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verily believe that the Encyclopaedia Britannica would not contain all of them." - (Prof. A. S. Hershey, in Indiana University Alumni Quarterly, October, 1917)
"Germany does not really wage war. She assassinates, massacres, poisons, tortures, intrigues; she commits every crime in the calendar, such as arson, pillage, murder, and rape; she is guilty of almost every possible violation of international law and of humanity-and calls it war."—(Ibid.)
2. The German war philosophy. Conception of "abso
lute war"; ruthlessness and "frightfulness" advocated as means of shortening war, and hence justified as really humane; doctrine that "military necessity” is paramount over every other consideration. International law regarded as a selfish invention of weak states seeking to bamper the strong. Principle of "Deutschland über Alles."
"Whoever uses force, without any consideration and without sparing blood, has sooner or later the advantage if the enemy does not proceed in the same way. One cannot introduce a principle of moderation into the philosophy of war without committing an absurdity. It is a vain and erroneous tendency to neglect the element of brutality in war merely because we dislike it." -(Karl von Clausewitz, Vom Kriege, I. page 4.)
"War in the present day will have to be conducted more recklessly, less scrupulously, more violently, more ruthlessly, than ever in the past . . . Every restriction on acts of war, once military of erations have begun, tends to weaken the co-ordinated action of the belligerent . . . The law of nations must beware of paralyzing military action by placing fetters upon it. . . Distress and damage to the enemy are the conditions necessary to bend and break his will . . . The combatant has need of passion . . . it requires that the combatant . . . shall be entirely freed from the shackles of a restraining legality which is in all respects oppressive.”—(General von Hartmann, "Militärische Notwendigkeit und Humanität," in Deutsche Rundschau, XIV, pp. 76, 119–122.)
"Since the tendency of thought of the last century was dominated essentially by humanitarian considerations, which not infrequently degenerated into sentimentality and flabby emotion, there have not been wanting attempts to influence the development of the usages of war in a way which was in fundamental contradiction with the nature of war and its object. Attempts of this kind will also not be wanting in the future, the more so as these agitations have found a kind of moral recognition in some provisions of the Geneva Convention and the Brussels and Hague Conferences. .. The danger that in this way he (the officer) will arrive at false views about the essential character of war must not be lost sight of . . . By steeping himself in military history an officer will be able to guard himself against excessive humanitarian notions; it will teach him that certain severities are indispensable to war, nay more, that the only true humanity very often lies in a ruthless application of them. . .
"Every means of war without which the object of the war cannot be obtained is permissible . . . It follows from these universally valid principles that wide limits are set to the subjective freedom and arbitrary
judgment of the commanding officer.”—(Official publication edited by the General Staff, Kriegsbrauch im Landkriege; in translation by J. H. Morgan entitled The German War Book, pp. 54-55, 64.)
All the foregoing extracts are quoted in E. Lavigne and C. Andler, German Theory and Practice of War, pp. 25–29. See also, D. C. Munro, German War Prac tices, Introduction; War Cyclopedia, under "Frightfulness," "Kriegs-Raison,” “Notwendigkeit," "War, German Ruthlessness," "War, German View," etc.;
Garner and Scott, German War Code. 3. German treatment of Belgium and other occupied ter
ritories (Northern France, Russian Poland, Serbia, etc). Evidence found in captured letters and diaries of German soldiers and in proclamations of German commanders, as well as in testimony of victims and witnesses.
