From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, September 6, 1934

War unlikely now

Disturbing as recent events in Germany and Austria have been, it appears that there is little likelihood of another European war in the near future. Having passed through the unrest incident to Hitler’s killing of alleged traitors among his own following, the assassination of Chancellor Dollfus of Austria, and the apprehension occasioned by the death of Hindenburg, conditions in central Europe seem to be rather less threatening than heretofore.

Hitler’s latest autocratic action in presuming to dictate to the Protestant clergy of Germany has created another ugly situation, but whatever the outcome, it does not at the moment appear likely to cause international complications.

Mussolini’s determination to maintain Austria’s independence and his warning to Hitler to keep hands off Austrian affairs has on the whole tended to have a sobering effect on Hitler, while raising no serious protest from France or other interested nations.

The desperate economic plight of most European countries is such as to make the financing of a war most difficult, if not impossible, although continued internal unrest in both Germany and Austria may lead to further violence among their own people. In the meantime, the efforts of former Empresss Zita to restore the monarchy in Austria are being observed with some apprehension.


We ought to overlook the hasty and unintelligent criticisms passed on us and our work by people who have no adequate basis for judgment. To take such remarks seriously is to betray ourselves into unnecessary unhappiness. The only criticisms you and I need consider seriously are those made by the relatively few individuals who know what we are trying to do, who understand the limitations under which we are working, and who appreciate the progress we have made. When people with this basis of judgment give us a kindly and dispassionate verdict on ourselves and on our work, we can never be grateful enough to them. But the comments of the jealous, the misinformed, the unappreciative, and the openly hostile ought to be forgotten as soon as they are heard. When we stupidly let them linger in the mind, and then later recall them and brood over them, we subject ourselves to a cruel but essentially needless strain. The resultant loss of power is no one’s fault but our own.

-Dr. James Gorden Gikey