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January 27, 1900


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JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(4):203-204. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.24610040013001c

The object of this paper is to elicit discussion and lead up to uniformity of action in all the states. That I may conserve your time, I shall be brief, and beg that my brevity may not be mistaken for dogmatism.

Political history demonstrates that every nation has frequent crises in its affairs when the show of armed force is necessary. Ability to rapidly mobilize a formidable fighting force makes for peace. Industrially and commercially that country is the strongest which can spare the largest per cent. of its men to civil employments. The policy of territorial expansion beyond seas, by whatever form of government adopted, has always required a larger military establishment than would have been required had the same territory been contiguous to the mother land.

This counry must then in its present situation be either equipped with a large standing army or cultivate within its industrial class

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