FORMER WAR SECRETARY SAYS AMERICANS CAN NEVER REALIZE THE EXTREMES TO WHICH GERMANS GO
Chicago, Illinois (JFK+50) One hundred years ago today, June 12, 1917, former Secretary of War Jacob M. Dickinson*, speaking before the Rock Island Railway Club here in the Windy City, said that Germany is "laying plans for world wide conquest--for the next war--accepting as an accomplished fact a German victory in the present war."
Mr. Dickinson, who served in the administration of President William H. Taft, warned that according to reports in German newspapers, the Kaiser was making plans to reorganize his military resources to the maximum.
He went on to say...
"We of America can never be brought to realize the German mind...to go to the extremes to which Germans...go."
*Jacob M. Dickinson (1851-1928) was born in Columbus, Mississippi & served in the Confederate army during the Civil War. JMD graduated from the University of Nashville in 1871 & was admitted to the TN Bar in 1874.
JMD served on the Tennessee State Supreme Court 1891-93, was Assistant U.S. Attorney General 1895-1897 & was a professor of law at Vanderbilt University.
"Kaiser Plans For Next War, Says Dickinson", The Chicago Daily Tribune, June 13, 1917.