SPRINGFIELD UNION, Friday, August 15, 1941

Newspaper Headline on Atlantic Charter


WASHINGTON, Aug, 14, AP  The Roosevelt-Churchill pronouncement of peace aims was warmly praised by the Administration's supporters in Congress--and some of its critics--but others among the opponents of the President's policies asked whether it consituted and alliance with Great Britain.

Senator McCarran ( D-.Nev.)  ". . .  It is tantamount to a declaration of war by this county which is the province of Congress only."

Senator Bridges (R-N.H.) "It's a healthy thing that such a conference was held and the post-war aims of the two great Anglo-Saxon nations are made known at this time."

Senator Short (R.-Mo)  "I don't like these secret, undercover agreements."

Rep. Knutson (R.-Minn.)  "It's amazing that two men can meet on the high seas and in four days recast human nature and reshape the destinies of the world. . . .  I hope when the party returns to Washington the President will be perfectly frank and tell the people what took place and what commitments were entered into."

Rep. Shafer (R.-Mich.)  "It sounds like the same old sales talk with a little more sugar on this time."

House Majority Leader McCormack, ( Mass.)  "It is the basis on which a real and lasting peace can be made.  it is message of hope, not war."

Rep. Bennet, (R.-Mo.)  "I hope our two dictators can beat the other two dictators."

Rep. Hoffamn (R-Mich.) "It was fine thing if the President was able to get Mr. Churchill to state peace terms which are acceptable to the British people, then if we get into this war we will know at least what we are fighting for. . . .  The President should come home, tend to our affairs, and do something about these strikes so that the Americans who want to work can work." 

Sen. Truman (D.-Mo) "I think it is a good idea to have a a clear understanding with the British of their and our aims."

Sen. Pepper (D.-Fla.) "It was the closest thing to a declaration of world independence I have ever heard.  It represents the purpose and the aspirations of good and free men everywhere."

SPRINGFIELD UNION, Friday, August 15, 1941