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NOVEMBER 15, 1918 al way. Their representatives in the supreme war council at Versailles have by unanimous resolution assured the peoples of the central empires that everything that is possible in the circumstances will be done to supply them with food and relieve the distressing want that is in so many places threatening their very lives; and steps are to be taken immediately to organize these efforts at relief in the same systematic manner that they were organized in the case of Belgium. By the use of the idle tonnage of the central empires it ought to presently to be possible to lift the fear of after misery from their oppressed populations and set their minds and energies free for the great and hazardous tasks of political reconstruction which now face them on every hand. Hunger does not breed reform; it breeds madness, and all the ugly distempers that make an ordered life impossible. For with the fall of the ancient governments which rested like an incubus upon the peoples of the central empires has come political change, not merely, but revolution; and revolution which seems as yet to assume no final and ordered form, but to run from one fluid change to another, until thoughtful men are forced to ask themselves, with what governments, and of what sort, are we about to deal in the making of the covenants of [illegible] With what authority will they [illegible] us, and with what assurance that [illegible] will abide and sustain [illegible] the international arrangements into which we are about to enter? There is more matter for small anxiety and misgiving. When peace is made, upon whose promises and engagements besides our own is it to [illegible]? Let us be perfectly frank with ourselves and admit that these questions cannont be satisfactorily answered now or at once. But the moral is not that there is little hope of an early answer that will suffice. It is only that we must be patient and helpful and mindful above all of the great hope and confidence that lie at the heart of what is taking place. Excesses accomplish nothing. Unhappy Russia has furnished abundant recent proof of that. Disorder immediately defeats itself. If excesses should occur, if disorder should for a time raise its head, a sober second thought will follow and a day of constructive action, if we help and do not hinder. The present and all that is holds belongs to the nations and the peoples who preserve their self-control and the orderly processes if their governments; the future to those who prove themselves the true friends of mankind. To conquer with arms is tot make only a temporary conquest; to conquer the world by earning its esteem is to make permanent conquest. I am confident that the nations that have learned the discipline of freedom and that have settled with self-oppression to its ordered practice are now about to make conquest of the world by the sheer power of example and of friendly helpfulness. The peoples who have but just come out from under the yoke of arbitrary government and who are now coming [illegible] last into their freedom will never find the treasures of liberty they are in search of if they look for them by the light of the torch. They will find that every pathway that is stained with the blood of their own brothers leads to the wilderness, not to the seat of their hope. They are now face to face with their initial test. We must hold the light steady until they find themselves. And in the meantime, if it be possible, we must establish a peace that will justly define their place among the nations, remove all fear of their neighbors and of their former masters and enable them to live in security and contentment when they have set their own affairs in order. I, for one, do not doubt their purpose of their capacity. There are some happy signs that they know and will choose the way of self-control and peaceful accommodation. If they do, we shall put our aid at their disposal in every way that we can. If they do not, we must away with patience and sympathy the awakening and recovery that will assuredly come at last. BOXING BOUTS TUESDAY. A big boxing show ill be held at the Liberty Theatre Tuesday night at which the prominent mitt artists of camp will show their wares. The boxing bouts have been arranged by Captain Frank Glick, Camp athletic officer, with Desanders, Borrell, Finneran and others in star bouts. The whole evening will be given over to boxing and a card of ten bouts has been drawn up. The proceeds of the entertainment will be turned over to the United War Work Council. There is no doubt but that there will be a full share of action shown by the men in the squared circle.