ment of the European countries and how this coming year we will contribute not less than four billions is explained in a coming bulletin. (cf Bul #39)
Our year end good will message was stopped by a feeling of suffocation as we read the supposedly Good Will messages put forth by platitudinous divines and guileful politicians which thinly covered underlying hates. The more candid, vicious animosity of frustrated statesmen seemed less painful. But we still believe there can be no hate where there is understanding, and no peace where there is hate. Our purpose is to bring light to the dark places. God's first commandment was
"Let there be light".
December 29, 1939
The President's great enthusiasm for boats is proving contagious. Up pipes a Congressman suggesting 65,000-ton battleships. Another goes one better and calls for 80,000-tonners. Chairman Vinson of the Naval Affairs Committee calls it a "pipe dream" ( N. Y. Times, Dec. 31). The largest battleship afloat is 35,000 tons. We heard Japan was building 45,000-tonners, so we are building two at a cost of $70,000,000 to $80,000,000 each. 65,000-tonners would cost $130,000,000 each, 80,000-tonners close to $200,000,000 each. But we are all for defense.
We will soon have a two-ocean navy. But why only two? There are seven seas, are there not? And our State Department head announces that it is our function to "maintain orderly processes everywhere".
Ninety-five additional warships and 3000 more navy planes are called for at an added cost of $1,300,000,000 in the bill introduced by Chairman Vinson on which hearings were begun Jan. 3 (AP, Jan. 4). Ten battleships and scores of other vessels have already been authorized by