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After the New Ulm woman had
listened to the harranguew until patience
ceased to be a virtue she walked up to
the platform, took the speaker by the
hand, to prevent his sneaking away,
and read him a lecture on the subject
of honesty and fairness that he wil
probably never forget. The result was
that the fellow meekly offered an apology.
It is needless to say that this incident
was not reported in any of the daily
newspapers accounts of the meeting.
Another indicent, but which has never
appeared in pnnt, has recently come to
light. A resident of this city, a promi
nent business man, while on an eastern
trip, was quietly reading his morning
The New Ulm man laid down his
newspaper, and stepping in front of the
speaker said:
"I was born and brought up in German
"I was born and brought up in
Germany, but have long been a resident
of the United States. All that I have
was made in this country, and any man
that calls me a German spy has go to
fight. What are you going to do about
The fellow promptly backed down and
offered the humblest apology that could
be imagined.
If there were more like these two
New Ulm people the habit of slandering
this city and people would become less
Writes an Open Let
Frank F. Anderson of St. Paul has
written an open letter to President
Woodrow Wilson, in which he says he
believes that those who are to go across
the water to be hurled into the European
holocaust, hosts of them never to re
turn, should be privileged to address^
the President on the subject, witvout
being regarded as traitors nor cowards.
Mr. Anderson says he has had special
^opportunities of studying the political,
economic and cultural factors the war,
and feels warranted in making his appeal
to the chief executive of the United
States, He says he makes his sug
gestion as one who is "neither a coward,
a 'crank', nor an agent of the Kasier."
Mr. Anderson, in his letter says in
"The aims of ourselves and the Allies
"seem fairly well understood and agreed
upon. Those which have received most
public attention are (1) to insure a last
ing peace and to levy such indemnities
for reparative purposes as may be com
patible with lasting peace, and (2), to
conserve and promote democracy in
both Allied and enemy countries. Two
other aims which have been less talked
About, but are still vitally important
are (3) the conservation of life and of
-all the spiritual and material interests
of Western Civilization by as early a
peace as may be consistent with the
above purposes, and (4), the conservation
of domestic order by stopping the piling
up of war debts and kindred problems,
which stoppage only peace is likely to
"How then shall these objects be at
tained? Bearing upon the problem of
a durable peace the present program of
Allied statesmen seems to contemplate
vast territorial changes and the levying
of reparative indemnities u]Jbn the
vanquished, which presumably will be
placed by their rulers as far as possible
upon the masses in the good old tradition
al way. It is hinted that the Allies
would prefer to deal with more democratic
governments in the Central Empires,
but there is no frank avowal whatever
of a purpose to lay the economic burdens
on the classes chiefly responsible for the
war, namely the Junkers in Germany
and the Magyar-German nobility in
Austria. The economic and political
power of these classes would thus con
tinue as a menace to peace, the Teuton
masses would be embittered and the
territorial changes would offer no
guarantee whatever that the reconstitut
ed states might not themselves combine
to wage war whenever they saw fit.
"If the Allies would definitely renounce
territorial conquest now, they would
sacrifice no real guarantee of peace by
so doing and if in addition they would
promise to confiscate the estates of the
Junkers and Magyar nobles and use
the rentals thereof to rehabilitate wasted
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Official Paper City of New Ulmi
Subscription Rates $1.50 Per Year.
Wednesday Sept. 12,1917.
entered as Second Class Matter at the Post The key to peace is not in tinkering with
boundaries but in crippling the dynasties
and their supporters who instigate war.
Stood by New Ulm
The story has come here of how a
well-known woman resident of New
Ulm compelled a hot air loyalty orator*
at a public meeting in a neighboring
town, to back water and retract some
of the slanderous statements that he
had made regarding this city and its
paper, when loud-mouthed "paatnot,
standing up in the car made the balcHwhere
.statement that any man, now in this
country, whether a naturalized citizen
or not, is naturally and from the very
nature of things, a spy for the Imperial
German government.
districts^, all over Europe, they would
thus not only solve the problem of in
demnities and avoid embittering the
Teuton masses, but—most important
of all-ythey would permanently cripple
the classes in Germany and Austria
who have been and otherwise may con
tinue to be the chief menace to peace
"Such an economic revolution in
mid-Europe may not of itself insure
lasting peace, but one thing is certain:
There can be no such peace without it.
It is the social structure and riot the
territorial limits of the central empires
that must be "born again."
"What about the conservation of
democracy? The Allies now propose
to beat Germany by force alone, a
method which will tend to exalt mili
tarism the eyes of their own peoples,
just as the triumphs of the last two
centuries have exalted it in the eyes of
the Prussians. And militarism, as all
history shows, is hostile to democracy.