The violations of international law and the laws of humanity include: (a) Deliberate and systematic massacre of portions of
the civil population, as a means of preventing or punishing resistance. Individual citizens murdered (some while hostages); women abused, and children brutally slain. Several thousand persons were 80 killed, often with mutilation and torture. (See Munro, German War Practices; War Cyclopedia,
under "Hostages," "Non-combatants," etc.) "Outrages of this kind (against the lives and property of the civil population) were committed during the whole advance and retreat of the Germans through Belgium and France, and only abated when open manoeuvring gave place to trench warfare along all the line from Switzerland to the sea. Similar outrages accompanied the simultaneous advance into the western salient of Russian Poland, and the autumn incursion of the AustroHungarians into Serbia, which was turned back at Valievo. There was a remarkable uniformity in the crimes committed in these widely separated theaten of war, and an equally remarkable limit to the daten within which they fell. They all occurred during the first three months of the war, while, since that period, though outrages have continued, they have not been of the same character or on the same scale. This has not been due to the immobility of the fronts, for although it is certainly true that the Germans have been unable to overrun fresh territories on the west, they have carried out greater invasions than ever in Russia and the Balkans, which have not been marked by outrages of the same specific kind. This seems to show that the systematic warfare against the civil population in the campaigns of 1914 was the result of policy, deliberately tried and afterwards deliberately given up.” (J. Arnold Toynbee, The German Terror in Belgium, pp. 15-16.) (b) Looting, burning of houses and whole villages, and
wanton destruction of property ordered and countenanced by German officers. Provision for bye tematic incendiarism a part of German military preparations. (See Munro, German War Practices; War Cyclopedia. under "Belgium, Estates De stroyed,” “Belgium's Woe,” “Family Honor and
Rights of Property,” “Pillage,” etc.) "It is forbidden to pillage a town or locality even when taken by assault . . . (In occupied territory) pillage is forbidden."—(Hague Convention of 1907, Articles 28 and 47.)
(c) Excessive taxes ($12,000,000) a month, and heavy
fines on cities and provinces, laid upon Belgium. Belgium robbed of its industrial and agricultural machinery, together with its stocks of food stuffs and raw materials, which were sent into Germany or converted to the use of the German army. This was according to a “plan elaborated by Dr. W. Rathenau in 1914 at Berlin, for the systematic exploitation of all the economic resources of occupied countries in favor of the military organization of the Empire.” (See Munro, German War Practices, Part II; War Cyclopedia, under "Belgium, Economic Destruction,” “Contributions," "Requisitions.")
" Coal, minerals, metals, chemical products; wood and various building materials; wool, flax, cote ton and other materials for weaving; leathers, hides and rubber, all in every possible state of industrial transformation, from the raw material to the commercial product and the waste;  further, all machines, fixed and movable, and machine-tools (in particular, the American lathes which it is impossible to replace at present); transmission belts; wires for electric lighting and motor power; oils and grease products; (3) transport material, whether by road, railway or water, and an important part of the rolling-stock of local railway lines; all traction power, whether animal or mechanical; thoroughbreds and stud animals, and the products of breed. ing; (4) agricultural products, seed and harvests, etc.,—were successively immobilized, and then seized and removed from the country, as a result of legislative acts on the part of the civil authorities, following upon innumerable requisitions by the military authorities. The value of these seizures and requisitions amounts to billions of francs. . . Moreover, many of the measures taken were inspired not only by the motives of military interest denounced above, but by the underlying thought of crushing the commercial rivalry of Belgium. This was explicitly admitted in Germany itself by several authorities.”—(Memorandum of the Belgian Government on the Deportations, etc., February 1,
1917, pp. 7-8.) The total exactions from Belgium, in money and materials, are computed to be “in excess of one billion dollars, or nearly five times as much as all the world has contributed to keep the Belgian people from starving to death." -(S. S. McClure. Obstacles to Peace, page 116.) (d) Forcible deportation of tens of thousands of Belgian
