbo Act of March 3, 1879.
broadest, highest moral sense, all
war is dishonorable. After all the
centuries of civilization, intellectual
progress, Christian endeavor and ex
perience with the folly of war, it is
dishonorable to men that they can
not settle all their differences without
reversion to the policy of brutes
mutual annihilation, or mutilation.
But there is still a limit to the pos
sibilities of peaceful settlement of de
mands and disputes, a limit beyond
which refusal to fight is more dishon
orable than war. There is no living
thing, in animal or vegetable world,
that is not equipped with means for
combatting enemies of its perfect de
velopmentcall it ideals, in the case
of mankind.
Nations are but collections of in
dividuals segregations due some
times to color, sometim.es to lan
guage, sometimes to climate, some
times to nature's physical features,
sometimes to necessity for expan
sion, but all brothers. And the ideals
of our nation are promotion and pre
servation of the God-given rights of
man, and peace and good will toward
all other nations. The torch in the
hand of Bartholdi's "Liberty" is not
solely a sign to the immigrant that
ours is a land strong for the inalien
able rights to life, liberty and the pur
suit of happiness; it is not solely a
beacon for incoming pilots. It is, in
addition, a proclamation of enlight--
1 enment to the whole world, a mes
sage of high national aspiration anq
example given the outgoing foreign
er to bear into all the corners of the
War is so horrible, so dishonorable; .
so foolish that we should make any '
sacrifice to avoid it, up to the point of .
immolating our national ideals our
selves. "Life, liberty and the pursuit of
happiness!" We speak of these as
our national ideals. We have found
ed a nation upon them as our "inal
ienable rights," and maintain the
doctrine that they are the natural
rights of all men, everywhere. We
must fight for them, die for them, if
necessary, or perish as a nation with
them. What are they, as concerns
our relations with the belligerents of
Europe? We offer this:
That Americans have a right to
travel and trade upon the waters of
the earth, whenever and wherever
not conflicting with the rights of oth?
er nations. Every right, individual
or national, has its limitation at th6
line of conflict with the rights of
Would our dispute over the Lusi
tania matter justify war with Ger
many? Germany was clearly within
her rights in sinking an enemy ship!
The inhumanity and immorality or
the method are not our affair. We
cannot go to war to force Germany
to our standard of morality, ,
International rights are created by
international law, the formal agree
ment of nations. The fact that there
is no international law to adequate
ly cover aerial or submarine warfare
deprives no nation of the right to
make such warfare. Nor can we g6
to war, without too great dishonor1,
because the exigencies of such war
fare occasionally preclude search, in
vestigation, warning before decisive
action. Our ideals can be conserved
by keeping Americans off belligerent
ships. Peace and our ideals are more
precious than the lives of a thousand
Americans and the Americans who

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