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SPECIAL FEATURE SUPPLEMENT Copyright. 1 91 . by the Sun Printing and Publlihtng Attoctatltm. TWELVE PAGES NEW YORK, SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 1916. 44 SEND ROOSEVELT TO FRANCE; Br EDWARD MARSHALL. TO the task of bringing nearer together the people of the Tinted flutes and those of his own country one of the greatest men of France hut rr- his hand. He Is (labrlel Haneitnux. already so well known to our people that he needs no further Introduction than the men lion of his ;iame. This could be said of Koarccly any other living French man. It Is his belief that the three frea peoples of the world. France, Kng land and the United States, should in fcoino measure link their destinies, and, even though France andTingland now are lighting side by side as allies In a great war In which America is not Involved, he feels that the bonds be tween his country and our own. which are of peculiar and unique strength, have lc?n and should be strengthened by the crisis. The Interview with M. Uanotaux, which follows, was obtained by me In I'arjs. and may be regarded as one of the' most significant messages which have been sent across the sea since the outbreak of this war. It Is a message of something warmer than good will. It Is an invitation to and promise of sympathetic cooperation. It is an expression of that sort of sympa thetic understanding which seldom goes from the mouth of n great man of one nation to the eyes of the peo ple of another. And It Is rendered detlnlte, unique, by the fact that It Includes the first public announcement of an unprece dented Invitation, that of a great Gov eminent at war to a single citizen of a nation at peace, a citizen at present occupying no position of official slg nlrlcance. but world famous for the things which he has done, to visit It and study at first hand, untrammelled anywhere and aided everywhere, the processes of Its battle for existence, the details of Its struggle for the pres ervation of Its freedom, the method of its expulsion from its soli of an in adcr. It was after I had asked a quetIon Indicative of the friendly feeling which stirs the heart of pvery Amerclan who has seen France at war that M. Uano taux made the utterly unexpected re rly whrch Indicated the extraordinary plan which has leen conroived and de veloped of late In the minds of those Important Frenchmen who are most eager for a strong1 Franco-American future friendship and for a complete Franco-American future understand ing. M. Uanotaux has Just exclaimed: "If America tenders her hand to France It will h warmly clasped." "How can we K-st hold out our hand?" I asked. "Send us Roosevelt!" was his en tirely tinexp'ctcd reply, "Before the war comes to nn end send us Itoosevelt to go Into the French trenches. Let him come to us and witness our great struggle at close range. He well known that for which this free people has gone into the field. Lt him come and see If at war acquit ourselvc as a free pc. p'.e should," This wa.e an extraordinary tribute from a Frenchman to an American. I had heard many tales cf French complaints against Americans, and. In spite of the manv evidences of the contrary which I had seen here dur ing the spring and early summer, I still wondered If there might not arise somewhere In France a voice of pro test against this extraordinary honor offered to a citizen of that neutral ciuntry which, during the course of the great conflict, has had the most difficult of parts to play. "Are you sure that If he comes he will f well received upon all aides?" I asked. "Will he be well received?" Mr. Uanotaux rereated my Inquiry smil ingly, as If Incredulous that any one should ask n question of the sort. "He will be received like a great king." he declared emphatically. "He will be received as might have been Alexander the fJreat if Invited to b a witness of the battles of a. I'ower friendly to him. Do you know him?" I explained to M. Hanotaux that It chances that I know Col. vHoosevelt rather well, having 'been -wounded while attached as a correspondent to the Hough Hlders In Cuba and having been made by the permanent regi mental organization its official histo rian. "Then urge him to come." sild the great Frenchman. "The Invitation will not be wholly unexpected, perhaps, although It has not been made public that It Is to be extended and although we have not the slightest Idea whether or not It will be accepted. "If you can do anything through newspapers or otherwise which will help to Influence h'.m toward the ac ceptance of It you thereby will be do ui:; the fln'st thing for France whhrh vou, us an Amerjrpr.. ciulu do. A 'i.t. while we are at war, from Theodore Itoosevelt! Through such an episode,, indeed, America really m'-:ht hold out the hand of fellowship to France!" "Have th? people of France been satisfied with the attitude of the Fnited States during the course Of the a real war?" I arked. "We have been very satisfied with the American uttltude." said M. Hano- , taux. "The efforts to convince the people of the 1'nlted States that this is not the e-nsc have leen made by the enemies of Franci-. "We have