The Akaroa Mail. TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 1915. DURATION OF THE WAR.
Thk English newspapers report a growing feeling of optimism in Eng land aa to the duration .of the war. Ufaere appears to be no definite reason for tbis new idea, but it bag taken firm root everywhere, . The Allies have only one third of their forces in ihe field, and can yet hold tbe Germans back with that amount, so that when tbe fall force is put against tbe Germans in the spring the enemy should be driven out of Flanders and Wall acroßS the German border, In addition the Germans are harassed by tho Russians. In spite of these fear ful odds, authorities maintain that the Germans can hold out for a long time yet if only the German people are prepared to sacrifice enough in the struggle. Tbe beat advocates of peace «c can have are those German citi zens who objeot to the war. Information as to tbe state of affairs in _i« many is hard to come by, and very unreliable when obtained, but cut off as she is she must be suffering unl>e< tbe preparations for the war were carried oat more thoroughly than is thought. Germany appears to have gone upon the assumption that tbe conquest of Belgium and occupation of Paris were child's play to them. Tbey WOUld thUS feXpHC. 1 Urn )• fnorl >:••. to d W upon tbh,•. >b-yb-iVti l) niii d A'sn 'bi On • f> - -v i [f f i, ( b ha v v ) ■.■ ~ Ob (..l, ~ c up hp coru for humai yt-aibof farm,,. He has told bis poop c that a.i * H yield bef«>rp 'b»i>- a>- i •-•. « „ c ... Of /OO Ul '- ~ O ,;: neco ar*. I >h ...... wor '« ■ c o fciff not ma bj v v , a _,
Kaiser will learn, The example of tbe great Carthiginian Wars, when Hannibal attacked tbe Komans in their own country, is one that proves bow many factors enter into a struggle of this sort. Hannibal, with his generalship, won every battle when the rival forces met, but tbe famous. Cunotator met bi_ as seldom as be could apd let biro "xhaust bis food supplies The duration of the preeent war is a subject that engages tbe attention of the whole world, but there is no doubt that it will last as long as the German people are willing tn sacrifice life and money in the desperate enterprise. The German leaders are doing their bß3t to keep up the people's heart, and persuade them to continue tbe struggle When the bulk of the Germans realize what a pass the militarist party has brought the country to, and what falsehoods bave been forged by the great war lords to stiffen them up, then will come the deluge. It may be that the Allies will be in Berlin before the German people rise against tbe military party, and if so, though the end is sure, it will be a long and bitter war. /