網頁圖片
PDF
ePub 版
[merged small][merged small][ocr errors]

to co-operate in a pension plan against each other. They compete rather than cotheir will as a condition of retaining their operate," said Mr. Pinchot. positions..

William Jennings Bryan, who was a dele

gate to the meeting of the Council, spoke THE FEDERAL COUNCIL

to immense audiences in popular meetings, OF CHURCHES

chiefly on peace and arbitration and on temThe third quadrennial meeting of the Fed perance. Addressing the Council itself, Mr. eral Council of the Churches of Christ in Bryan said : “ America should stand at the America, held in St. Louis from December 6 door and knock, saying to the nations at to 11, considered some important social, eco- war that any day we are anxious to bring nomic, and religious problems. This organi- them together in an honorable peace. If zation is a federation of thirty Protestant this Nation cannot take this step, why can't denominations (including almost all of the the churches of this country appeal to the principal ones); and the delegates who churches of both countries to stop this war ?". attended the meeting were officially ap The Rev. Dr. Frank Mason North succeeds pointed by the denominations they repre Dr. Shailer Mathews as . President of the sented.

Council for the next quadrennial. The Council has entered the field of international relations. The General Secretary THB CONSUMERS' LEAGUE reported correspondence with the Govern- At the seventeenth annual meeting of the ment in Berlin concerning the attitude of National Consumers' League, in Springfield, Germany toward a league of nations. Reso- Massachusetts, last month, the President, lutions were passed for the protection of Mr. Newton D. Baker, better known to the aliens ; calling upon the press for a sympa- country in his more familiar rôle of Secrethetic treatment of the Japanese question; tary of War, described the League from its expressing righteous indignation at attempting initial days when its function was that of the to incite race prejudice; appointing a Com- “teaching and preaching brotherhoods and mission on Oriental Relations and expressing sisterhoods," under the leadership of John friendship toward Japan ; making provision Graham Brooks. for the relief of the suffering in Mexico and Mr. Baker dwelt effectively upon the directing the Executive Committee to con- importance of the legal defense of labor laws sider the matter of a commission on relations before the Supreme Court after that significant with Mexico and Latin America.

day in the year 1908 when, upon the invitation The report of the Social Service Commis- of the Attorney-General of the State of Oregon, sion placed the chief emphasis upon economic Mr. Brandeis appeared before our highest justice, although it dealt quite fully with National tribunal and created a new method social welfare, unemployment, housing, recre- that which we have come to call the "atmosation, commercialized vice, prison reform, and pheric” method of trying cases. the equal status of women. The economic M r. Baker contrasted dramatically the old aspects of the liquor problem were given a and the new methods. “When I was a large place in the report of the Commission young man, I studied law, and I was taught on Temperance.

twenty definitions of the law—all equally Family life in its various relationships was dead.... If you go into an old-fashioned comprehensively covered by the commission court, where a case is being tried by the old dealing with this subject-marriage and di- method, you will find the judge sitting with vorce, the decline in the birth rate, and the his hand on a book a thousand years old, and factors in social and economic life which a deep furrow on his brow. You will see result in the disintegration of family soli- and hear a weary lawyer drearily pleading darity.

his case, citing only the law and the preceGifford Pinchot, Chairman of the Commis- dents. If you go into a court where a case sion on the Church and Country Life, pointed is tried in the modern way, you will see the out the necessity of greater co-operation judge sitting on the front of his chair, leanamong the churches in the rural districts, the ing forward over the bench, eagerly listenrecommendation being based upon a some ing to the facts that relate this case to the what extensive study of the country churches lives of working men and women. Now in Ohio. “ Churches in the country ordi- counsel says to the judge, . Do not hang this narily work against instead of working with waist or skirt upon the wall and say, “ Ab

case.”

stractly considered, this is a desirable gar- objects are put forth as seasonal products ment,” but view it in relation to this man or whose makers should be granted exemptions. this woman. Never again in the history of Granting and refusing them is a difficult the world can jurisprudence be what it was task for State commissions. Commissioners before Mr. Brandeis pleaded the Oregon who oppose granting exemptions lengthening

the working day are always in danger that For the coming year the new feature of at the expiration of their first term of office the League's work is indicated by the reso they must give way to more pliant officials. lution suggesting to President Wilson that he Mrs. Dewey therefore besought the advoinclude in his legislative programme a bill, cates of the eight-hour law to oppose all exmodeled on the Federal Child Labor Law, to emptions. If, however, any are provided, the establish the eight-hour day for women who responsibility for them should be shouldered work on goods subject to inter-State com- by Legislatures, and the terms clearly placed merce. A second resolution pledged the in the statutes. The National Consumers' League to support any bill appropriate to League indorsed Mrs. Dewey's position. this purpose which may be introduced. A third resolution recommended to the hun- THE UNIVERSITY AND dred Consumers' Leagues in many States POLICE STANDARDS that they continue the efforts begun in 1910 On the list of special lecturers at Harvard to promote laws for the shorter working day University this season will be found the during the coming winter, when forty name of Raymond B. Fosdick, of the RockeLegislatures will be in session.

