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The St. Charles herald. [volume] (Hahnville, La.) 1873-1993, July 21, 1917, Image 2

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1—Bishop Labbedey of Arras standing in the ruins of his beautiful cathedral, which the Hermans utterlj
t>efore retreating from the town. 2—The hand of the famous British Foot Guards passing under the Arc
emphe on ItR recent visit to Paris. 3—Miss Grace Parker, president of the National League for Woman s
Hvbo Is organizing the woman force of the country.
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British ofllcial photograph taken on the western front showing a battery of guns just moved up to an ad
vanced position.
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The government has chartered the fishing trawlers Foam, Crest; Wave,
Billow and Spray und converted them into mine sweepers. The illustration
shows men of the Crest with one ot the iron buoys used to support the nets.
At the left Is Capt. P. C. Shea of Mattnpan, Mass., In charge of the mine
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/Tort «?nw h* " arl »e photoKraph showing the American battleship Ne
«tossh.p. "* bead on « »Peed. leadin', the d'7l.don of which she is ti
E. L. Travis, now chairman of the
corporation commission of North Caro
lina, has been selected by President
Wilson as a member of the interstate
commission, to be named as soon a»
congress passes the bill enlarging that
body from nine to eleven.
Women and War.
Woman, according to legend and ro
mance, becomes during the war the
saintly Samaritan who ministers to
heroes' wounds, but, according to a
report made to the London city mis
sion, woman is really demoralized by
the loss of her protector and compan
ion. Women carousing In public
houses, drunk and vile of speech, have
now become a common sight in the
poorer quarters of London. The ad
ministrators of the patriotic fund In
Canada have also found that great so
cial disorganization follows the leav
ing of women alone nt the mercy of
landlords ami others upon whom they
are dependent in financial straits
A Substituts for Cotton.
The English have found that hog
moss, known technically as sphagnum
cymbilifolium. ' io n sterilized, makes
an antiseptic, fight, soft end cool dress
ing fur wounds, j* ;> parked in flai
;el bags
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Diplomat Reveals Kaiser's Plan
to Draw United States
Into Struggle.
If Germany Lost She Counted on Eas
ier Peace Through Pacifists Here
—Planned Formation of Great
International Trust.
Washington.—In a statement just
Issued with the consent <>f the state
department, Ulysses Grant-Smith, tor
the past four years counselor to the
American embassy at Vienna, casts
light upon the steps by which America
was drawn into the war.
He boldly accuses the kaiser of forc
ing American participation with this
dual purpose :
First, if Germany should triumph,
she would be able to levy an enormous
war tribute upon the United States;
Second, if she should lose the mighty
game into which she 1ms east her all,
she might hope through the United
States to obtain an easier peace, count
ing upon the influence of millions of
German-Americans and the American
Dream of a Commercial Trust.
Ultimate German victory, or even
the ending of the war in a draw. Mr.
Grant-Smith believes, will mean tbe
formation by Prussia of a great inter
national commercial trust, against
which the rest of the world would be
all but powerless to battle. Austria
Hungary is to be added to the Gorman
empire, and, "through Interlocking di
rectors," Bulgaria and Turkey.
This dream of the mighty enmmer- !
eial trust, along with the desire for
the annexation of Holland and Bel- '
gium and for the control of the North
sea coast ns far south as Havre, sup
plied the real motive for Germany's j
•dunging the world into war, Mr. Grant
Smith believes. After pointing out
that hts statement expresses only his j
personal belief, that lie does not speak
for the state department, he says:
"When the causes which precipitated
the present war are thoroughly ex
amined, it is my conviction that all
residents of the United States, what
ever their status, will recognize that
the defeat of the German government
in this conflict is in the interests of
"Some months ago those of us who
were stationed In thi central empires
reluctantly arrived at the conviction
that It was the deliberate Intention of
the German government to force the
lUnited States Into the war at what
fche might consider the psychological
"Every good commander in making a
plan of campaign provides not only for
victory but makes provision likewise
for the eventually of defeat, ns a
matter of plain business expediency in
the way of insurance. Germany, I am
convinced, determined to force our en
try on the side of the entente, with
the intention, in case of victory, of
making the United States pay an in
demnity, which would mean the sad
dling of this and future generations
of Americans with an untold burden
of taxation, or, in the case of her de
feat, to get better terms of peace,
counting on the large German and pa
cifist element in this country to throw
their Influence in that direction.
Planned Indemnity Frofi U. S.