and other civilians to Germany, the men to serve practically as slaves in Germany's industries, and the women reduced frequently to worse than slavery. (See Munro, German War Practices; War Cyclopedia, under “Belgium, Deportations.") “They (the Germans] have dealt a mortal blow to any prospect they may ever have had of being tolerated by the population of Flanders (which they were seeking to alienate from French-speaking Belgium); in tearing away from nearly every humble home in the land a husband and a father or a son and brother, they have lighted a fire of hatred that will never go out; they have brought home to every heart in the land, in a way that will impress its horror indelibly on the memory
of three generations, a realization of what German methods mean-not, as with the early atrocities, in the heat of passion and the first lust of war, but by ono of those deeds that make one despair of the future of the human race, a deed coldly planned, studiously matured, and deliberately and systematically executed, a deed go cruel that German soldiers are said to havo wept in its execution, and so monstrous that even German soliders are now said to be ashamed.”—(U. 8. Minister Brand Whitlock, in January, 1917.) (e) Fearful devastation of part of Northern Franco
during Hindenburg's "strategic retreat” (March, 1917), including complete destruction of villages and homesteads, systematic destruction of vineyards and fruit trees, etc. (See Munro, German War Practices; War Cyclopedia, under “Destruction," "Frightfulness," "Hindenburg Line.") "In the course of these last months, great stretches of French territory have been turned by us into a dead country. It varieg in width from 10 to 12 or 15 kilometers (674 to 742 or 8 miles), and extends along tho whole of our new position, presenting a terrible barrier of desolation to any enemy hardy enough to advance against our new lines. No village or farm was left standing on this glacis, no road was left passable, no railway track or embankment was left in being. Where once were woods there are gaunt rows of stumps; the wells have been blown up; wires, cables, and pipelines destroyed. In front of our new positions runs, like a gigantic ribbon, an empire of death.”—(Berlin Lokal anzeiger, March 18, 1917; quoted in Frightfulness in Retreat, page 5.)
"Whole towns and villages have been pillaged, burnt and destroyed; private houses have been stripped of all their furniture, which the enemy has carried off; fruit trees have been torn up or rendered useless for all fu. ture production; springs and wells have been poisoned. The comparatively few inbabitants who were not doported to the rear were left with the smallest possible ration of food, while the enemy took possession of the stocks provided by the Neutral Relief Committee and intended for the civil population . . . It is a ques. tion not of acts aimed at hampering the operations of the Allied armies, but of acts of devastation which havo no connection with that object, and the aim of which is to ruin for many years to come one of the most fertilo regions of France.-(Protest of the French Government to Neutral Powers, in Frightfulness in Retreat, pp. 6-7.) (1) Wanton destruction of historic works of art-library
of Louvain; cathedrals of Rheims, Soissons, Ypres, Arras, St. Quentin; castle of Coucy; town halls, eto. of Ypres and other Belgian cities. (See War Cya clopedia, under “Louvain,” “Rheims,” “Works of
of Art," etc.) 4. Other violations of the laws of warfare on land. (a) Use of poison gas and liquid fire (both first used
by the Germans); poisoning of wells; intentional dissemination of disease germs (anthrax and glanders, at Bucharest, etc.); bombardment of undofended towns by Zeppelins, aeroplanes, and cruia ers; bombardment of hospitals, etc. (See War Cye clopedia, under "Bombardment,” “Explosives from Aircraft," "Forbidden Weapons," "Gas Warfaro,"
"Poisons," "Roumania, German Treachery in,"
“Zeppelins,” etc.) fo) Civilians, including women and children, used as
& screen by German forces; frequent abuse of Red Cross and white flag. (See Munro, German War
Practices, under "Hostages and Screeng." “ 'We waited for the advance of the Germans' states a British officer; 'some civilians reported to us that they were coming down a road in front of us. On looking in that direction we saw, instead of German troops, a crowd of civilians-men, women, and children-waving white handkerchiefs and being pushed down the road in front of a large number of German troops.' -'They came on as it were in a mass,' states a British soldier, 'with the women and children massed in front of them. They seemed to be pushing them on, and I saw them shoot down women and children who refused to march. Up to this my orders had been not to fire, but when we Haw women and children shot my sergeant said: "It is too heartrending,” and gave orders to fire, which we did.'—'I saw the Germans advancing on hands and knees towards our positions,' states another; "they were in close formation, and had a line of women and children in front of their front rank. Our orders at that time were not to fire on civilians in front of the enemy.'”
