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A LONDON LETTER

[Specially Whitten fob the Drsar.iN 'Evening Star.'] September 4. THE WAR IN THE AIR. When Wells wrote his ‘War in the Air ’ most people, probably thought that such things as ha described would novas’ tome to pass. But Wells was a true prophet, and his book has already practically been dramatised on the stage of the wArld. Wn aro just reading to-mght of an air baule between two French armored aeroplanes and a German bomb-thrower. You have -doubtless heard already of the practice indulged in by the Germans of dropping bombs ou to Hie great cities of their enemies. The fact of its not belonging to the game of war to do so means nothing to a nation that can butcher defenceless children, make women march before them, fire ou the Red Cross, and kill not only wounded foes, but their own wounded troops its well. When such stories come not only from our own soldiers, but from non-belligerents and foreign Ambassadors as well, one is forced to believe that there is truth in them. 3t is even stated iu messages reported in the newspapers that some of the Russian wounded have been buried alive by them. Five out of their eleven Zeppelins have already been brought down, and one can only hope that the life of the remaining six will be a short one. One hears lirtie. however, of the doings of the airships of any of the Allies, and nothing of our own British aircraft, but no doubt they are busy somewhere at the work of reconnoitring. At the top of Somerset House, in. the heart- of the city of London, and, no doubt, in many other places as well, quick-firing guns have been placed, which will give any invading spies of the air a warm reception. The only trouble is that the enemy’s airships are careful to fly the flag of the country they invade. CO that we may soon have to open lire on the Union Jack streaming behind a German bomb-thrower. It- will) not he pleasant, but the German tactics have

mo do this v. a r as far removed from pleasantness as possible. The rules of war fox them r,o longer exist. •cod save thk king:' Ono doesn't hear the National Anthem simp, nor the good old national airs, as often as you might lit ink. But the services in the churches are very often concluded by tlu? singing of all three verses of 'Cor! -Save ilie King.' It is surprising bow icw people Enow the second verse. We have so long given the enemy of the picsi nr day the credit of not. being base and ” knavish " that we have almost grown ashamed of having a National Anthem containing any suggestion of unfair dealing on the part of our foes. When wo have snug

Frustrate, their kvinvHi trick?. Confound theii- politics, it. has been in a kind of apologetic tone. '1 here, has even been used a substitute verse sometime?. But now we can sins’ the lines with a new depth of meaning, and renhse the need cf them. A PREDICTION. Many are the old predictions that ar* being u-qiiotcd about the present war. A gipsy many years ago is said to have prophesied that when there should come an Emperor of Germany who should mount bis horse on the wrong side he would lie assassinated, and his heir would never sit upon his thr-ni-. Tim reason of the Kaiser mounting his horse so is on account of his left arm hat ine been ma I feinted from birth. SPECIAL CONSTABLE*. In the it'Jr-p of a week or two 23,-00-3 ipci ial cm;: icelrs have been sworn in to assist in keeping the peace at home. The enrolment ha.; now censed, as it- is estimated that there are enough. But the response to the call lor home service lias been as great ns the response to Lord Kitchener's appeal- fin- men for the regular army, 8,000 men a day being enrolled, 4.000 of winch are (hilly added from London alone. The Prince of ales s fund has ji’.tt reached its second million. Everyone is doing his best! Till-; ••WHIT!' FEATHER." At a mUm MV.-side town an Admit a} made a speech one Sunday afternoon urging the young ladies oi is. town to provide t iie;r,s..lv;v, with a shea! cf white fcatls-i.-. <.iie < f which they were asked to pscsesi*. to cv ■■ v yeung mar: who would not piomis. to mind. Arrangement# wore made for the aued;. hut the scheme foil through. The i.o arding-heuiie keepers complain', d tost 1 ucy (Lein t want their voung n ale vi-ttor- fleeing out of the town. And Tie 00, t took up their quarrel that s.v . • tic- young- men might mt- be nby.-i. abv l:t to go mk as ooldiers. Some enthn-h,.-:. eve:; w.-.-tc to the uevysp;{:,: to o ; c : i -■ i Tst t:K- war authorities •-J1 • .--•••• i hr: om to 1-- v. ern by the j.hv. irally mini Sold i 1 '■ ovr.-aged. to pre*v< s! lino- i looked n-ksn:'' at. But not everyone e,-,rcs to a' 1 w . a physical uOircT that i- groiialdv haul enough to h,v!S n; i'l.-eh. end I s . of ns would resent, ii'dlig ; i)fed i , :,, -,iin im ourselves too oh!. And " tiiN oo.docf: t' tbc ago for cTl.uisi nss ■ s is ! - eh on- men ,1 p,. -oh-he: - previously, ii-b-’t s ioC is d.T e. n for < X non-' • m-'. 33 yc;.r-'.

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A LONDON LETTER, Evening Star, Issue 15637, 30 October 1914

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A LONDON LETTER Evening Star, Issue 15637, 30 October 1914

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