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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, October 04, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 2

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things than death fall to the lot of
millions of human beings in war, in
cluding mental and moral decay.
Into the situation which would
produce these terrible changes I have
seen all the nations of Europe en
deavor to drag the U. S.
From those capitals, at the other
end of the une, i nave watcnea
Washington and the government
there extricate the U. S. from one
plot after another, from one diaboli
cal machination after another.
Sometimes we in Europe, who
were seeing the European Side of the
picture--the efforts of the allies to
draw us into war with Germany; the
efforts of Germany to draw us into
war with the -allies held our
breaths. There were times when it
seemed that war would be the only
way out.
I have seen Germans rejoicing at
the prospect qf having the U. S.
quarrel with the allies; I have seen
the allies wild with delight over the
chance that the II. S. would go to
war with Germany over the Lusita
nia or some other incident.
But always sane, sound, steady, the
U. S. came through. It was a mag
nificent thing to see from our point
of vantage in Europe. It made one
thrill to realize that the U. S. was his
own country.
' Now, when I return home, I find an
election campaign under way. -1
hear men say that we have peace
without honor. We, in the European
capitals, who saw our government
escape the war traps, felt no loss bf
honor. We were always able to look
the other fellow in the eye and be
proud. No one over there ever seri
ously charged us with loss of honor,
and men are highly sensitive tfo such
things over there.
We were proud of American sanity
and of American statesmanship and
that cool, calm reckoning of the
American people which prevented
them from being stampeded.
IX was a fine, Thrilling thing to be
an. American in European capitals
and to know that in our own capital
at Washington there were men as
shrewd and as far sighted as any of
the statesmen of Europe; to know,
also, that the statesmen in Washing
ton were steadier, saner, less influ
enced by hate and bitterness and bet
ter able to judge right and ;wrong
than the wisest statesmen in Europe.
And to come home now to the JJ. S.
and witness the attempt to thrust
from the guidance of American af
fairs the government which had led
the U. S. through this maze of diplo
macy and machination is, to one who
has witnessed affairs from the Euro
pean end, little short of terrifying. It
is like playing with dynamite.
There is no politics in European
nations today. Governments 'are be
ing held in their places by coalitions.
Among the neutrals this also is true.
Holland has no politics, and it is safe;
Switzerland has no politics and it is ,
safe. Greece DID have politics, and
To come home and to behold the
working of politics in this world cri
sis, is, I repeat, little short of terrify
ing. With all the European peoples do
ing all they can, even to abandoning
elections, in order to keep their gov
ernments intact and unchanged,
there are persons in the U. S., who,
out of sheer politics, and by discus
sion of such petty matters as the
removal of a minor government offi
cial, seek to overthrow the govern
ment. Certainly the steadiness of
our government is as important to us
as the steadiness of their govern
ment is to Germans vor Britishers;
our danger is as great, if not so im
minent and apparent as theirs. The
certain grasp pf our present govern
ment on war affairs is as important
to us as the grasp of Von Bethmann
Hollweg pr Asquith is to Germany or
England. s
Do you know why Zeppelins fly
over Londpn? It is not- to destroy
arsenals or kill soldiers. It is o dis-
yr' - ' J-N-X - . S.AwTtfftfc.

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