The commoner. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-1923, March 01, 1915, Page 19, Image 19
"wti. WW The Commoner MARCH, 1915 19 wB5M School Children Submit Petition for Peace in Europe If - " I ; - - Scone at the State Department, Washington, February, WJWl? l" Byyan Receives Plea of 350,000 (From the Washington Evening Star, eoruary za, j.uio.j A protest by children against the wanton slaughter of humans in the effort to uphold national dignities, a protest against the deprivation to the children of Europe of their fathers and guardians, was laid in the hands of Secretary Bryan of the state de partment this norning by twelve lit tle girls of the Washington public schools, all dressed in white. It was a two-and-a-half-mile protest from 350,000 children of the United States, scattered over forty-five states, against the continuance of the Eu ropean conflict and a plea to the l-UCU UtiiiUH Ox LxltJ jJUYVOAD " to declare an armistice, to submit their troubles involved in the .present war, and all future troubles to the Hague. Secretary Bryan in his office in the state department, where peace and arbitration treaties have been nego tiated, where the seals have been, af fixed binding the United States to submit to investigation any interna tional dispute in-which it shall be in volved, received the petitions, which Mmo ivy -.-.ii.-. t -..-.-.-,.,, 1 Vin.icnnrl names each, and deposited them on the desk where peace treaties have been signed and where many more May be signed. PRESENTS PETITION AND PLEA After the party had been ushered into the office of the premier and had been introduced by Miss Kate Dev ereux Blake of New York City, orig inator of the movement, Miss Ruth W ICebler of the Johnson public school of Washington, D. C, stepped forward with one of the petition rolls nicely tied with broad white ribbon. She was the first to lay the petition in the hands of Secretary Bryan, and as she did so t-ie said: "Mr. Secretary, we, the children of the national capital, present to you these petitions from the children of our United States in which we ask for peace in Europe and we pray with more energy to have war kept from this nation." Miss Blake, at the conclusion of Miss Kebler's remarks, asked the sec retary if he would not go to the front of the building to have pictures taken af the peace party. "No," he said. Then came a pause while the party stood wondering the cause. . ,f "I desire to say someimue j" WEARS SPECIAL BADGE "I wore dow-. this morning a peace badge, which, as you see," he said, Minting to a white dove design af fixed to the lapel of his coat, "is the Sove of peac, with outstretched Wl"f am very glad to receive petitions fnr neace here from any one. How Pver I think that they can come from no nortion of the population with was then that x u burdens 0f Tt:jxx ..Tho w0!?o, the burdens of war, the,1ngtr rfSuia have something to and.lUn,a aeermination of those ""'"SEES COMING OP PEACE a nf th nvnaont. fitrife. God does uu u Y v "---, Kllf llo not enaoie us to iooh. uuuuu, uu does enable us to aeciao uuubuuud .. .. .1 .,.. -nmmnn ntlfl does enable us to. decide questions u . 3 -. ; ----- na thnv arise and you women auu ijuiiub hi mu ivupo ..w., -- cn..rn K-aonelour '??t'mSg i ,4AA vnnr tnnra for neace." Following the ceremonies in the secretary of state's private office. Secretary Bryan went with the wo men and children to the steps of the bJUding, where they were filmed for the movies. As the picture was be ing taken, Ambassador Naon of the Argentine republic, one of the diplo mats who assisted in settling the re cent differences between the United States and Mexico, came up, and Miss Blake insisted upon him getting into the picture as a representative of an other ) jutral nation. The petitions were then taken to the big state reception room, where they were piled high on the tables, to become a part of the official archives of the state department. A copy of the petition is to be sent to the diplomatic representatives in this city of the nations at war, and they are to be informed, and are, in turn expected to inform their gov ernments, of tho receipt of the peti tion an J the fact there is on file at the American state department a pe tition two and a half miles long bear ing the rames of 350,000 school children 1 f the United States, begging "on belialf of the helpless children of Europe and Asia, who are being de prived of their fathers and their ed ucation, and are b ing irreparably de graded by the hideous conditions cre ated by the war," that the strife be ended. , rwnmv THOSE 1IN ItltU x'.tt.iv x x Miss Ruth W. Kebler, Miss Margaret W. Tracey and Miss Esther Edgerton, . v. TiiTiQn wnlinnl; Miss iTizabetn H. SYfenk, Miss Theodate P. Wilson, Miss Josephine L. FInkle, Miss Elsie R. Finkle, Miss Sophia Walman and Miss Ruth E. Thomas, school, and Miss Mary J. Pardee, pu pil at the Powell school. Others in tho party were Miss Kato Devereux Blakj, Mrs. L. F. Kebler, Mrs. Franklin Wilson, Mrs. Kate Wal ler Barrett, Mrs. William Kent, Mrs. Robert M. La Follette, Miss Ethel Smith, Miss Jeanette Rankin, Mrs. Churchill and Arthur Deerin Call, executive director of tho American Peaco society. WISDOM Doth not wisdom cry? and under standing put forth her voice? She standeth in the top of high places, by the way in the places of the paths. She crieth at the gates, at the entry of the city, at the coming in of tho doors: Unto you, O men, I call; and my voice is to the sons of man. O ye simple, understand wisdom: and, ye fools, be ye of an understanding heart. Hear; for I will speak of ex cellent things; and the opening of my lips shall be right things. For my mouth shall speak truth; and wickedness is an abomination to my lips. Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold. For wisdom is bet ter than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it. I, wisdom, dwell with prudence. By me kings reign, and princes decree justice. By me princes rule, and nobles, even all the . j.t. At.li TMMiott rwl TiiUbxti UN xrxxy axuvj. JUUges ox me cuim. -" -- ,,.- ,nTOirr .famirAn carried the honor are with me; yea, durable nPtltions to tho state department and riches and righteousness. My fruit Presented them to Secretary Bryan: is better than gold, yea, than fine prteuii.u ,,-, fjttoa MnrcrfirAt. o-nlrl Proverbs vlii.. 1:19. gold. Proverbs viii., 1:19. Poverty may pinch an honest man, but it never lands him in jail. Ex. i '"1 4 5 "I 1 rj"J f ' f ' M 1 1 -si r53J 4, &iuik .irtU4 i) mmmmmmmmmmmmm Aiw;.