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reforms. But events abroad cut short his ambitions and,
reluctantly, after long resisting his fate, he found himself
involved in what was up to then the greatest war in our
history. Worn out by the struggle, he died before success
had crowned our efforts, to which his own steadfast courage
had contributed,so much.
" I trust that my lot may be happier than his, and that we
may yet secure our aim of international peace. We have so
often defined our attitude that there can be no misunder-
standing about it, and I feel that it is time now that others
should make their contribution to a result which would
overflow with benefits to all.
" To-day the air is full of rumours and suspicions which
ought not to be allowed to persist. For peace could only be
endangered by such a challenge as was envisaged by the
President of die United States in his New Year messageó
namely, a demand to dominate the world by force. That
would be a demand which, as the President indicated, and I
myself have already declared, the democracies must inevitably
resist. But I cannot believe that any such challenge is intended,
for the consequences of war for the peoples on either side
would be so grave that no Government which has their
interests at heart would lightly embark upon them.
" Moreover, I remain convinced that there are no differences,
however serious, that cannot be solved without recourse to
war, by consultation and negotiation, as was laid down-in the
declaration signed by Herr Hitler and myself at Munich,
" Let us then continue to pursue the path of peace and
conciliation, but until we can agree on a general limitation of
arms let us continue to make this country strong. Then,
conscious of our strength, avoiding needless alarms equally
with careless indifference, let us go forward to meet the
future with the calm courage which enabled our ancestors to
win through their troubles a century and a quarter ago."