Prepared by A.F. Westcott, Ph.D., Instructor, U. S. Naval Academy
CENTRAL POWERS MOVE FOR PEACE
Chancellor von Bethmann-Hollweg on December 12 read in the Reichstag a Note prepared by the Central Powers proposing negotiations for peace. Identical copies of the Note were despatched by Germany, Austria, Bulgaria, and Turkey to the United States, Spain, and Switzerland for transmission to enemy powers. The Note postulated "a guarantee of the existence, honor, and liberty of evolution" (of the Central Powers) as the basis of a lasting peace. It affirmed the invincibility of the Central Powers and disclaimed responsibility if the war should continue. Notes similar in purport were despatched to other neutral states and to the Vatican requesting their support for the proposal. Following is the text:
Berlin (via Sayville), December 13.