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The Evening Star FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23, 1914., Issue 15631, 23 October 1914
The Evening Star FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23, 1914.
It waa the Ar hbiahup oi" (.'anterbuiy, a> we Tfcotitiy reminded our The Day of readers, win. }ci>m'd to Judgment, the war in its K-lstion ti» the Enipiie as "a time of testing." It is Mr SSiXMic-r Wilkinson, that competent Imperialist, uho h;is cl'jiumore, perhaps, than any among hi* equally brilliant contempontrVt} t »> enlighten hit fellow-countrymen on the dangers that threatened them, and on the best weapon* ; : . wherewith to counteract them, who is responsible for'the other. •• \ great war," he says, ''is the day nf judg/nt'iit." The comparison , will stand. It ' carries the * *• testing time" of the. Archbishop a stop. further. If the nation and the Empire ! s . cannot bear the test they must bow before
the inevitable judgment. Fioui thig there is no escape. It is the supreme fact of all.
Xot ior the first time in our historv. ,i however, it in the one mo.->i hard to drive home to the hearts of the The J>] story is .'in old' oil'.-. There ha* never M ' been a crisi* m Itritiah Jii«R>ry that ha* Sj"- rot had ila doiihtei*. its brott«i>, its pewsiK mists, and fools. These, like the j,00r," fe have always l*en with n*-. 'I hey are part §§• oi the price- and burden of F.mpiie. They fe are not i;it a?wt of thn Kmpire. but a Bfc drag and an. Impediment. Yet tliey must SK, be considered. Th'-y art- the lirst to proK teal volubly, and demand that someone be shot, when their own loutlly-prc-IHtdicted victories <l<> .nut nsal-uif; the tii«t Kt;to offer their comment* on men and niovep: tnenta thay dn not understand r And the ||... fttsb in blatant, t-lation ah they are in disIfe'.jftonoraWe depression. But it. i* not these. ■jß?*"* jutch as iheae, tltul'tic June in mind
vibon die quc-.tio'i is asked: Can the nation stand i'r." ctia-iti that this war iputtlijg upon it? We think, lueii. and look upon the ) :>oplc a* a whoi'e. wise and unwise nhUe, and in the iiiainiei- and
nature of their r"q-on<sp mutt, bo found the answer. In tin; laid icon ii is simply a, nti'.'stiiin of foundations. What, then, is the foundation on which this riritish l.'mpire rests. '.l'll'-:" ran be norn- other than the character .if itc j>ec>pie. and what the ipuitity of that charm-tor is this war will decide. Of on ■ tiling. we think, we. may bo cert.tun : this jniglityvditiee of Lmpire. vnitp.to as it is : n tilt- history of mankind, cannot, stand unless :n- foundations too secure. War ,'- like an earthquake. It i* no respoete . ; persons or placee. Its lorces cm.' only 1> ; , mr: by fn U: i> that r.ipabl- of ..I'-ilvr lesistame. Kveiytulng «•!*>> h:is to give wa\. Hut the nation that relies hule'y upon tin* calibre of itt guns
and the bmte <'lement in the men vylio manipulate them must. fail. Such .nations ultimately ;oe '..ft. strij ped of all iieserves. Ther catt only >tit 11 < 1 naked before their tlod wh.ol: the " aiu <les..-ondod and the " came, ;>nd the winds blew, and
'beat up'.r.i tlnir itof,.-c," tot its foundation* roe of t.,i;rl, n.-.t rock. W>- lUitish are by no means nuinaculate. We Imvo done and .-aid foolish thoimii what we have loft melon,-, is inliniteiy m.-io foolish. Wo ttave not only not piopmed, l.'tifc wo have mocked at those who have told us we to prep,tie. Wo knew that v.e <-ii\io:l no nation its possessions, we coveted no rnau's trade. We ever and always for and with, the single exception of our Navy we look no efforts to pu*et\e it. It was ;t. I Icviniw writer v. J;o i.;i:d : "It you want «ar. piepare for p-?nor - '; and the lionible it- l»c, :.-■ a tmc one. '1 ho jSritirh as a nation . <id not bolievo it. itulers 1 vei' .-co-fo-.n tit of the v*' l >')•', they forged no weapon ant devised no machine knits complete defence hoin They went further : thoy ileuied the existence ••f any sj irir , !' ainouv; their i.eiiihbois. Th.- ctilliujt into t-eiiik.' of a \a.-'t and po- l-'ot.n;.-: muulcr laclmy at I'is.sen ; (he piiiu .hallt'iig*-, ioit.erate<i to the po'nl of ivcariuoss, that < I'crnwny mu--t liavc :i navy 1 hat could hold ite own with the mi'/utlest i.Hoat: the teaching of I're.s-? ;.ikl pi..blie ; fct and league and Kai.-ei - these woie vhittlod down to the weird inuiginiiigs *,f bi;iins thunk with hatred of Oermauy and the itut or war. Regarded, therefote, from ;Jie sta-ntbocl of the export, who. / U s the (Icrmnii military party d*:<l) th«- poi-ou A | taot<.>r--that indehnalile but veiy j.-t! soniettiiug—the siu•.es.s of ihe tnu.'hiii-' lioomed a foregone conLlnsuon. 'l'o-djy v, -..>. know with thankful'iw and pi hie—tor it. is <i piide that •■«■ presses all that, is mo»t admirablo in man —■th'i ntaehine Iras tailed. (iei.-many has nothing to hoi- credit, nothing to her honor, save f) . devastated and dwuhited He'giitu:. Ko.st iim.l wept, on cea. and laud, she has failed, and her failure is 4 |n t . il3 much if not mote t;> the. -.soul of tin? people" --■ the factor that tiejiuany ue^iec!e< l --as -,t in to ttie arms of the people---trV- only wo.-rpoji that *7ie [<-r----i't.'rt<:il \\\- ace the'oioK broti ft 'hr back to iumlrtniP.nt.de -Vo fonntUitiotis. And it U bocause iie- foiiiulation:; of our Kmpire, though obsciiied and overlaid, were *outid <tt tlie :■!■[■<' that the Mother Land and her daughter f-latea have met the fiercest, as it is the hio»t insidious, jlttnck upon their safety ind integrity with calmness, confidence, ;oid perceptibly freodoni iron, aiiiiely. Wheio and when tyranny ami force riaviv ,-ucccedcd, the beaten nation has been ■.innwrically inf.iguitica.ut. though own here, in the case of tho l'a.kau Si.it.-s ami their centuries of resjttanee to ih.- unspeakable Turk, the i-piiit of tho people, the dotennination to maintain their indcp-'iideneo, ha* |-erijisted. Nothing but. the extermination, toot and "oramh. of the compiereil peoples >ordd kill that. And Turkey knew- it, and ut histc.v is a record of her ?nn-guinary-Ji'isloughtf to give it effect. Germany at this hoifc is inavching to her doom becauco -.ho, .liko, the Turk, litis dotted those permiuieut and jiersotial ine«fi!!tt.'. tli«t have fcr«i»t«d through the age*, »rd bewntetr her deflance lias litorally Hung the people <>i Belgium and of France and Kngland back tipon those foundationa on which alone nations arc established.
The Evening Star FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23, 1914., Issue 15631, 23 October 1914
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