League of Nations a Necessity, Daily Racing Form, 1919-09-05


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LEAGUE OF NATIONS A NECESSITY COLUMBUS, O., September 4. President Wilson, Opening his country-wide- speaking tour for the peace treaty, declared in an address here today that his purpose Avas. to "go .out and report to my fellow-countrymen." "The only people to whom I oaa-o any report," said the President, "are you and the other citizens of the United States." The President said it also seemed "increasingly necessary" that he should make such a report because he had read many speeches about the treaty, ind Avas unable to gather from them much of what the treaty contained. The high spots in the Presidents address Avere as follows: Arguments against the treaty are based on misunderstanding. If I couldnt haA-e brought back the kind of treaty I brought back, I Avouldnt have come back, because I Avouldhave been aii unfaithful servant. When this treaty is accepted, as it AAill be accepted, men in khaki Avill not have to cross the ieas again. The treaty Aas intended not merely to end this war, but to prevent any similar Avar. The league of nations is the only thing that can prevent a recurrence of this, tragedy and redeem jur promises. The league of nations is the only safeguard Jgainst more Avars. The treaty is not meant to humiliate Germany, but to rectify the Avrong done by Germany, and insure reparation and justice to the people Avhoso rights Germany had -trodden upon. The league, must be ratified by this country to make good the promises to the American soldiers who Avere called to fight to end all the Avar. Without the league peace. Avill be brought into contempt. Id rather have eA-erybody on -my side than be armed to the teeth. The treaty in the first place is designed to punish Germany. , The terms are soyorebut no unjust. There is not. a single act of annexation in this treaty. The treaty contains among other things a Magna Charta of labor, a thing unheard of until this interesting year of grace.. The conference. Avill meet next month, no matter whether the treaty is ratified by that time or not.

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