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»' ■ - What professes to be the true solution of the enormous armaments of the Great Powers, especially Russia, Germany, and Austria, has recently been published m the Paris edition of the New York " Herald," which not only claims to be m the seoret of the intentions, of the three Emperors, but publishes a map of Europe, as it is to appear after those intentions are carried out. It is declared that there exists a secret compact between these three great rulers, and that the favorable moment only is awaited for putting their dark designs into execution, the object of those designs being two-fold, viz., the extension of their respective territories and the humiliation of England, which is to be reduced to the position of a third-rate Power. Even the exact ratjo m which the spoil is to be divided is given m tabulated form, from which it appears that Russia is to gain 104,800 square miles of territory with a population of 9,700,000, Austro-Hungary 51,800 ■quare miles, and 6,900,000 of population, and Germany no less than 701,582 square miles with 84,711,895 of population, while France is also to be a small gainer by the new partition, viz., to the extent of 5236 square miles with 3,026,230 of population. Bismarck is represented as the arch-plotter — the moving spirit m this precious scheme, the three Emperors being merely his tools or accomplices m the proposed gigantic national burglary. This is what the " Herald " has to say about it :— " Today the entire mechanism of Prince Bismarck's workshop is directed against England. When the mine is laid, and all is prepared, he will single out England's vulnerable points, and strike at them with th« crushing power of a mastodon and the rapidity of a rattlesnake. What are England's vulnerable points"? Her Eastern possessions, her enormous trade with the East, her maritime com ■ merce all over the world.— -Let any one of these be destroyed, and the whole structure raised by the patient toil of centuries will ' come down with a crash. The impending death of the King of Holland — the last male descendant of William the Silent— -and the consequenceg that it involves, have been thoroughly discussed at Berlin, St. Petersburg and Vienna. The eventual annexation of the Delta of the Rhine including Holland, Luxembourg, and a part of Belgium— by Germany is already tacitly assented to by Rutsia and -by Austria. Holland's colonies go, of course, with Holland herself. Even the boundary iine is already clearly defined. A line drawn nearly east from Gravelines to the Lys, and down that river to Menin, and from Medin to ihe Meuse, between Maastricht and Liege, marks the boundary of the French and Flemish languages. The people on the north of this line speak Flemish, those on* the south speak French. This line will some day be the boundary between France and Germany. All the Dutch colonies and coaling stations also be ! come part of this Greater Germany. This is Prince Bismarck's final grand conception. He thus hopes to achieve the colonial supremacy of Germany. In consideration for their acquiescence, Russia and Austria are of course to have adequate compensation. Russia is to have a perfectly free hand to take, whenever she Constantinople, the eastern half of the Balkan peninsula, and all she can grasp m Central Asia, Persia, and India. * Austria is to have the western half of the Balkan peninsula and Salpnica. Each Empire will have a magnificent ' water front' Prince Bismarck will thus accomplish the crowning act of his career. This explains the mystery of the German colonial fever and the increase .of the German navy. The time and the money consecrated to German colonisation will not have been wasted. Prince Bismarck's secret is now revealed. To isolate England, to unite the Russian and German fleets against England, while Russia strikes at India ; to keep France m check by giving her a slice of Belgium ; to work with the ' Dutch colonies and the newly acquired coaling stations m the Indian Ocean and the Pacific, as a basis to oust England from her present colonial supremacy and reduce her to a second Holland— such are only a few irons among the many that Prince Bismarck has m the fire to realise his conception. The King of the Belgians will not lose his throne, but will be made King of the Dutch also. He will become an integral part of the Geiman Empire just like the Kings of Bavaria and Wurtembnrg, the Grand Duke of Mecklenburg, ami all the other Germanic Sovereigns." This is a programme sufficiently startling to satisfy the moßt ardent lover of the feensational^ and if it be anything like the truth then the days of Armageddon are not afar off, for such a cataclysm as would be produced by the onslaught of the three Empires upon England, backed as she would be m a duel for her very existenoe by the whole Anglo-Saxon race, including the United States of America, the world has never yet seen, But before getting ourselves ready for so terrible a conflict, it may be worth while to enquire how it comes about that the New York " Herald " becomes possessed ofcinformation such as would necessarily be jealously kept secret ; and the utter absurdity of supposing that Bismarck would allow his intentions, if these be his intentions, to leak out is too apparent to admit of credence being attached to this remarkable story. Nay more, even though the Iron Chancellor has ever conceived so outrageous a project, it may be remembered to our comfort that IJhomme propose mats Dieu dispose and that unless he hasten to put his plans into execution, Bismarck may himself have to submit to that silent conqueror who " annexes " every human being, be he prince or peasant, m his turn.

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SNUFFING-OUT ENGLAND., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1994, 22 November 1888

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SNUFFING-OUT ENGLAND. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1994, 22 November 1888