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."
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:
Apathy!I'm beginning to think that your
apathist (to coin a word) is pretty nearly as
bad as your pacifist. You can at least pillory
the pacifist, plant the red flag over him and
warn straight Americans to give him a wide
berth. But your apathist! What in heaven's
name are you going to do with this chap!