"You may have noticed in the papers
just previous to the outbreak of the
revolution an interview with a Russian
deputy who was at the time in Rome,
I believe, in which he said that the
Russians feared that should the United
States enter the war she might use
her influence at the peace conference
to obtain better terms for Germar^v.
So you see there are others to whom
this same idea lias occurred. And in
a recent issue the Volkszeitung of Co
logne said:
"We are entitled to a thumping wa
Indemnity and we do not care who pays
It. Those states whleh have sacrificed.
Immense sums will be unable to pay il
Therefore, America, which has earned
thousands of millions through munitions
find supplies, will have to unbutton its
pockets. We need not force America it
self to pay, but we hold so many pledges
In hand that for the entente It is most
important to have America as a banker
behind them.
"Recall the fact that each newspa
per in Germany is subject to the strict
est censorship; that whatever senti
ments are expressed in them can be as
sumed to be those of the government,
•he result of Instructions received by
• he representatives of the various
newspapers directly from the govern
ment censor before whom they dally
"Recall this. I say. and consider the
statement that Mt is most Important
tn have America ns a hanker behind
them.' This Is not a' vague theory. It
has been a matter of common knowl
edge among thinking persons in Ger
many and Austria-Hungary for months
past, and is in line with Prussian pol
icy followed in the wars of lSfiG and
1S70 which whetted tin Ir appetite for
indemnities, monetary as well as ter
"The opening scene of the last act
was- in complete harmony with the best
Bisinarekian tradition. After months
of careful preparation the moment had
arrived 1> make the next move, to
force the United States of America to
sp n into th<* plac'. p, p|-iy the role
ti. _ 1 ] - i.v We!:. Sz <'o._ of Ber
lin. Ever careful to save appearances
in even supposedly secret moves, they
prepare for the eventuality of the en
trance of the United States into the
war by the Zimmermann bid for .Mexi
can and Japanese co-operation ag.iins.
''Since the beginning of 101.
will lind practically no reference
* in
the German or Austro-Hungarian press :
to the United States of nn appreciative
or complimentary character, in spite of
the fact that American diplomatic and
consular officers in the warring coun
tries were working most earnestly and
generously to care for German and
Austro-Hungarian interests. The tens
of thousands of civilian and military
prisoners in France, England. Russia
and Serbia owe an untold debt of j
gratitude to America.
Prepared People for War.
"Gratuitous service all of it! Stile
in spite of tiiis, frequent tirades j
against this country were published,
and everything possible was dune to
prepare the people of Germany and
Austria for the eventual state of war
with the United States.
"I find that even in our own country
they have endeavored to create the i
impression that American officials in ;
the entente countries were derelict in >
their duties. What in reality they de- j
manded wus not neutral service; they j
attempted to force on our officials a j
whole-hearted espousal of the German j
cause, and hoped to realize their ulms j
by operating through their partisans j
In the United States.
"One hears various statements with j
regard to the causes which brought on j
this world conflict. To my mind, the j
present crisis in our history is an in
stance where the vital interests of the
United States are brought into colli
sion with those of the German empire
and it depends upon us whether or not
tlie logical development of our country
shall be arrested at this point, for that
is what will surely happen should the
German arms prevail.
"It seems to me that the history of
Prussia is exactly parallel to that of
many a corporation, particularly
those which throve in this country
some years ago before they had been
regulated. They were above the law.
They absorbed their competitors, by
purchase whenever possible, but if
not, they ruthlessly destroyed them
and annexed their commercial terri
"With the determination of acquir
ing an outlet to the North sea, Prus
sia exploited the unimportant ques
tion of the duchies to such advantage
that while a British pacifist ministry
looked supinely on, deaf to Russia's
appeal for combined action, Schleswig
and Holstein were, with Austria's re
luctant assistance, wrested from Den
mark in the war of '04, thereby gain
ing Kiel and n strip of the North Sea
coast—the entry of Germany into the
field of world commerce, the founda
tion of German sea power.
"The results of the consolidation of
1S70 having proved so satisfactory, tlie
time had arrived in the summe* of
1014, in the opinion of the then di
rectors of the Prussian trust, to take
the next step toward its logical devel
British Hait Prussian Plan.
"Now, the plan to he realized in the
west was, in short, to possess them
selves of the mine' in Belgium and in
Northern France and to acquire the
const ns fur down as Havre. It was
here that the British interfered with
the Prusslun plans. They seemed con
vinced for some unknown reason that
Greut Britain would not enter the war
for at least a month or more after
its outbreak, and you can readily im
agine what would have been the result
had the British remained quiet and
permitted the German fleet to sail to
i the northern coast of France, taking
i Calais. Boulogne and Havre and land
i ing troops which would have swept
' across Normandy to join the forces
which had advanced through Belgium.
