It is the purpose of the pamphlet to place in the hands of the pupils of the seventh and eighth grades and also the Freshman dasses of high schools throughout the state, a concise and authoritative statement of the reason for the entrance of the United States into the present European war.
On April 26, 1917, under power vested in me by Chapter 44 of the Public Acts of 1917, I appointed the Connecticut State Council of Defense by proclamation, "with me and under my direction to conduct the prosecution of the war so far as concerns this state and with power to co-operate with other states and with the Federal Government."
The great war began in the Balkans. The eye of the world has long turned toward this region as one where trouble might occur with little warning.
In the Balkan peninsula there are four states of considerable importance-Greece, Bulgaria, Roumania and Serbia. In addition there are the two little kingdoms of Albania and Montenegro.
The Teutons are of Aryan descent and cam from Asia before the dawn of history. First mention is made of them about 330 B C when they were described as living between the Rhine and the Baltic Sea. They were said to be of tall stature fair complexion and to have yellow or red hair. They were of great strength and fond of fighting. Their homes were among the trees in rude huts. The women were required to do most of the work.
War between the United States and Germany was proclaimed by the President of the United States, April 6, 1917. After referring to laws of the United States which empower him to. restrain or remove enemy subjects, and to make regulations, the President, among other things, appeals to Americans to uphold the laws of this land of Freedom, calls attention to the fact that war has been thrust upon the Nation, and instructs and orders the subjects of the country with which the United States is at war, as follows: