The Czechoslovak Review/Volume 1/President Judson's message

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At the John Hus memorial meeting, held in Chicago on July 6th, President Harry Pratt Judson of the University of Chicago was to be the principal speaker. At the last moment his duties as member of the Council of National Defense called him to Washington. He sent a telegram which was read at the meeting and was received with genuine enthusiasm. It is given herewith:

Cordial greetings to my American fellow citizens of Bohemian descent!

Americanism is not determined by race or place of birth, but by loyalty to the constitution of the United States and by willingness to give all that one has, even his life, in the defense of his land.

By that test there are no better Americans than those who trace their parentage to Bohemia.

We are engaged in war against a far reaching plot to dominate the world by Prussianism. The forces are the same which have crushed freedom in Bohemia and Moravia. There can be no secure peace until these forces are utterly defeated and secure guarantees are had which will prevent a renewal of the attack.

It must be made impossible for Prussian power to hold the road to Constantiople and Bagdad. One of the most effective bars would be a Czecho-Slovak state and that free state, I confidently hope, will emerge from the contest.

The ancient glories of the Bohemian people will flower anew in a free democracy which will always be found in close ties of friendship with our Republic on this side of the Ocean.

Hail to that day!

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