Scientific American Volume 118

Scientific American Volume 118

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1918-01 edition. Excerpt: ... by Berlin is the absurd theory of German invincibility, the superstition that measures taken against her are doomed to disaster from the start. There is a sensational and morbid interest about these disaster stories that makes them irresistibly attractive to some of the least sensible classes of American citizen. This kind of propaganda, searching out all the weaklings at the front and behind the lines, had much to do with the Italian retreat. It fostered the spell of "defeatism " from which France suffered at the beginning of last summer. Here in America it will be a danger that loyal citizens will be constantly ready to oppose, in whatever form, and in whatever quarter. There are falsehoods to deceive the simple and falsehoods toconfuse the wise. Of the first class are stories that Uncle Sam is about to confiscate all money on deposit in our banks; that the grain sent to Europe is all made into whiskey; that American soldiers are instructed to put out the eyes of all captives; that every Anerican soldier is given a bottle of poison to drink in case he is taken prisoner; that there are 10,000 Englishmen in Colorado waiting, heavily armed, until all the American forces have gone to France, at which time they will issue from the mountain fastnesses and annex this fair land to the British throne; that in the military camps in Texas our drafted and enlisted men are being choked to death by the ten rific dust at the rate of forty a day. And these are but samples of the sort of thing the confiding public is asked to believewhich it serves Gcrman_v's interest that the public accept as truth. Of lies to entrap the wise, perhaps the most insiduous are those which profess secret information from the highest sources that our...show more

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  • Paperback | 762 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 39mm | 1,334g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236921240
  • 9781236921246