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Americans and the war

12 January 2017

January 12th, 1917

IN THE Living Church of the 23rd of December there was published an account of a large and enthusiastic meeting of American citizens in the Carnegie Hall, New York. What brought them together was a desire to learn what could be known concerning the enslavement of Belgian civilians, and to pass resolutions on the subject. The chairman was the Rector of Trinity Parish, Dr Manning, who delivered a singularly impressive speech. After paying a fine tribute to the splendid moral witness of Cardinal Mercier, who, at the risk of his life, has stood up to the infamous von Bissing, he passed to the consideration of the state of American feeling in regard to the war. The principles which the Allies are defending were, he said, those which the citizens of the United States have always affirmed. These principles were violated by the Germans at the outset of the war by the invasion of Belgium, a country they were pledged to protect, and have been violated every hour since. Among the other speakers was Mr Elihu Root, to whom it appeared inconceivable that the large majority of the nation does not reprobate the misdeeds of the Central Powers. One of the three resolutions which were passed with enthusiasm called upon the United States Government to protest with the utmost earnestness to the Kaiser, and promised support to the President if he took vigorous action. . .


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