Oct. 26. 1915.
My dear Miss Addams;
The President will meet me early next month. Meanwhile he has all the papers concerned.
I had a long talk with Colonel House, and he, in brief, convinced me that the President was eager to act in any way possible and at the first moment when his private advices indicated any possibility of success. Colonel House shows great appreciation of the moral effect of the Congress at The Hague on the women of Europe. He says that each side knows perfectly what terms of peace are [page 2] possible. Each is sparring for advantage, and each wants something of prestige of victory to brace itself against the reactions or revolution when the people realize the greatness of the loss and the scantiness of gain.
I shall talk matters over with the President, but it is fair to say that I have no hope of changing his opinion from that of Colonel House.
I found Colonel House very courteous as well as extremely well-informed.
David Starr Jordan.
I have had several talks with Madame Selenka, & her plan of private mediation seems impossible.