Chicago Tribune

Dr. F. H. Martin and Julius Rosenwald Two Chicago Members.

On Board President Wilsonís Special, Harrisburg, Pa., Oct. 11. — President Wilson tonight announced the appointment of members of the advisory commission to be associated with the Council of National Defense created by congress at the last session.

At the same time, he gave out a statement saying he hoped the council will "become a rallying point for civic bodies working for the national defense."

The seven members of the new advisory commission named by the president tonight are:

Daniel Willard, president of the Baltimore and Ohio railroad.
    Samuel Gompers, president of the American Federation of Labor.
    Dr. Franklin H. Martin of Chicago.
    Howard E. Coffin of Detroit.
    Bernard Baruch of New York.
    Hollis Godfrey of Philadelphia.
    Julius Rosenwald of Chicago.


The presidentís statement follows:

"The Council of National Defense has been created because congress has realized that the country is best prepared for peace. From an economic point of view there is now very little difference between the machinery required for commercial efficiency and that required for military purposes.

"In both cases the whole industrial mechanism must be organized in the most effective way. Upon this conception of the national welfare of the council is organized, in the words of the act, for Ďthe creation of relations which will render possible in time of need the immediate concentration and utilization of the resources of the nation."

"The organization of the council likewise opens up a new and direct channel of communication and cooperation between business and scientific men and all departments of the government, and it is hoped that it will, in addition, become a rallying point for civic bodies working for the national defense.


"The councilís chief functions are:

"1. The coordination of all forms of transportation and the development of means of transportation to meet the military, industrial, and commercial needs of the nation.

"2. The extension of the industrial mobilization work of the committee on industrial preparedness of the naval consulting board. Complete information as to our present manufacturing and producing facilities adaptable to many sided uses of modern warfare will be procured, analyzed and made use of.

"The personnel of the councilís advisory members, appoint without regard to party, marks the entrance of the nonpartisan engineer and professional man into American governmental affairs on a wider scale than ever before."


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