Appeal to Conscience

When the President called for a National Service Act, everybody talked at once. Hot arguments about the motives and the merits of the President's proposal flew back & forth. Then an Elder Statesman spoke—and the momentary silence that followed his words showed a shamefaced realization that at his own moral level there was no reply. Secretary of War Stimson, whose years have carried him beyond party and personal ambition, appeared last week before the Senate Military Affairs Committee to plead for the National Service Act. His appeal was directed straight to the conscience of every American. He said:

"This war...

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