THE LIFE AND LETTERS OF WALTER H. PAGE

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Page 354 - The United States must be neutral in fact as well as in name during these days that are to try men's souls. We must be impartial in thought as well as in action, must put a curb upon our sentiments as well as upon every transaction that might be construed as a preference of one party to the struggle before another.
Page 235 - The canal shall be free and open to the vessels of commerce and of war of all nations observing these rules on terms of entire equality...
Page 379 - Government will insist that the rights and duties of the United States and its citizens in the present war be defined by the existing rules of international law and the treaties of the United States irrespective of the provisions of the Declaration of London...
Page 412 - Just now we should be particularly jealous of it, because it is our dearest present hope, that this character and reputation may presently, in God's providence, bring us an opportunity such as has seldom been vouchsafed any nation, the opportunity to counsel and obtain peace in the world and reconciliation and a healing settlement of many a matter that has cooled and interrupted the friendship of nations.
Page 75 - ... believe in the free public training of both the hands and the mind of every child born of woman. I believe that by the right training of men we add to the wealth of the world.
Page 138 - The future of the world belongs to us. A man needs to live here, with two economic eyes in his head, a very little time to become very sure of this. Everybody will see it presently. These English are spending their capital, and it is their capital that continues to give them their vast power. Now what are we going to do with the leadership of the world presently when it clearly falls into our hands?1 And how can we use the English for the highest uses of democracy?
Page 153 - If you think it's all play, you fool yourself; I mean this job. There's no end of the work. It consists of these parts : Receiving people for two hours every day, some on some sort of business, some merely to " pay respects," attending to a large (and exceedingly miscellaneous) mail ; going to the Foreign Office on all sorts of errands ; looking up the oddest sort of information that you ever heard of ; making reports to Washington on all sorts of things ; then the so-called social duties — giving...
Page 198 - I am going to teach the South American Republics to elect good men!" . . ."Yes," replied Sir William, "but, Mr. President, I shall have to explain this to Englishmen, who, as you know, lack imagination. They cannot see what is the difference between Huerta, Carranza, and Villa.
Page 182 - I can't get away from the feeling that the English simply do not and will not believe in any unselfish public action — further than the keeping of order. They have a mania for order, sheer order, order for the sake of order. They can't see how anything can come in any one's thought before order or how anything need come afterward. Even Sir Edward Grey jocularly ran me across our history with questions like this: "Suppose you have to intervene, what then?" "Make 'em vote and live by their decisions."...
Page 136 - I've never understood the Scotch. I think they are, without doubt, the most capable race in the world — away from home. But how they came to be so and how they keep up their character and supremacy and keep breeding true needs explanation. As you come through the country, you see the most monotonous and dingy little houses and thousands of robust children, all dirtier than niggers. In the fertile parts of the country, the fields are beautifully cultivated — for Lord This-and-T'Other who lives...

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