MONITOR HEAD DEFENDS HIS PAPER'S PEACE PLAN
HOPES FOR FAVORABLE ACTION BY CONGRESS
The plan for peace by property conscription advance by "The Christian Science Monitor" last November has been presented before the congressional committee now engaged in investigation the feasibility of such a plan.
It is not pacifist plan, but rather one for universal conscription," Mr. Willis John Abbot, editor of the paper, told a CRIMSON reporter yesterday.
"Briefly the plan advocates a constitutional amendment to the effect that, in the even of a declaration of war, the property, as well as the persons, lives, and liberties of all citizens, shall be subject to conscription for the defense of the nation. The plan proposes that it shall be duty of the President to propose and Congress to enact the legislation necessary to carry such conscription through. If this is made a constitutional requirement, the whole nation could be set to work to attain national victory at one stroke."
Mr. Abbot picked up letter on his desk, saying, "Here is a letter from Mr. Bernard Baruch endorsing our peace plan. When we advocated it last November, it was received by many as description of How to Make war' as 'The New York Times' put it. But it soon received popular support and is now being discussed in congress.
Noted Men Support Plan
"It is received support from distinguished representatives of the two political parties. Both Senator Capper, Republican, and Senator Ralston, Democrat, have given the plan unqualified endorsement. I firmly believe it may be transmuted into actual legislative from in the early future."
When asked if he approved of the action taken by certain students at the Indianapolis Convention in January when to pledged themselves not to enlist in any future war, Mr. Abbot declared, "I heartily disagree with any such policy, and I thank that these people who go to the different colleges trying to stir up pacifist enthusiasm should be put in prison. If we are to abolish violence, and even tea threat of violence from international affairs, we must devise means for arraying against in natural hatred and loathing. Our plan, by taking away all promise of profit in war, would destroy a great deal of the incentive for war. It would make the declaration of war as solemn, and as repugnant a thought as possible to all classes of people."