Mail Tribune 100
Nov. 13, 1914
Editorial: The Mail Tribune is in receipt of the following unsigned letter, one of several of similar import, the writers apparently being ashamed to stand openly by their convictions. It is published in violation of the universal newspaper law of ignoring unsigned communications, merely because it is typical of a certain element and undoubtedly voices their sentiments. The communication follows:
To the Editor:
If you were a fair minded person, as you ought to be in your business, you would publish the article by Herman Riddle from "Sunset," as well as the one-sided affair written by Sir Gilbert Parker.
I was born in this country and my mother before me, but every drop of blood in me is German and i am proud of it, and an Englishmen cannot down an American or a German as they do the yellow and the black dictating their every move.
When my subscription to your lovely paper runs out I will look elsewhere for the news.
I have lived here fifteen years and have a family of young people that feel the same as I do.
The Mail Tribune does not pretend to voice the German viewpoint. It aims rather to voice the American viewpoint. It does not care for war discussions, as they accomplish nothing, and believes in the soundness of President Wilson's neutrality advice.
The Mail Tribune has never refused to print any side of any argument, and will cheerfully reprint any article our unknown critic sends in — provided it is not too long and not sent anonymously.
The Mail Tribune is not anti-German and not prejudiced against the German people. It is, however, an opponent of that militarism, of that kaiserism, of that Prussianism which has kept Europe and armed camp for 40 years and is now drenching half the world with blood. It opposes that philosophy which substitutes the right of might preached by Nietzche for the right of humanity preached by Christ.