Germany and Austria Must Accept Terms

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Germany and Austria Must Accept Terms - 25th YearNo. 219 FULL ASSOCIATED PRESS k u - jr...
25th YearNo. 219 FULL ASSOCIATED PRESS k u - jr it E miNSKNOW A or It M . V 8 B , 8 , If JL.jLJLa 'JL f Teutons Can Have Peace Only On Terms Allies Have NamedlP THAT WOULD BE RECESSION OF ALL TERRITORIES SEIZED, INCLUDING ALSACE-LORRAINE, ; RESTORATIONS AND INDEMNITIES Until These Terms Are Met Answer Is "Force! Force Without Stint or Limit" NEITHER UNITED STATES NOR ALLIES WILL FALL INTO TRAP HUNS ARE TRYING TO BAIT GER- MANY AND AUSTRIA MUST ACCEPT TERMS . W "ASHINGTON, Sept. 15 vanced through Austria, it was officially stated today best finds its answer in President Wilson's Baltimore speech delivered last April. "Force! Force to the utmost, force without stint, or limit, the righteous and triumphant force which shall make right the law of the world, and cast every selfish 'dominion down in the dust." That was the president's answer then and, it was reiterated today, it is his answer now. No one doubts that it is the answer of the allies. While Austria's proposal reported last night from Amsterdam, had not reached Washington in official form tonight, it is expected hourly through some neutral possibly Sweden and in it is recognized the long-heralded peace offensive upon which Germany is counting to arouse enough sentiment for peace among the peoples of the allied countries to compel an end of the war on terms which substantially would preserve the Prussian conquest' The allied leaders recognize it as an effort by Germany to obtain the best terms possible. There will be no round-table conference, no sounding out process, such as Germany proposes and such as she hopes will give opportunity probably to deal with her enemies separately. If any reply at all is made', it will be after an exchange of views between the United States and the other co-belligerents, so that a reply for all may be made in one No New Terms fop the Hun. On every side among American officials And allied diplomats it seems agreed that the only ground on which permany mny have a conference is the acceptance of the principles laid down by President Wilson, and which have been accepted by all the allies as their watchword. , . American officials havev been noting for some time the various steps that have led to the proposition for a meeting at some neutral point of delegates from all the belligerent countries to enter into non-binding discussions with a view to bringing about peace. , From German and Austrian officials of high rank, from the German emperor himself down to the vice-chancellor of Germany, within the last fortnight have come public utterances, differing widely in their tone and scope, but, by singular coincidence, each and all containing in some place a declaration of willingness to extend the hand of peace, they were coupled with denials of responsibility for tho further continuance of hostilities. Baron Burian, the Austrian foreign minister, advanced the movement toward the peace offensive further than any other speaker In his recent address to visiting German Journalists, and the Ideas he then broached are now recognized here as the I foundation upon which has been built the proposition which Vienna now is presenting to the world at arms in a formal way. The Washington government already has made up Its mind and formed its own opinion regarding Burian's plan and it can be stated that even in the formal shape in which It is now presented, it is quite as objectionable as. it was originally and does not present a single point upon which the Entente Powers and the United States are likely to agree with the authors. Familiar notes of Insincerity and underlying sinister purposes are heard by officers. In the opinion of officials here the primary object of Baron Burian and the Germans who stand behind him is to convince the Austrian and German peoples that their governments really desire peace, a course made necessary by the ' highly dangerous and rebellious state of mind in Germany, and, particularly, in Austria. How Teutons Can Secure Peace. Peace could be accomplished speedily, !t is pointed out by officials here, by an ; open declaration of full' and unqualified Acceptance by Berlin and Vienna of the fourteen points laid "down by President Wilson as a proper basis of peace. But this would sound the death knell of pan-Germanism: would mean the disgorgement of a huge tract of territory, enor-nous indemnities and valuable special privileges and monopolies which the predatory Central Powers have wrung from Russia, not to dwell upon the recessation of Alsace-Lorraine, whose wrongful seizure half a century ago, President Wilson has solemnly declared, must be righted. Another purpose to be served by such discussions as Baron Burian proposes, it Is considered, -has