The Akaroa Mail. TUESDAY, MAY 11, 1915. LOSS OF THE LUSITANIA.
The Io?s of the Lusitunia baa caused general con.sterDation throughout the whole world, and the act can hardly be cilled a human one. Had the sinking of the boot been done on the spur if the moment, Germany might, have been forgiven, but it has been carefully planned and carried out in cold blood. To send 1500 civilians to their death without hope of resoue is
o ofcbiug short of an atrocity, and Auaeria* will naturally demand radress for the death of 200 of her citizens. Germany appears to be delighted with 1 her latest effort, and Admiral Yon Tirpitz ia deluged with telegrams of congratulation on hia submarine war fare scheme. Even the Germans are beginning to feel dubious about their latest achievement, and the excuse that the liner waa armed is being put forth, though it ia a very thin one, and there is no doubt the boat carried no gun As has been pointed out. the Luaitania would have been interned had she been an armoured liner. There
can be no excuse, no paliiafcion of th' 3 act, and it ranks with the Scar* borough raid and other exploits of the Germans, who, avoiding a conflict with our battleships, deal out death to tbe unarmed and helpless, If onr civilisation is cot an empty farce, suoh an act cannot be allowed to pass unavenged, and the rest of the nations, whether engaged in the pre sent war or not must demand that Germany paye up for her direot breaob of the Hague Convention. America must stand with Great Britain in this matter, end agree thut tbe Germans have forfeited all rights to any consideration, It is impossible to adopt German methods, and it is doubtful if any ordinary Britisher oould even if he tried, but no Germans should be allowed any privileges of any sort in Britain. There may be some German subjects that feel bitterly ashamed of such tactics, but the German nation, as a whole, appears to consider the act of killing fifteen hundred non combatants deliberately for no gain as quite justifiable, and the nation deserves tbe condemnation of the entire globe. Germany has been dubbed " The mad dog of Europe," and it is high time she was safejiy chained up.