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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 23, 1917, NOON EDITION, Image 12

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WAR NOTES By Carl Sandburg
Who is behind the film play
Why should .this photoplay with its
repeated insinuations against Japan
and Mexico as enemies of the United.
States be permitted to classify 'as a
strictly "patriotic" performance?
The nation has declared war against
1 Germany and until that war is over
no good will be done by photoplays
like "Patria," with its cleverly subtle
animus of sentiment against Japan
and Mexico. The main drive of it fits
in witlrGerman diplomacy.
Raymond Swing, war correspond
ent Chicago Daily News inside Ger
many, is in town now. Lots of peo
ple are glad to see him. He is one
of the few news writers from Ber
lin who was not dazzled by the gold
and brass of the Prussian overlords.
Jimmy Berniet of the Tribune, Karl
Van Wiegand, William Bayard Hale
these are second raters. Swing
kept his head and heart straight His
war letters all told constitute the best
single record of the war in Berlin
news stories.
The shrewdest tactical move t)f
the Tribune in recent dllys has been
to cut off the writings of Edward
George Creel, the- new war cen
sor, is known to many Chicagoans
who met him during the many weeks
of 1915 when he was at the Trans
portation bldg. working with Prank
P. Walsh and the U. S. industrial re
lations commission. President Wil
son's appointnjen of Creel for this
job is about as absolute assurance as
the labor movement could wish for
that the square thing will be done in
news censorship.
Imaginary dispatch from Karl
Liebknecht, German Socialist, to the
editor of the American Socialist, Chi
cago, 111.:
"In taking a decisive stand against
the United States entering the world
war at this time, the Socialist party
of the United States has stretched
out the helping hand to the ruling
class of Germany. Your declaration
at St. Louis enheartens the entire
Prussian autocracy which is still in
the saddle, while at the same time it
gives new hope to all Russians who
would enjoy seeing the new Russian
republic go down and the old oligar
chy replace it After careful read
ings of the war message of Woodrow
Wilson I .am convinced that your
president spoke to your congress the
same ideas for which I am new lan
guishing in prison. Though my
vision of the international world ho
rizon is somewhat obscured by the
jail bars I am sitting behind, I sus
pect that Woodrow Wilson is doing
more for working class internation
alism than the American Socialists.
Whfen history writes the final record
It will seem that bourgeois and cap
italist forces in America actually did
more toward the establishment of a
German republic than the American
Civil service and mrit system
rights of Chicago school teachers are
safeeuarded in the Baldwin-Otis-lueller
bill signed last week by Gov.
Lowden. News of the, governors ac
tion came to school board offices
with a shock for the Jake Loeb fac
tion of the board. As things staid
now the supreme court decision vali
dating the Loeb rule may be more
than offset for the school teachers
through the teachers' tenure clause
of the new law. The bill also re
duces board from 21 to 11 members.

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