Congressional Edition Volume . 7987

Congressional Edition Volume . 7987

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1922 edition. Excerpt: ...to be continually increasing her single ship tonnage and her gun calibers in order to keep abreast of, or pass her neighbor. This naval treaty, upon which our Navy must be based and continued, means a relief, not so much at the moment as in the future years, from the great burden which has rested upon all maritime nations because of great naval armaments. It will help also to maintain the peace of the world. So much for our first object. By what is known as the Four-power treaty, signed by the United States, France, Great Britain, and Japan, we terminate the AngloJapanese alliance. That alliance was a breeder of suspicion in North America, both in Canada and the United States. It had an unfortunate effect in Asia. It offered a soil in which the seeds of war might easily grow. It is gone. And that treaty, which relates only to the insular possessions and dominions of the four powers in the Pacific, merely provides that we shall respect each other's rights in such possessions and dominions, and that if controversies arise we shall consult before taking any further measures. There is no alliance in it; no military or naval force is hidden anywhere in those simple paragraphs. The only obligation we assume is that of consultation, and when the consultation has been held each nation that was in it, each party to the treaty, is as free to do what she thinks right as she was when she entered the doors. The treaty rests on the good intentions, the better feeling of nations, and on the world-wide desire that our children may be spared from the horrors which were poured out upon us in the war with Germany. That is the second result of the conference. Now, as to the third. The United States refused absolutely to accept the propositions in regard to Shantung...show more

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  • Paperback | 434 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 22mm | 771g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236491335
  • 9781236491336