received from the peo pie of the 1'nlted States a sympathy and understanding which have been very welcome and which have tended to sustain our courage and determina tion, We have received from the re sources of the l.'nlted States, nn.incl.il. .ndustrlal nnd economic, enormous aid. "While your (Jovernment strictly has maintained complete neutrality, ns It ih iK-en right that It should do, your oe.iple have sent us food for our popu- CRIES HANOTAUX French 'Authority on International Affairs Wants America's Ex-President to Visit Trenches- That He May Telt How a Free People Fight for Freedom Utlon at n time when Its own produc tion has been hampered by the lntene efforts In other directions necessitated by the war; they have sent us muni Hons from your wonder working fac tories which have been of the utmost moment to us: to our wound'd they have offered succor and assistance through many splendid enterprises, of which the American Ambulance In Paris ever will remain a shining ex ample of the fine spirit which ani mates American friendship for France. "And what France. Indeed what can any one say In adequate appreciation of the marvellous outpouring of pure charity and understanding, wholesale generosity which has come from the United States to aid poor Helglum--that one of our allies which most line suffered and the gallantry of which ever will remain glorious In history!" "It has lieen suggested by many very careful thinkers that In an alli ance of the three free people- those of France, those of (Ireat Itrttain and those of th? t'nlted Stntes. may tie a possible plan by means of which to preserve the world from future dls.is ters comparable to this war." 1 ventured- "An understanding of the sort would be the strongest Influence for good th world ever has known." said M. Hano taux. "At present the feeling In France Is that we must think of noth ing but the war until we. In connec tion with our allies, have brought it to a victorious couclusivn. We must concentrate upon the task In hand. "But It would be well, even while the war proceeds, to prepare the ma chinery and cultivate the Impulse which may help toward such an un derstanding ns you mention. It may Is? that I shall find no better opportunity- during our talk than this In which to express, as a Frenchman, the strength and depth of the feeling of all France toward Kngland. "Iti should be unnecessary for a. Frenchman to give voice to this, for It should be entirely and fully understood upon all side. Hut a very definite anil Ingenious campaign has Is-cn organised for sowing th seeds of dimension among th people of the allied na tion, and more (specially for spread ing In the neutral countries f.ile tales of misundertandlngs, rivalries nnd half hidden agreements. -"Kven In France by devious means efforts lime been m.i le to bring about ilissatlWtion ulth our splendid Brit ish allies. Just as efforts have been made in many quarters to generate the thought that France ha- fallen out of sympatlTy with the Fulled States. "Naturally such efforts are deceiv ing nobody in France with regard to Kngland any more than the similar efforts are deceiving any one with re gard to America. That the effort should have been made at alt In either case Is but one morn Indication of that lack of knowledge with regard to In ternational psychologies' which Tius characterized the procedure of our enemies from the days of the begin ning of the war. "As a matter of fact a grateful nnd appreciative France fully realizes that in this day of great world crli Kng land l playing In the world her usual role, of the defender of Justice and the protector of human liberty. I have put forward my very firm conviction upon this subject In the preface which I have written for Mrs. Humphry Ward's I.F.fTort de 1'Aligleterre.' tKnglnnd's F.fTort.) 1 am glad to have this opportunity of repeating the state-tiK-nt of my convlctlotis for the benefit of neutrll render. They are the con victions' of all Frenchmen. "Hut to-day I am glad to speak principally of the feeling of France for the Fnlted States. Cordiality always has Is-en the keynote of the relation ship between our two countries. So far a 1 am awaie no opportunity for Its expression In woriU ever has been neglected by a Frenchman, und bo sides such expressions there have been continual ar.d more practical manifes tations of It through great financial, commercial and industrial interchange between the nations. "It has been my continual and per sonal aim and wish to further this relationship of friendship and to bring the two countries constantly closer to gether. A ery definite effort l now and for some time has been In opera tion In I'.irl toward this end. In the loim of the American fearing House, of which I am the president. At tir.