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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 05, 1917, LAST EDITION, Image 4

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believe that we nave degenerated
in our national ideas, that we have
forgotten the teachings of our fath
ers and are not now willing to fight
for those principles they so courag
eously defended ana upheld in the
early history of the country."
Representative Flood stirred the
house when he said:
"War is being made upon our
country and its people. Our ships are
being sunk. Our non-combatant cit
izens, including men, women and
children, being foully murdered; our
merchantmen are denied freedom of
the seas.
"Under such circumstances there
is but one course for the government
to pursue, and that is to go to de
fense of its people and honor of the
nation. There is no choice as to our
Representative Siegel said:
"I come from a people that for
thousands of years have been taught
to love peace. I cannot shut my eyes
or close my ears to the fact, that
though we cry peace, Germany an
swers by warring against us.
"Let us give notice to the world
that, in this republic of ours, at least
that we are all American citizens of
rank, of quality, whether that citi
zenship be lately acquired or wheth
er it be that by birthright, and that
in the defense of our flag and coun
try we recognize no distinction of
wealth or position, and that we shall
be guided in our actions with the one
common thought o"f victory."
Representatives Cooper, Stafford
of Wisconsin and Britten of Chicago
began the Pacifist opposition to the
bill during Flood's speech. They
asked if the president when seeking
armed neutrality had not stated he
did not want war.
"We are not going to defend an
armed or any sort of neutrality,"
Flood retorted. "We are going to
"Didn't Great Britain's mines sink
the Evelyn?" Cooper asked.
"Great Britain has not taken an
American life during tiie war," said
Flood. "The Evelyn was sunk by a
German mine, in a German field near
the German coast."
When Cooper began for the paci
fists he indicated there may be more
than a dozen speeches against the
war measure. He said 16 men had
asked him for time. Most of them,
it was thought, opposed the bill.
Scene in senate last night when
war vote was taken was one of un
usual solemnity. Sen. Williams had
excoriated LaFollette for his pacifist
speech an address which, Williams
said, would have done credit to Von
Bethmann Hollweg.
Silence greeted the momentous
LaFollette said his "nay" firmly
and belligerently. Sen. Stone was
half-hearted about his, especially as
he had announced that from now on
he would support any war move the
government asks. Vardaman was
the same.
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The strike of ward politicians gar
bage team owners who want a dollar
more a day from the city and who
picked the week before election to
pull their act, fizzled out at yester
day's council meeting when every,
other clique sided, against the City
Hall supporters who tried to pull the
raise through. The strike was point
ed at as an attempt to sandbag the
city out of $250,000.
Aid. Cuilerton and Powers stood
with the contracting team owners.
Powers admitted he had helped place
several teams in the city service. Aid.
Kennedy advocated city ownership
of the garbage teams and wagons.
A letter from Armour & Co., Swift
& Co., Morris & Co.' and Wilson & Co.
asked for suspension of the double
platoon system in the stockyards. It
was sent to the finance committee.
Aid. Nance started a successful
move to order the opening of the
South Chicaxo municipal market

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