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IN THE SENATE INVESTIGATION SECRETARY BAKER'S TESTIMONY AMPING in the woods and handling an Government job and spirit of the Ordnance Department. . . . As a preliminary really have much in common. The bad cam per

never sees

to its hearings, the Committee visited the offices of the Bureau anything but the difficulties along the trail. He always

of Ordnance, and personally examined into the organization and wants to make camp long before bis destination is reached. The

operation of the Bureau's administrative detail. The Bureau was road he travels is always the roughest, the mountains he crosses

most favorably impressed. . always the highest, and the water he falls in always the wettest

The organization of the Bureau in time of peace had been that has ever vexed the soul of man.

developed so as to make it an organization for war, with the

result that, notwithstanding the enormously increased demands In exactly the same way the Government official who does and the responsibilities recently placed upon it, that organization not measure up to his task finds the difficulties before him occu is working smoothly and efficiently. pying a larger place in his field of vision than the goal which

Representative Oliver states that the expenditures by the it is his duty to reach. Frequently his excuses for failure are Bureau have been increased from $3,000,000 to more than irrefutable, but nevertheless things within his charge do not $560,000,000, and that in the process of spending this sum the get themselves done.

Bureau has placed contracts rapidly, developed new sources of Both the Army and the Navy, at the outbreak of the war,

supply, and at present is in a position to satisfy the needs of had to secure for their forces machine guns. It is true that the

the Navy with the facilities now under its control. Army bad immeasurably the larger task, but this does not affect the fact that the Navy approached the problem in a very ammunition, and all their auxiliaries since the fitting out of the

Besides equipping more than a thousand vessels with guns, different spirit from that manifested by the War Department. first ship to defend itself on March 14, and taking care of the

In his last annual report the Chief of Ordnance of the Navy ordnance demands of the Regular Navy, the Bureau has acquired says:

reserves of ammunition and ordnance. While the Army has had This bureau was awaiting with interest the results to be ob to depend on France and England for its field artillery and tained by the Army Machine Gun Board, that was to meet in

machine guns, the Navy has reversed this humiliating process. May to determine the most suitable type of machine gun,


Instead of depending upon the resources of our hard-pressed the approach of war made it imperative to obtain additional machine guns without waiting for the results of the May tests.

allies, the Navy Department has furnished in an appreciable Tests were held at the marine rifle range . . . during April

quantity the Governments of England, France, and Italy with and the early part of May, and urgent orders were placed for

guns from the largest to the smallest caliber, together with the three types of machine guns that were readily procurable. proper supplies of ammunition therefor. Representative Oliver Considerable numbers of these guns have already been delivered, reports that every “company of marines leaving for foreign and larger quantities will be delivered in the near future.

service has been provided with its proper quota of machine This is the manner in which the Navy approached its prob- guns, the second detachment being entirely outfitted with the lem. The way the Army approached its problem is told as fol newest infantry machine gun, and recent reports from the war lows in the language of the Chief of Ordnance in his last annual zone indicate that this gun is giving entire satisfaction.” report:

Almost as sweeping praise as that given the Navy DepartThe Board referred to in my last report continued tests of

ment by Representative Oliver has been bestowed by the Secre various types of machine guns ... beginning in May last, and

tary of War, Mr. Baker, upon the conduct of his own Departhas submitted a report. A number of guns were declared to be ment since the outbreak of the war. efficient for service, and procurement of these various types has, Before the Senate Military Affairs Committee Secretary due to the existence of a state of war, been to a large degree a Baker read a statement summarizing the achievements of the question of ability to secure delivery. In other words, the num

War Department. He stated that the War Department had ber of machine guns on hand when war was declared was so small

raised an army " so large that further increments to it be that it was necessary to keep going at the greatest possible

adequately equipped and trained as rapidly as those already in capacity those machine gun factories which were already in operation, and to utilize their output when the guns so manufactured

training can be transported.” He said that this “army has been had been reported by the Board as efficient even though they

enlisted without serious dislocation of the industries of the may not have been reported as most efficient.

