The Next Step, January 20, 1919 (excerpts)



"The idea of international association is by no means a new departure," said Jane Addams of Hull House, Chicago, in discussing the League of Nations at the opening program of Farmers' Week at the University of Missouri last week. "International societies of all kinds, labor organizations, medical and agricultural societies have [been] active for the last half century. They have all prepared the way for international unity and for thinking in international terms.

"Even chambers of commerce now have international organizations. The men gathered in Paris will utilize all these starts. We should push the League of Nations by supporting the idea at home. The President is doing his utmost for it at the conference.

"But the League of Nations will never succeed without a willingness manifested among the stronger peoples to stretch out a helping hand to the weaker ones.

"The final resource under present arrangements when nations disagree is resort to arms. The old 'balance of power' idea has served its day. The League of Nations is to make war less profitable; let us hope, impossible.

"As soon as we have the moral enterprise to see the value of man's humanity to man we shall see the inevitableness of a league of nations. Some day our President will be glorified for holding us so faithfully and persisting so diligently in the face of criticism for the principles that he represents."

In conclusion Miss Addams pled for the loyal support of the League of Nations' idea, saying that it is our opportunity to clinch our military victory and to win the friendship of the world.

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