FROM JUNE 18 TO JULY 20
PRESIDENT WILSON'S MOUNT VERNON SPEECH
On July 4, before a distinguished assemblage at Mt. Vernon, President Wilson again outlined the Allied aims in the war, which he characterized as a struggle for the reign of law, applicable to nations as to individuals and sustained by the organized opinion of mankind. The ends for which we are fighting he stated as follows:
I. The destruction of every arbitrary power anywhere that can separately, secretly, and of its single choice disturb the peace of the world; or, if it cannot be presently destroyed, at the least its reduction to virtual impotence.
II. The settlement of every question, whether of territory, of sovereignty, of economic arrangement, or of political relationship, upon the basis of the free acceptance of that settlement by the people immediately concerned, and not upon the basis of the material interest or advantage of any other nation or people which may desire a different settlement for the sake of its own exterior influence or mastery.