-(J. Arnold Toynbee, The German Terror in France, pp. 6-7.) (c) Wounded and prisoners killed in many instances.
(See Munro, German War Practices; War Cyclopedia,
under "Hun,” “Prisoners of War," "Quarter," etc.) “28th August. - They (the French) lay in heaps of eight or ten wounded or dead on the top of one another. Those who could still walk we made prisoners and brought with us. Those who were seriously wounded, in the head or lungs, etc., and who could not stand upright, were given one more bullet. which put an end to their ļife. Indeed, that was the order which we had received."—(Diary of a German soldier, in Joseph Bédier, How Germany seeks to Justify her Atrocities, p. 45.)
"By leaps and bounds we got across the clearing. They were here, there, and everywhere hidden in the thicket. Now it is down with the enemy! And we will give them no quarter . . . We knock down or bayonet the wounded, for we know that those scoundrels fire at our backs when we have gone by. There was a Frenchman there stretched out, full length, face down, pretending to be dead. A kick from a strong fusilier 800n taught him that we were there. Turning round he asked for quarter, but we answered: 'Is that the way your tools work, you— and he was nailed to the ground. Close to me I heard odd cracking sounds. They were blows from a gun on the bald head of a Frenchman which & private of the 154th was dealing out vigorously; he was wisely using a French gun 80 as not to break his own. Tender-hearted souls are so kind to the French wounded that they finish them with a bullet, but others give them as many thrusts and blows as they can."-(Article entitled "A Day of Honor for our Regiment—24th September, 1914," in the Jauresches Tageblatt, 18th October, 1914; facsimile in Joseph Bédier, German Atrocities from German Evidence, pp. 32-33.)
"After today no more prisoners will be taken. AD prisoners are to be killed. Wounded, with or without arms, are to be killed. Even prisoners already grouped in convoys are to be killed. Let not a single living enemy remain behind us."—(Order given 26th August, 1914, by General Stenger, of the 58th German Brigade; too tified to by numerous German prisoners. See Bédier, German Atrocities, pp. 28–29, 39–40.)
“When you meet the foe you will defeat him. No quarter will be given, no prisoners will be taken. Let all who fall into your hands be at your mercy. Just as the Huns a thousand years ago, under the leadership of Etzel (Attila), gained a reputation in virtue of which they still live in historical tradition, 80 may the name of Germany become known in such a manner in China that no China man will ever again dare to look askance at a German.” — (Speech of the Kaiser to German troops embarking for the Boxer War in 1900; reported in Bremen Weser Zeitung and in other German newspapers; quoted to London Times, July 30, 1900.)
"It is forbidden . . . to kill or wound an enemy who, having laid down his arms and having no means of self-defense, gives himself up as a prisoner; to declaro that no quarter will be given."—(Hague Convention of 1907, Article 23.) (d) Inhuman treatment of British captives in German
prison camps, at Wittenberg and elsewhere. (See Munro, German War Practices; War Cyclopedia, under “Prisoners of War," etc.) The British treatment of German prisoners, on the other hand, was humane
and correct. 5. Submarine warfare waged in disregard of international
law. Sinking without warning of the Falaba, Cushing, Gulflight, Lusitania, Arabic, Sussex, etc; ruthlesu dostruction of lives of innocent men, women, and children. Great extension of submarine warfare after February 1, 1917. Policy of "sinking without leaving a trace" (spurlos versenkt). Instructions to sink even hospital ships. Utter disregard of the rights of neutrals. (See War Cyclopedia, under "Lusitania Notes," "Submarine Warfare,” “Spurlos Versenkt,” “Visit and Search," etc., and under names of vessels.)
"The new policy has swept every restriction asido. Vessels of every kind, whatever their flag, their character, their cargo, their destination, their errand, have been ruthlessly sent to the bottom without warning and without thought of help or mercy for those on board, the vessels of friendly neutrals along with those of bel
ligerents.”—(President Wilson, speech of April 2, 1917.) 6. Practical extermination of the Armenian nation by the
Turks, evidently with German sanction (1915–16). (See War Cyclopedia, under "Armenian Massacres.")
