The measure was defeated. An Act of Congress of June 15, 1917, forbade sending from American waters any ship armed or converted in American waters, under any contract or with any intent that it should be delivered to a belligerent nation.
Since that period of our early history there has now come the mightiest and most sudden economic and social revolution which has visited the earth during all the millions of years of man's life upon that planet. The reservoirs of power stored up in the earth during those millions of years have suddenly been tapped by man's technical skill and invention. The age of steam and electricity has arrived and the world has suddenly become interconnected and interdependent. In this process it has developed large urban and industrial populations entirely dependent upon distant sources of food and other supplies. Civilized life has suddenly become extremely complex and extremely fragile. Industrial Europe and to a less extent industrial North America suddenly have been filled with huge complicated habitations of men, women, and children all of whom are supported by a delicate economic mechanism of life, the stoppage or impairment of which will bring millions to discomfort and poverty or even starvation.
With equal suddenness war has become immensely more destructive. Within my adult lifetime I have watched the development of the long range rapid-fire rifle with its smokeless powder; the infinitely longer range quick firing artillery, shooting projectiles filled with an explosive so much more terrible than anything theretofore known that when it was first invented there was a strong movement to prohibit its use in war; the____________________