THE PEACE PALACE AND PITTENCRIEFF
PEACE, at least as between English-speaking peoples,1 must have been early in my thoughts. In 1869, when Britain launched the monster Monarch, then the largest warship known, there was, for some nowforgotten reason, talk of how she could easily compel tribute from our American cities one after the other. Nothing could resist her. I cabled John Bright, then in the British Cabinet (the cable had recently been opened):
"First and best service possible for Monarch, bringing home body Peabody."2
No signature was given. Strange to say, this was done, and thus the Monarch became the messenger of peace, not of destruction. Many years afterwards I met Mr. Bright at a small dinner party in Birmingham and told him I was his young anonymous correspondent. He was surprised that no signature was attached and said his heart was in the act. I am sure it was. He is entitled to all credit.
He was the friend of the Republic when she needed friends during the Civil War. He had always been my favorite living hero in public life as he had been my father's. Denounced as a wild radical at first, he kept____________________