Signs of the Times

[From the Dewsbury Reporter, Yorkshire, England]

President Coolidge has announced that in the event of another war the American Government would institute universal conscription—not only of men, but of wealth. "To expose some men to the perils of the battlefields while others are left to reap large gains, to make a sacrifice of one and a profiteer of another, is not in harmony with our ideals of equity." The feeling in favor of some such policy has grown in this country since the war, for everyone has seen the inequality and the inequity of conscripting life and not conscripting property. A realization that war would mean the conscription of wealth would prove one of the greatest deterrents of war.

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July 2, 1927

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