country.” He declared that “arms of the most modern and These two statements afford a fair basis of comparison by which rifles, and small arms have been provided by manufacture or

effective kind—including artillery, machine guns, automatic to judge the merits of the Ordnance Departments of the Navy purchase for every soldier in France and are available for every and of the Army. On the one hand, a manifest desire exists to

soldier who can be gotten to France in the year 1918." He make the best use possible of the means at hand; on the other, a

stated that “a substantial army is already in France, where both reluctance to abandon the ordinary routine in the face of an

men and officers have been additionally and specially trained and overwhelming emergency and an inclination to see in every

are ready for active service.” molehill at least an incipient mountain.

Secretary Baker declared that “no army of similar size in The general public has had its attention centered upon


the history of the world has ever been raised, equipped, or Army rather than the Navy, for the reason that the Congres- trained so quickly." His attitude towards the achievement of sional investigations into the conduct of the war which have

the War Department is well summed up in the following been discussing Army affairs have been largely conducted

phrases : through public hearings. The Committee of the House which has been investigating the management of the Navy, on the

The American people are entitled to know of the splendid

effectiveness with which they have been able to organize the man contrary, has held its hearings in executive session. Although

power and the material power of the Nation in a great cause, and the public has been given no record of these hearings, Repre also because our army in France under General Pershing and our sentative Oliver, chairman of the Investigating Committee, has allies are entitled to have the benefit resulting from the depresissued a statement to the press which covers the findings of the sion of the morale of their enemies which must come when the Committee on all subjects which it was deemed proper to make Germans realize that the American democracy has neither blunpublic at this time. Concerning the Ordnance Bureau of the dered nor hesitated, but has actually brought the full power of Navy, Representative Oliver says:

its men and resources into completely organized strength against The Bureau, so far as could be learned, has fully satisfied the

their inilitary machine. demands made upon it by the vessels operating in European Such a statement as this does not inspire confidence ; it waters. A letter from Vice-Admiral Sims compliments the work merely depresses. The statement of Representative Oliver which


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swered, “Why, ten years ago would have been a good time. All with the known facts. The known facts concerning the these questions ought to be settled as soon as they can be situation in the War Department do not agree with Sec settled." retary Baker's pronunciamento except in certain obvious

Apparently Seeretary Baker is reasonably well satisfied with instances.

the present situation, not only in regard to rifles, but also in Does Secretary Baker consider that borrowing from our regard to ordnance. When Senator Weeks asked him, “What harl-pressed allies all the artillery for our expeditionary force can be done to improve the situation as it exists now, to-day?" is a particularly encouraging way of providing an American the Secretary of War replied: fighting force for our allies? If this was deliberately decided

Well, Senator, I cannot at this moment put my mind on a thing upon as a desirable policy by conference with our allies, should

in the Ordnance Department which I can suggest would be not the Secretary have told the country so?

helped or improved by your activity, and only for the reason that Does Secretary Baker's use of the word “substantial” in his

the minute I find out anything that can be helped or improved discussion of our expeditionary army accord with the general I help or improve it, so I am up to date with my own suguse of that word as it should be applied in a war in which armies gestions. are judged, not by their thousands, but by their millions ? Secretary Baker says that the Germans will be depressed

At a subsequent session Secretary Baker evidently concluded when they learn that the American democracy has actually

to modify this ungracious attitude and said, “I welcome the power organized strength against their military machine. Indeed they ditions and achievement did not fairly represent the

existing of its men and resources into completely co-operation of the Committee."

