The New York Times Current History of the European War, Vol. 1, January 9, 1915 eBook

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now to present their cause to arbitrators?  To no body of American citizens has there ever come a more strategic opportunity, or a responsibility so heavy.  Some of the most thoughtful men in this land believe that the destiny of Germany rests now largely with the leaders of the 6,000,000 German-Americans in our country.  But no matter what the outcome, let no man think that God and justice are not fully equal to this emergency.  The great vine of Liberty was planted by Divine hands in the Eden garden.  Just now men are feeding the blossoms of the tree of life to their war horses and splitting the boughs of that tree into shafts for their spears.  The storm roars through the branches, but the storm will die out.  Better days are coming.  It may be that the convulsion of war will do for Europe what the earthquake did for the rude folk of Greece—­cracked the solid rock and exposed the silver veins that gave the wealth with which rude men built Athens, with its art, its literature, its law and its liberty.  Take no counsel of crouching fear, God is abroad in the world.  With Him a thousand years are as one day.  When a long time has passed let us believe that self-government will be found to be the most stable form of government, and that these golden words, Liberty, Opportunity, Intelligence, and Integrity, will be the watch-words not only of the republic, but of all the nations of the earth.

Interview With Dr. Hillis

From the Brooklyn Eagle.

A frank declaration that he was opposed to Germany in the present great war was the answer returned today [Dec. 21, 1914] by the Rev. Dr. Newell Dwight Hillis to the protests against his sermon at Plymouth Church last night, in which he scored militarism and the Kaiser.

Not only did Dr. Hillis come out with the statement that he had said and meant all to which exception was taken in his sermon, but, in an interview today in his study, in the Arbuckle Institute, he asserted as well that he had told but little of what he had come to believe about Germany.  This position, he said, was that America and all the world must hope for German defeat, and must see that Germany was in the wrong.

“I was for Germany five months ago,” said Dr. Hillis.  “I have been lecturing for five years about the lessons we might learn from Germany.  Five months ago, it may be remembered, I gave an interview, in which I praised Germany and in which I took the part of the German people in the dreadful war that had come.

“But I have changed my mind.  I have seen that I was mistaken.  Several months ago I gave instructions to my lecture bureau to withdraw my lecture, ‘The New Germany,’ from my list.  That was about the middle of September, and it was only then that I realized what a German success would mean to the world—­how there could be nothing else but a world of armed camps, how we in this country, too, would have to adopt militarism in order to live.

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