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'11 t' 1. tUl'nwith Future historians wiU certainly t"rnvlt interest to the comments wMch Presi.^d nY Wi!son-s famous speech to t.w Unted States Senate has evoked throughout the world. The President's robust confidence in the possibility of realising by a. few swiit POSSl 'I 1 ,y 0 J t strokes an age-long aspiration of the most n. humane minds has surprised all prosaic 'I but even that daring expectation pcop e' has not caused so much astonishment as Mr. Wilson's appa relit belief that he can Use the aid of uneonquered Germany to es- tablish the world's peace on a sure founda- tion. The exigencies of complete neutrality inav imoose upon the President the need of p-ociaiming this exaggerated trust JI1 ldad-or- Hilt the boasting and menacing malefactor- but we ma?- well "v that the safety of the iamb guaranteed by the wolf would be Ni.-ith the peace of this planet as established by ? Prussian war- x-nity. We have seen the reception which the German Press, andem the strict eni-itroll of the Imperial censorship, his accorded to Mr. Wilson's basal peace principles, and especially to the one instance in which he himself pointed out then- practical appli- cation. The proposal that Poland should be liberated and united has been answered by a. scream of rage in1 the leading Geriiian, One interpretation put by these a busive' font calculating commentators on the Presi- dent's manifesto has an especial significance 1 and merits the particular consideration of the people of this country. The "Rhein- isch _Nvestii,lic;(.i)c- Zeitung" is the organ of the proprietors of Krupp's huge armaments factories at Essen, and of the associated in- iehistrial magnates, of West Prussia. The influence of this group with the German Court and the German Government has always been great, and is now greater than over. and this fact. enables us to appreciate the full import of the most striking com- ment which the "Eiheinisch-W'estfalische ■ Zeitung" has attached to President Wil- son's peace manifesto: "When Mr. Wilson speaks of the necessity of great nations to have direct access to the great sea routes, St practically means that Belgium must re- toain in German hands." Pro German agents here and in he United Stat&s have lately re- ,pe,ated with full assurance that t. (-ermany is ready to evacuate Belgium. The answer from Krupp's col-ifilms what. the German Imperial Chancellor has again I Itndagain told the German nation on this j jsubject. A nominal release of Belgium Jt-here"might be; a real release of the Bel- gian coast and ports from the German grip there will never be while Germany has (fetren^th to .prevent it. '].'he German nation I /commits crimes in order to profit by them, Ii, Id though the Kaiser's representatives f sign ten world-peace treaties with )all the unction their hypocrisy could triev ivoula- iiot forego their inten- tions bf robbery wfth vitilol-tee, Attd .would not forget that their gloss on r. Wilson's dictum about acces's to the jfcea liad forthwith fashioned for them a' pre- Hext for undermining and attacking Belgian I independence. p (-ice -,vdtliout victoir, S ays Mr. Wilton, must be the foundation 1 jot the world's futun-e tranquility. Peace j iffrith Germany. unregenerate and unde- Seated means "peace resting on Germany's Vpromise to respect it—peace, that is, on the I Very foundation that the Kaiser shattered |I fin August. 1914. The opinion o! the* British The opiii?1011 o? tha British ? ?)eo'pic' on the vialne of snch a .sheltr for ?the hopes, of mankind has been ,drill",blv ?nd tcrseiy expressed by Mr. Bonar La??v ll" For generations humane men. men of hgood will among air nations, have striven, i\a)y Hague Convention's, by peace confer- ence. by every means, to make war im- ^possible. (A Voice Not Germany.") said humane men. They have striven, if. not to make it impossible, to mitigate its jihorrors and to see how the barriers against jjwarbarism could be maintained. At the ^outbreak of war Germany .swept aside ,)n, of those barriers'and tore up the I scraps of paper which she had solemnly* signed. She spread mines in the open ,.C-)n seâ. and lalld she committed atrocities, incredible atrocities, contrary' o com' en- ?Mn? which &he had herself signed. At this < Moment ?h e is driving the populations oJ ?nemy territory into davery; and worse  tf-?'rr itc)rv irto I ?verx- .an d wors eI .than that, ill some cases she is making the subjects of the AllIes take up arms ag?jns?. f?heir own c(-uritr\?.1]aPpened oDd, no neutral country has been able to jttop it, and, more than that, no neutral '•jcountry has made any protest, it least, no effective protest. It is for us a question of Jite or death. We must have stronger t guarantees for the future peace of the world.u

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