6 DECEMBER 1919, Page 1

The German Government have argued that the prisoners ought to

be released forthwith, despite the terms of the Armistice and of the Treaty. Further, they hint that it will be difficult for them to surrender the Germans accused of criminal acts during the war. The .Allies have pointed out in a sharply worded Note that they strained a point in releasing some German prisoners before the Treaty came into force. They express surprise that the German Government should be so little conscious of their duty as to try to shield the malefactors who violated all the laws of war in Belgium, Northern France, and elsewhere.

As long as the German conscience daes not understand, as does the whole world, that evil must be repaired and the criminals punished, Germany must not expect to re-enter the community of nations."