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IN AMERICAN DIPLOMACY 273


garded by the Kaiser as the one fountain of all evil and sacrilege in the world — to-wit, the navy of England. Sir Julian Pauncefote in- sisted that England could make no such ar- rangement — must be left free to act as circum- stances might dictate. Feeling pretty sure that these circumstances would dictate an un- expected visit to Heligoland in case the Ger- man fleet happened to be out chastising the shade of the immortal ISIonroe, the meeting concluded to confine their offices to a pohte re- monstrance, which was reported in an article in the World's Work in this wise :

"Said the six ambassadors: 'We hope for humanity's sake that you will not go to war.' Said JSIr. McKinley, in reply : *We hope if we do go to war that you will understand that it is for humanity's sake.' The best evidence of how this conclusion satisfied the Kaiser is con- tained in his own words : *If I had only had a fleet, I would have taken Uncle Sam by the scruff of the neck.' "

But the Kaiser's last card had not yet been

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