"In order, I was told, to cover the extermination of the Armenian nation with a political cloak, military reasons were being put forward, which were said to make it necessary to drive the Armenians out of their native seats, which had been theirs for 2,500 years, and to deport them to the Arabian deserts. I was also told that individual Armenians had lent themselves to acte of espionage.
"After I had informed myself about the facts and had made inquiries on all sides, I came to the conoba
pion that all these accusations against the Armenians were, in fact, based on trifling provocations, which were taken as an excuse for slaughtering 10.000 innocents for one guilty person, for the most savage outrages against women and children, and for a campaign of starvation against the exiles which was intended to exterminate the whole nation . . .
"Out of convoys which, when they left their homes on the Armenian plateau, numbered from two to three thousand men, women, and children, only two or three hundred survivors arrive here in the south. The men are slaughtered on the way; the women and girls, with the exception of the old, the ugly, and those who are still children, have been abused by Turkish soldiers and officers and then carried away to Turkish and Kurdish villages, where they have to accept Islam. They try to destroy the remnant of the convoys by hunger and thirst. Even when they are fording rivers, they do not allow those dying of thirst to drink. All the nourishment they receive is a daily ration of a little meal sprinkled over their hands, which they lick off greedily, and its only effect is to protract their starvation.”—(Dr. Martin Niepage, The Horrors of Aleppo,
Seen by a German Eyewitness, pp. 3-6.) V. SUMMARY AND EXPLANATION OF GERMAN POLICY. (See War
Cyclopedia, under "Der Tag.” “German Military Autocracy,” “Hegemony, German Ambition," "War, Ro sponsibility for.")
"The German Government wages the war by methods which, judged even by standards till now conventional, are monstrous. Note, for example, the sudden attack upon Belgium and Luxemburg; poison gas, since adopted by all the belligerents; but most outrageous of all, the Zeppelin bombings, inspired with the purpose of annihilating every living person, combatant or non-combatant, over large areas; the submarine war on commerce; the torpedoing of the Lusitania, etc.; the system of taking hostages and levying contributions, especially at the outset in Belgium; the systematic exactions from Ukrainian, Georgian, Courland, Polish, Irish, Mohammedan, and other prisoners of war in the German prison camps, of treasonable war-service, and of treasonable espionage of the Central Powers; in the contract between Under-Secretary of State Zimmermann and Sir Roger Casement in December, 1914, for the organization, equipment, and training of the 'Irish brigade' made up of imprisoned British soldiers in the German prison camps; the attempts under threats by forced internment to compel enemy alien civilians found in Germany to perform treasonable war service against their own country, etc. 'Necessity knows no law.'" (Dr. Karl Liebknecht, the German Socialist leader, in leaflet dated May 3, 1916. See War Cyclopedia, under "Liebknecht on German War Policy.")