That the general tenor of Secretary Baker's summary of conwil, but so far we doubt whether depression based on contact with our completely organized strength” is sufficient to jus

facts was apparently the opinion of more than one of the Senatify the sanguine words of Secretary Baker. We have been at

tors who have followed day after day the detailed testimony of war nine months, and fewer German soldiers have fallen before

officers and bureau chiefs concerning the shortages in uniforms,

machine guns, artillery, blankets, and supplies in the various the rifles of our men than fell before the rifles of


cantonments throughout the country. England in the first skirmishes of the great war. In Secretary Baker's cross-examination it was made evident

Senator Wadsworth, of New York, summarized this opinion that many members of his examining committee were as uncon

in the following words in his comment upon the Secretary's vinced by Secretary Baker's sweeping eulogies of his work as

general statement : those who have examined these eulogies on the printed page.

The thing that occurred to me in reading the statement Senator Chamberlain, of Oregon, a Democrat, and perhaps the

through very carefully was that it gives the impression, I think, clearest thinker in the Senate on the military needs of the

generally, that the situation is a rosy one ; that there is nothing

to fear ; that the rush needs, as the Secretary uses that exprescountry, was a notable example. A tilt between Senator Chamberlain and Secretary Baker developed the fact that the

sion, have been complied with, and that no greater haste is neces

sary ; that everything is fine. I cannot agree with him. I think Secretary defended the change of arms from the Springfield to

we have ahead of us a bigger task in the next eight months than the modified Enfield as a measure of efficiency. “The war was we have had in the last eight months. . : . I think we have got not on us," said Secretary Baker; "the war was in Europe.” In most of our work ahead of us and that the expression “ the inireferring to this statement Senator Weeks, of Massachusetts, tial rush needs have been supplied ” is not an accurate descripsaid:

tion of the situation, .. This is a fight.
The very condition now in the Ordnance Department is ex-
plained by what you have said. The fact that the war was not

In the last four words of this quotation from Senator Wadson us directly did not absolve us from any obligation to use the

worth are summed


all the reasons why the country should greatest haste possible in getting the armed men to the front,

be less satisfied than Mr. Baker with the achievements of the and the criticism has been made against the Ordnance Depart

War Department. “This is a fight," and fights cannot be won ment, and it seems to me to have some reason behind it, by secretaries or bureau chiefs who believe their departments that there has been too great a desire for technicality and too beyond the need of criticism, or who consider a war three thoulittle“ pep” in advancing the necessities of the Army from that sand miles away as less immediate than one at the gates of bureau.

the city where they dwell. The surest way to bring the war to Later in the progress of the investigation, Senator New, of our gates is to regard it as a contest remote from our daily Indiana, in referring to the warning of the resumption of sub lives. marine warfare sent to our Government by Ambassador Gerard, It may be proper to add that the foregoing summary of and said: “Don't you think that would have been a pretty good comment upon Secretary Baker's examination by the Senatorial time to have settled all technicalities as to the adoption of a Committee is based upon a complete stenographic report which rifle?" To this plain question Secretary Baker evasively an

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Two days before Congress declared war against Germany, an issue of The Outlook was published bearing on its cover and in three
separate places the title “ Join the Allies.” One of the articles under that heading was an editorial. Another was a contributed article by
Mr. Colcord. The article which here follows, and which is also by him, is, we believe, of equal timeliness and importance with that which
We published on the eve of America's entrance into the World War.-THE EDITORS.

ERMANY'S lustful eyes are fixed upon the markets of This is a subject of vast and immediate importance, for if

Russia, with her population of one hundred and eighty Germany achieves that near-impending conquest which, with J millions, a land area of more than one-seventh of the German-directed development, will give to her nearly all that globe, and enormous undeveloped industrial resources.

the English blockade and the American embargo withhold in That is game for the Prussian Werwolf worth more than a the way of food for her army, and, what just now is of much hundred Alsace-Lorraines or a hundred African colonies. more importance of materials for the making of her implements

Germany now guards from the outside the best gateways to and munitions of war, it will put the issue of the war in much this market

