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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 29, 1917, LAST EDITION, Image 4

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New York, March 29. "As one
who expects to live up to a citizen's
duties, if war comes," William Jen
nings Bryan today wired the follow
ing to the United Press:
"Miami, Fla. To the Members of
the Senate and House, Washington,
D. C: Exercising the citizen's right
of petition, I appeal to you. The dis
pute with Germany has passed be
yond the domain of diplomacy and
some advise settlement with the
"The metropolitan press, which
tried to prevent the re-election of
the president and failed, undismayed
by a popular verdict of more than
one-half million, now seeks to lash
the country into a fury and urges
the government to lake part in the
European conflict
"To you and you only is given con
stitutional authority to declare war
war, which in this case may mean
the signing of the death warrant of
thousands, even millions of your
countrymen, and the laying of pre
vious burdens upon future genera
tions. Before you take this blood
upon your hands, consider, I pray
you, first, that the wrongs which you
would punish, cruel and unjustifiable
-as they are, are not intended primar
ily against thjs country, but are the
acts of desperation directed against
other nations with which the ofend
ers are at war.
"Second That our land is not
threatened with invasion, but that
we are asked to go 3,000 miles for
a chance to fight.
"Third That we have not the ex
cuse for going to war that the Eu
ropean nations had. They had no
machinery for peace. We have a
peace plan offered by this nation to
the world and now embodied in thir
ty treaties with three-quarters of the
population of the globe.
"If you reach the conclusion that
nothing but war will satisfy the na
tion's honor, is it too much to ask
that, by a referendum, you consult
the wishes of those who must, in
case of war, defend the nation's hon
or with their lives?
"As one who expects to live up to
a citizen's duties if war comes, I
plead with you to use all honorable
means to preserve peace before you
take the responsibility of 'plunging
our beloved land into this unprece
dented, struggle, begun without any
sufficient cause, and conducted by
both sides in utter disregard of the
well settled rights of neutrals."
Washington, March 29. Ameri
can relief workers ordered by the
government to quit Belgium- will
probably be detained for about two
weeks in some German town or
towns of their own selection under
an agreement made sometime ago
between Germany and this govern
ment This agreement was made in order
that none of the forty or fifty work-"
ers, many of whom have been direct
ly on the firing front, should bring
out fresh military information.
Baden-Baden is suggested as one
place where they may stop en route
through Germany to Switzerland.
Minister Brand Whitlock has been
ordered to Havre.
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Naval recruiting office at 526 S.
State st broke record yesterday with
23 applicants accepted. Chicago
leads marine recruiting for nation.
Recruiting for 111. 1st artillery on
in Borland bldg. 300 rookies wanted.
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Martha Me'nsch, 39, 538 Glencoe ,
rd., Glencoe, dead. Heart disease.
Richard Knipers, 27, 10555" Wal
lace, fell from moving auto. Died in
doctor's office.
Three boy bandits, armed, got $10
from Mrs. Andrew Cresilski, grocery
store owner, 1732 N. Wood.

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