BRITISH PRESS COMMENTS,
(Received May 9, 1 p.m.) LONDON, May 8
It is too early to get a final expression of public opinion on the peace terms. London newspapers are generally favourable, but point out the necessity of seeing the actual text. Herr Rantzau's attitude at Versailles is the subject' of universal comment. Some onlookers describe it as studied insolence, and all sharply criticise his 'manner, and the tone of the speech, pointing out that it is an attempt to pose on an equality with the victorious Powers rather than as a delegate of the vanquished.
Rantzau put on large horn-rimmed spectacles before reading his speech, which occupied fifty minutes. His deliverance must be regarded as the expression of Germany's considered policy regarding the Conference. The ""Daily Chronicle' 3 says: The Polish settlement is incomplete and may lead to new disputes in the next generation. The financial settlement is the least satisfactory feature, but the brutal fact is, Germany is incapable of making complete reparation. The "Daily Express" does .not discuss the details, but says it is a good and great peace, with just reparation and ample security.
The "Daily Mail" states that the military and naval terms are good and drastic, but there are dangerous loophole^ on the financial side. The complete terms may show excessive consideration has been shown to Germany. The mercantile terms do not < go far to meet the British claims. The i newspaper fears the full terms will be i very short o| the Premier's promises. The "Daily News" says that the rep- i aration terms cannot and should not! stand. It would be hard to make Ger-' many perform them. We are trying to have it both ways, stripping Germany naked, and then demanding that she must empty her pockets. ! The "Daily Telegraph" entirely approves" the stern, stringent, and just peace. x, / The "Morning Post" says: On the whole, the treaty is better than was expected, but must be enforced by a working alliance between the principal Allies. Prussia will not respect the conditions unless.she accepts under duress. A policy of kindness to Germany is a policy of cruelty to the Allies! The conditions regarding the indemnity are not satisfactory, and do not bear out the great promises made at the elections. The Danzig settlement is unexpectedly satisfactory; Danzig is again a free port under Polish influence. 'One of the principal points of \the treaty providing comment in London, and specially noted in "The Times," re-.; ,lates to enemy shipping. ' The treaty recognises the principle of ton for ton for all merchant . ships, above sixteen hundred tons, and half | between taat and a thousand tons, be- ] ing given up. Germany . also builds j twenty thousand tons annually for five j years, for the Allies. If America takes' all the German liners in American har- ; Toours, the war will have enormously diminished merchant ships of the other Allies, particularly England, while the American losses will be made good nearly twice over.
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PEACE TREATY., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9605, 9 May 1919
PEACE TREATY. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9605, 9 May 1919
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