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Mail Tribune 100

Jan. 28, 1916


Establishment of government armor and munition plants, abandonment of dreadnought construction, and the addition of large fleets of submarines and aeroplanes to protect the country from invasion, "but not for aggressive warfare or the invasion of any other country" is the policy advocated by Senator Harry Lane of Oregon in a statement assailing the most-talked-of plans of national defense.

Senator Lane opposes the creation of a large standing army and promises to introduce an amendment providing for the enlistment of from 500,000 to 1,000,000 men, from periods of from six to nine months, paying them prevailing wages and employing them in building highways across and through the country, at the same time training them in rudimentary military tactics two days each week. This plan, he states, would enable the turning back into private life about a million healthy young men each "who would not be ruined by life in the barracks," and the nation would secure badly needed roads.

The senator states that $17,000,000 super dreadnoughts which in a few years become out-of-date and useless, are not needed, but that powerful coast-defense vessels, submarines, aeroplanes, hydroplanes and mines, with large guns along the coast, will provide ample defense at far less cost.

The senator's plan is a good one, in that it would make the army useful as well as ornamental, take the profit out of war, and remove the danger to liberty by militarism. Let us hope it will receive some attention in these frenzied days of preparedness for mythical foes.


On Tuesday afternoon Moose hall was the scene of a gathering behind closed doors, bent on resuscitating certain phases of municipal administration in which police officials were alleged to have been derelict in duty. These, however, are matters of ancient history, and have virtually been relegated to Potter's field. A political bias was evidently behind the agitation. An attorney from Medford was present in an advisory capacity. Some members of the Ministerial union were also there, but they disclaimed any intention of stirring up further strife over a question now considered to be a dead letter.