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as in peace. They go to win victory,

in which the despoilers of the homes

of noncombatants shall be punished, the

monsters who deflower women shall die

wretchedly, the inhuman wretches who

condemn noncombatants to slavery shall

pass under the rod. They go to compel

the Huns who have violated all law,

divine and human, to drain to the dregs

the bitter cup of sorrow they have pressed

to the lips of the weak and the innocent.

"They go, God's own avengers of the

unspeakable suffering of the people of

Belgium, Northern France, Servia, Roumania, and Armenia. As they march,

unseen in the clear air above them are

the spirits of the American mothers and

babies that perished in the roaring sea,

murdered in the Lusitania. They go to

cleanse the earth of the men who began by

violating treaties and have progressed by

violating the common promptings of humanity which have been held sacred even

by the red Indians of America and the

black tribes of Africa.

"They are the armed guards of American

honor, of the covenants of Almighty God.

On this great mission we send them with

every blessing, with every ascription of

honor. They go to prove that this

great, Republic is great not only in material

things, in its proud cities, its far-flung

fields and its laden orchards and purpling

vineyards, but great in the ineffable

things of the spirit, in the courage of its

people and its purpose to fling high and

far the banners of the best civilization

created by man.

"Good-bye, boys, acquit yourselves like

men!"

The Teutonic War Lords and their

creatures sought to make light of America's

entry into the conflict. They sneered

at our army and navy. They declared

that the U-boats would bring the Allies

to their knees before "the United States

would be ready to take an active part.

In reality, however, America's decision

to enter the conflict reverberated around

the world. It vastly heartened the Allies,

put at their service the resources of the

richest and potentially the most powerful

nation of the globe, and influenced numerous other nations, among them Cuba,

China, Brazil, Panama, and Bolivia, either

to break diplomatic relations with Germany

or to declare war upon her. Nor, disguise

their opinions as they would, the Germans

and their allies could not view with

equanimity the adhesion of so powerful

a country to their foes.

At the close of the war, Czernin, the

Austro-Hungarian Minister of Foreign

Affairs, stated that, in April, 1917, he sent

to the Emperor Charles a letter saying

that the submarine warfare was certain

to fail, that the Central Powers could

never win, and that Germany must be

induced to make peace. Czernin told the

Emperor that a revolution was coming

that would sweep both Kaisers from their

thrones, that America's entrance into

the conflict meant that her influence

would soon be felt in spite of the German

belief that she could not arrive in time,

that nothing was more dangerous in

politics than to see things as one wished