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

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gress to pledge the nation to a war
that may last three years and cost
much blood sacrifice; a war "that
shall have no Gethsemane."
"We want no more territory, de
mand no indemnity, have no historic
grudges to settle and no racial antip
athis," Hitchcock began.
"We alone of all the nations will
spend our treasure and lives without
hope of material gain.
"We are going to war to vindicate
honor and independence as a great
nation. We are going to war in de
fense of humanity.
"Such quarrel as we have was
forced upon us.
"I do not believe the Germans de
sire war, but the German govern
ment is desperate.
"No great nation could hold place
in history if it permitted itself to be
ordered off the sea."
Hitchcock declared he had been
bitterly opposed to war and had used
all his influence to avoid it.
"I even sought out the president of
the United States and begged him to
avoid war. But now I am ready to
take my place with those who will
back the president in prosecuting the
war to the utmost
"While the vote has not been-taken,
we know the decision it is
WAR!" he shouted.
Sen. LiiFollette, one of the "wilfull
twelve," was not present when the
senate begun its patriotic program.
Senators Swanson and Lodge add
ed their voices to the plea of Senator
Hitchcock for immediate strong, ag
gressive action.
Many members, both Republicans
and Democrats, it became known to
day, for some time have figured upon
taking drastic action against LaFol
lette and Stoneaf they attempted any
filibustering tactics.
Both Senators Stone and Varda
man contended that war is a blunder,
but both pledged themselves to do
their utmost to the end that the war
shall be successful
The house will be asked tomorrow
morning to take action on the Mar
tin war resolution.
The house foreign affairs commit
tee agreed upon this today when it
reported favorably the resolution
with but two dissenting votes those
of Representatives Shackleford of
Missouri and Cooper, Wisconsin.
Majority Leader Kitchin an
nounced that the house will tomor
row start a continuous session until
the bi His passed. There is no possi
bility of even a limited filibuster in
the house, such as could be engi
neered in th esenate.
The house is governed by rules un
der which debate may be shut off en
tirely and the members required to
vote on a bill at any time.
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Washington, April 4. By time
congress acts on the "war resolu
tion" all plans for assembling all the
nation's forces to strike at the im
perial government of Germany will
be ready for presentation by the
Army legislation based on selective
conscription of country's young men
as. rapidly as they can be equipped,
officered and trained, is considered
probably the most important of the
war plans.
All men .except those exempted
such as married men, mechanical ex
perts, scientists, etc. will be ex
pected to come under the colors.
Government will have some desig
nation a button, probably which
will be given to those exempted and
otherwise serving the country, but
who are not under training. This is
the same scheme followed by Eng
land to protect those not actually in
army from being dubbed "slackers."
Under three-year basis plan it is
intention of government to train
men in increments of 500,000 until
there are sufficient to beat Germany. "
No men will be sent to Europe im
mediately, probably none will go for
at least six months. Present regulars

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