It is not to be expected that human nature will change in a day.
Certain it is that a great responsibility rests upon the statesmen of all nations not only to fulfill the promises for reduction in armaments but to maintain the confidence of the people of the world in the hope of an enduring peace.
Competition in armament both land and naval is not only a terrible burden upon the people but I believe it to be one of the greatest menaces to the peace of the world.
Each one of these treaties is a step for the maintenance of peace an additional guarantee against war. It is through such machinery that the disputes between nations will be settled and war prevented.
I believe that in the end the abolition of war the maintenance of world peace the adjustment of international questions by pacific means will come through the force of public opinion which controls nations and peoples.
I know of no greater work for humanity than in the cause of peace which can only be achieved by the earnest efforts of nations and peoples.
I know of no more important subject to the peace of Europe and the world than the reasonable reduction of armaments especially in Europe and of naval armaments throughout the world.
I know that military alliances and armament have been the reliance for peace for centuries but they do not produce peace and when war comes as it inevitably does under such conditions these armaments and alliances but intensify and broaden the conflict.
I share the opinion of those of broader vision who see in the signs of the time hope of humanity for peace.
It is by such means as the prize offered by your Committee that the attention of the world will be focused and that men and women will be inspired to greater efforts in the interest of peace.
There has not been a war in South America for fifty years and I have every confidence that the countries of Central and South America are deeply in earnest in the maintenance of peace.
These measures may not constitute an absolute guarantee of peace but in my opinion they constitute the greatest preventive measures ever adopted by nations.