casions, whilst Russia instigated the first Peace Conference. Moreover, Great Britain, Russia, France, and the United States have satiated their land-hunger. It is pretty much the same with Italy.
When the present war is over, all belligerent powers will have lost hundreds of thousands of men, whose intellectual force would have been indispensable for the management and development of fresh territories. It cannot, therefore, be supposed, that for some generations to come, they will go to war, except in self-defence.
If, then, those Powers, who at present form the International Police, are sincere in their desire to abolish war, there is but one course open to them: they must make it impossible, for other Powers, after the war, to separate them. That they are sincere in their desire to abolish war is nothing but a truism; although it should never be forgotten, that about ninety out of a hundred persons have never seen war at all, and have not the faintest conception of its horror, of its misery and of its wickedness. For many of them the old lies about glory, the old buncombe about military courage and all the rest of it will remain things which will stir them up as soon as they hear the drum or the bugle, or behold the gold-lace that is meant to blind their eyes to the bloody significance of national armies.
But to separate them will be the most fervent desire of the Teutonic Powers. The German papers, with