4 NOVEMBER 1916, Page 15

Let us hasten to say that the fact that President

Wilson finds him- self in the mental predicament in which, as Crabbe points out, emost all men find themselves when they look back at their en- deavours and make resolves for the future, is no good ground in itself for voting against him as President or for voting for his rival. Though we suppose at the moment we shall not convince our American friends of the fact, it matters not at all to this country which candidate is elected President. The last thing that any Englishman wants to do is to interfere in, or to attempt to exercise any influence whatever over, the Presidential election. He could not if hewoukl, andhe would not if he could. What really interests us most is to see whether the- Republican Party when undivided is still so strong that it, and only it, can choose a President.