London Times, 4/17/1916, p. 26

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- aide his to to of the in for el - - - has TRIBUTE BY 500 EMINENT AMERICANS. We have received a copy of an address t " the People of the Allied Nations," signed by 500 of the most prominent citizens of the United States of America, which begins : Our rodxment supports your cause, and our pathies and our hopes are with yon in this struggie - In sarin thin we are confident that we are expressing the convictions and feelings of the overwhelming The address explains that, though there have inbu I Ame of sympathy with the Allies, Americans have hitherto hesitated to unite in any ment, at first because they looked to the Government to speak, and later for fear of embarrassing the Govern ment in the difficult negotiations growing German offences, and in its endeavour to n that official neutrality which it has felt impelled to uphold in the hope that through neutrality it could best support the tottering pillars of international law. and aid in preserving to use the President's phrase the foundations upon which peace can be rebuilt." Now, however, " in the face of the great moral questions involved, the right solution of which is vital to the whole future course of civiliza tion, the American conscience cannot remain silent. It cannot run the risk of appearing to be neutral - minded without injury to its own integrity and its self - respect." The address con - For this reason it seems fitting and needful that American public opinion should receive some more collective expression. The main facts in the controversy controversy have long been before us. The . esse of the Teutonic allies, especially, has not lacked fullness cf statement. The ablest German publicists and 'pro - nave presented the Anstro - German conten tions with great eloquence. Numerous German doeu - have.been widely circulated, and an active. and sometimes insidious, German propaganda has been extensively carried on in the United States. very largely on a study w not unmindful of the great contributions which Germany Germany has in the past made to the common treasure of modern civilization ; all of us acknowledge our debt to Germany ; many of us have had the advantage of But the welfare ol thSvdiiationfor which Germany has done so much, toe ragnesx interests oi uerman a is in this conflict Germany and defeated. We confidently and hope - n never be i ratified. It history of Europe. The conscience of the American people cries out and protests against herself, demand I ot rJeJgium we regard as a crime wnicn by your enemies, and aminst of nations and the moral laws of humanity. The question as does not give them such indemnity ss will allow them. nLr which does not recoenize the rights of the smaller nationalities of Europe, a peace which r, ansae wMssats a disaster s of Great restoration of Belgium and of Serbia, and the sup pression of militarism, vnat we aruenuv nope t that consurnmation. In that hope we believe th Among the 500 who signed the address Professor James B. Anpell, President, University Mr. of Michigan ; Professor Mark Baldwin ; Mr. John I Grier Hibben, President, Princeton University ; Mr. Maine ; Professor Brander Matthews, Columbia Univer - bridge, and Barrett Wendell, of Harvard University ; act Mr. H. Conrad Bierwirth, Associate Professor of the German, Harvard university j JJr. James KUarfieU, " - Assistant Attorney - General; three ex - Attorney - rnors. and ex - Governors of State: J1 "fiT tarts, historians, and business men, including Mr. - Lyman Abbott (editor of the Outlook), Mr. A. T. Ladd, Mr. George L. Beer, Mr. Pouitney Bigeiow, Mr. John H. Burroughs; Cstonel George Harvey (of the North AmeriZn Review), Mr. William Dean Hewells. Mr. William Agnew Paton. Mr. Gifford Knchot. Mr. G. IL the Putnam, Mr. Bernard J. UotaweU, ington, Mr. William Roscoe Thayer, Mr. Henry Watterson, Mr. Takxrtt Williams, Mr, Henry S. Harrison, Mr. Winston Churchill, and Mr. Owen Wister. . of out five to

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  2. 17 Apr 1916, Mon,
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