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"SWISS SYSTEM WOULD GIVE US ARMY OF
10,000,000 FOR COST OF 85,000!"
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Swiss Citizen Soldiers on the March.
BY CHARLES EDWARD RUSSELL
(Copyright, 1916, by the Newspaper
I started to talk to you the other
day about the wonderful army of the
Swiss republic as the only rational
model for a nation that desires to
have the means of defense. Here is
some more about it
When I was living at Montreaux,
on the shore of Lake Geneva, I hap
pened to stroll early one morning
into the market square. On a mar
ket day the place is packed full of
dealers and bargaining citizens; but
this wasn't a market day and it was
L3 empty as a cave dweller's head.
All of a sudden- two soldiers
bounced in. I don't know from
where; they seemed to rise out of the
ground. They were uniformed and
completely equipped, each carrying
his rifle and even the skin-Covered
knapsack and little wooden canteen.
Thenext moment soldiers were
striding into the square from all di
rections, similarly equipped. Each
went to a seemingly appointed place
in regular lines until the" square was
filled with silent, attentive and per
fectly ordered companies, with of
ficers in place.
Presently a queer kind of wagon,
being in truth a kitchen on wheels,
rolled into the square and served a