“This war was begun and these crimes against humanity were done because Germany was pursuing the hereditary policy of the Hohenzollerns and following the instincts of the arrogant military caste which rulen Prussia, to grasp the overlordship of the civilized world and establish an empire in which she should play the role of ancient Rome. They were done because the Prussian militarist still pursues the policy of power through conquest, of aggrandizement through force and
fear, which in little more than two centuries has brought the puny Mark of Brandenburg with its million and a half of people to the control of a vast empire-tho greatest armed force of the modern world.”—(Senator Elihu Root, speech in Chicago, Sept. 14, 1917). For reading references on Chapter VII, see page 40. VIII. THE UNITED STATES ENTERS THE WAR. I. STRUGGLE TO MAINTAIN OUR NEUTRALITY (1914-16). 1. American opinion at the outbreak of the war confused
as to merits and issues in the controversy; conflicting sympathies of hyphenated groups. (See War Cyclopedia under "Hyphenated Americans,” “United States, Isola
tion,” “United States, Neutrality, 1914–17.") 2. Declaration of Neutrality of the United States, issued
August 4, 1914. President Wilson's appeal for neutrality of sentiment. (August 18, 1914.) “Every man who really loves America will act and speak in the true spirit of neutrality, which is the spirit of impartiality and fairness and friendliness to all concerned.. It will be easy to excite passion and difficult to allay it." H. expressed the fear that our Nation might become divided into camps of hostile opinion. "Such divisions among us . . . might seriously stand in the way of the proper performance of our duty as the one great nation at peace, the one people holding itself ready to play a part of impartial mediation and speak counsels of peace and accommodation, not as a partisan, but as a friend." (See War Cyclopedia, under “United States,
Neutrality, 1914–17.") 3. Alienation of American sentiment from Germany and
Austria. Invasion of Belgium generally condemned; admiration for her plucky resistance and horror at German atrocities; Cardinal Mercier's pastoral letter of Christmas, 1914; Commission for Belgian Relief under American direction (Mr. Herbert C. Hoover); Germany's monstrous crime in sinking the Lusitania; execution of Edith Cavell and Captain Fryatt. (See War Cyclopedia, under “Atrocities," "Belgium's Woe,” “Cavell, Edith,” “Fryatt, Captain,” “Lusitania,"
“Mercier, Cardinal,” etc.) 4. Was the neutrality of our Government a real neutrality?
Lack of interest in the contest or of desire on the part of the people for the triumph of one or the other of the participants not necessary to neutrality of the Government. (See War Cyclopedia, under "Neutrality.”
"Neutral Rights,” etc.) 5. Controversies with Great Britain over questions of
blockade, contraband, and interference with our mails. Question of the applicability to the present emergency of the Declaration of London (drawn up in 1909 on the initiation of Great Britain, but not ratified before the war by any government.) Property rights alone involved in these controversies, which could be settled after the war by our existing arbitration treaty with Great Britain, (See War Cyclopedia, under "Blacklist,” “Blockade," “Declaration of London," "Embargo, British." "Mails,
British Interference with,” “War Zone, British," eto.) 6. Controversies with Germany. Over our supplying
munitions to the Allies, and her submarino sinking (Palaba, Cushing, Guilfight, Lusitania, Arabic, oto.). Intrigues and conspiracies in the United States; the Austro-Hungarian Ambassador, and the German attachés Boy-Ed and von Papen, dismissed by our Government (November 4, 1915) on clear proof of guilt, but no apologies to us or reprimand to them issued by their Governments. German intrigues against us in Cuba, Haiti, San Domingo, Mexico, etc.-For & defense of our policy in permitting sale of munitions, etc., see letter of Secretary of State W. J. Bryan to Senator Stone, January 20, 1915 (in International Conciliation, No. 96). (See War Cyclopedia, under "Der Tag-When?,” “Dumba," "German Intrigue." "Igel, von, Papers of,' "German Government, Moral Bankruptcy of," "Manila Bay, Dewey and Diedrichs at,” “Monroe Doctrine, German Attitude," "Intrigue," "Munitions," "Papen," “Sabotage." "Spies," "Strict Accountability," "Submarine Blockade," "Submarine Warfare," "Parole,”
"War Zone, German,” and under names of vessels, etc.) 7. Apparent settlement of the submarine controversy in
May, 1916.-Sinking of the channel passenger ship Sussex without warning on March 24, 1916, after months of expostulation, precipitates a crisis. Our demand that thenceforth Germany conduct her submarine warfare in accordance with international law, by (a) warning vessels before sinking then, and (6) placing passengers and crew in safety. Germany's conditional agreement to comply with this demand ends the crisis. (See War Cyclopedia, under "Submarine Warfare, American Lives Lost,” “Submarine Warfare, German Defense,” "Submarine Warfare, Illegalities," "Submarine Warfare, Stages of,” “Sussex," "Sussex Ultima
tum," "Sussex Ultimatum, German Pledge,” etc.) 8. Unceasing German intrigues against the United States.
