Taft Speaking to the Peace Arbiter advocates about keeping navies, and the applause he got

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- - 1 rtmTt iVTWwW - rAiW WUUUI AKJJliKAiC nUrtUKt K President - - Thinks Such Questions Could Go to Court - ffi Executives Defense of Larger Navy Applauded at Dinner of Peace and Arbi - tratioa Leagufr - His Sentiments Echoed by Ambassador f Von Bernstorff Who However Would ITt Submit Vital International Issues to Tribunals - - a New York Mar 22 The President of the United States spoke in the cause of world peace tonight before such a brilliant assemblage at the Hotel Astor that he described It as superlative He was the honor guest at a - banquet of the Peace and Arbitration League and the principal speaker International peace was the keynote of every address but no speaker advocated the Immediate disarmament of nations On the other hand all agreed that armies and navies were necessary until more Utopian conditions shall have come about On this point President Taft said Because we are in favor of universal peace and in favor of arbitration in order to secure it we stand together that we are not In favor of our country giving up that which we now use for the pur pose of securing peace to wit our arma ment In our army and our navy Need of Warships Tremendous applause greeted his declarations and he continued I do mot want to seem inconsistent in speaking so emphatically here in favor of peace by arbitration and in using every ejfort that I can bring to bear - on Congress to have two more battleships this year I am hopeful that we may continue with that policy until the Panama Canal i3 constructed so that then our naval force shall be doubled by reason of the connection between the two coasts and thenwe can stop and think whether we wish to go further Perhaps by that time there will beadopted a means - of reducing armament And when It comes I am sure we will not be the power to interfere with that general movement The expense of armament Is working toward peace The expense of war I am sorry - to say is ha vlnggreater weight in preserving - peace than the expenss of lives A nation does not lightly enter qpon war now and for two reasons First because the - expense Js so great that It 1s likely to lead her to bankruptcy ven if shewins and second that if she does not win the government or dynasty or whatever it may be that Is in control of the government is likely to go down un der the humiliation of that defeat by the hands of her own people Those two things are working in a healthful way toward peace r v Should Arbitrate Honor Personally I do not see any more reason why matters of national honor should not bei referred to a court of arbitration than matters of property or matters of national proprietorship I know that is going further than most men Are willing to go but I do not see why questions of honor may not be submitted to atribunal supposed to be composed of men of honor who understand questions of national honor as well as any other question or I difference arising hetween nations

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  1. The Washington Post,
  2. 23 Mar 1910, Wed,
  3. Page 1

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