, preventing other entry and seeking by specious graver doubt and may end it in German triumph. promises to get past the weak Bolshevik guards on the inside. Or, if not that, there is grave danger that it will give her in If once she gets in and tightens her grip on the Russian mar any possible peace terms such control of Russia that in the kets, she will never relax her hold. Russia will have been for next war, for which she is already making her plans, she will ever lost to the Allies and will become a vassal of Germany.

be able to take the field with, not merely the Mittel-Europa


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which is being so largely discussed upon her side, but with also has no use for Russia free. The only hope for free Russia is in eastern Europe and the Slav nations of the north, which a vigorous prosecution of the war against Germany, and no would enable her to put a fighting force of from thirty to forty separate peace, millions in a new war to insure her conquest of the world. No matter how great the advantages to Germany coming This, unhappily, is no idle dream, but may become stupendous from any commercial treaty, it will not long satisfy her. Ger

. and appalling reality if America and her allies do not at once many's great and governing idea is military and governmental awake to the peril and take immediate and gigantic steps to conquest. But the insidious trade conquest will pave the way avert it.

for the other. The present disagreements may be only a camouflage to de We should treat Russia with forbearance. It is not for her ceive both the Russian and the German people, through which good nor for ours, nor for afflicted mankind, that we alienate her. may yet appear evacuation and trade agreement much in favor Let America clasp hands with the new, free, but much bewil

. of Germany and quite contrary to Russian interests.

dered Russia, and, in sincere and hearty sympathy with all her The same Potsdam


did that once to Russia in a treaty true ideals of liberty and humanity and compassion for her forced by the foxy Kaiser on the weak Czar by a mixture of weakness and her sins, lead her to light and safety, and thereby Prussian threat and vague promise when Russia was at war

save the world. with Japan. That treaty is little known and less understood in Whatever is attempted needs to be done on a large scale, and America. But many a Russian merchant remembers it with cannot be done cheaply if Germany's work is to be effectively bitter reflections of lost trade in his own country, forced by met. Billions would be a small price for Germany to pay if Russian trade laws against her own merchants and in favor of thereby she may achieve her ends. We and our allies ought the Teuton. The interrupted peace pour parlers may be renewed not to balk an hour at many millions to be put at once to use with some such end in view, which may come to the surface, under the most competent head obtainable. but more likely will be concealed until the last moment, when, Thousands of capable and trustworthy Russians could be in so far as the Bolsheviki have the power to commit Russia, wisely employed. Lectures and other public addresses, a liberal the thing will be done. If done, it ought to be undone when use of the movies, and a wide circulation of literature through the Allies enforce their terms.

the public press and otherwise could be included in the plan, All the Bolshevik leaders may not be the German hire while much could be accomplished by the personal contact of lings we have been led to believe them to be, but some of them the right men with Bolshevik leaders of thought and action, not merely visionary though coarse and rough idealists, who may only in the large centers, but also in many of the smaller comyet be rudely awakened to the discovery of German duplicity munities. The wise democratic utterances of Lloyd George and the peril in giving to the Huns any advantage. It would and President Wilson will go far in this direction. But alone be well for the Allies, without duplicity, but in all sincerity, to they will not withstand the Hun propaganda of misrepresentar cultivate their friendship in a guarded way and win their confi tion. dence in order to be able to make quick and effective use of any The sincerity and openness of the propaganda should be in such development.

marked contrast with German methods. Its motto might be And what of Russian freedom if Germany succeeds in mak Millions for open light, but not one cent for dark intrigue. ing that economic pact and withdraws her armies from the land Postscript.-The President's epoch-making address to Con of the Muscovite? It will be hailed in Russia and among cer gress, coming less than two days after the above article was tain classes in all nations as a great triumph of Bolshevik handed in to The Outlook's office, and dealing with this diplomacy; received in Austria-Hungary with much satisfac same Russian Bolshevik movement for peace appreciatively and tion; in Germany applauded by the Liberals, spurned by the yet frankly in a way that is altogether admirable, affords the Pan-Germans, and accepted loyally by the people at large on best possible material for use in the suggested propaganda. The official assurances.