feller Foundation. His theme will be

“ Police Administration in Europe and AmerTHE OPEN SEASON

ica.” He will speak as an observer and FOR GLASS EYES

investigator who, at close range, has studied At this same meeting of the National Con- the problem about which he speaks. sumers' League Mrs. Davis R. Dewey, the Inclusion of this topic in the course of woman member of the Massachusetts State lectures on municipal government to which Board of Labor and Industry, called to the public is now invited by Harvard Unithe attention of both organizations a vice versity is not a chance affair, for Harvard common to many laws limiting the work- College has always interested itself in the ing hours of women. This consists in affairs of the city in which it exists. Added bestowing upon a State commission power interest is aroused by Mr. Fosdick's lectures to extend the working day beyond the limit from the fact that the Mayor of Cambridge is specified in the statute in the case of sea- planning to increase greatly the efficiency and sonal trades. Mrs. Dewey quoted the ques- special training of the local police force, and tion of a candy manufacturer: “Why is he intends to have men of the department manufacturing glass eyes a seasonal occupa- present at the lectures by the New York tion? Why can't people who make glass expert. It will be strange if Boston's proeyes wait ? Candy has to be rushed for gressive Police Commissioner, Mr. O'Meara, Christmas ; then the trade dies down in Lent. does not show equal alertness and order It is dead all summer. In hot weather peo- some of his subordinates to take the course. ple want cool drinks, not candy. But what's European universities have long since the hurry about glass eyes ?”.

made provision for this form of education, in The astonished Board to whom this query which Harvard now has the chance to piowas addressed learned, in the end, that the neer. If, as the outcome of this initiation glass eyes in question are prepared not for of formal relations between a university and people but for animals, and are in great a police force, either Cambridge or Boston demand, occasioning “rush ” orders, at the or both communities alter the traditional atticlose of the hunting season, when success- tude of their citizens toward policemen and ful hunters are impatient to have the skins of come to see them in their right light as their trophies stuffed and mounted.

potential educators as well as protectors of Candy and glass eyes are merely two of a life and property, they will do a National long list of products for which exemptions service. All other callings that have come are demanded under the labor laws of many under the influence of universities have broad. States. Baby carriages, traps for wild beasts, ened and deepened their ideals. Policing costly jewels, Easter bonnets, and many other will not be an exception.

[merged small][merged small][ocr errors]

GERMANY'S OFFER OF PEACE

the Crown Prince of Austria furnished the

occasion. The offer to arbitrate the question Germany is now willing to take part in of Servia's responsibility for that crime, the that general European conference which, on urgent request of England, seconded not only the part of Great Britain, Sir Edward Grey by France and Russia but by Germany's own proposed in the last days of July, 1914. At ally, Italy, to attempt a peaceful settlement that time Germany flouted the proposal, pre- by an international conference she promptly, ferring the appeal to arms. After two years not to say haughtily, refused. Her time had of experiencing this appeal to arms, she ad- come, and she struck the blow for which she mits it in the words of her Chancellor) to be had been long preparing. “ a catastrophe . . . which inji re; the most In the war which followed she was as ruthprecious achievements of humanity," and she less as her military leaders could have denow proposes to talk the matter over.

sired. She violated treaty rights, disregarded In estimating this offer of peace we must international law, made war upon non-combatacquaint ourselves with the causes of the ants, perpetrated murder on land and piracy war, the “ obscure fountains from which its on the high seas, by her methods drove Italy stupendous flood has burst forth," and the into the ranks of her enemies, and set the purposes of those who are responsible for the moral 'sentiment of practically all neutral war. If the advocates of Germany are nations against her. She has failed. True, right-if England, France, and Russia were she has kept her enemies off her soil ; leagued together to destroy Germany; if she true, she has won some dramatic victosaw them contriving to hem her in, preventing ries. But she is a nation besieged. Her her normal development, and planning to colonies are gone. Her fleet is bottled up. destroy her, as a traveler sees bandits lurking Her hopes of conquest are destroyed. Her in ambush in the road before him, and she people, wonderfully submissive to her authorattacked them in self-defense, and has now ity, wonderfully loyal to their Fatherland, are succeeded in thwarting their murderous de- perplexed. They are still submissive ; they signs—then her peace proposals may be are still loyal ; but they do not understand, regarded as magnanimous.

