24 APRIL 1915, Page 12

[To TIM Banos 01 "Srem*res."] S/ R,—In your issue of

March 20th there are two letters regarding American popular sentiment about the war, in which it is stated or implied that the Middle West is on the aide of Germany, largely because of its population of un-English origin. Chicago, the metropolis of the Middle West, has just had an election for Mayor. Candidates were Sweitzer and Thompson. Sweitzer had the backing of nearly all the Germans and pro-Germans in the city, who urged on the voters that as Chicago has the largest German population in America and the third largest in the world they should show their sympathy for Germany by voting for him. What was the outcome P An overwhelming and unprecedented majority for Thompson. Thera were, of course, other factors in the result, bu t the anti-German question was not the least important. The writer base wide acquaintance among Germans and their descenchnte. Practically all of them who are Germans by birth are of course pro-German, even those who left Germany to avoid military duty. But their children are Americans, bred in democracy, and do not take kindly to the cult of the War Lord. Germans, as is often claimed by their apologists here, make good citizens—none better. But when they are ill-advised enough to attempt to impose their German ideas on the rest of us, they will always be gently but firmly shown their mistake. There has been no change in the popular sentiment in the Middle West, which all along has favould the Allies. Allow Mr. Von Sohleinitz his "several millions of American" sympathizers, and remember the ninety millions remaining who are against his cause.—I am, Sir, he.,