"It is this initial cheek which the
Berlin general staff can never forgive
the British.
"The Germans have accomplished a
I portion of their scheme in the seizure
! of th>' coast as far as Ostend, as well
: as the Belgian and French mines, with
! out whose product Germany would
have been seriously embarrassed dur
ing the war. Had the plan carried
through ns conceived, the next step
would have been the absorption of
Holland, peacefully, if possible, but
absorbtion, In any ease.
"The second part of the great plan
is the formation of the largest com
| mercial combination or trust that has
j ever been conceived by the mind of
! man, viz. : The addition of Austria
Hungary to the German empire, under
Prussian leadership and through inter
! locking directorates (to use a familiar
! phrase) of Bulgaria and Turkey. It
can be readily seen what an enormous
power. In fact a power almost irre
i sistible in international commerce,
I would thus he formed.
Dangers to U. S.
"It is tlie operation
either German victory
termination of the war i
might call a draw, v.oi
formation of such a con
evident that either n a;
ly contrary to the ini
United States and of < v
this country.
"The murder of the A
Ferdinand hN v.ife
tins gigan
eome again
, an'd since
even the
vhut people
permit the
nation, It is
is absolut' -
■sts of the
resident of
précipitât -
*s into
P.U4 for the purpose of seining
sea coast and forcing her
her dutches l.»r the formation of the
Mitteleuropa trust.
"And now, in U'17, Pros- a, si ill
convinced that 'll is linportnic' ttnit
she should he the one 'attack d.' de
liberately forces the United States in
to u stale of war, her greedy cove
tous eyes us always fixed on the pos
sessions of others, while with neck
heroics she attempts to play the role
of the persecuted one. Read her rec
ord as carved with her sword, us writ
ten in lier diplomacy, as evidenced by
her propaganda und intrigues. In the
light of our experience in Ibis country
since the summer of three years ago,
we cun understand something of the
methods employed which provoked ;he
wars of 181)4, 1800 and 1870. ,
"Many of our residents who them
selves or whose forebears wi re horn
in Germany have been able through
the advantages afforded them here to
reach positions of affluence ami influ
ence. Wlmt would he their present
condition, both financial and social,
had they never emigrated to the Unit
ed States? Why did they leave the
place of their birth? Let them usk
themselves these questions. They claim
to be practical men of affairs; then let
them look at this question from that
standpoint, and I am sure they will
realize that their Interests lie unques
tionably with the corporation in which
they have their uil Invested.
"Let us keep our friendships, our
affection for our friends in the central
empires, but let us stand shoulder to
shoulder and see this fight through.
Let us strain every nerve to help our
corporation to win this tight and not
go down before the predatory Prussian
Miss Virginia Cannon Le Seure,
young granddaughter of "Uncle Joe"
Cannon, in the uniform her service for
the Red Cross society has entitled her
to wear, photographed on the steps of
her grandfather's home, in Danville,
111 .
"I never was so proud of anything in
my life," Uncle Joe's favorite grand
daughter confessed, in talking of her
uniform and her work. "I'm learning
the real Joy of service, of course
there aren't any parties or anything of
that sort now tTmt there is war, and
I think it's beautiful to Ik* doing even
a little something that is useful." Rut
it isn't so small a thing that Miss Le
Seure is doing. With the opening of
tlie Red Cross classes in intensive
training at the Chicago headquarters,
this daughter of fortune enrolled and
worked devotedly until she had com
pleted her course.
relentless j
in giving f
should he
la an st rt fit
he r*.....Ives
person sh<
ti in •
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fuel has l.e
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• Sacramento, Cal.—The tramp
J and the panhandler rame iiûder ^
. the official ban of the state eoun- %
I ell of defense. 4>
■ A letter wus sent to all county $
, councils of defense requesting J
• the co-operation of citizens to en- Î
; force the vagrancy laws us a war r
• measure. It snid, in part : ^
I "Housewives and every loyal £
• American citizen can give ltn- «j«
! measurable aid in eliminating +
• chronic loafers by using keen, 4*
for food
It U
!' T
is. Ever
or slm
to give i
work for vh,
unfair that au
fist irj slfiftles
• mrly at ttil
1er g-' 'line in the rr ,j e
■:t fm:i ! by a South Af
in natalité, a (Titillais

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