President says: “ There is, moreover, a voice calling for these But, however it may be received in Russia or elsewhere, I definitions of principle and of purpose which is, it seems to me, can see no reason to revise what I wrote in April or May. If more thrilling and more compelling than any of the many morRussia makes her separate peace, it will hold good only until ing voices with which the troubled air of the world is filled. It Germany can make her peace with England and France, by is the voice of the Russian people. . . . Their conception of which she will be free to deal with Russia alone. Then in her what is right, of what is humane and honorable for them own time, upon any pretext that pleases her, she will treat her to accept, has been stated with a frankness, a largeness of agreement with Russia as a scrap of paper, and attack her with view, a generosity of spirit, and a universal human sympathy the combined forces of the Central Powers. She will then which must chalenge the admiration of every friend of man restore and support in power a subservient monarchy, for she kind.”

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FROM OTTO CLAUDE KINNICK TO THE human go, and you have, I judge, your share of detractors.! EDITOR-IN-CHIEF OF THE OUTLOOK

am not writing that I may see extracts of this in print. I should

be glad, nevertheless, to have you clear up by way of an edito Dr. Lyman Abbott :

December 27, 1917.

rial some of the perplexity I am now under, for the mystery of EAR SIR-The letter of the President of The Outlook the evolution of your thinking upon some major questions Company on the back cover of The Outlook of this week of the last quarter of a century is disturbing.

is interesting and refreshing. He invites personal replies. The issue of this week makes the question-mark loom large. The matters I have on my mind, however, pertain more to the You have news paragraphs and editorials on two important office of the Editor-in-Chief, I believe.

questions, namely, railway management and prohibition. In so For two academic years I have used The Outlook as a basis

far as you express yourself editorially I am in hearty accord. for the study of elementary composition in English. During You have not always been of this opinion. Let me refer to this period, and many times previous, I have testified that the another question, that of suffrage without regard to sex. You greatest single factor in my training in the use of English has have made rapid strides on this question, and you are coming to been The Outlook, which I have read for more than fifteen a position which I have occupied for over twenty years. Even years. (I have attended several of the leading institutions of within my memory on down to within very recent years you have higher learning in the Middle West and am a graduate of three.) spoken slightingly and in a sarcastic manner of the pioneers Your insistence upon getting the facts and your clearness of in these reforms. I do not know what you would say in defense

, statement have been admirable characteristics.

but I believe this would reflect your spirit-that such questions You seem to have a goodly share of compliments, as things have not been National issues before: that the times have not

been ripe for such reforms. (Will you pardon me for being this is the fact. It keeps The Outlook alive and it keeps it naive and candid? A thinking person must find some basis for open-minded. I myself am not of the same opinion on some explaining these things.)

questions that I was five years ago, because I have been listenLet us see as to the railways. Forty years ago and subse ing to the arguments of my colleagues in the editorial conferquently the Greenbackers and the Populists advocated Govern ence. And what I think is true of my own mird I think is true ment ownership and operation of railways. If ownership would also of the minds of others on our staff. It may therefore be not be entertained hospitably by the people, they asked for said that The Outlook does not hold a position, but rather Government operation. The need of this was as apparent then travels a road. And I think you will find that the country at as it is to you now. If you did not see it then, why did you not large has also been traveling a road. In general,

moreover, I open your eyes ? How can you write the editorial of December

am inclined to think, from looking over the files of The Outlook 26 without blushing at the position you once held ? I feel you and from comparisons I have made on several occasion3, and wronged some good and wise men of the past, some of whom also from testimony which we have received from others, that, remain to witness your change of heart and rejoice in it. Does on the whole. Tie Outlook has been ahead of public opinion, your editorial conscience permit you to let pass unrecalled this and has perhaps had something to do with affecting public your former scorn? You may say about this, as some of the opinion, for precisely the reason that its own opinions have been citizens say about universal military training (whom you crit developed as public opinion has developed. icise in this same issue), Let bygones be bygones. May I It would make this letter entirely too long for me to take up rejoin, as you do-bygones are not bygones? Even when these the three questions of railway management, prohibition, and reforms are effected, bygones will not be bygones. The spirit woman suffrage, and show how what I have said applies to which actuates you will be your heritage, clogging your progress them severally. I may, however, say briefly and inadequately that in any public reform, and will be the heritage of tens of thou in each case it is, I think, not quite so much The Outlook that sands of your readers who feel that because The Outlook


