their foreign trade three times, while Germany and
the United States have increased theirs five times.
The trade of Germany and the United States has increased
from 7.6 to 38 billion marks. If these figures
show nothing else, they show on which side the American
sympathy will be. This war, provoked by Russia
because of an outrageous desire for revenge, supported
by England and France, has no other motive than envy
of Germany’s position in economic life, and of
her people, who are fighting for a place in the sun.
“Right or wrong, Germany must not grow.”
That is the turning point of a policy which the French
Republic drilled into the Muscovites. Let us
consider the adversaries of Germany. Russia,
the classic land of power and terrible exploitation
of the people for the benefit of a degenerated aristocracy.
France, a type of a nation in which there is not even
enough enterprise to increase the productiveness of
the country. England, which has so long felt its
glory vanishing and in the meantime has remained far
behind its younger rival in financial and economic
equipment. One can easily imagine the feelings
of these peoples when they observe the rapid and successful
growth of Germany, and wonders if these same feelings
will not one day be directed against the youthful
North American giant. In this war it shall be
decided which is the stronger—the organized
inertia of the tired and envious, or the unfolding
of power in the service of a strong and sacrificing
life. To know that we have American friendship
in this struggle will mean a great moral support for
us in the coming trying days, for we know that the
country of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln places
itself only on the side of a just cause and one worthy
of humanity’s blessing.
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[Illustration: Woodrow Wilson, President
of the United States of America. (Photo (C) by
Report by James W. Gerard, American Ambassador at
Berlin, to President Wilson.
By The Associated Press.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17.—Germany has suggested
informally that the United States should undertake
to elicit from Great Britain, France, and Russia a
statement of the terms under which the Allies would
The suggestion was made by the Imperial Chancellor,
von Bethmann-Hollweg, to Ambassador Gerard at Berlin
as a result of an inquiry sent by the American Government
to learn whether Emperor William was desirous of discussing
peace, as recently had been reported.
No reply was made by Emperor William himself, nor
did the Imperial Chancellor indicate whether or not
he spoke on behalf of the Emperor. Ambassador
Gerard, in a cable dispatch to President Wilson, repeated
the Chancellor’s remarks from recollection,
substantially as follows: