University of Wisconsin Eau Claire - Periscope Yearbook (Eau Claire, WI)

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an evil, for it was? a great step upward in the development of government. a step from the disorder of too many small states to larger well organized nations, and as natural as the uniting of families into tribes and tribes into small states. Hut it is the nationalism that had evolved at the beginning of the twentieth century that is to be condemned,—the "nationalitis" of which Germany has had the most acute attack. hen this selfish nationalism gives wa to tlu next stage in the development of government—internationalism, that is. when each man will think of himself as primarily a citizen of the world, and secondarily as a citizen of Italy or of England or «if Germany, one great step will be made in the direction of a guarantee for tlu future peace of Europe. 'Khe main hope for a better Europe, however, lies in the increase of democratic control over foreign affairs and the abolishment of the secret diplomacy of tlu- past. Hut it depends on what kind of democracy is to do the controlling. History, both past and present, furnishes precedents for the statement that a democracy is not made overnight. A true democracy is. as yet. an ideal, and the nearer tlu world approaches this ideal, the le s war It will have. Hut in the meantime, while the ideal of democracy is being approached, the future place of Europe and of the world will be maintained if two of tlu vital principles of nglo-Saxon civilization are upheld—that "there must be everywhere a wider extension «»f liberty to those diversities in thought and action which spring from race and tradition and there must accompany it a general strengthening of the mutual regard for public law and equit among nations." In brief the Teuton ideal of "might gives right" must be stamped out. and the small states must he insured freedom. The futility in the long run of the dominion-by-might idea is shown in the history of all the small states under the grasp of Germany and Austria-1 lungary. 'The history of lsacc-l.orraine, of Schleswig-Holstein, and of South-eastern Europe is one long tale of writhing discontent. It is impossible that such a state of affairs can have brought any re.nl pleasure to either Germany or ustria-l lungary. Noth may profitably look to the despised England for a lesson in the successful management of dependencies. But that there may be fewer dependencies of the Great Powers is another ideal which, if realized, would produce a better Europe. The importance of the small state and the heroism of Belgium can never he forgotten. Tt is safe to sav that a world of Serbias and Belgimus would be a much better place in which to live than a world of Germanvs or even of England . The last and most important evil to be blotted out is autocracy, the effect of which is now so well recognized that it is not necessary

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"Of course lie won't object", continued the persistent one, "but as I’m afraid I'm taking too much of your time. I’ll just write down your order and receipt. Oh. never mind spelling the name. I got that and the address from the directory before I started out." Closing her sample ease she continued, "I'm so glad you are so sensible and decided to take a set. You'll never regret it, I'm sure, when you see the children’s delight. The books will be. expressed to you direct, with the bill, in the next three weeks. A lovely day, isn’t it? (iood morning!" She closed the door firmly, descended the steps, and strode swiftlv flown the walk. 9 l or a moment the little bride stood stupefied. Then she walked over to the table, picked up the receipt, deliberately crushed it into a hard little ball, and opening the door. threw the hall with all her might at the swiftlv disappearing figure. Then she buried her face in her apron, and groaned aloud, "and I couldn't get a word in edgewise. Oh, what will John say?" L. A. An im|M rtant question of the day is the necessary preparation for the momentous change that will follow the great conflict in which all the world is, in some way. engaged. Each country is using a great ileal of thought and work in preparing for a, new and better society, a wiser and a happier people, and a guarantee of peace and freedom bought for the future by the sacrifice of this generation. Though it is certain that great changes will he effected as a result of this war. it is yet a matter of speculation, a dangerous field faf prophecy, whether these changes will take place for the Certainly the familiar form of Europe is being dissolved in the great heat of this war. to crystallize and cool again in new forms. It is during the cooling process, before the chastening effects of the war are lost, that the character of the new forms will he determined, depending largely upon the will of the controlling hand. Without doubt, this hand will he that of the people. Kings, presidents, statesmen may yet exert influence, but it is becoming more and more evident that the main hope for a better Europe lies in the hands of the people. Theirs will he the task of discarding the worn out ideas which have resulted in the present conditions in ? of these ideas is nationalism, the nineteenth century product. which brought about the present map of independent states. However, the spirit of nationalism must not be considered wholly A BETTER AND A WISER EUROPE.



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to niter into a discussion of it. Let it suffice to say that in this, the fourth year of the war. it is more clearly than ever recognized that the real issue at stake is the ideal of democracy. In short, the giant task of tomorrow, which will fall to all of us who survive the enormous tasks of today is the move forward from secret diplomacy to democratic control over foreign affairs; from disregard for the rights of small nations to a full recognition and protection of their rights: and what is most important, from autocracy to democracy. These must he the results of the war in order that it may not have been fought in vain. To establish these results firmly and permanently w ill call for all the capacities and activities of which we are capable. Rut there is great hope, for may not the world, fighting itself free from the shackles of the past, he compared with Milton’s vision of a great commonwealth? —"Methinks I see in my mind a noble and puissant nation, rousing herself like a strong man after sleep, and shaking her invisible locks. Methinks I see her as an eagle mewing her mighty youth and kindling her undaz .led eye at the full midday beam, purging and unsealing her long-abused eyesight at the fountain itself of heavenly radiance." C. 14. P. OVERALLS— REWRITTEN. Ibis is to he a rewritten theme because the original bad too much of facts and too little of fancy. In this effort the facts and fancies will be left to race it out between themselves, and mat tin-devil take the hindmost. In giving the facts about a factory it would probably be best to start at the top of the ladder and work down. At the top of this particular ladder were perched a short, thin, nervous Jew who smoked cigarettes, and a shorter, fat. contented Jew who smoked a pipe. The first was the President; he worked in the factory. The President had freer use »»i bis hands and so did most of the talking. The third high man was a short, erect, little worker who had been everything from lumberjack to photographer, and w ho. through his widespread knowledge, was the handiest man about the place. His title would probably be Expert Repairer. The fourth and last high man in the factory enjoyed the title of Shipping Clerk but be did, or was supposed to do everything that any of the other three could think up. Needless to say, I was the Shipping Clerk. There were also two office girls who were engaged mostly in trying to appear hard at work. The rest of our force consisted of about sixty girls under the guidance of a foreladv. They were far from being the

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