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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, December 21, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 3

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Washington, Dec. 21. A show
down, by belligerent countries be
cause America's rights have been in
vaded and because this nation feels
this cannot go long is the real pur
pose behind Pres. Wilson's note dis
patched to the warring powers, Sec'y
Lansing said today.
Lansing said frankly matters could
not continue to go on much longer
as they had been, and that this na
tion had been "drawing nearer to the
verge of war."
Conditions for neutrals, he de
clared, were becoming "intolerable."
The German and English notes, he
said, did not prompt the president's
note. If anything, they delayed it.
London, Dec. 21. Pres. Wilson's
message, to the belligerents had not
been released for publication here at
4 o clock this afternoon.
(It is apparent from the above dis
patch that the British censor has
held up all press dispatches from the
U. S. regarding the message.)
New York, Dec. 21. Private mes
sages received here today, stated that
men in British government councils
had openly expressed the most in
tense indignation at the action of
-Pres. Wilson in addressing his peace
message to the belligerents. This
attitude may be responsible for the
action of the British government in
refusing to permit the publication of
the Wilson message in London today.
Washington, Dec. 21. In making
. his first formal effort to get a state
ment of peace terms from the bellig
erent powers and to evolve from the
European war means of preventing
a similar world tragedy, Pres. Wilson
acted with the knowledge that other
world neutrals would stand behind
him, it was stated today.
He 'has greatest confidence that
iis. efforts vrtll- succeed '
Official and diplomatic Washing
ton, today scarcely recovered from
startling development of his sending
a peace note to all countries, waited
with anxiety the first response from
belligerent nations, to president's
suggestion for peace definitions.
The president's action came out
of a clear sky. He explained this
country's "intimate interest" in the
war's conclusion thus:
"Lest it should presently be too
late to accomplish the greater things
which he beyond its conclusion.
"Lest the situation of neutral na
tions, now exceedingly hard to en
dure, be rendered altogether intol
erable." And,
"Lest an injury be done civiliza
tion itself which can never be atoned
for or repaired."
The president has made it clear
many times that he would make no
such move -unless he weer assured of
its definitely accomplishing its pur
pose. Determination to launch his pro
nouncement was reached suddenly,
although he had contemplated such
action for several weeks.
The change in the announced pol
icy of this government to merely aqt
as messenger for the belligerent
powers remained an enigina today,
bat it is assumed the president re
ceived assurances such an "entering
wedge" proposal would not be re
ceived in an unfriendly spirit by any
In diplomatic circles the' presi
dent's moVe was discussed today
with mixed feeling. There was out
spoken optimism' at the German em
bassy. Comment was made on "the stud
ied language" of the note and it was
pointed out that the president's
views on future guarantees squared
with those of Lloyd-George.
Buenos Aires. Argentina is cer
tain to-support Pres. Wilsoa's plea

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