"Furthermore, Allied statesmen are
neither taking their own countrymen
into theirConfidence nor offering any
clear and positive encouragement to the
democratic forces among the enemy
with whom, as you have said: "we
have no quarrel." And the prospect is
that peace will be re-established in a
secret conclave of diplomats, who as a
class, are notably suspicious of democ
racy. To transform democracy from
an amorphous phrase into a real and
definite promise "victory" must be
achieved with the minimum of force
and be followed by a peace conference
a of
will be passed -upon and accepted or
rejected by an assembly representative
of the various popular elements in every
belligerent country. Otherwise reaction
may ride rampant again in this twentieth
century, just as it did in Europe from
1815 to 1830—let no devotee to 'progress'
fool himself for a moment about that.
"What about the conservation of
human life and of all the higher interests
of civilization? The present tactics of
the Allies are calculated to inspire in the
masses of the enemy only fear and a
desperate resistance born of fear, and
in our ranks to alienate those of humani
tarian sympathies just as the Russians
have been hopelessly estranged already.
The result must be to brace the human
factor in German military efficiency and
to weaken it for the Allies.
"Whereas, to publish to all the world
the frank and constructive declaration
here urged upon you would immensely
strengthen the moral prestige and soli
darity of the Allies, even if it never
reached the Germanic peoples. But
in so far as it reached them by news
paper, by pamphlets scattered from
aeroplanes or by word of mouth, the re
sulting impetus toward revolution in
Central Europe would inevitably shorten
the war—if the masses there knew that
they had none but their own rulers to
fear, the collapse of those rulers would
be a much nearer event. What is the
alternative? It is that America send
some six millions of her sturdiest citizens
to Europe, possibly a third or a half of
them to their last sleep."
What Does It Mean?
The following questions were asked
the Review recently: "What percentage
of drafted men are asking exemption?
We hear all over Minnesota that seventy
five per cent are showing their resistance
to the draft by entering claims for
exemption but nothing has appeared
so far to say whether this is a condition
existing only in Minnesota, or does it
likewise obtain elsewhere? And if the
same condition exists the country over
what does it mean?"
The Review is not in possession of
actual figures to answer these questions
but in the September number of Current
Opinion, a very conservative New York
publication, appears the following state
ment under the heading: "Difficulties
of the Draft."
"If disturbances (due to the draft)
have been few, the percentage of claims
of exemption has been high. Students
of the military situation had at first
hoped that every two registrants would
yield on an average one enlistment.
The records up to the middle of last
month show that only one out of seven
or eight registrants has been willing to
give up his chance of exemption. Re
ports from seventeen scattered and
representative states show that after the
physically unfit have all been sifted out,
there are still 70 per cent of the remain
der asking exemptions for other reasons."
This information was gathered by
"Current Opinion" from the New York
What does it mean? is the next ques
tion. There might be several answers
to that. One is that America objects
to the war on the face of it. The ob
jections may be based on fear, on con
viction that we are being made the
catspaw to pull the chestnuts out of the
fire for the Allies, on a belief that the
war has been brought about by the
money powers who are making vast
fortunes every day from its continuance,
on "conscientious objections" to whole
sale murder, and last but not least to a
conviction that the government should
exist for the people, not the people for
the government. Many there are who
feel they have a right to pursue then
own business without interrup^otC
warv "Everywher
the business of
over the country is heard the complaint
that the war interferes with private
business plans. The city press and
country press alike unite in howling
about the cost in dollars and cents. If
the press is so painfully loyal as it would
make out, why the howl because the
government has fixed the mine "price ot
bituminous coal at $2.00 per ton and
wheat at $2.20 when before the war the
prices were about one half that much?
Can it be that the owners of the metro
politan press are "conscientious ob
jectors" to any thing that costs them an
extra dollar or two? Why the objection
to conscription of wealth as well as con
scription of men? The answer is to be
found in a quotation we have used
before: "It makes a difference whose
ox is gored." In our opinion it doesn't
make very much difference what par
ticular brand of objection is offered by
those who ask exemption from trench
service or money service. It all amounts
to one thing. Nobody wants this war
unless he thinks he is going to gain by
it financially o* because he imagines he
he is going to get even with some one—
perhaps the German Kaiser. The last
motive is known by the name "Revenge"
which with lust of gain are usually the
motives that drive men to commit
murder either single or wholesale.
Judging from the report of New
Ulm's loyalty meeting appearing in this
week's Cambria news, some of the
"loyalists" had personal reasons for
coming to New Ulm. At any rate,
some of the Cambria citizens went
home sadder and wiser having paid for
their wisdom with good hard cash.
The light fingered artists were not New
Ulm people, that's a certainty. Wonder
which of the visiting cities will acknowl
edge their real object in coming to help
make New Ulm loyal?