thus has changed as the circumstances affecting these different proband so they may say thus and so also. This does not make for lems. For example, we have never opposed public ownership progress; and this conservatism of yours is costly and delaying and operation of the railways. On the contrary, we have urged

Let me see if I interpret the character of The Outlook. You and advocated in many instances the principle of public ownerare not willing to be in the forefront of reforms ; you shrink ship and operation of public utilities. What we have held is from the lonesomeness of the pioneer. Neither are you willing that whether a public utility should be publicly owned or pubto lag behind or stay out altogether when any movement is licly operated or not should be determined, not by any doc about to ripen which will make for the welfare of the great trinaire theory, but solely by determining whether under the mass of the people. I wince, Dr. Abbott, in addressing words particular circumstances of the particular case public ownership of this import to a man so gracious and so kindly disposed. or public operation would be of greater or less public service. Bnt I am not addressing them to you personally; I am appeal We have always maintained the right of Government ownership ing to the Editor-in-Chief of The Outlook. Your responsibility and Government operation. The sole question has been whether in the editorial policy is more than personal. It would seem in any instance that right should be exercised or waived. In superfluous to remind you of this.

our opinion, such public operation as we now have of the NaBygones are never bygones. Several years ago I wrote in tion's railway systems by the National Government has become protest of your advertisement of a certain famous brand of a necessity ; but in 1913 it was not a necessity. It was then a English cigarette. Many others also protested. The Outlook right, but a right which we believed it was best for the Govreplied that, in view of such protest, it had decided to discon ernment not to exercise until the Government had made further tinue such advertisement. Yet in a few weeks subsequent you trial of the principle of regulation. The war, however, has made displayed on the back cover, “Bull Durham-Roll your own. a great change. Government regulation as carried on before the It seems to me that the advertising manager broke faith with war has proved totally inadequate to war conditions. We thereme. I did not stop the paper ; I could not help you improve fore hold, entirely consistently with our past belief, that it is that way

. Will you kindly refrain from ridiculing me on this time for the Government to exercise that right which it had matter? The day will come when The Outlook will view nar formerly found it inadvisable to exercise. We still are of the cotics as you now do alcoholics, namely, that the indulgence in opinion that at the time when the People's party advocated them is wasteful and senseless.

public ownership and operation of the railways it would have Other questions will come up which will be quite as vexing been injurious, if not disastrous, for the Government to underas any we have yet confronted. What will be your attitude take railway ownership and operation. One of the great danupon them? More important still, what will be your attitude gers of Government ownership and operation has been the cretowards those who have the clear-seeing and the courage first ation of a vast body of civil service employees, which would to espouse those causes ? Sincerely yours,

have been almost certainly at an earlier era in American history Enreka College, Eureka, Illinois. OTTO CLAUDE KINNICK. subject to political manipulation. The whole spirit of the coun

try has been changed by the war, and public opinion, which

once would have tolerated such opportunity for political corrupFROM THE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF OF THE OUTLOOK

tion, would not tolerate the use of that opportunity for political TO OTTO CLAUDE KINNICK

corruption at present. Dear Sir:

May I say, however, that we have not consciously been scornYour letter of December 27 is an interesting challenge -and

ful of those who have taken another view ? In speaking, therefore, of our former scorn,

