World War I; Babel Proclamation; Council of Defense; German Language; Anti-Germanism; Disloyalty; Pacificism;
Melcher notes a Rev. Thiel, who, when pressed about not praying for US, said "I believe that all the nations at war are wrong therefore I can pray for none." And he also later said that "there are a good many fads in the world. One of them is democracy."
State Historical Society of Iowa, Des Moines, Iowa
N. R. Louven
Box #14, Council of Defense, Governor's Office: Harding, Research Group #43, S61/07/05
1917-11-21; Floyd County; Charles City, Iowa