CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE: THEIR OPPORTUNITY FOR PATRIOTIC SERVICE INTERNATIONALLY AS WELL AS NATIONALLY
IN this chapter let us consider what sort of organized equipment we have ready to our hand for entering this great Southern field, and also how that equipment can serve us patriotically as well as commercially. If the people of the United States, as people, and not as represented by their Government, can be aroused to the importance which the progress of Pan-Americanism has for them, this generation will go down in our national history as equally useful with the one which removed the drag of slavery from our forward march.
By the word "people" we mean the same political factor which the old town meetings used to embody, -- meetings for the open discussion by citizens of matters of local interest, decided not by political alignment as upon national policies, but by a non-partisan consensus of opinion as to what was best for that community. We have almost forgotten what an admirably potent and democratic system we had evolved in those meetings, and have come to feel that all matters affecting the body politic must