I think


have misunderstood our For your own personal information I might say that within position entirely. If there has been any expression of scorn we our own editorial staff there has been difference of opinion con are heartily sorry for it; but we first should like to be concerning prohibition and woman suffrage, though the difference fronted with the evidence that we were ever in that state of of opinion does not, I think, go deeper than questions relating mind. to method. The members of the editorial staff gather each week

As to the lonesomeness of the pioneer, which you say The in editorial conference, and some of the arguments that go on

Outlook avoids, all I can say is that we have had the menta) in that conference are as vigorous as any arguments which such experience of it even if you think we were

not entitled to that critical and discriminating readers as you ever present to us,

experience. A great many of our readers have at one time or What The Outlook says is the joint product of the minds of another been so thoroughly convinced that we were so far in its staff. I think it may be said that on all general principles the forefront of reforms that they declined to follow us even to the members of the staff are in thorough and hearty accord; the point of remaining subscribers. Whether The Outlook has but there is a very wide divergence of opinion from time to been a pioneer or not, it has repeatedly paid the penalty of time as to the application of those principles to particular ques a pioneer, for it has been regarded by a large number of peo tions and particular events. As a consequence The Outlook ple as too venturesome to suit their tastes. I am grows. Though its convictions on fundamental principles remain

Very sincerely yours, the same, its opinions do develop. Personally, I am very glad that The Outlook Office, New York City.


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TITH but half an hour's notice, the two houses of Con- disarming the sea power without any corresponding diminution

gress assembled on January 8 to hear President Wilson of military power on land.
read a Message on which he had been working ever

GENERAL APPROVAL since Germany began her peace negotiations with Russia. While Aside from these criticisms the speech met with general this address has been called the "Magna Charta of Peace," it acclaim in America, England, and France. It could have received is a new statement of war aims. Last week we printed verbatim no greater tribute here than in the decision of the National the President's proposed "arrangements and covenants." We Security League to translate it at once into German, Russian, here, for convenience of reference, state them in outline:

Polish, Swedish, Dutch, Danish, Hungarian, and Yiddish, for 1. No more secret treaties.

circulation in pamphlet form among the foreign-born citizens. 2. Freedom of the seas except as closed by international action. Abroad there was like approval, and from highest authori3. Equality of trade conditions, 4. Reduction of national armaments.

ties. No two names, we believe, command more respect in Eng5. Impartial adjustment of all colonial claims.

land than do those of Balfour, the Conservative, and Bryce, the 6. Evacuation of Russia.

Liberal. Mr. Balfour, making it evident that he believes the 7. Evacuation of Belgium.

President's statements express the known objects of the Allies, 8. Evacuation of France, and righting the wrong done in the

said, " I do not think that these views ... could have been matter of Alsace-Lorraine.

introduced in a nobler manner;" and Viscount Bryce declared, 9. Readjustment of Italian frontiers.

"The address is admirable in spirit and contents." Like all his 10. Autonomous development of Austro-Hungarian peoples. chief utterances since America entered the war, the President's

11. Evacuation of Rumania, Serbia, and Montenegro ; guar Message took the leading place in both the news and editorial antees of economic and political independence of the Balkan columns of the London press. Coming, as it did, hard on the States. 12. Autonomous development of non-Turkish nationalities in

heels of Mr. Lloyd George's similar address, the words of the

heads of the American and British Governments were comTurkey; the Dardanelles opened to all nations. 13. Establishment of an independent Poland.

pared, and no disagreement as to essentials was found. 14. Associations of nations with guarantees of political inde

SECRET DIPLOMACY pendence and territorial integrity to large and small states alike.

By his denunciation of secret treaties Mr. Wilson outdoes This pronouncement was immediately seen to have several

even the Russian radicals, because he puts it first in his state purposes. One was to develop further the principles of peace

ment of peace terms. This, says the New York “Evening Post," for which America stands. Another was to induce Russia to

is the most pronounced step in the direction of world democracy return to the democracy of law and order. Another was to drive

ever put forth by the head of an important nation. The London a further wedge between the German people and their rulers.