been detected and exposed in almost every one of the preceding German peace moves. While the word "discussions" hs'been substituted for "conferences" originallv proposed, officials here without the slightest hesitation identify the purpose as another round-table "conference" such as at Brest-Lltovsk that marked the ruin of Bussia. "Discussions," with all the delegates assembled in one place, and open to close personal influence and address, would not differ very much from a formal gathering around a table, and, In fact, might be more dangerous. So It is declared today that the t'nited Stages would have none of them at this etage of the war. or at any other, in advance of binding acceptance by the Germanic powers of the conditions proposed hy President Wilson. With that as a basis, there would be no objection to any paoper consideration and discussion Bt even highly important details of the peace agreement. With much Interest the government here notes the statement that the Vatican and all neutral nations would be notified Of the peace offer. Officials here presume that this Is an attempt to enlist sympathy for the peace movement in those quarters, as the fact is recognized that the proposition, which amounts to Invitations to tb Vatican and the neutral states to par- Germany's latest peace feeler, ad Germany Is Said to Have Peace Offer to Be Made to Belgium LONDON, Sept. 15. Germany has made 'a definite peace offer to Belgium, according to information received here. The terms of this proposal are as follows: That Belgium shall remain neutral until the end of the war; That thereafter the entire economic and political independence of Belgium shall be reconstituted; That the prewar commercial treat, les between Germany and Belgium shall again be put Into operation after the war for an Indefinite period; That Belgium shall use her good offices to secure the return of the German colonies; f That the Flemish question shall be considered and the Flemish minority . which aided the German Invaders, shall not be penalized. The proposal contains no word respecting repatriation or Indemnities; no admission that Germany wronged Belgium. ticlpate in the peace conferences, would be flattering to their pride. The attitude of the Catholic elements of the Entente populations might well be regarded as potent. Ostensibly the aim of Baron Burian is to reduce the war issue to the simplest form of a process of elimination of many points of only sentimental importance and by agreement upon certain broad altru istic principles of self-evident propriety and wisdom as affecting international relations. But officials who consider themselves acquainted with the methods of German diplomacy say they recognize a concealed design to include some very substantial German doctrine in some apparently harmless and high-minded statements of principle. What Treacherous Hun Hopes to Gain. It is known from more or less official German declarations that the Central Powers are willing and anxious to enter a league of nations to make future wars impossible and also to guarantee the freedom of the seas and the right of self-determination of oppressed peoples and Immunity from seizure of private property at sea. But all these altruistic principles, it Is expected, would be bent to serve German purposes, if the "discussions" were to bear the fruit expected by the authors of this latest peace offensive. The league of nations involves international disarmament, according to the German idea upon a scale proportioned so that the Central Powers would continue to be dominant from the military point of view. The freedom of the seas from the German view would involve the abandonment by Great Britain of Gibraltar, Malta and Suez and the other great naval bases and fortifications upon which depends the life of the British navy and the security of the British lines of communication with India and her other colonial possessions. The Immunity from seizure of merchant shipping would make Impossible such a splendid blockade as that by which the British, American, French and Italian navies have Isolated the Germanic powers. ' Finally, . it is considered that the sole purpose of the apparent acceptance of the principle of the right to self-determination of small nations Is to accomplish the defeat of that proposition. German officials do not contemplate a relinquishment of her control of Alsace-Lorraine, nor Po land, nor Schleswis-Holstein, nor even of the border states which she has wrested from Russia, and she feels that the surest way to maintain her hold is to defeat the proposition oT self-determination by making the Independence of Ireland and India a condition of its acceptance. Austria Is cracking, and instead of wasting time with worse than useless peace talk now is the time to strike her (Continued on Page 3, Column 5)

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