1 SEPTEMBER 1917, Page 3

President Wilson, having considered the eh: ims of the neutral

Powers which are adjacent to Germany and Austria, has decided that in future these neutrals cannot be allowed to draw any supplies from the United States that would either directly or indirectly be of benefit to the enemy. As the New York correspondent of the Times sayer the meaning of Mr. Wilson's embargo is that the neutral countries adjacent to the Central Powers are to be rationed. This is one of the beet examples of Mr. Wilson's policy of " Thorough," to use the word in an honorific if unhistorical sense. He recognizes that the cause of the small neutral nations is the cause of civilization, and that the sharper their inconveniences or wants may be, the sooner they will be ended. This may seem astonishing to people of Pacifleistinclinations, but Mr. Wilson is really acting, as he always does, as a sincere and generous humanitarian. He cuts off the limb, in Lincoln's phrase, to save the life.