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PEACE UP TO LIBERALS, NOT!
RULERS, SAYS WILSON
Washington, Jan.23. Upon liber
als of the world, the friends of hu
manity, not kings or financiers, de
pends whether peace in Europe is to
be based upon equality and rendered
safe from future aggression.
This was regarded today as the
conviction which prompted Pres.
Wilson to deliver his epoch-making
address before the senate yesterday.
The president .anticipates objec
tion. But he feels, as was the case
with his first note to the warring
powers, that after the message has
a chance to seep into minds of gov
ernment and people that it will ap
peal more and more strongly.
His frank admission that he speaks
for the "silent mass of mankind ev
erywhere" which has as yet been un
able to "speak their real hearts"
shows where the president expects
to get his support.
Such phrases as "government de
rive all (heir just powers from the
consent of the governed" re-echo
previous utterances in which he said
lasting peace was only possible when
powers of making war rested with
the people and not alone in "select
groups of men."
Apparently the president became
convinced the war was to end equita
bly when he received replies to his'
peace note from both sides declaring
that conquest was not desired in
terms of peace.
Now the president is relying upon
the liberals of the world, upon a sortj
of international brotherhood of hu
manity, to bring the war to a willing
end without the sting of resentment
and the fires of hate remaining.
His declaration that there could
not be a "victorious peace" was
drawn from declaration of all bellig
erents that they do not wish to crush
Teuton diplomats plainly voiced
belief that Germany would immedi
ately approve the speech.
.In entente circles the speech was' J
described as "slightly pro-German."
London. English papers have not
commented freely on the president's
speech, evidently fearing a miscon
struction of his remarks. As a whole
the liberal press applauded the lofty
principles in the president's state
ment but balked at some of the ap
plications and criticized' the thought
of a "peace without victory."
Paris. The French press is frank
ly critical today of President Wilson's
address to the American senate. All
editorials agree in the general belief
that his message is not without
merit, but adjudge it Utopian because
it is to be applied to Germany and
New York. With few exceptions,
the press of the country today hailed
President Wilson's speech, to the sen
ate as a great step in the history of
the nation and of the world. Edi
torial comment today showed a po
litical party division, some Republi
can newspapers attacking it bitterly,
while others merely expressed fear
that its advanced idealism would lead
to misunderstandings abroad and
dispute at home.
Springfield, III. "A wonderful elo
quent appeal to the nations at war,"
is the phrase used by William Jen
nings Bryan, former secretary of
state, commenting here today on
President WUson'e speech to the sen
ate yesterday. "But I dissent entire
ly from the proposition that this na
tion should join in the enforcement
of peace in Europe."
Washington. Senator Cummings,
Iowa, offered a resolution today ask
ing that the president's address to
the senate yesterday be brought up
for disoussion by members of the
SUPREME IN AIR
Berlin, via Wireless, Jan. 23. Ger-
many still maintains air supremacy.
Jn 19-16 German aviators victors in
majority of aerial battles on all
fronts. In 1916, allies lost 784 aero
planes and Germans 221