Lake Charles American-Press from Lake Charles, Louisiana on December 5, 1965 · Page 12
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•jo SUNDAY, DEC. 5, 1965, Loke Chorles American Presi Winners Of Cub Awards Are Named The Lion Badge was awarded to John Paul at the November j meeting of Cub Scout Pack 133 i of F. K .White School, cubmas- | tcr John Paul announced recent- j In other advancement ceremonies, the bobcat badge was presented to Glenn Babineaux. Wolf badge: John Jordan, Grant Price and Gerald Pier- odic. Gold Arrow points: John Jordan, Gerald Pierottie, Donald Perry ajid Raphael Johnson. Sj]ver Amw poin(s . GeraW Raphael Johnson. Dennelh Greene and Douglas McCain advanced to Webelos. LOOK! PEACE MISSION — Tugs nudge Henry Ford's peace ship, ihe Oscar II, into New York Harbor Dec. 4, 1915, as it sjaried Its unsuccessful mission to V .V end V/orld War I."AP WSrephoio). Henry Ford's Peace Ship' 1915 Sailed Out in Vain X WHY SPtWD MONEY FOft KODAK FILM FREE! For A survivor of ihe little band is Louis Lochner. a peace-monger of (he day who later became a Pulitzer Prize-winning Associat- NOTE — Peace demonstrators march today in the United States — but 50 years at:o they floated, aboard Henry „ ( Ford's chartered ship. Here's a , ed Press foreign correspondent, j ta, and vivid anniversary flashback to i interviewed by telephone at i Denver, that remarkable, rnuch-ridic- nled voyage intended to stop World War I. and how some surviving participants remember it. By HAL COOPER j NEW YORK (AP) - "We're! going 10 try to get the boys out of the trenches by Christmas," So saying. Henry Ford sailed off for' Europe with 90 other idealists just 50 years ago — on Dec. 4, 1915 — in the Scandinavian-American liner Oscar II. His ambitious goal was to stop World War 1. Ford and his followers hoped to end World War I before the United States could be pulled into it. Their chosen instrument was something they called the Neutral Conference for Continuous Mediation which they would set up in Stockholm in "neutral Sweden. Unlike the gel-out-of-Viet Nam agitators, they had no quarrel with the nation's foreign policy. But they had hopes that a private initiative might speed the day when peace negotiations would halt the carnage in Europe They were largely ridiculed by the press of America and the world and almost wholly ignored by the belligerents. "Great war ends Christmas Day. Ford to stop it" read a typically satirical headline in the New York Tribune. The New York World called the voyage of the Oscar II "an impossible effort to establish an inopportune peace." The crusading do-gooders MniL'Lih'd on for 14 fruitless month*.. Finally, on Feb 7, 1917, Ford wa>hod his hands of the project, picked up a bill for $465,000 and remarked: "Well, we got a million dollars worth of advertising out of it, and a hell of a lot of experience." his home in Fair Haven, N.J., Lochner. now nearly 79, said cheerfully: "Well, the peace ship was a stunt but the welfare of humanity was in our thoughts. We felt that somebody ought to to do something to end the war, and we did our best. "Maybe it all came to nothing in the end, but who knows? Perhaps the Neutral Conference for Continuous Mediation germinated the idea which grew long after into the United Nations. "The Viet Nam protests? There is no comparison between them and the Ford peace mission. The circumstances were so completely different." Another survivor is Earl W. Tucker, 75, a raured banker of Syracuse, N.Y. He was one of 36 university students — 29 boys and seven girls — who com; prised the young intellectual ; group aboard the Oscar II. , The conception of a neutral Acceptors included S.S. Me- Clure, publisher of the magazine which bore lu's name; Gov. Louis B. Hanna of North Dako- Judge Ben Lindsey of •A nationally famous liberal and reformer. Elmer Davis, later to be one; of the most noted of radio's' newscasters, was one of the 54 newsmen assigned to the ship. The Oscar II had hardly entered the Atlantic when Ford came down with a cold which confined him to his cabin for the rest of the trip. After a 15-day voyage, the ship arrived at Christiania, Norway. Four days later Ford left for Detroit, explaining that he had promised his wife he wouldn't be gone long. The peace crusaders journeyed on to Stockholm. Copenhagen and Holland. In The Hague they made public a document outlining their principles, many of which were incorporated decades later in the charter of the United Nations. 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