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PRESIDENT'S NOTE MEANS NEW POLICY
-ENGLAND COLD TO PROPOSAL
Washington, Dec. 22. Recovering
slowly from the dizzy whirl of yester
day's history-making developments,
government officials and foreign dip
lomats here today looked to the for
eign offices of the belligerent nations
for the next peace move.
It appears the same surprise and,
wonderment was occasioned in Eu
rope by the president's overtures as
were manifest here when his move
became known. This first wonder
ment over, the president believes the
warriors will feel far more inclined
at least seriously and carefully to
consider his suggestions.
Officials and diplomats, after
studying Sec'y Lansing's two an
nouncements yesterday one quali
fying the other so as to practically
discount some of its apparent mean
ing have reached the following con
clusions: President Wilson has made his first
sfep in a more, vigorous course de
termined upon to' maintain American
rights during the war:
He has warned both sides that in
event of any herculean and final des
perate efforts to win should present
peace overtures collapse America
must not be made to suffer.
The move was prompted primarily
to bring peace before further blows
may be'struck at the structure of in
It was made not only in the in
terests of the United States, but was
influenced by the appeals from all
neutrals to this country for some
strong positive stand.
The United States government is
determined to remain out of the war
if possible, but warns of the danger
of unrestricted activities by belli
gerents should the strife continue.
So far as its attitude on neutrality
is concerned, President Wilson has
not changed. '
, He has no switched trom bis
strong conviction that the country
does not want war if peace can be
maintained with honor. '
He will use every human means
possible to keep the country aloof
from the struggle. .
For the same reasons that Great
Britain and her allies did not flatly
reject the peace proposals of the Teu
tonio powers, they will not flatly turn
down the suggestions made by Pres
ident Wilson in his "peace mes
sages," was the expressed belief of
some entente diplomats here today.
Washington, Dec. 22. Congress
will let the president have free hand
in his attempt to find a common
ground upon which European belli
gerents can meet .to formulate plans
for a lasting peace. Both houses re
fused to endorse or take any action
on the president's note.
London, Dec. 22. The govern
ment's wisdom in allowing President
Wilson's note to "soak" 24 hours was
apparent today. It saved a torrent
of violent denunciation of America.
Today, although the British press
was practically unanimous in deplor
ing President Wilson's intervention,
the comments ranging from pained
surprise to bitter resentment, there
wasn't such sweepingly violent de
nunciation as there would have been
if the first impressions had been al
lowed full play.
Atrthat there were plenty of vigor
our expressions showing that the
British nation is in no mood to meet
Germany except on the allies' own
terms, which have already been out
lined sufficiently for Germany to ac
cept or decline.
Few question the motives or the
spirit which impelled the note, but
most of th$ editorials point out that
it was unhappily conceived and tact
lessly worded especially in its refer
ences to "small nations." This, it
was contended, conveyed the impres
sion tfmt the allies were equally;