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The Evening Star MONDAY, OCTOBER 19, 1914.

Dailv the magnitude of the ta.-k upon which the Empire and. The Outlook, happily, the great, majority of mankind with her have entered becomes more apparent. Daily, also, the ultimate end of this tremendous upheaval and the fate of its provoker become more apparent. Nothing that Germany may do can affect tho outcome. Her final doom is registered in the hearts of all men and women, wherever their lot is cast, who have intelligently followed the tragic honors of the past weeks. What the tons of thousands of our fellow-countrymen who gathered yesterday on 'Wimbledon Common vowed with uplifted hands has. we do not doubt, consciously or unconsciously, been vowed by all. to whom the story of Belgium’s ruthless wiping-out is known. Theie are some offences that arc so rank that they " smell to heaven ” for vengeance. We

should bo Jess than men. and therefore less than human, if die crime of Germany raised any other feeling in our hearts than one of detestation and of demand for righteous vengeance. It j? this feeling, so wide and deep in its universality, that differentiates the present from the. generality of wars. There- have been wars on which tho outside nations havo looked with indifference, no passionate, feelings have been aroused, and no overwhelming desire, expressed fur the success of tho one and tile, loss of the other. In the conflict now sweeping like a. blast from Hell over the mountains and valleys, the vims and cities of Europe the victories of the authors of die appalling devastation cal! forth no approving comments, and no prayer for their continued success is heard. On the contrary, they have given birth to a. concentration of determination to balk tho invader of hi- prey. The progress of the Allies to tins common end cannot bn despised. The groat body of the public is tooa.pL to regard sensational coups, such as the fall of Liege, the occupation of Brussels, the capture of Antwerp, the entry into Ostcnd. and tho Joss uf sis British cruisers by mine ami submarine as decisive. Tho truth is that, though outstanding, they are not material to die issue. They arc more than'offset by tho failure of the Germans and the gains of the Allies. What Germany* set. out to accomplish was to enter Paris early in September, to turn and tend Russia, and to close the Mediterranean to tho passage of British and French forces. She lias failed signally iu all. Nor do these complete tho tale of her defeated ambitions. The German navy has been reduced to impotence. Tho “my navy” of tho Kaiser has had to hide bellind a. screen of indiscriminately-planted mines iu the recesses of the Kiel Canal and the Baltic, where it has been powerless to save a single vessel of the German mercantile marine, a single. German port from being closed, to prevent a single British ship crossing the Atlantic with Canadian troopers, a single steamer from its part in landing 100,000 men and more in France, or to venture forth and face the ordeal of battle.

These am the simple realities before which the line of Belgian villages, red in the midnight sky, sink to their proper relative value. There is neither honor nor profit, for Germany in Belgium. She has but reaped as she has sown. Everv fresh outrage in that war-blasted land', every new army of terrorised refugees, every latest heap of ruins adds to her ignominy and shame. None need envy tiie German Emperor a? he contemplates the li-avor* he has wrought. Me miserable! which way shall I fly lufinite wrath and infinite despair? Which way I fly is Hell; mvself am Hell; And in the lowest, drop a. lower deep threatening to devour me opens wide.

Wf tlnt| no cause Mr dissat isfncUtm or even depression in the existiiiy: situation. East ami West tho Allies' are doing more than well, time is on their side. Everv dav means a material and moral loss to the enemy. The latter is no longer the resistless attacker, but the anxious defender. The sacrifice that has been offered by tho Belgian people rather than purchase tin ignoble safety necessarily appeals to the imagination, but its failure to .stay the path' of the invader docs not affect -the final issue. , And what the Allies have done on land their navies will repeat on the sea. German submarines and German aerial fleets present no fears either to the French or tho British. In each and every class of offensive and defensive weapon the German is outnumbered. There is cause for regret and occasion for tears that so many hundreds of brave seamen have already gone to their last home at so cheap a cost. But let no one think that because a few submarines have sunk some half-dozen of the Empire's 140 .and more cruisers that a single British captain will seek safety elsewhere than in the open. That is not the character of British seamen. When in August last our battle-cruisers, cruisers, and mosquito craft “went in” under the guns of the Heligoland forts they simply annihilated all there was of tho enemy to meet. “ No other country has officers »ad men,” said the ‘ Naval and M Hilary

Record,’ “who would have-gone s in and “ forced the enemy to fight in such cir- “ cumstances, despite shore guns, mines, “.and submarines.” There can be no graver reflection upon the men of the Navy than to think that they fear either submarine or airship, or both. They would prefer an open sea and a line of battle, but failing this, they, too, are ready to play ja waiting game until such time as the enemy decides to venture forth. What we all moat need is faith—faith in our Army and Navy; faith in our leaders; faith in our cause; and if we are worthy of our high calling we shall 'have it. There has never been a time in our Imperial history when it could be more whole-heartedly given.

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The Evening Star MONDAY, OCTOBER 19, 1914., Issue 15627, 19 October 1914

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The Evening Star MONDAY, OCTOBER 19, 1914. Issue 15627, 19 October 1914

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