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How Germany Feels. Blockade Terms.

The Admiralty announces [on November 11 at 11-50 p.m.] an intercepted German Naval wireless message, issued through the medium of the warship ‘Strassburg’ to all warships, destroyers and submarines in the North Sea and Baltic, quotes the Armistice terms and adds that the blockade which was instituted in defiance of international law against the German people and which is to continue would involve their destruction. The message calls on the fleet to defend the country from the unheard of presumption. It reports that strong English forces are off the Skaw and orders submarines in the Baltic to assemble in Safnitz harbour. [At 7.45 p.m.] a wireless German official message states that Dr. Solf has sent a message to Mr. Lansing saying: “Convinced of the common aims and ideals of democracy, the German Government has addressed itself to the President of United States with the request to re-establish a peace corresponding to the principles Mr. Wilson has always maintained. Its aim is a just solution to all questions in dispute and the permanent reconciliation of all nations. Mr. Wilson declared that he did not wish to make war on the German people nor impede peaceful development.” The German Government has received the conditions of Armistice. After a blockade of fifty months, those conditions, especially the surrender of means of transport and the sustenance of troops of occupation would make it impossible to provide Germany with food and cause the starvation of millions of women and children especially as the blockade must continue. We had to accept the conditions, but we feel it our duty to draw Mr. Wilson’s attention most solemnly and in all earnestness to the fact that the enforcement of the conditions must produce amongst Germans feelings contrary to those on which alone re-construction of the community of nations can rest, guaranteeing a just and durable peace.

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