Defense of pacifism (1916)
. Pacifist Mother's Dilemma. Ti ike Editor at Tke Xett Tore Tlmrt: "C. D.'s" crltlcUm of my recent protett concerning the Welah-Slater bill I reapect- fully acknowledge. " C. D. mlaunaeratanae me If he bellevee that I took upon the pree-ervatlon of yr human Uvea (thoa of my tw young sons and nyelD aa Ui paramount i..,,. t An nrrf t ear emDhatlcally that I ahould rather see my boya court-martialed sad ahot than coerced Into th activities tut modern war method. 1 hare worked .hard for their phyeical upbringing1, but far greater has been th atruegl for their spiritual wl-.ihire of men In th aggregate h rfiamclated from th ethics of th Individual, unleaa such individual accepts . . . . arvl'ltv to another's moral conscience. j i tw.....,. r i hi. arrvllltr In the pat to the dictates of self.reklng rulers that many an unrighteous war haa7een waged. ro maiwr what tha motive of modern, warfare, Ita very existence calls forth, as in the peat, all th brutal InatlncU In man and, moreover, givee iirn in tha very vlcee which man, ae aa Individual, haa been taught to eschew. For example, I teach my son not to ateal; yet mr In war la condoned. I try to incul cate In my boy a paaioo for the truth at all ttmee; yet In war method or aecepxion are ..ninilii tiractlced and Ilea encouraged to outwit the enemy. The moat vicious of ln- ventlcma for man'a destruction are nauea wun nM and their auinoaa Willli pralaed. al though In th Good Book 'weare taught to took upon, all men as brotrtea ana to or ww-. iii tns ard them.' U If permit my sons te acpt Btate military training I am either cetieenttng to their preparation ror poaaioie soldiery or I am a hypocrite. Fortunately, all of our Stales have not yet caught the con tagion of the WeUh-Slater wu , ' IXDION-AXT MOTHER. ; Westchester. N. T., June 5, tem. - '