National Geographic : 1917 May
WOUNDED GOING TO THE AMBULANCE The work of the American Red Cross "everywhere in France" has served to seal the bond of fraternity between the two nations more closely than any other agency since the beginning of the war. From this time forth the red badge of courage and compassion will be worn by those who must minister to our own wounded as well as to our brother allies in arms. over the ruins of other civilizations and other peoples and other nations. THE MINDS OF A PEOPLE POISONED So deftly has that conspiracy been car ried on that the minds of a great people a people that have demonstrated their greatness in many fields-even in that fifty years, have been poisoned into the conviction that it is their highest duty to subordinate every consideration of hu manity to the exaltation and the develop ment of military force, so that by that force they can take from the rest of the world what is needed to accomplish their destiny, at whatever cost of honor or principle. I yield to no man in my admiration for most of the qualities or all of the qualities of the German people except this obses sion that they have been given through the instilling of that poison in the last fifty years. Where do you see the working out of the divine plan? That was a cancer in the world. It had grown to be so for midable that it needed a capital operation to excise it and restore the world again to the station in the development of Christian civilization which, but for that, we would not have reached. So we have seen it in the destruction of the greatest autocracy, perhaps-at least apparently the greatest autocracy Russia, whose alliance with the Entente Allies gave for the time the lie or appar ently gave the lie to the proposal that they were fighting the cause of freedom, fighting the cause of freedom against ab solutism. That toppled over, and now we have arrayed on the one side the democracies of the world against the military autocra cies on the other, and the issue has been clearly drawn so that it may be seen by the wayfaring man, though a fool. Accompanying this devotion to military efficiency, as a God, has come that blind ness which is in the end to destroy the Hohenzollern philosophy of government.