1 SEPTEMBER 1917, Page 3

We have written eleewhere on President. Wilson's answer to the

Pope's peace proposals. The violence of the contrast between the whole-hearted resolution of the United States to-day and what Matthew Arnold might have called their " almost blood- thirsty clinging" to peace earlier in the war is one of the most gratifying things in the war. We read that even Mr. W. J. Bryan, who it will be remembered parted company with Mr. Wilson because he regarded Mr. Wilson's suave protests to Germany about the sinking of the Lusitania ' as too militaristic in tone, has been making speeches in favour of pressing the war to a decisive conclusion. "That beats the band," as possibly some of his audience may have remarked. It certainly proves that the American people are capable of the most splendid. and daring logic when they have recognized accurately the facts of a situation.