Statement on Peace Negotiations, June 22, 1915



London, June 22. -- Miss Jane Addams and Dr. Alice Hamilton of Chicago have returned to London to hold further conferences with British statesmen and leaders of public opinion in the hope of setting on foot fruitful peace pourparlers. They may sail for America a week hence on the St. Louis. On the other hand, they may go to Amsterdam, there to meet Frau Rosika Schwimmer and hear her reports regarding the work of the peace delegates in the Scandinavian kingdoms and at Petrograd.

“Mme. Schwimmer informs us that she has something to communicate that cannot be [entrusted] to the telegraph wires or to post,” said Miss Addams to the correspondent of The Daily News this morning. “Possibly a meeting between us can be arranged. This depends upon information I am expecting relative to certain private and public matters at home.

“I consider it a mistake to suppose that successful peace negotiations are out of the question now. Naturally, both sides in a war like both sides in a strike, feign disinclination to contemplate any pacific accommodation. They reason that a contrary course would expose them to the suspicion of weakness and readiness to make a virtue of necessity. What is needed, in my opinion, is that certain groups of influential persons, either official or unofficial, shall take up the peace movement with the fixed determination to see it through. These persons, of course, would represent nations that are not parties to the war.”

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