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MENACE TO UNIVERSAL PEACE. An "American naval officer of the highest rank,'' but whose name is withheld, says in the New York 'lndependent ' :

" Tho simplest explanation of the incredible state of affairs to-day in Europe is that the Kaiser has suddenly become insane, and that it were better for all concerned to him in a madhouse than in command of armies and fleets. "While not admitting this explanation to be wholly justified or satisfactory, the fact that he has surely lost his head, introduces a disturbing element of uneertaintv into one's speculations as to what tan 'happen. We may readily imagine what a prudent man would do under given circumstances, but what an arbitrary rulor, snfferinif from megalomania and* Vilinded by an unexoperted check to his unbounded' ambition, will essay it is difficult to foresee. " Wh;>.t has Germany to gain by victory on tho ocean'; In a general sense, tho answer must h':—nothing. Without having had to burn an ounce of powder, she has developed the second largest mercantile marine in the world. This she owes to the equality of opportunity enjoyed with British .".hipping even in British home and colonial ports. Mors than what she. now has in this respect she- could have obtained, if at all, through the medium of peace. If slie seeks to acquire more colonies, it is pertinent to suggest that she has not known what to do with those alrcadv in her possession. . . . " Whatever be the results of the first clash of arm?, the ultimate out-como -cannot be doubted. The perseverance and grim determination of the British nation, fprced against its will into the most unholy war of which we have any knowledge,' will in the end prevail, leaving tbo Kaiser to mourn over the. ruin of the vast and noble structure of his seemingly miraculous development of German's commerce and industries. To exchany? this splendid record for the. doubtful chance of being known as a second Napoleon or Frederick tbo Groat evidences poor judgment or a disordered mind._ " This war is not a bolt out of the blue. It has long bean recognised as unavoidable, and it bears the earmarks of deliberate planning. Nothing was lacking but a good excuse. And this excuse has been found, or manufactured, as you please. It is right- that Germany should pay heaviest. "'Let- us hope that the plea for bloated armaments as essentia! to national safety mav never again bo heard. We now perceive what they lead to. And let us hope that victory may rest with .the British, who. as 100 years ago, are fighting in the cause of human progress and worldwide peace against the tyranny of personal, arbitrary government." errs:

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"AMORAL LUNATIC", Issue 15642, 5 November 1914

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"AMORAL LUNATIC" Issue 15642, 5 November 1914

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