America's Attitude toward the War: The President's Messages; Official Correspondence with the Entente Allies and the Central Powers, and Certain Official Papers and Speeches Bearing upon the Great War

America's Attitude toward the War: The President's Messages; Official Correspondence with the Entente Allies and the Central Powers, and Certain Official Papers and Speeches Bearing upon the Great War

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America's Attitude toward the War: The President's Messages; Official Correspondence with the Entente Allies and the Central Powers, and Certain Official Papers and Speeches Bearing upon the Great War

America's Attitude toward the War: The President's Messages; Official Correspondence with the Entente Allies and the Central Powers, and Certain Official Papers and Speeches Bearing upon the Great War

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Immediately following the declarations of war in Europe the President issued a Neutrality Proclamation, declaring and enjoining neutrality of a like purport, to the belligerent nations. In this proclamation of August 14, 1914, without interfering with the free expression of opinion and sympathy or with the commercial manufacture or sale of arms or munitions of war, "ordinarily known as contraband of war," he enjoined upon all persons within the territory of the United States the duty of impartial neutrality during the existence of the contest. He quoted the penal code prohibiting all persons from engaging to serve in the military or naval services of belligerents while within United States territory, retaining other persons for belligerent purposes, fitting out and arming or procuring to be fitted out and armed any ship or vessel to be employed in the service of either of said belligerents, furnishing supplies to ships of war in the service of any belligerent or beginning or setting on foot or aiding any military expedition or enterprise to be carried on from the territory or jurisdiction of the United States against any of the belligerents. He issued warnings against the placing . . .

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