(The Crimson invites all men in the University to submit signed communications of timely interest. It assumes no responsibility, however, for sentiments expressed under this head and reserves the right to exclude any whose publication would be palpably inappropriate.)
To the Editors of the CRIMSON:
A recent CRIMSON editorial advances in favor of universal military service: first, that it is a cure for social unrest; secondly, that General Pershing declares universal military training to be a school for citizenship; thirdly, that League or no League "we must have an army of sufficient strength to cope with any attack."
Of the first point it may be said that sitting on the safety valve is an undesirable cure for a noisy jet of steam.
Of the second that there is a suspicion that General Pershing's statements may be slightly biased by his profession.
The third calls for more attention. The theory that peace is preserved by having each nation try to be stronger than every other or all others was abandoned as Utopian quite early in human history, and replaced by that of the Balance of Bower. This second system having failed egregiously in 1914, it is proposed to have nations maintain minimum armies and co-operate to resist aggression. A large body of American opinion however feels, as does the Editor of the CRIMSON, that, while the rest of the world should be encouraged to adopt the third system, America should revert to the first. The more fashionable way of working for this end is to talk with General Pershing and Colonel Goetz of citizenship and illiteracy; the frankness of the CRIMSON is more desirable but less tactful. SYDNEY FAIRBANKS IL.