Another one of the old defenders of
New Ulm who got hot under the collar
when he read young Flandrau's denun
ciation of New Ulm which appeared
in the Pioneer Press recently was Capt.
Jacob Hindermann and he wasn't a bit
backward in explessing himself. He
denounced the article as a bare-faced
fabrication and he is writing for an
opportunity to tell young Flandrau to
his face that he is an unmitigated liar
and that he has qualified as a top
notcher in the Annanias club. Ac
cording to Hindermann there is not a
particle of truth in the story. He said
that the distillery was burnt down by
the Indians during the first battle and
that there wasn't a barrel of whiskey
in the town when it was evacuated.
Capt. Hindermann was one of the rear
guard and one of the last to leave New
Ulm when it was evacuated and should
and would have known if any attempt
had been made to leave a barrel 01
poisoned whiskey behind. He says
that the people in New Ulm have always
lived a quiet, decent and harmonious life
and that we do not need any dictators
now to tell us how to live. He is getting
awfully tired of having New Ulm's
fair name besmirched by notoriety seek
ing traducers and believes it is about
high time to put a stop to this wholesale
lying and maligning.
Some people's patriotism consists al
most entirely of abuse of the Germans.
Slayion Gazette.
New Ulm is credited with making the
Brown county fair a success, financially
and socially, this year. A large number
of Mankato citizens took in the sights
the different days.—Mankato Ledger.
Owatonna, the town which got a lot
of publicity out of Rev. Darnell, the
"Marrying Parson," now comes to the
front with a girl 16 years old who has
two husbands. Owatonna seems to be
determined to get advertising at any
price.—Le Sueur I eader-Democrat.
An authority says, "Wet the cat with
camphor and water, and the fleas will
leave at once." So will the cat.—Mmne
apolis Journal.
Nicholas Romanoff, one-time czar of
all the Russians, has been sent to Siberia*.
He may now be able to cenfirm his
opinion of the unreasonableness of his
former subjects in objecting to the
climate cf that country.—St. James
The batting average of some people
the game of life is high and looks nice
the percentage column, but the home
runs are what win the individual game.—
Prison Mirror.
This is the time of the year when a
real diplomat will laugh heartily at every
stale joke that the coal man springs.—
Winnebogr. Ent rprise.
Mayor Arthur A. Bentley of La
Ciosse, Wis., has embarked in the news
paper business, and has established the
La Crosse Weekly Review a handsomely
printed and apparently ably.^edited
"The Noa-Partisan," the organ of the
league which was organized by a few
men last winter to compete with its
elder rival, is hot on the trail of the
organizers of the latter. The success
of the newer organization is being
patched with considerable interest by
politicians 111 over'the state. Most of
them are anxious to know which way
to jump, that they may he sure to get
in out of the wet.
Sweden's consul ot Argentine Is ac-l
cused of having kept Germany informed
as to the course of the United Soldiers
on then* way.to France. The Stockholm
government, as a result, is threatened*
with receiving a very "firm note/'
The Martin County Independent of
Fairmont charges Frank Day of the
Fairmont Sentinel with attempting to
put tiie former newspaper out of business,
by enraging its editor with disloyalty.
It's dollars to doughnuts that, down in
his heart, the Independent editor is a
100 per cent better American than
Frank Day ever was.
The Qpeq Forum
Editor, New Ulm Review:
First, New Ulm is loyal. How do we
know? Why, the greab daily papers of
St. Paul and Minneapolis have thus
proclaimed. At the present time, it is
their specific business to keep tab on
the loyalty or disloyalty of certain com
munities. When they said New Ulm
was disloyal, that settlecT^the matter
for the rest of the world it was not
necessary to prove it. Nothing had to
be shown in what manner the city had
heretofore failed to measure up to the
standard of loyalty. So it seems when
ever a few disgruntled politicians or
meddlesome busybodies want to blacken
4 he character of a community they pull
the strings and the papers inform us
of the dishonor of that place. Then
follows'a spectacular display of loyalty,
the real leaders,do the thinking and the
talking, and the edict goes forth that
now the city has received the official
stamp of loyally. Some people seem
to forget that loyalty is not merely a
matter of brass bands,'and buttons,
and flags, but a serious matter of the
heart and mind. I think-, but we are
not supposed to do any thinking the
papers and politicians and busybodies
do the thinking for us, and then tell
us what we must think.
Secondly, it was quite useless to in
form us at the meeting of Tuesday last
that soldiers of the U. S. had fought
in Canada, in Mexico, Cuba, and the
Philippines. We knew that. Of course,
those soldiers had been volunteers.
What we would like to know is this,
when, in the history of the U. S., did
it happen that a conscripted or drafted
army, not volunteers, was compelled
to leave this country to fight on foreign
soil? Less waste of energy on well
known historical topics and more
efficiency in the discussion of a new
issue is what we want.
