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mitted to a court of justice because involving matters
of right susceptible of aseertainment and decision in
2li(‘(‘Ol”(l2l·ll('(ë with existing law and precedent.
On the other hand tl1e destruction by submarines °l
011 the high seas of non­combatant lives is done i11
deüance of elementary principles of humanity, and '
any nation tamely submitting thereto would deserve
to have its name eliminated from the family of
nations. This distinction has been made clear by
the President êlllld by the Secretary of State of the
United States, and the German Government should
ere now clearly understand it.
Their action certainly has involved our national
honor and vital interests and presented questions
which called for immediate settlement and could not
1 be postponed for a judicial forum, where lawyers’
y arguments and judges’ decisions should ultimately
i determine who was the injured party and what
pecuniary damages should be paid. Commercial
wrongs can be paid for, but for the destruction of
human life there can be no amends. A nation, whose
citizens are wantonly destroyed, must prevent such
destruction by the use of all means within its powers.
. J In regard to Germany’s alleged efforts for peace 2
At the present time Germany occupies nearly all of
Belgium, Serbia, Montenegro, Poland and great
tracts of Russia. Her fifty years of careful prepara-
tio11 had given her an advantage over the nations of
Europe, which she has taken to the full. At the - gil
moment she appears to have reached the acme of
her power. The unprepared nations whom she so
ruthlessly and successfully attacked are now suflïi-
ciently prepared to turn the tide of victory against `
her. Her trade has been destroyed by the dominant
A Heet of Great Britain and by the measures of blockade ' ‘
and contraband. Her people are beginning to feel
the inevitable economic pressure as did the people