"Correspondence, January-February 1912", Item 004
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this effort will chiefly serve to help the powder trust and other trusts which deal with military equipments to secure larger orders. Were not the public so credulous in this matter and so ill informed regarding the facts, this movement could gain no headway. General Oliver, Assistant Secretary of War, is a prime mover in promoting rifle practice in the schools and is President of the National Board for the Promotion of Rifle Practice. he is reported as saying that there is now "installed in each public school in New York a sub-target gun machine. Rifle shooting is under the direct supervision of a faculty member and the Public Schools Athletic League assumes direct control." This, of course, does not involve obligatory practice, but the report is made that "no branch of sport has awakened such interest as the shooting," and that 5000 boys are competing for trophies. California has authorized the teaching of rifle shooting to public school boys, and unless the public is aroused the movement may extend to other states. It is to be hoped that the newly enfranchised California women will study the subject and work for the repeal of their present law. To those who are interested in the Scout movement, already enrolling half a million American boys, I commend attention to the World Scouts, an order established by Sir Francis Vane, which has all the good out-door, manly qualities of the earlier Scout organizations and nothing of a military character, and is growing rapidly. A world Scout is taught to be first of all a human being, with sympathy for every other As a member of an organization which is pledged to support the peace cause, will you not, in addition to complying with the above request, assist its peace department in the following ways: 1 If you have not already done so, appoint a special correspondent to co-operate with me, one who is interested in the peace cause and will transmit leaflets to your branches and members. 2 Ask the librarians in your town to put the publications of the American Peace Society (2) and of the World Peace Foundation (3) into their libraries. 3 Secure the educational observance of May 18, in your schools, churches, and your own organization, and send to the chairman plans and reports of these. 4 Let me know your local conditions, the names of people and papers in favor of or strongly opposed to the peace cause. Offer suggestions, criticisms, questions, but please do not ignore the subject. Remember that the Third Hague Conference occurs in 1915 and that the next year its program must be decided on. Upon the decision whether to admit the problem of the limitation of armaments depends the expenditure or non-expenditure of billions of the hard earned dollars of the taxpayers of the world; this greatly affects the cost of living. There are many other important subjects before the world, but none that touch so many persons and interests and that must be settled one way or other so soon. Enclosed is a leaflet entitled, "Women and the War System," other copies of which may be had for distribution by application, enclosing stamps. Please mention the number of copies which you can wisely use. A little pamphlet (5c.) entitled, "What Women might Do with the Ballot to Abolish the System of War," is about to appear in the new series of pamphlets published by the N. A. W. S. A., 507 Fifth Avenue, New York City. With earnest hope for your co-operation and interest, Faithfully yours, Lucia Ames Mead, Chairman of the Peace and Arbitration Departments of the Nat. Am. Woman Suffrage Association and of the National Council of Women. 39 Newbury Street, Boston, Mass. January, 1912
(1) Mrs. Andrews, Sec. S. P. L. 405 Marlborough St., Boston, Mass. (2) Colorado Building, Washington, D.C. (3) 29a Beacon St., Boston, Mass.