June 18, 1915

by Richard van Pelt, WWI Correspondent

Graduates of the class of 1915 from Sacred Heart Academy were treated to the following address by the Reverend Father J. H. O’Farrell:

FATHER O’FARRELL DELIVERS ELOQUENT PATRIOTIC SPEECH
Graduating Exercises of the Sacred Heart Academy Most Brilliant

Rev. J. H. O’Farrell, of Woodburn, was treated to round after round of enthusiastic applause by an audience which filled the Grand Opera house to overflowing last night, upon the occasion of the graduating exercises of the Sacred Heart Academy, during the course of one of the most patriotic and eloquent addresses which has ever been delivered form the pulpit or the state in the city upon a similar occasion.

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Father O’Farrell’s address was directed more particularly to the class of graduates than to the big audience in attendance and he endorsed every act of President Wilson during the present war crisis and charged them individually and collectively to live up to the true standards of Americanism and pledge undying fealty and loyalty to the government administration “regardless of the flag under which we chanced to be born and without regard to what country we call our fatherland.” He gave some especial advice and counsel to the girl graduates, saying that to the women was especially due an advanced education in order that they not only be trained to look after their inherent duties of the household, but to be prepared to vote and act intelligently when called upon to do so upon serious questions affecting the home and the government.

In his final installment, the paper headlined it as:

NO ONE WANTED WAR, YET THOUSANDS DIE – NO VOICE FOR PEACE

Washington, June 18. – The third installment of former Secretary of State Bryan’s statement on “the causeless war” headed “The Way Out,” given out today was in part as follows:

“Mediation is the means provide by international agreement through which belligerents can be brought into conference. Providing time for the investigation of all disputes is the means by which future wars can be averted and the cultivation of international friendship is the means by which the desire for war can be rooted out.

“What is the fight about? None seems to know, or, if anyone does know, he has not taken the public into his confidence.

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“What cause for war is of such a magnitude that nations can afford to commence shooting before the cause is investigated? The trouble has been that while they have been abundantly supplied with machinery for war, they have possessed no machinery for the promotion of peace.”

On the anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, the paper headlines that the same ground is once again blood soaked:

FIELD OF WATERLOO STREWN WITH DEAD ON ANNIVERSARY
After 100 Years Famous Battle Ground Again Soaked With Blood
FRENCH BEGIN MIGHTY RUSH UPON GERMAN LINE
Berlin Officially Admits enemy Has Penetrated Line Near Arras

Paris, June 18. – Furious fighting on an eight-mile front north of Arras, over shell-wreck trenches and hillsides strewn with dead and dying, marked the centenary of the battle of Waterloo.

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