19 JULY 1919, Page 2

President Wilson presented the Peace Treaty to the Senate on

Thursday week. He said that, if the Treaty was not all that any one of the Allies could have desired, " the compromises which were accepted as inevitable nowhere cut to the heart of any principle." Promises made under the old conditions " could not always be honourably pushed aside." " It was not easy to graft the new order of ideas on the old, and some of the fruits of the grafting may, I fear, for a time be bitter." The League of Nations, he said, was the only hope of mankind. America could not return to her old isolation. " The only question is whether we can refuse the moral leadership that is offered us, whether we shall accept or reject the coul %nee of the world." The Senate began on Monday the debate on the ratification of the Treaty. The League of Nations Covenant is, for Americans, the oh id controversial issue. President Wilson meanwhile has arranged to speak in different parte of the oountry on behalf

of the Covenant, and thus to mobilize public opinion against his critics in the Senate.