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THE WELSH OUTLOOK The Editor does not necessarily identify himself with the opinions of contributors to The Welsh Outlook." Editorial responsibility is limited to the views expressed in the Notes of the Month." NOTES OF THE MONTH The Closing This month has found us watching the Scene end of the biggest struggle in history. We are too much in the play to realise the greatness of the closing scene. It will be left to our children's children to begin to grasp it in its entirety. We are allowed no moment for pause or consideration another event happens or another matter presses and we leave the whole chapter for the History books. The attitude is one of thanksgiving for the great relief, coupled however with a quick sensitiveness to the aftermath of war. Supreme vigilance is still necessary and the nation is still with its willing back bent to the labours of the day Our Security While the fighting on the Western Front Guaranteed was culminating in the dazzling progress of the Allied Armies towards the German Frontier, our attention was nevertheless rivetted on the diplomatic correspondence between the Powers, and our best hopes were concentrated in that direction Events in Germany have not been and still are not clear, but the tone of the German Note to President Wilson, which closed the preliminary correspondence by declaring that Germany awaited the proposals for an armistice, has been maintained The Note declared that far-reaching changes were being carried out in Germany's constitutional struc- ture, and that a people's Government, to which the military power was subject, would conduct the negotiations for the peace Ultimately, the Armistice terms were divulged, and they are severe enough to guarantee our security, and to establish the fact of defeat in the hearts of the German people No relaxation of the terms can be countenanced The Need of Germany is still far from being trust- Disarmament worthy, and the Solf petitions and their kind will serve only to present more clearly to that country the inexorable will of Marshal Foch. While the terms of the armistice are being carried out we DECEMBER, 1918. naturally project ourselves to the terms of peace and to the establishment of the League of Nations The satisfactoriness of both depends upon, and is closely con- nected with, the progress of the immediate development of a new constitution in Germany. We should set the ideal high and use every endeavour to lead German opinion towards the creation of a free Germany, with a satisfactory franchise whereby every man can have the right to make his influence felt in the government of the country. With- out this development there can be no ultimate security against the sin that has crept into the soul of the Father- land. We should see to it that the peace terms themselves will lead to the disarmament of Germany, and then we should be prepared to follow with the disarming of our- selves. The victors in a world war have the right to settle the affairs of a world, and this is our opportunity to establish for ever the things we have most dearly at heart Liberty and Peace. We have the opportunity to impose Peace upon the world by whatsoever means we choose. Let us begin with the idea of ultimate complete disarma- ment, and there is a hope that we shall end by seeing it an established fact. And there shall be no more war. A Real We have every confidence that efforts League of will be made to this end at the Peace Nations Conference. The unanimity between Mr, Lloyd George and Mr. Wilson with regard to the League of Nations to abolish war is patent, and it is the duty of the country to subscribe actively to the views already expressed by those in authority. The stronger the demand at home for World Peace, the stronger will be the demand for it at the Conference. The British delegates will be our representatives, and will act under a mandate as they do in Parliament. It will be particularly necessary to see that the League of Nations which the con- ference sets up shall not be a sham one, it must be authoratative and as powerful as our own Courts of Law in