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laws of the land are the foundation of civil life. Since we live in this country, we must be faithful and obedient to the laws of the country. Moreover, it is generally considered that those who firmly believe in religion and faithfully obey the national laws are the most desirable citi

To be faithful and obedient to the Land of the Stars and Stripes, one must thoroughly understand the spirit of the country. In order to do this it will be most desirable to truly comprehend the aforesaid five appeals to American patriotism.

(Rev.) Y. IMAMURA,
Hongwanji Mission,

Honolulu.

Americanism.

One writer has gone so far as to call it one of the four historical papers, the others being the Declaration of Independence, the Farewell Address of Washington, and the Gettysburg Speech of Lincoln. This led to the rereading of these papers. As to the first, it is needless to make any comment. As to the second, we find there the father of his country, cut of solicitude for the well-being of his fellow citizens, urging them with the disinterested freedom of a departing friend, to perpetuate union and brotherly love and to maintain a free constitution. Lincoln's speech, concise and short as it is, will never be forgotten, if only for the one phrase "The government of the people, by the people, for the people.” These four addresses together with the seventh annual message of President Monroe, in which one finds the text of the famous doctrine bearing his name, are well worth reading and re-reading by any American whatever his origin. These must be put into memory just as "the five vows" of the late Emperor of Japan, his Edict on Education and his Proclamation of 1908 are memorized by almost every Japanese. They are the right and long wanted scripture of American spirit, and I hope they will be adopted as such in the education for American citizenship.

To facilitate the right understanding of the message these scriptures bear to the minds of our young, I have taken pains to make a Japanese version of them, and here it is printed side by side with the originals. This, I hope, will also afford to the parents of the young men born here the chance of access to, and appreciation of the American spirit, which, heretofore, has been wanting. Those of Shinshu faith are earnest in the belief that in Shinran

Rev. Y. Imamura

Owing to the earnest admonitions of the representative of the Citizenship Educational Committee,our Hongwanji Mission began to take its part in the work of enlightening the young Japanese minds two years ago. To my great satisfaction, the first general meeting held at the Japanese High School under our auspices was a success. Since then we have been doing our utmost to help out the work of the campaigners by counsel, suggestion, or taking the young men under our gidance to the meetings. We have now two representatives in the supervisory committee. That we have been unable to make particular and substantial contribution toward the end in view has been, however, my constant regret.

Now is the time for those living in this country to be more than mere spectators. The life of gratitude and thanksgiving is a fundamental principle of our fellowbelievers. Today is the most opportune time to evoke this spirit in their minds, and thus we have begun our movement toward the control and conservation of food supplies. Since the United States has declared that a state of belligerency exists between this country and the German Empire, President Wilson has read his war-message before the joint session of Congress, and the War Bill for $7,000,000,000 has been rushed like a shot through the Legislature. America is now alive with patriotism. This affords a splendid opportunity for inspiring the American spirit in the sons of the soil, and the President's now famous proclamation with its elevated devotion to

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