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THE MORAL DAMAGE

OF WAR

BY

WALTER WALSH

GILFILLAN MEMORIAL CHURCH, DUNDee

PUBLISHED FOR THE INTERNATIONAL UNION

GINN & COMPANY, BOSTON

COPYRIGHT, 1906

BY WALTER WALSH

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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THE THIRTEENTH

INTERNATIONAL PEACE CONGRESS, BOSTON, 1904

THE AMERICAN DELEGATES AND THE

AMERICAN PEOPLE

WHOSE LARGE-MINDED HOSPITALITY

TO THE DELEGATES FROM OTHER LANDS

AND TO THE GREAT PRINCIPLE THEY REPRESENTED

WILL ABIDE

AN INSPIRING AND IMPERISHABLE MEMORY

IS INSCRIBED

THIS

POLEMIC FOR PEACE

England and America are properly not two nations, but one; inseparable by any human power or diplomacy; being already united by Heaven's Act of Parliament, and nature, and practical intercourse; indivisible brother elements of the same great Saxondom.

CARLYLE TO DICKENS, 1845

PREFACE

The argument that follows is not spun from the writer's fancy, but deduced from facts of which he has had intimate experience. The instances and illustrations were not coined in the mint of his imagination, but in nearly every case are either direct quotation or accurate summary of precise sayings and doings referable, on challenge, to their sources.

So much was affirmed when the following pages were first given to the British public. But so hideous was the revelation they contained of the damage wrought by war upon the moral nature of all classes of society, that a few persons professed to receive it with incredulity, and dismissed the conclusions with evasive exclamations about rhetoric and exaggeration. Such persons were those who either had not passed through the same fire as the writer, or had not, like him, observed and noted, gathered and pondered, through sorrowful years, or whose previous habit of mind left them unprepared for the message of peace. The sincerity of these evasions may be judged from the fact that in no single instance were they accompanied by a demand for the production of the proofs so freely offered; whilst, on the contrary, others well qualified to judge corroborated the extremest statements, offering to supplement them by facts within their own possession,

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