The headline across the front page of the Aug. 14, 1917, Daily Banner proclaimed that Pope Benedict XV had sent a peace proposal to all the belligerent nations, calling for the “restoration of Belgium, Serbia and Romania and the peaceful solution of the problems of Alsace-Lorraine, Trent, Trieste and Poland.”

The proposal also called for “reduction of armaments, settlement of all international disputes by arbitration, freedom of the seas and no retaliatory after-the-war economic struggle for supremacy.”


Chuck Martin: 740-397-5333 or and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews



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