13 MAY 1916, Page 1

The German reply turned out to be a lengthy spinning

of words, here making a concession and there making the concession depend upon an impossible condition, and for the rest doing homage to peace and humanity in a manner that would cause one to think that Germans, after all, remember Dickens better than Shake- speare. We seem to hear the hollow voice of Chadband—" What is peace ? Is it strife ? No ! " Finally, the Note, in a cloud of verbiage, actually commits the gross impertinence of blaming the United States for what has happened. Moreover, it disregards the American warning that the case against German inhumanity must not be confused with the American case against the British blockade. But we must take the bare points of the German Note separately.