A semi-official list of intrigue charges against the German Government, based on one set only of German documents seized by our Government (the von Igel papers). includes the following: “Violation of the laws of the United States; destruction of lives and property in merchant vessels on the high seas; Irish revolutionary plots against Great Britain; fomenting ill feeling against the United States in Mexico; subornation of American writers and lecturers; financing of propaganda; maintenance of a spy system under the guise of a commercial investigation bureau; subsidizing of a bureau for the purpose of stirring up labor troubles in munition plants; the bomb industry and other related activities." Since our entrance into the war a vast amount of evidence as to Germany's treacherous and hostile intrigues on our soil has come into the possession of our Government. (See War Cyclopedia, under "German Intrigue," "Ingel, von, Papers of," "Parole,” “Passports, German Frauda," etc.)
“From the very outset of the present war it has filled our unsuspecting communities and even our offices of government with spies and set criminal intrigues everywhere afoot against our national unity of counsel, our peace within and without, our industries and our commerce. Indeed it is now evident that its spies were here even before the war began; and it is unhappily not a matter of conjecture but a fact proved in our courts of Justice that the intrigues which have more than once come perilously near to disturbing the peace and dis locating the industries of the country have been carried on at the instigation, with the support, and even under
the personal direction of official agents of the Imperial German Government accredited to the Government of the United States.”—(President Wilson, Speech of
April 2, 1917). 9. Reasons for our long enduring patience in dealing with
Germany: (a) Hope that saner counsels might proval in that country. (6) Our traditional sense of respongbility toward all the republics of the New World. (c) The desire, by keeping free from the conflict, more effectively to aid in restoring peace at its close. (Soo War Cyclopedia, under “Pan-Americanism," "Permanent Peace," "Watchful Waiting." etc.)
II. FBOM NEUTRALITY TO WAR (1916-17). 1. Unsuccessful Peace overtures (Dec. 1916-Jan. 1917).
Independent overtures by Germany (Dec. 12, 1916). and by President Wilson (Dec. 18). Answer of the Allies based on the reasonable idea of "Reparation, Restoration and Security.” Refusal of Germany to disclose her terms. (See War Cyclopedia, under "Peace Overtures, German, 1916," "Peace Terms, German Industrialists on,” “Peace Terms, German Professori on," etc.)
"Boasting of German conquests, 'the glorious deoda of our armies,' the (German) note implanted in neutral minds the belief that it was the purpose of the Imperial German Government to insist upon such conditions as would leave all Central Europe under German dominance and so build up an empire which would menace the whole liberal world. Moreover, the German proposal was accompanied by a thinly veiled threat to all neutral nations; and from a thousand sources, official and unofficial, the word came to Washington that unles, the neutrals used their influence to bring the war to an end on terms dictated from Berlin, Germany and her allies would consider themselves henceforth free from any obligations to respect the rights of neutrals. The Kaiser ordered the neutrals to exert pressure on the Entente to bring the war to an abrupt end, or to beware of the consequences. Clear warnings were brought to our Government that if the German peace move should not be successful the submarines would be usleashed for a more intense and ruthless war upon all commerce." (How the War Came to America, pp. 10–11. See War Cyclopedia, under "German Military Domi
Dance," "Mittel Europa," etc.) 2. President Wilson outlined such a peace as the United
States could join in guaranteeing (Jan. 22, 1917). Favorable reception of these proposals in the Entente countries; lack of response in Germany. (See War Cyclopedia, under “Aim of the United States," "America, Creed,” “Balance of Power," "League to Enforce Peace," "Permanent Peace, American Plan.")
"No peace can last, or ought to last, which does not (1) recognize and accept the principle that governments derive all their just powers from the consent of the governed, and that no right anywhere exists to hand people about from sovereignty to sovereignty as if they were property....
"I am proposing, as it were, that the nations should with one accord adopt the doctrine of President Monroe as the doctrine of the world: that no nation should seek to extend its policy over any other nation or people