Keynes says in "Economic Consequences of the Peace," page 274: "Mr. Hoover is the only man who emerged from the ordeal of Paris with enhanced reputation." This, however, is less impressive than that no voice has been raised in complaint against the man who was for five years the chief personality in the regulation of the food supply of the world.
Only supreme ability founded on thorough knowledge and a consummate command of the practical, moral and ethical factors in administration could, in a new and desperately urgent and difficult public service, involving the daily well being of millions of families, have won for Mr. Hoover the confidence of this nation.
Personal Qualities Triumphed in War.
The personal qualities which enabled Mr. Hoover to succeed where scores of national leaders failed in the ordeals the war created are: a true and enlightened humility that with unerring sense seeks, welcomes and uses the cooperation of other men of sound knowledge and patriotic purposes; and second that good will which springs from a full heart and which inspires good will in men of all ranks to pull together for the success of the cause. It is attested by thousands of colleagues, lieutenants and subordinates in the ranks. It met with instinctive recognition in the two thousand people who heard Mr. Hoover at the Copley Plaza. The writer has seen the reaction on public meetings of all the great leaders during the last twenty-five years, and has never seen a greeting to a public man that exceeded this one in conviction.
The genius of the American people has achieved world superiority in business and its ancillary sciences, and in its political institutions. There is no room for vainglory; both achievements were made possible and fostered by the vastness of the country and by its natural wealth. One thing should be forever fixed in the mind of every young man who proposes to use his citizenship intelligently and conscientiously; neither of these achievements is due to any one class of men, and least of all has the superiority of our political institutions been due to the politician class, or to individual statesmen during the past hundred years. It is American public opinion created by the mutual understanding and purpose of all classes that has adapted our heritage from the stalwarts of the Revolution to our increasing needs.
Every man of sense, who stops to think, knows that the world is facing an impending disaster of which this, the most favored of the nations, may suffer the reflex to the extent of an unparalleled crisis. Only a more thoroughly awakened public opinion than we have taken the trouble to arouse since 1860 can measurably save the well being of America.
Party Creeds Obsolete
Public opinion should be awakened at once to the fact that the practical politician class, that is, those who consider every public interest with reference to the personal interest, now hold but a small balance of power, however fiercely they may appeal to the fetish of their obsolescent party creeds; that now is the opportunity to discuss real issues, and that now public opinion may do, if it will, the one thing most needed by demanding for the leadership of the nation knowledge proved by experience, coupled with powers educated and strengthened in successful achievement.
Mr. Hoover is now charged with another task of supreme importance, that of the Industrial Conference, the aim of which is to bring Capital and Labor to a realization of the national emergency in order that they may pull together as they never did before. He will succeed.
MAJ.-GEN. LEONARD WOOD
In support of Major-General Leonard Wood, M.D. '84, as Republican candidate for president, the Wood Club of Harvard has issued the following statements:
Gen. Wood Not Only a Military Man.
Because Leonard Wood has been in the army for a number of years many people think of him only as a "military man," when as a matter of fact he was from the time he graduated from the Harvard Medical School in 1884, until 1898, either practicing his profession in Boston or was looking after the health of the officers and soldiers in the United States Army, many of his early year being spent in the Southwest where he campaigned against the Indians so faithfully and bravely that Congress conferred its greatest gift upon him--the Congressional Medal of Honor. Many people, too, think that President Roosevelt jumped him over the heads of many hundreds of officers to a Brigadiership, when as a matter of fact it was President McKinley who made him a Brigadier because of his talents exhibited during the Spanish War. Readers will recall that Wood was the first commanding officer of the Rough Riders and Roosevelt was second in command. After the first battle near Santiago, Wood was made a Brigadier General and Roosevelt took command of the regiment of Rough Riders. In connection with the coming visit of General Wood to Massachusetts a luncheon is to be tendered to him at Symphony Hall on April 13th under the auspices of the Class of 1884 Harvard Medical School. This is to be a non-political gathering and will be merely a tribute from many hundreds of Massachusetts physicians to Leonard Wood as a great American who has done things.
Gen. Wood Not a Martyr.
The history of Leonard Wood's preparedness campaign, which began before the European war broke out and ended only after victory was achieved, is so fresh in the popular mind that it requires no extensive review at this time. His inspiring example and his energetic labor in the cause of patriotism have borne their fruit. His career through the war marked him as a national leader, and this phase of Leonard Wood's life needs but one explanation now that he is looming up as the strongest candidate for the Republican presidential nomination.
The peculiarly mean spirited attitude of the administration toward Wood during the war has led many persons to look upon him as a martyr. General Wood has never by a single word commented on the action of the administration in keeping him from the front. Even in his campaign speeches he has refused to indulge in criticism of the Democratic regime. He is the last man to pose as one who has suffered a wrong at the hands of his enemies or opponents. In other words, General Wood is not a martyr. He is not running for the presidential nomination on a platform of revenge. The fact that he was treated badly, even outrageously, by the admin- istration does not qualify him for the high office of President. His candidacy rests on sounder basis. His political champions are urging his nomination on the ground that he has greater business administrative and executive experience than any man thus far mentioned for the presidency. It is true that some of the potential candidates have made millions and others have inherited millions, while Leonard Wood is a poor man. Wood has not had the privilege of handling millions of his own in private business, but in the larger business venture of establishing a nation like Cuba in business he has collected, and directed the expenditure of, nearly threescore millions of dollars, and he did this economically and wisely