From our archives: If it’s war, the U.S. must be bold
What we thought: 100 years ago
Note to readers – Sauk Valley Media reprints editorials and articles from the past as a regular Monday feature. The following items appeared in the Telegraph from April 24 to 30, 1914.
If we strike,
It is no light recreation to conquer and undertake to tame and rule over 15 million hostile aliens. President Wilson knew the fearful task it would be, and he was loath to go into a war with Mexico.
If the Mexicans must have it, we must satisfy them. If Mexico is willing to bow at the seizure of a few ports, very well. The United States does not seek war, but the prospects are that Mexico will not bow, and this government must use drastic means to force pacification onto the revolt-rended country.
Wilson has been clinging to the forlorn hope that war can still be averted. It is a slender hope, but such as it is, every sober-minded citizen shares it.
However, if we are to have war, we should strike quick and hard. It does not appear that there is much to be gained by delay now, and every hour affords an advantage to the enemy.
We hope that if the government gets to drafting soldiers, they will at least leave us one good, big, able-bodied man to operate the fine new system of garbage disposal that Dixon is going to have when Commissioner Gannon gets into action. – April 24, 1914
Oil the streets
It has been proven by test in Dixon that macadam streets, properly oiled and subjected to a bath of oil, make a much better, cleaner, smoother, and more sightly thoroughfare than before they have been thus treated.
Warm weather and high winds have created a great deal of dust recently, and the housekeepers along the streets complain. Many of them are delaying their spring housecleaning until the streets in front of their homes have been oiled and the dust nuisance settled for the season.
The oil is a good thing. The oiled street is the next best thing to asphalt or paving. It costs just as much to oil them later as now, so the moral is, Why not now? Every main thoroughfare that is not bricked should be oiled this summer. There is nothing to be lost and much to be gained by immediate action. – April 27, 1914
The overflowing can
We failed to notice anything about a city garbage disposal system in the proceedings of the city council yesterday. Mayor Brinton says he is making an investigation in cities in various parts of the country and perhaps he’ll get an inspiration. “Hope springs eternal in the human breast.”
It’s getting warm, Colonel. Let’s don’t let the flies get too great a start on us. The cans are full and running over, and relief is not yet in sight. – April 28, 1914
The new county chairman
Clinton C. Buckaloo, supervisor from Nelson township, was selected Tuesday as the chairman of the Lee County Board of Supervisors for the coming year. The board members could not have made a better selection than they did. “Clint” Buckaloo, as he is known throughout the county, is a good, big, two-fisted, level-headed man, and he will preside over the deliberations of the board with fairness and firmness and will fight to the last ditch for everything that is right and good for Lee county.
There were other good candidates up, but their support was divided, and Buckaloo’s entrance into the race as a dark horse on the eleventh hour further weakened their chances. Buckaloo’s showing on the first ballot, when he got more votes than he needed, against two members of the board who were older in point of service than himself, is quite remarkable and considerable of a compliment to him.
The Telegraph congratulates the new chairman and wishes him every success during his term of office, for we know that Chairman Buckaloo will be on the right side of everything and that his administration will be a credit to the county as well as himself. Nelson township is fortunate in being represented in so able a man. – April 29, 1914
A death trap
Dixon has been hoping and praying for decades that a warning device of some description would be installed by the two controlling railroad companies at the crossing of the switch track at the foot of the Galena avenue hill, across the south end of the Galena avenue bridge. We don’t seem to be any nearer than the day the track was put in, but we are still just as anxious to have it.
Every one-horse town in the state that has a railroad going through it has the gates that close and bar all traffic when a train is approaching. Dixon evidently has not reached that state of importance as yet.
The two buildings on the corners of Galena and River street [effectively] hide all view of the track either way for the driver coming down the hill toward the bridge. In fact, a stranger might never know he was crossing a railroad track until he is slapped in the back by a switch engine. ...
Several accidents have already occurred at this crossing. It is sinful and criminal to allow lives to be imperiled constantly this way, and we ask that some action be taken by the city officials to have the danger removed before some awful accident befalls. – April 30, 1914