"EXCESSIVE ARMAMENTS." A meeting under the auspices of the; Anglo-German Friendship Committee was held on 7th December at Caxton Hall, Westminster. 'Lord Avebury presided, supported by Lord Courtney of -Penwith, Sir John Kennaway, M.P., Sir William Holland, M.P., Colonel Williams, M.P., Sir Percy Bunting, Dr. Evans Darby, Mr. F. W. Fox (hon. secretary), and others. The hon. secretary read the following message from Mr. Lloyd-George, dated Brynamelon, Criccieth,, North Wales, sth December : — "The Chancellor of the Exchequer regrets that he is unable to attend your meeting. He wishes it every success, and is glad that the AngloGerman Friendship Committee is continuing steadfastly to pursue its policy of promoting a better understanding between the German and British people, •whose best interests lie in the cause. of peace." ' Lord Avebury said he thought they might congratulate themselves on a better feeling between Germany and this country than existed in 1905, when the committee was formed. He regretted that a certain section of the press in both 'countries still continued to' sow the seeds of suspicion and ill will, but the common sense of both countries would, he hoped and believed, defeat their efforts. The main interests of England and of Germany were the same, and the greatest of all was the maintenance of the peace of the world. Germany was, next to India, our best customer. Germany certainly* imposed high duties on our products, but they were not so high as in some countries, and not half so high as, for instance, the United States. He rejoiced in the entente cordiale with France, and hoped -it would long continue. 'In several respectsj however, Germany treated this country more fairly than France doos. They had, however, one subject of just complaint, or perhaps rather of friendly remonstrance-— he alluded, of course, to the increase of the Navy. No doubt Germany -was perfectly within her right, and so, of course, was Great Britain. This country would, and must, put down ship for ship, or rather more. But what folly and what waste ! The right hand of friendship was held out to Germany, and an olive branch in it. It was to bo hoped they would take it. War would be disastrous to both, and the increase of armaments was warhappily without bloodshed, but not wi+hout intense national suffering. If Germany flourished Great Britain would share her prosperity. Still, it was not merely from selfish motives that they should rejoice in her welfare, but as an immemorial friend and ally, to whom they owed so much in literaturo, in art ; and in science. Lord Courtney expressed regret that after all that had been done' to promote friendship between the two countries there wero stilJ Inanif estations of the jealousy, the alarm, and the anxiety which lay at the reot of the preparations of one nation for war against another, and which must be an everlasting bar to the establishment of real friendship. Sir John Kennaway, M.P., thought public opinion in favour of a union of hearts between the two countries was gaining ground. The following resolution was carried : — "That this meeting rejoices in the improved feeling now existing between Great Britain and Germany, and trusts that it may culminate in a mutual^reduction of the naval armaments which now add so grievously to the burdens of both countries ; and begs to assure the German people of our goodwill and sincere wishes for the prosperity of the Fatherland."
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ANGLO-GERMAN FRIENDSHIP., Evening Post, Volume LXXIX, Issue 24, 29 January 1910
ANGLO-GERMAN FRIENDSHIP. Evening Post, Volume LXXIX, Issue 24, 29 January 1910
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