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GERMANY PROPOSES PEACE WOULD RESTORE
TERRITORIAL LINES ALLIES COLD TO-IDEA
Washington, Dec. 12. Germany's
peace proposals, according to a Ger
man embassy official, will include a
suggestion that the territorial status
of the nations engaged be returned
"practically" to what it was before
the war started.
The exemptions are established
of independent kingdoms of Poland
and Lithuania and some readjust
ment of international boundaries in
The peace terms, the United Press
informant said, include the evacua
tion of Northern France, restoration
of, the kingdom of Belgium, at least
a partial restoration of Serbia and
Rumania, and the return to Germany
of her lost colonies.
The factors which are said to have
led to the German peace proposals at
this time are: .
The favorable military position of
the central powers.
The fact that the winter at hand
will necessitate cessation of hard
fighting for three months.
'. A desire to "smoke out" the allies
to announce just what they are fight'
Desire to convince the world and
the German people wherever they
war of territorial conquest, and de
. sire, if war continues, to let the world
know Germany will not be responsi
ble for further bloodshed.
The D'eace terms outlined, the Ger
man official intimated, are not neces
sarily Germany's final proposition.
"The imnorta"t nupHon ip to find
out whether the " allies will talk
peace," said this official.
.Berlin, via Sayviile Wireless, Dec.
i O PrnnnooTc Vi-ir tVin Kontrol nnmora
that peace negotiations be entered
into forthwith were made in notes
handed to representatives of neutral
countries which are representing
Germany in belligerent nations today.
Chancellor Von Bethmann-Holl-weg
called the diplomatic representa
tives of the United States, Spain and
Switzerland to his office, one after
the other and handed this note to
The chancellor asked the neutral
nations which represent Germany
and her allied powers at the capitals
of the nations with which she is at
war to bring these proposals to the
attention of Germany's enemies.
The propositions which Germany
advances in these negotiations are,
according to Germany's belief, ap
propriate for the establishment of
The governments at Vienna, Con
stantinople and Sofia transmitted
' The text was also communicated '
to the Vatican at Rome and to all
other neutral powers.
London, Dec. 12. Admittedly the
greatest deterring force fr6m the
British standpoint to favorable re
ception of German peace proposals is
Lloyd-George. The idea was general
that the British would not consent
to cessation of hostilities at this time,
with their political house just put in
order and their organization for a
major effort still untried. It is recog
nized that as yet but half of the lull
military strength of the British has
been tested under fire.
The fact that at the moment of
Germany's proposal France was also
in the midst of a complete reorgani
zation calculated to givo her new
strength is also counted on to dis
count probabilities of Bethmann
Hollweg's proposal finding favor in
Washington, Dec. 1Z Informed
by the United Press today of Ger
many's offer to discuss peace pro
posals, Sec'y of State Lansing con
fined himself to saying:' "I know
nothing about it."
Immediately after the receipt of