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Although it is concurrent with negotiations over the sinking of the Lusitenia, the announcement that the American Government has agreed to notify the German Admiralty of the position of American vessels in the Atlantic, in order to enable Get , man submarine commanders to refrain from torpedoeing them, carries a suggestion that President Wilson and his Cabinet are allowing the German Government to " play them out , * in a most ridiculous fashion. If a German submarine wishes to spare neutral ships all it has to do is to look out for the identification marks with which most neutral ships are by this time conspicuously branded, It is one of the counts in the indictment of Germany that her submarines have on a number of oe casions torpedoed neutral ships which were plainly marked. The location oi American ships in the Atlantic in any case is determined by factors which are not under the control of the American Government—some of them are not under human control at all— and the idea that a sub marine can track the Atlantic picking out this or that ship by virtue of prior information as to its whereabouts, is sheer nonsense. The statement that officials at Wash ington are hopeful that Germany in tends to protect the lives of con combatants travelling in regular pas senger ships of any nationality prob ably represents another example of German guile It is not stated that Germany will instruct her sub marines to obstain from attacking these ships, and that is the only way in which she can protect the lives of non-combatants travelling in them. It is a poor tribute to the firmness and strength of purpose of the United States Government that

i t should be willing to enter into pettifogging agreements with Germany while its citizens murdered in the Lusitania are still unavenged, and it is as far as ever from obtain' ing satisfaction for that outrage or any assurance that it will not Be repeated.

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AMERICA AND THE LUSITANIA., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3472, 6 July 1915

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AMERICA AND THE LUSITANIA. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3472, 6 July 1915

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