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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, December 13, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 3

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Washington, Dec. 13. What part
the U. S. will play in furthering Ger
many's suggestion for peace is unde
termined today.
But these three big ideas toward
it are in official minds:
That England and her allies should
at least discuss the offers.
That any settlement, especially in
Germany's present frame of mind,
would have to be backed by a world
guaranty of peace.
That the United States will not be
stampeded in peace movement.
On the whole, sentiment here is
that at present the U. S. ought mere
ly to act as messenger for Germany
.and pass on her proposals.
"Pres. Wilson is undecided; he has
not even told Jiis cabinet what he
thinks. His closest followers believe
that this nation ought to know what
the allies think of the offer before
making any move.
Furthermore, they say frankly,
they believe England will scorn the
offer, especially if based on terms
announced by German embassy of
ficial. While the administration feels cer
tain that England will not now ac
cept Germany's proposals as out
lined, it attaches great importance to
.the fact that these proposals may
"form the "entering wedge" for peace
of peace- parleys.
A state department official pointed
out that whatever may happen, the
proposals will give food for thought
and a basis upon which to deduce
later proposals or terms of settle
ment. London. England is looking for
ward to next Tuesday, when Premier
Lloyd-George will address house, of
commons, for Britain's answer to
Germany's peace proposals.
Until that time, British men and
women are considering but one
thins: to continue War until a de
cisive victory-is established,
If comment of London newspapers
is. any criterion England does not
propose to regard German peace pro
posals in any other light than "an
other German trick."
"Germany's cue was to snatch a
military victory to balance five great
military defeats which they suffered
in western, Italian and Russian the
aters," said the Daily Chronicle, "and
then at the top of their territorial
conquest to come forward with an
appeal for cessation of bloodshed
and an offer of peace on as-you-were
terms, which in such circumstances
could be given a-f alse air of generos
ity." Germany's peace terms, as given
out by a German embassy official in
Washington, were generally regard-;
ed as preposterous and unworthy of
serious consideration here.
The only keynote of difference ob
servable in editorial comment today
was -whether the allies, in their reply
to the German note, should set forth
therein their own terms upon which
peace discussion would be consid
ered. Press comment ranged today all
the way from the Daily Mail's sug
gestion that Von Bethmann-Hollweg
is "no more entitled to the courtesy
of a reply than an armed burglar in
a private house" to that made by the
Manchester Guardian that negotia
tions should at least go as far as to
ascertain Germany's exact terms.
A number of newspapers point out
the desirability, in view of the man
ner in which Germany made her of
fer, that the allies, in replying, clear
ly enunciate their own aims in the
war, for the benefit of the world's
opinion; that the terms in which the
allies are willing to enter peace ne
gotiations be clearly set forth.
Berlin. If Germany's bid for
peace Is rejected by the entente pow
ers it is certain central empires will
not take initiative again to end. war

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