The Akaroa Mail TUESDAY, JANUARY 26, 1915. THE GERMAN METHODS OF WARFARE.
A good deal of complaint been made by the British as to the cen_uship of news, and tbe meagre news reoeived of the doings ut the front. The need for censorship is very urgent, as every country appsars to be sown with spies. If we in a Biitisn country feel aggrieved at the news wo reoeive, we should think of tbe German people and the unreliable news they get. The latest fairy story in the German Press is .one about tbe doings of the Australian officers and fcbeir wives in Cairo. Not a single Australian officer was accoc.pauied by his wife. The German papers also announce Ibe sinking of tho war.hip Australia, There is no doubt that tbe report of the sinking of tbe flag ship would be very welcome to tbe Germans, but fortunately there is not a word of truth in this story either. Tbe wo-k written by Mr Frederick Harrison, "Tbe Kaiser's War," shows that nothing but falsehood and brutality were to be expected from tbe Prussians, and points out how the style of living m Berlin and Potsdam were an index to tbe horrors perpe trated by the Germans. Mr Harrison's book is evidently correct in all details, as Mr Harrison has a thorough knowledge of- his subject, having passed a decade in Germany. We maintain that the world in general have received the news of the Ger
man methods of warfarrj in amazement We have been taught; to look to Ger many for a lead in music, science and the higher arte. It ia true that the papers we uld occasionally print state mon tig mad. by the
Kaiser to v. .rious regiments, telling them they were the salt of the earcb, and tbey co uld look with scorn upon men of ot. 1 ocr races. Such re marks have been read with a smile by British and Fr_i ich ulike, tbeir true significance b.-. og ignored. They were only take*, as tho wild and exuberant Ittngna/ ; e of a sovereign who baa never \ymt . noted for temperance of language. Everyone has heard stones of th(_)J?irt issian brutality in the Franco Pru mkn. War of 187.01; but as mosc of these veports have come to us through t _j_ French they were ragar.lecl, aasural) y, as biassed. There seems no do* .bt , tea extract of such works a3 The Iv mn'a War that t,be German soldiers J W*'<9 been encouraged in all kinds of in temperance with the iiiu. of making tl w>ui mere animals, with tbe animal lv U of battle. It id a peculiar point to c. *iH to remembrance tbo American War . i£ Sndependance of 1876 1883 In mai ly J3ases the loss of tho British is ascribed to the generalship of Wa,sl uiagton ; but one of thu chief aids to th s Americans was the excesses uf the j feosian mercen aries employed by the English. These Germans, who were raioknamed the Hessian pigs, were a terror to the countryside, and thoust. mds of Ameri cans who were loyal U _ .the British flag, after attempting to >E_c,auade the
generals to dispense with the Hessians, flocked to Washington's as-, sistance to drive them out of America. Judging by tha reports, the Prussian soldiers are using the same tactics today, and the terrible part of the whole situation ia the fact, that they
have been encouraged in their hideous practises by those in power in Ger-j many. It is well known that, the cutting off of hands and feet from the Belgians was carried out by German surgeons, the wounds being cauterised to save tbe sufferers from bleeding to dfiatb, Tbe subject of the German atrocities is not a pleasant one, but the gratifying point is that by em oloying every possib'e means of brutality, defying the Hague Convention, 8. reading false rumours broadcast, the Germans are being held back from their boasted conquest of Europe. Tbey have as their only friends the Austrians and the Turks, while the rest of the world has signified its utter disgust at the employ ment of such methods of warfare in this twentieth century.