or, to speak more accurately, they are beginBut we do not so read history. On the ning to understand. She cries, Halt ! and contrary, we believe that Germany inherited calls for peace. the ambitions of Frederick the Great and This is our reading of history. If we imported the ambitions of Napoleon the Great read it aright, the object of her proposal is Germany believed that the Teutons should clear. It is to unite her people, to justify dominate Europe and control the civilization herself to the mind and conscience of the of the world. Her overweening ambition neutral world, to introduce dissension in the poisoned her miseducated conscience. She councils of her enemies. The answer of the was as conscientious as Philip II of Spain Allies should be prompt. And it should inand Louis XVI of France. Democracyclude some statement of the lines upon which was as abhorrent to her ruling powers as they are willing to negotiate for peace. Protestantism to the Duke of. Alva. She Those conditions should at least include the prepared to crush democracy and watched following: for her opportunity. Her preparation was The immediate evacuation of all foreign made with extraordinary efficiency. Her soil by the German armies. navy, her military railways, her army register A declared readiness to make some comincluding every man capable of bearing arms, pensation for the irreparable injury inflicted her extraordinary equipment prepared and upon Belgium and northern France. ready for every possible contingency, made The expulsion of the Turk from Europe. clear her designs to the few thoughtful men T he freedom of the Dardanelles for the of Europe, but were all disregarded by the commerce of the world. thoughtless—that is, the majority. She waited And a council of European Powers, perand watched for the opportune moment and haps of world powers, to consider what measthe justifying occasion. The discontent in ures should be taken for protecting the Ireland and India, the factional fights, relig. rights and well-being of the people of Alsace ious and political, in France, the rising revolt and Lorraine, Poland and Lithuania, and the of the repressed peasantry in Russia, made Balkan States; and pre-eminently what measthe time opportune. The assassination of ures can be taken to prevent future wars

between civilized nations, and to lift off the burden of an intolerable militarism from the overburdened people.

It has been claimed by some English newspaper writers that Germany should be punished for her crime against humanity. It is not the business of other nations to judge and punish a sovereign nation. Judgment and punishment may be left to God. The example of the United States may be pointed to as one which worked well and is worth following. The North made no attempt to punish the South, or even the leaders of the Southern revolt. But it is the duty of the nations to take such measures as will forever make it impossible—or at least improbable—that the spirit of Frederick the Great or Napoleon will ever inflict another such tragedy on Europe as the war of 1914. Justice and mercy unite in demanding that the war, terrible as it is, go on until that protection for future generations is assured. Peace without that assurance would be more terrible than war.

THE WAY TO WIN The remaking of Cabinets, which has been going on in Great Britain and France has a common cause and a common purpose. It does not mean despondency; much less despair. It means determination. The Allies were never more fixed than to-day in their purpose to fight the battle of civilization and democracy until that cause is won. This Germany and her dependent nations will speedily find out in the answer of the Allies to any proposals of peace that Germany may make which aim at German ascendency over Europe and ultimately over the world.

In a word, this political change in France and England means concentration of war lead ership. This does not involve the overthrow of democracy; it means the application of the power of democracy effectively. As in this country a school of political thinkers urges the doctrine of the short ballot” in the belief that democracy can often best accomplish its ends by deputing its power to a small executive body, so in France and England democracy is true to itself when it asks that the vast issue of war and the still vaster issue of the future of Europe be controlled by a centralized executive power.

It is not a question of a man or of men, but of methods. Thus in France, where Briand has

been a splendidly efficient leader, the change does not .disturb him in his power, simply because he is the right man in the right place. In England the people, that is, the democracy (for England, with its King, its House of Lords, and its aristocracy, is none the less truly democratic) has become convinced, first, that a large War Council is cumbrous, and, Secondly, that the one man in England who should be at the head of affairs is Lloyd George. The change in England, therefore, unlike that. in France, involves the retiral of Mr. Asquith and the placing of the war power in the hands of a small council.

This does not discredit Mr. Asquith ; nor in France will it throw discredit upon General Joffre if, as reported, he is replaced by General Nivelle in command of the Allied armies in France. Mr. Asquith's services in bringing all England together politically at the outset of the war will always be remembered. General Joffre's services in organizing the French army, in planning to meet the terrible German onslaught at the beginring of the war, and in turning retreat into victory at the Battle of the Marne will never be forgotten by a grateful nation. Viscount Grey also; who gives way to Mr. Balfour as Secretary of State, has, splendid achievement to his credit for keeping Great Britain's record right in trying to prevent the war, and later in ranging herself in behalf of Belgium and justice.

