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Indianapolis Indiana Bulletin (Newspaper) - November 23, 1917, Indianapolis, Indiana
W what i am opposed to is not the feeling of the pacifists hut their stupidity. My heart is with them hut my mind has a contempt for them. I want peace but i know How to get it and they do bulletin 9ublij Keci Sver Frida in a Indiana state Council of defense volume i Indianapolis ind., november 23,1917 number 15war conferences to commence in Indiana opening of state wide patriotic Campaign tentatively planned for december 12 and 13 Indiana is to have a state wide War conference probably december 12 and 13, with both general and sectional meetings of defense workers Aid with a Cabinet member As one of the speakers. Two other orators of National Eminence will be on the program and the whole is to be under the direction of the state Council of defense its speakers Bureau and the National Council of defense co operating through its own speakers Bureau. Chairman will h. Hays of the state Council of defense is assisted in preparing for one of the first of a series of forty eight state War conferences Indiana being chosen to take the Lead among the Central states by a defense Council committee made up of will j. Freeman or. Charles p. Emerson Frank Wampler Rev. A. B. Storms Charles Fox a. W. Brady and James l. Keach. This committee has been asked to give its entire time to the War conference preliminaries. The National Council has asked the Indiana Council of defense to Send in a list of Twenty five men of National reputation and out of this list the National Council s speakers Bureau will Supply orators for the big Indiana rally of patriotism. Included in the great meeting will be the county councils of defense and their committees and sections the food and fuel administrations the War mothers the various patriotic organizations which have been raising funds for War work Public officers of All grades and the defense workers generally men and women. The workers in specific lines of patriotic activity will hold their sectional meetings and Deal with the Many problems that Are to be worked out in All parts of the state. In furtherance of the Indiana plan for 3,000 patriotic meetings within the state in the coming year the state Council of defense formally approved the budget suggested by the speakers Bureau through j. J. Pettijohn chief of the Bureau. The state defense Council is to furnish $11,800, to which is to be added $11,800 supplied by Indiana University approximately $3,700 by the state Normal and other sums from state and National sources the estimate being $46,000 for the year s speaking activities directed from the state Council of defense. The Indiana speakers Bureau system has been adopted by the National Council of defense. Monthly statements Are to be furnished showing the Cost of the Enterprise from month to month. William Green of Ohio county addressed the Council of defense on the Good effects of educational work done in particular neighbourhoods As proved in the recent drives for War funds in Southeastern Indiana. He told How indifference had been literally driven out of Many sections of Ohio county and Switzerland county by the Force of patriotic earnestness and direct Appeal. In line with the idea that the time is Ripe to bring about a Square line up in Indiana of those who Are for America and those who fail to see or do their duty in the War the big War conference is to be made the opener for a general patriotic drive throughout the state. Frank Wampler chairman of a committee named to inquire into labor conditions in certain the War situation will h. Hays chairman of the Indiana state Council of defense submitted the following prepared statement at the meeting of the Council november 21 since the last meeting of the Council i have attended a conference in Chicago of representatives from several states with officers of the Council of National defense. Quot i have had occasion to talk at length with several of the most responsible sources of information just Back from european fronts together with several of those in Washington in immediate touch with the entire War situation and the result of these conferences and my own conclusions i want to give to the Council in this manner the necessities Are absolute and the work attempted and accomplished to Date is but the beginning and the beginning Only of the most seriously consequential activities. Quot there is absolutely nothing in which any of us can be engaged As important As this work. Quot there is no further doubt whatever that the Burden of winning the War is going to rest very largely if not ultimately entirely on this country. Quot it is impossible for me to emphasize too strongly the responsibilities that rest upon us All. Work and More work and still More work will be sent to us from Washington. Quot i do not make this report with any idea that there will be any weakening of the line at this Point Indiana but to advise you of the situation As the result of my very deliberate judgment. Quot i most earnestly urge you All to make your plans for the future in such a Way that More time can be Given by each of us and More responsibilities be assumed by us will h. Hays. Factories in Indianapolis reported that two of the concerns denied the report that they had discriminated against organized labor. The Council of defense instructed the special committee to Call employers and labor men together for a patriotic consideration and discussion of the Industrial situation and the vital importance of harmonized and fully Manne Ltd Industry for the advancement of War work especially in industries engaged in manufacturing War materials. It was informally reported to the defense Council that Evans Woollen fuel administrator and his advisory committee had decided not to ask the attorney general to review the opinion of a former attorney general with a View to issuing special permits to Coal miners under a new and Liberal construction of the miners qualifications Law. The defense Council asked for an Early report on the proposed plan now being worked out by a committee for a systematic censorship by state and county defense councils on certain minor solicitations for funds for patriotic purposes. It is the purpose to protect the Public against fraudulent solicitations such As Are be ing reported from time to time. A committee of each county Council of defense is to pass on various solicitations and officially approve worthy movements issuing credentials to solicitors or agencies that command Sanction. No time is to be lost in putting the new system in effect. Plans for creating Central War funds to be Mamta ined by monthly subscriptions and to be used in the counties from time to time to meet the counties quotas for various sorts of War work Are to be referred by the Indiana Council of defense to the National defense Council. While the big drives for such Large enterprises As the red Cross the y. M. C. A. And the Liberty loan Are found to be helpful in rousing patriotic interest and activity there is a growing feeling that it May be feasible to work out a system for coordinating certain worthy lesser solicitations under the supervision and direction of the local defense councils and under a National scheme or policy. The matter of continuing the Indianapolis Exchange directed by mrs. Carl g. Fisher for the continued on Page 4
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