-t tlil wi.s prill-.p.illy an or ganization devoted t., the efficient and proper d.sirlbutl. n of that magnificent which Vu been manifested by jj j America In Frame since the begin ning of the war, but now it lias de eoped further, and has become an organized machine devised for the purpose of bringing closer tugcther in an Intimate acquaintance and friend ship those representatives of both our peoples who have become lnteiested In the common object of alleviating the misery thrust upon the world by those who are responsible for this great war, "No task could be more congenlat to me. I have travelled extensively In the Fnlted states and may lay claim to some personal ki:owlcdge..of yemr splendid people and yemr magnlllcent country. I have perceived the pjeh logical tidiness, the mental kocnties Vie tremendous phslcal activity j our people with delight. "So, realizing that in the nature eif things America must seem distant In deed to many of our French people. I have definitely aimed at the Achieve ment eif producing here a more Inti mate knowledge of anil as an Inevi table sequence n more friendly feeling toward the Fnlted State. "Out of the unnecessary and un forgivable gloom Into which the world has licen plunged by this inexcusable war some bright details gleam, ) Hie. of these Is the fact that we have rea son to believe that our unceasing e'fforts have Impressed not only thu British hut the Americans of unsus pected capabilities In France. We I--lleve that through the war wo have lecoine more! accurately known to these our friends and to other friends In Belgium, in 1 talv . In Hu..i and elewheie. That has been a gain which has accrued to u In the midst of days of stralij ami tragedy. "It Is our especial hope that America ami Kngland through this appreciation of our exhibition of iwrvu strength may form a true conception of tho effort which we shall 1 able to exert when the day conies for the peace overtures to ! made. That Is a point to be remenibere d." It is well th.it all Ameil'aus who read these wonls should. Indeed, con sider them with car. .M Uanotaux did not further elucidate- Ins meaning, but to tho. capable of reading be twren the line will 1 found heie an expression of that grim deteimlnatlon which plainly forms the sahtti.ttutn of all French though' In the days -th.it grim determination that this war shall iiermaiieutly decide tin- great question which are IsMng argued with the thunder of its gun und the -sMurp point f Its bay-met. No one who has ptit In Fiaiioe us ina.iv war ti-ii" weeks lis It tin Is i n iiiy prixi.Li spend can ih'i t that vvh-i th.s w.ir come, to an em! r will li.iv : f t fiw moot points miiivi i fed M. H.inot.nix turned the cotwera tlon pres ntly into .li.tnneN less militant, it is pl.i.n that ulntidy lie, ha thought duply upon the tilings wh.ch will Im. mot desirable nf'er the war's end and up n that new- phi losophy wlnili thij war has. brought to France. "But. after nil." ., id -. 'Fran i wishes to siund lefote tin- wirM ns a fighting Hi t Inn only dating Mich a period as may be nec-s.iry n order that her enemie may be convinced that she I capable of defendlji her ideals, her ptop-ity and her tradi tion. ' "l'.eatly Frane-e stands in the vorld not for military power but for her art. her tine-", her : .nee. ll-r propaganda ever ha been m.i.l? through the nied. im of her beaux art. Art ha I u the l.-uitern through wh.ch she ms shown Per light to the world. "America ha bought from it pic lures and sMtues and all the beattlful things for wl i. li Fr.mce is t.imn" A an International tiled um of o chatiKc nit must no be despised. Tl e Industrie and branch s of cotnmcrc which supply the elite with their re qulretiietits have an importance ns vital to the growth of civilization as that of more materia! things, "It is certain that the marriage o! American at d Fii nrli Meats, til' union of Fiench netlvlt with Atner -can ambition, wou.d produce- i eelont offspring. I do not do i!-. tint through the I'M-li.in'je of though:. whb though tr.ivelllti,- b different paths proceed exactly In the s itae d.rection and through the exchange of your wonderful commodities of nn-at ef fort and vast eiiteipn-e for our prod ucts, aiming them by no tne.niK .'or getting gown for women and every thing connect) tl with the world it beauty which w call M.I mode.' we shall arrive at u complete accord be tween the countries taking tin- steps necessniy to insure' that our respec tive i-lv .lizuloiis !-. The future shall bo far above the elu.ip Jack lmiti tlon with which (icrmany deceived herself and endeavored to deceive the world "I always have advocated tho Ide.i that French students should go AmrliM to stitdv tin- great rummer. la! and imliistr.il activities of our country, u I always have been among those wlio most heirtlly have wc' corned American students who have come here to learn of our arts, our science nnd the sentiments of our civilization. "In this interview I find It Impoi slble moie fully to develop this the ory, but In cooperation in America with my clo-i) and valued friends Pr. Nicholas Murray Butler, president of Cnlumbhi Fnlversity; Dr. Kllot. pte.s'.deiit emeritus of Harvard, and Tol. Boosevelt I have been making the Kteiitest pos-ni.'o effort , to bring about till union l.etwiei our two peoples, our tw.j tciu!i'.ics the union for which tin- foundations weto laid by Washington and our Lafayette; foun dations upon which during this war, by otir help and by your sympathy, you Americans have built a more impor tant portion of the growing structure than you have appreciated,"