But every day brings. its own problem in a world crisis like this. England and France must do now that which is the best thing for the immediate problems and the immediate future. What is being done in both countries is well epitomized in a phrase in a despatch from Paris, which says: “ New blood for old, economy and efficiency for wastefulness and lack of concentration, in governmental administration-this is what Premier Briand is aiming at in reconstruction."

“Carry on ” and “ Stick it out” have been watchwords of the British private soldier ; “Mr. Britling Sees It Through " is the title of the most significant English war novel. England means to carry on, England means to stick it out, England means to see it through. And so does France.

No doubt party politics has its part in the reconstruction of the English Ministry. Mr. Sydney Brooks's article in the last issue of The Outlook gave a clear picture.of the situation as it stood. Now that Lloyd George has announced his Cabinet, it is certain that

[merged small][merged small][ocr errors]

the coalition idea in the English Government leader in the House of Commons, wlue Mr. remains intact. In the War Council itself Lloyd George, unlike Mr. Asquith, does three of the five members are Unionists— not act as political leader in Parliament nor Bonar Law, Lord Milner, and Earl Curzon. does he hold a portfolio. But note that Earl Curzon is also to be Every one knows that the British people political leader in the House of Lords, and have risen to war needs splendidly. In the that Bonar Law is to be political leader in the number of volunteers, in the slow but finally House of Commons, so that the three men complete organization of industry, in the fightwho will really control the War Council are ing in the field, and in many other ways Great Lloyd George, Arthur Henderson, who is the Britain has done her part. But both in England head of the Labor party, and Lord Milner, and in France it has come to be feared that who holds no secretarial portfolio. It is in the “ team work” so praised a year ago is no the decisions urged and the action initiated longer what it should be. Gallipoli and Mesoby these three men that the conduct of the potamia have been partly forgotten ; the dewar centers. In this fact is the answer to fense of Verdun and the joint attack in the the criticisms on the make-up of the Cabinet. Somme sector are recognized as valorous

Why, people ask, is Mr. Balfour in the and fine. But when the swift conquest of Ministry when the press, and especially the Rumania by a sudden German thrust is dispowerful papers under the control of Lord cussed, the man in the street says that, Northcliffe, have declared that Mr. Balfour wherever the blame lies, whether with Ruis a brilliant intellectual, but that he is too mania for' entering into a vain and foolish old and too much a philosopher to be placed, campaign, or with Russia for not bringing as he now is, at the head of the Foreign support in time, or with General Sarrail for Office? Why is Earl Curzon in the Ministry not lending aid, the whole affair showed a lack and in the Council when he has been criticised of common planning for the common good. in the same quarters as too egotistical and Whatever else is involved in the conquest of too heavy in action ?

Rumania, certainly it has shown lamentable The answer tɔ this is simple. Despite lack of “ team work" on the part of the possible defects, these men are able and Allies. The Englishman also growls in his patriotic, and their presence in the Cabinet, truly English way because the Greek question like that of the Labor leader, himself once a has not yet been settled. worker in a colliery, welds together a coalition Now, we are not arguing that this dissatof party elements for united action, with isfaction is entirely wise or always well out unduly limiting or hampering the real based. But it is one explanation of the new executive power of the Prime Minister. On effort towards concentration and united the other hand, it is an absurdity to speak of action. An editorial writer in the New York Lloyd George as holding a dictatorship, as - World” says truly and concisely that there some writers have done. English political is only one dictator in Great Britain, and that methods are eminently flexible. If Lloyd is Parliament. Because England is really George stands at the helm, it is because the democratic the new Government, and any people want him there ; and if next year, or government, is only a committee of Parliaeven next month, they want some other man ment. “It can exist only with the consent to lead, the parliamentary method of bringing of Parliament, and may be driven out of about such a result will again do the will office any day that the House of Commons of the people, just as it has done in replacing disapproves of its measures and its methMr. Asquith by Mr. Lloyd George.

ods." Another carping comment is as easily This is true of France also, and the Paris answered. It has been said that Lloyd despatches describe the object of the small George refused to agree to a War Council of Ministry of five members (the Ministers of which Mr. Asquith should be an active mem- Foreign Affairs, Finance, Interior, War, ber, on the ground that a Prime Minister and Marine) as being to simplify adminought to be concerned with other things. istrative machinery and to subordinate all But now, say the carpers, Lloyd George the services to the exigencies of national is Prime Minister, and behold him at the defense. With such a fighting Cabinet, so to head of the War Council. This is only an speak, a war council may prove unnecessary. apparent inconsistency. The new plan pro- It is for this that, as a French paper says, vides that Mr. Bonar Law should be political the Premier, M. Briand, has decided to throw

« 上一頁繼續 »