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From a Recent Address by Gov. Capper
The great war probably will end abruptly. We shall have little time to prepare for peace. In one day the whole situation may change. Then we shall have to start building up where we have been tearing down. We must begin to provide for this at once or we may be more unprepared for peace than we were for war.
When the war ends, the Government will be faced first with the problems of returning and disbanding the men. Next it must find them employment. We shall probably have 5 million men under arms. The task of demobilizing this vast army and of returning the men to industrial, commercial and professional life will be as serious and more difficult than getting them together. It is beset with graver economic and political dangers. We can all see that getting 5 million men ready to do one thing is much simpler than finding 5 million jobs for 5 million men. The best brains of the nation will be needed for this great task.
We are about to take a great leap forward and must gather ourselves for it. We must all unite to win the right conditions in peace time just as we have united to win the war, then this great national readjustment will be accomplished with-. out hardship and the Nation will not feel the strain which otherwise will be heavy, possibly to the breaking point.
At the same time, we cannot longer overlook the practical questions now affecting the whole farming industry and urgently awaiting a satisfactory answer.
Right along with honest markets, with the whole square-deal program, the eliminating of every unnecessary middleman, the shutting out of every profiteer and parasite preying on the farming industry, and the fostering of farmers' co-operative enterprises—the war has shown us that we must immediately cheapen and simplify the farm's access to market by means of good public roads. Cheap and quick motor transportation of products from and to the farm is coming. It is to be our next big development. It is already here in localities having good, all-year-round roads. It only needs right conditions to spring up anywhere. The war made this need manifest. It has taught us we must not depend so much on the railroads for short hauls. Also, it has taught us how to do big things in a big way. And now thru our necessity for finding employment for the millions of men when they come home, it is providing the way for us to kill the proverbial two birds with one stone. It offers the way for employing thousands of our men who have seen, and have repaired and have rebuilt many of the magnificent roads of France, in building good roads thruout our big agricuHural states. Good roads have long been needed. Lack of labor and lack of strong state and national support have held them back. After the war there need be no further delay for we shall have the labor —much of it skilled in rapid road construction at the front. Our men have seen the thousands of miles of good highways in the agricultural sections of France, Belgium and Germany. So a great road-building program must be put up near the head of the list.

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This picture shows how the 400,000 or more trucks have helped to win the war. Without the trucks and good roads in France as well as in the United States many thousands of soldiers and others in France would have perished, both for want of food and war munitions.                            (over)
On this Card is TALK NO. 7
If you would  like   to   have   the  other
eleven,  write  to  the KANSAS GOOD  ROADS ASSOCIATION J. Frank Smith, General Manager TOPEKA, KANSAS

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