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A WAR TO THE DEATH

AN HISTORIAN A: VIEWS. Gugliolroo Fc-rero, an eminent historian ami military authority, sees in the war a duel to the death between Great Britain and Germany. Ho rays England must have p->acc on her own terms, or for ever fom-it. her prestige in Europe. Ho say* Ho docs not tee how Germany iv.u defeat Great Britain, even i: she , mi-juui's half of Europe first. "Ail is y«.t aneeriai::, confused, ami indecisive. However, on a great event look jiiaco in August—an event mat may have fearful consoqurucos for j-.ia’opi*. Between England and Germany there lies a c rnso, v.nidi seems to mai.j j nev ilatJa ‘lee; I •> the death. J hi.t corpse in Ilcigiutu. iie insists that, l)e----cause the war i* not ii l:e!y to he short, Gv !7!.Dnv’.-i chances of success are daily diminishing. "England lias taken possession of ilni keys of tiro oca, which German}' needs. However the war on tixc Continent muv go, England, safe in tha midst of the »ca, wiii he able to refuse t-J -tjvo them up, except on her own terms. 1 cannot see how Germany or Austria make her yield, even if they were to cniiqitci half Europe.” But though he uolds that Germany will be dcfcau«r in the end, the probability t ,f ri , long war tend lien him. He sees that England ran stand a long war, and Germany may so me how face it, but fur the neutral countries ho trembles. “But ..Glut will become of us peoples of Continental Europe, of us, neutral countries, if this war shail hast, 1 will not say three wars, hut even only ono year* How shall V,-,3 live? What will become of our prosperity, ox our fortune, of our civilisation? ijhalf wo ail be victims of a vast histone catastrophelt is not impossible that ail over Europe, even in Germany, several generations of men will curse that attack upon Belgium, which threatens to provoke an awful cataclysm throughout Europe, From the beginning of the war a secret hone has been the comforter of all soul* in*T-ho despair that haa oppressed them—* the hope that the war would bo brief. Now, however, this hops seems at last to have become —must I say the fearful wordl —impossible. Ido not want to say it, foi in the last month this word seems to havr lost its ancient meaning. But at the beginning of September the hop«« for a brief war and an early peace are _ certainly less than they were at the beginning of August, and. the principal cause must be sought in the question of Belgium, which, unless a miracle intervenes, lias now Broad fewmany am! Emdar.d in a dud f" ih»* death, vL.i.,1l in .;- A • v. > •••■

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A WAR TO THE DEATH, Issue 15640, 3 November 1914

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A WAR TO THE DEATH Issue 15640, 3 November 1914

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