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THE PEACE CONFERENCES
AT THE HAGUE, 1899 AND 1907
WITH ENGLISH TRANSLATION
AND APPENDIX OF RELATED DOCUMENTS
EDITED, WITH AN INTRODUCTION, BY
JAMES BROWN SCOTT
GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY
PREFATORY NOTE BY
SECRETARY OF STATE
PUBLISHED FOR THE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF PEACE
GINN & COMPANY, BOSTON AND LONDON
In the letter submitting The Hague Conventions of 1907 for consideration by the Senate, the Secretary of State said:
"Let me go beyond the limits of the customary formal letter of transmittal and say that I think the work of the Second Hague Conference, which is mainly embodied in these Conventions, presents the greatest advance ever made at any single time toward the reasonable and peaceful regulation of international conduct, unless it be the advance made at The Hague Conference of 1899.
“ The most valuable result of the Conference of 1899 was that it made the work of the Conference of 1907 possible. The achievements of the Conferences justify the belief that the world has entered upon an orderly process through which, step by step, in successive Conferences, each taking the work of its predecessor as its point of departure, there may be continual progress toward making the practice of civilized nations conform to their peaceful professions.”
The collection of documents in this volume brings into relief a fal which should affect our judgment regarding all of the attempts in recent years to secure international agreement upon matters affectir, peace and war; this fact is that each attempt is to be considered, no by itself alone, but as part of a series in which sound proposals m come to general acceptance only by a very gradual process extendi through many years. For example, Dr. Francis Lieber's Instructia for the Government of the Army of the United States in the Fie prepared for President Lincoln and embodied by him in Gene Order No. 100 of the year 1863, has now developed, after forty-f¢ years, into the universal “Convention regarding the laws and custo of land warfare,” signed at the last Hague Conference. The th rules of the Treaty of Washington, agreed upon by the United St and Great Britain, in 1871, are now accepted by the civilized wo in 1907, in The Hague “Convention respecting the rights and duties of neutral powers in naval war."