The "Lusitania" Case: Was Bryan's Resignation Justified?

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H.H. Masterson, 1915 - Germany - 71 pages

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Page 47 - As an exception, a neutral vessel which has been captured by a belligerent war-ship, and which would be liable to condemnation, may be destroyed if the observance of Article 48 would involve danger to the safety of the war-ship or to the success of the operations in which she is engaged at the time.
Page 50 - The property of alien residents, like that of natives of the country, when ' in the track of war,' is subject to wars casualties, and whatever in front of the advancing forces either impedes them or might give them aid when appropriated, or if left unmolested in their rear might afford aid and comfort to the enemy, may be taken or destroyed by the armies of either of the belligerents; and no liability whatever...
Page 49 - It is believed to be a received principle of public law that the subjects of foreign powers domiciled in a country in a state of war are not entitled to greater privileges or immunities than the other inhabitants of the insurrectionary district. If for a supposed purpose of the war one of the belligerents thinks proper to destroy neutral property, the other can not legally be regarded as accountable therefor.
Page 41 - A vessel on the high seas beyond the distance of a marine league from the shore, is regarded as part of the territory of the nation to which she belongs, and subjected exclusively to the jurisdiction of that nation.
Page 70 - Never before have the frightful follies of this fatal system been so clearly revealed as now. The most civilized and enlightened — aye, the most Christian — of the nations of Europe are grappling with each other as if in a death struggle. They are sacrificing the best and bravest of their sons on the battlefield ; they are converting their gardens into cemeteries and their homes into houses of mourning; they are taxing the wealth of today and laying a burden of debt on the toil of the future...
Page 15 - State is t after all, only so many individuals organized undei a Government. It is no wiser, no more righteous than the human beings of whom it consists, and whom it sets up to govern it. Has the State, then, no morality, no responsibility? If it is right for persons united as citizens into a State to rob and murder for their collective advantage by their collective power, why should it be wicked for the citizens as individuals to do so? Does their moral responsibility cease when and because they...
Page 49 - By voluntarily remaining in a country in a state of civil war they must be held to have been willing to accept the risks as well as the advantages of that domicil.
Page 5 - In severing the intimate and pleasant relations which have existed between us during the past two years permit me to acknowledge the profound satisfaction which it has given me to be associated with you in the important work which has come before the State Department, and to thank you for the courtesies extended. With the heartiest good wishes for your personal welfare and for the success of your administration, I am, my dear Mr. President, Very truly yours, WJ BRYAN.
Page 46 - Undoubtedly it is just, that, while it is admitted that exceptions growing out of the great law of self-defence do exist, those exceptions should be confined to cases in which the " necessity of that self-defence is instant, overwhelming, and leaving no choice of means, and no moment for deliberation.
Page 19 - WHEREAS the rightful jurisdiction of Her Majesty, her heirs and successors, extends and has always extended over the open seas adjacent to the coasts of the United Kingdom and of all other parts of Her Majesty's dominions to such a distance as is necessary for the defence and security of such dominions...

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