Thirdly, I consider it an outrage to
have a man like Mr. Dowling of Olivia
appear as a speaker at a "loyalty"
meeting. His remarks were very un
patriotic and un-American. It was the
duty of the chairmanjat that meeting,
to call Mr. Dowling to order, because he
openly advocated shooting and hanging
in defiance of all law and order. More
over, I fail to understand how Professor
Hess, chairman of the safety com
mission for Brown County, could con
sistently speak to the chairman of the
meeting in behalf of Mr. Dowling.
Neither should Governor Burnquist
nor acting-mayor Willibald Eibner, both
of whom sat on the same platform with
Mr. Dowling, have tolerated this un
lawful harangue. Prompt interference
would have seemed but common justice
in view of the fact that Dr. L. A. Fritsche
has been suspended from office and has
never been given an official hearing.
At, the meeting of July 25th Mayor L.
A. Fritsche admonished everybody not
to do or say anything which might
mar the seriousness of the occasion.
Thruout the entire meeting he preserved
excellent order for this^he was sus
pended from office. His suspension
may have been good politics, but was it
One of the Common Herd.
To the Editor of the Review.
For the benefit of those of your readers
who are under the impression that
Germany is ruled by an iron hand and
that it is one of the worst autocracies
sovereignty over local affairs, as do our
States, and has its own sovereign and
representative assemblies. It is only
in his own hereditary Kingdom of
Prussia that the German Emperor has
territorial sovereignty, -QQ J^W*!!
"The Kaiser is not even Emperor of
Germany. The Constitution of 1870
made the title 'German Emperor', with
the express intention of defining the
Kaiser as merely "primus inter pares"
—'first among equals'—in a confedera
tion of territorial sovereigns. Tj$y
"The executive power of the German
Imperial Government is lodged in the
Kaiser exactly as we lodge it in the
"The legislative power of the German
Imperial Government is in the hands of
the Bundesrat and the Reichstag, which
correspond to our Senate and House
of Representatives the Bundesrat—
like our Senate—being composed of mem
bers (fity-eight in number) who represent
the States, and the Reichstag—like our
House of Representatives—being com
posed of popular representatives elected
by universal suffrage.
"Like our President, the German
Emperor represents the confederation
in its foreign relations, appoints Am
bassadors, negotiates treaties and can
make peace, but cannot declare offensive
war without the consent of the Bundes
rat—corresponding to our Senate.
"All the German States have separate
legislatures—like our State Legislature—
and legislate for themselves.
"Prussia has only 17 of the 68 mem
bers of the Bundesrat. The Kaiser can
not remove any member save those ap
pointed for Prussia, where he is King.
"It should also be noted that Bavaria
has a large influence on the foreign
policy of Germany. According to the
Constitution of Germany (Article 8)
the Bavarian delegation to the Bundes-
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existing to-day, the fo%w8?gf^nfoiT rat has the permanent chainnanahip of
mation which comes from authentic jth^ Committee on foreign Affairs of his
sources may be of interest:— body. And furthermore, in order to
^'Germany is a confederation of four prevent Prussia trjm exercising "too W
kingdoms, six grand duchies, five duchies, I large an influence on the foreign affairs
seven principalities, three Free Cities |°f tite empire, the composition of the
and one territory—twenty-six States committee mentioned is thus fixed by A
in all. I the Constitution: Two members each
"Each State reserves its own territorial
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Saxony and Wurtemberg,
and two members selected by the Bun-
desrat itself. It is, therefore, entirely,
possible that the Committee on Foreign
Affairs has no Prussian member at all
and if there are any, they are always in
the minority. This jCommittee is of
great importance, because, according to ^'s
Article 11 of the Constitution, the em-,,
peror must have the assent of the Bun
desrat before he declares war. Of
course, the "plenum" of the Bundesrat
never takes up a question unless sub
mitted to it by a committee. The
question, whether to declare war, was,
therefore, decided by a committee,
in which Bavaria presided and in which
Bavaria, Wurtemberg and Saxony had
a clear a it
It may also interest your readers to
learn of the number of books that have
issued from the press of the United
States, France, Great Birtain and Ger
many in the three years ending with 1915.
America cannot afford to eliminate
the study of German from her schools.
That language fills too large a space in
the science, the philosophy and the
history of the world to be lightly dis
France 11,460
U. States 12,230
Great Britain 12,379
Germany 35,078
These figures ought to be of interest
to those who are advocating the abandon
ment of the teaching of German in our
public schools. Americans as a rule are
poor linguists. We need more tpa^hing
of foreign languages, and not less, in our
schools. We need more men and women
who can read or speak French, Spanish
and German. We need abetter acquaint
ance with the lives and modes of
thought of other nations, as disclosed
by their languages and literatures. J^c
A Constant Reader.
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