Costly Ignorance

On the last day of the old year a "highly responsible source" talked to Washington correspondents. He banged his white-knuckled fist on the desk and although not a blasphemous man, he swore bitterly. For he was brimming over with indignation that Americans in their ignorance should do anything so tragic.

He was talking about the threatened railroad and steel strikes. He said that those events might cost the nation hundreds of thousands of lives. And he meant it, literally, in military terms.

Outlining the situation in Europe, he laid out a chain of cause...

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