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ALLIES REJECT PEACE PROPOSAL GERMANY
MUST OFFER DEFINITE TERMS
llcJyd-george says teuton
militarism must be
A . London, Dec. 1 9t England and the
Allies do not propose to enter into
peace negotiations, without knowl
edge of Germany's proposals.
The allies' terms are complete res
toration and full reparation, with ef
fectual guarantee for the future,
the British premier declared.
f . This was the decision announced
in the House of Commons by Premier
Opening his epoch-making ad
dress, the British prime ' minister
alluded to the terrible responsibility
which he felt as the chief advisor to
the crown in the most gigantic war
in the history of the world.
He spoke carefully, in measured
terms and was accorded the most
intense interest by his vast audience.
"Britain has endorsed every word
of the answers of Russia and
France," the premier declared.
, "I can give clear and definite sup
port to their statements. Each
reached the same conclusion as tne
i German note was received."
"All the outrages on land and sea
cannot be liquidated by a few pious
phrases about 'humanity'," he con-
tinued. "Witout reparation, peace is
"We do not propose to put our
heads into a noose, with the rope's
r end in Germany's hands," declared
t the premier.
Lloyd-George quoted the words of
f A Abraham Lincoln: "The war will end
when its object has been attained un-
. der God; it will never end until we
achieve the object."
This quotation was received with
"The imperial German chancellor
Bethmann-Hollweg did not use a sin
gle phrase indicating he was prepar-
ed to accept the only terms upon,
which peace is possible," Lloyd
"The Rumanian blunder was un
fortunate," the- premier continued,
"but at its w6rst it will only serve to
prolong the war. '
"We have done our best to make
certain that disasters similar to that
in Rumania will not recur. That is
why we have taken such strong
action with Greece."
Recognition of Former Premier
Venizelos' "provisional government"
in Greece as against that of King
Constantine was announced as one
of the new policies of the British
"The German chancellor's speech
and the rfbte afford small hope for an
honorable or lasting settlement. The
phrases about self-defense are meant
to delude the German nation. Great
Britain never wished to check Ger
. Tfie allies insist that the only
end of the war must be a guarantee
against Prussian militarism disturb
ing the peace of Europe.
"It is cruel folly," the prime min
ister continued, "if swashbuckling
through the streets of Europe is not
dealt with as an offense against the
law of nations.
"We will wait until terms and guar
antees are better than these which
Germany has lightly broken. Rather
the thrust of an unbroken army than
The British premier announced
that a.f ormal note responding in this
way to the German peace proposals
would in a few days be completed
and given to the American embassy
for transmission to Berlin.
London. German losses along tha
Somme have totaled 690,000 men,
according to French estimates an
nounced by Bonar Law.