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and purposes a slave. He must Black
the officers shoes or do any kind of
menial work and be insulted or abus
ed into the bargain. If he objects he
is jailed and if he quits he is a de
serter and is hunted -down and treat
ed as a felon. If an officer has an
own brother in the ranks he would
not be permitted to treat him other
wise than as a servant and if there
were a blizzard on and the officer was
in comfortable quarters he could not
let his brother under the same roof.
He would lose caste as an officer.
"Is it any wonder that self-respecting
young Americans are unwilling to
become soldiers at such a price?"
The British army system which is
ours is described by George Ber
nard Shaw in a letter just received
in Washington as no better than the
Prussian system. With the conscrip
tion law justdopted, Shaw says the
result will be "compulsory soldiering
of the Prussian type, with abandon
ment of every civil right, helpless sub
. mission to cruel and degrading pun
ishments without trial by jury for the
smallest assertion of self-respect
against not discipline but inso
lence and class domination
employment in occupations which
have no relation to national defense
and are either menial or merely the
atrical; and barrack life, a thing in
describable even by its advocates."
Shaw urges Americans to tafce
warning by the fate of England and
not to shriek at conscription,
"which," he says, "the firing of a sin
gle shot may make irresistible at any
moment, but to prepare for it by dis
cussing and defining the conditions
on which, citizens can accept military
service in case of need without aban
doning themselves to the hopeless
slavery of a soldier. This is the real
preparedness which the American na
In the French army the officers are
recruited from the ranks. They go
up on the basis of merit They are
not officers because they have inher
!ted title, political influence or money
to'buy a' commission, as"in England,'
or because they belong to an upper
social caste as in the United States.
France gets more and better officers
by promoting the good men.
France has demonstrated that the
caste system is not necessary to dis
cipline. Nor is it necessary to effi
ciency. The French army has both.
And yet we go on raising officers in
hotbeds of snobbery like Annapolis
and West Point and perpetuating all
the traditions of the British feudal
system in the regular army and the
militia of the United States.
TEN KILLED IN COLLISION ON
NEW HAVEN ROAD
New Haven, Conn., Feb. 22. Pas- (
senger train No. 19 on the New Haven
railroad plowed through derailed
freight train between here and -Bridgeport.
According to reliable re
ports 10 were killed and 16 in
jured. Special trains loaded with phy
sicians and nurses left here.
The dead include engineer and fire
man of freight, fireman of passenger
train and Pullman porter.
COAL OPERATORS CONSIDER
DEMANDS OF MINERS
New York, Feb. 22. For first time
in history of anthracite coal miners
wage negotiations, demands of work
ers gp presented by President White,
were not immediately rejected by the
Instead demands were taken under
advisement and joint sub-committee
was appointed to consider them. Four '
operators and 4 miners representa
tives were appointed on committee.
BITS OF NEWS
Wife of Att'y Geo. Kelly, Evanston,
seriously hurt when her auto his
. . Two more children killed by au
toes while crossing street: Martha
Walch, 6, 613 Webster av. ; Lazar Swi
gotz, 13, 1846 Fulton.
Frank Bongerno, 849 Taylor, may
die. Fell off train while stealing ride.