“ Pall Mall Gazette” declares that the Message itself consti. As the Chicago “Herald” points out, the reactionaries of

tutes an effective model of frank and open diplomacy. German offici lom tried to make it appear that this was an attempt, not to rid the German people of their autocratic and

ALSACE-LORRAINE military elements bent on conquest, but to separate the German This is the first time that the President of the United States people from their Emperor. Concerning this ruse of the reac has declared himself on the Alsace-Lorraine question, the Paris tionaries in Germany, the Chicago “ Herald” adds :

“ Temps" tells its readers, and adds: “ We have no doubt as to By limiting its meaning they worked very effectively on the his sentiments, but we are profoundly glad that he has expressed popular sentiment of loyalty to the individual ruler and thus saved them. We thank him also for placing the problem on its true themselves a lot of argument. Those tactics will be impossible ground, . . . as a necessary condition for a general peace and as an answer to President's Wilson's latest pronouncement. He not only as a special claim of the French people.” is unquestionably trying to drive a wedge, but it is a much sharper

RUSSIA wedge than before--that is the significance of his demand to know for whom the German delegations at Brest-Litovsk were Although certain Russians felt that the President had apparspeaking, “ for the majorities of their respective Parliaments or ently identified the Bolsheviki with the democracy of Russia, for the minority parties, that military and imperialistic minority there were other opinions, summarized by one of the American which has so far dominated their whole policy."

Red Cross mission workers to Russia, who has just returned

from a four months' stay there." In no state paper written durFREEDOM OF TRADE AND FREEDOM OF THE SEAS Two adverse criticisms of the Message concern the de

ing the war," he said, "has any one shown such broad vision or mands for equality of trade and freedom of the seas. Criticism

such splendid imagination as has the President in his opportune

treatment of the Russian situation." The Bolshevik newspapers as to the first came from America. Conservative Republicans

seem divided in their opinion. The Petrograd “Isvestia an abandonment of the tariff policy. Their fears were allayed by (6 The News”) said that President

Wilson's recognition of the

services of the Workmen's and Soldiers' government is clearly assurances from official quarters that it did not imply an aban

seen, while the Petrograd“ Pravda” (“Truth”) snappishly ra donment of such a policy, and that unless there should be fur

marked that “ President Wilson's confession indicates that the ther development of direct taxation a tariff is practically

American bourse found it necessary, not only to reckon with inevitable as an economic policy.

the Bolshevik authority, but to curtsey to it. More pointed, however, was the comment concerning freedom of the seas. This came naturally from the nation of the

GERMANY AND AUSTRIA world whose power and safety rest almost entirely on her sea

Perhaps the real significance of the Message can best be strength. Lord Northcliffe’s “ Evening News,” a widely read

ascertained by noting the comments on it in the enemy coun. afternoon newspaper in London, at once declared that Presi

tries of Germany and Austria. As might be expected, such dent Wilson's declaration concerning the freedom of the seas needed further elucidation. Sharper were the words of the

liberal papers as the “ Berliner Tageblatt," the Berlin " VorLondon * Daily Graphic :" « As President Wilson's proposal wärts,” and the “Frankfurter Zeitung” recognize the justice of

certain demands, while the reactionary papers agree in substands, it would lead to the absurdity that Germany should be

stance with the opinion expressed as follows by the Berlin free to send her armies across the sea to invade England, and

· Norddeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung :" we could do nothing to stop the transports until they reached the three-mile limit.” Even the very liberal “ Westminster

The fourteen points do not form a programme for world peace,

but a real symphony of will to no peace. Beginning with the Gazette” adds that in such a world as that to which the Presi

joyful fanfare of freedom of the seas and other things on which dent looks forward his aspirations could have no terrors for the

the whole world is agreed, even if diversity of opinion exists British, but that in the fighting world of to-day it would mean regarding the method of realization, Mr. Wilson,... having the

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