FROM SEPTEMBER 18 TO OCTOBER 18
THE TEUTONIC REPLIES TO THE POPE
The complete texts of the German and the Austrian replies to the Pope's peace proposal of August 1 were made public Sptember 21. Beyond a reference to the Reichstag Peace Resolution of July 19, the German note avoided any specific statement of German war aims, but gave support to the views of the Pope in favor of the general principles of "reciprocal limitation of armaments," "true freedm of the high seas," and "obligatory arbitration." The Austrian reply covered the same points in somewhat different language. The texts follow:
Austrian Reply.—Holy Father: With due veneration and deep emotion we take cognizance of the new representations which your Holiness, in fulfillment of the holy office intrusted to you by God, makes to us and the heads of the other belligerent states, with the noble intention of leading the heavily tried nations to a unity that will restore peace to them.