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OUR LONDON LETTER, Issue 15644, 7 November 1914
OUR LONDON LETTER
[Bv Quit Special Cohuespondext.] IS .MIGHT RIGHT? The Kail of Rosebery, addressing a re> cruiting mating this week, gave utterance to the following strong statements: *' When the doctrine that might is rigid comes to he the principle of Europe, when that comes to be the principle which overrides treaties and regards them ns ‘scraps of paper,’ the world has got, very near to damnation. That doctrine has been a curse to Prussia, a cuise to Germany, and a curse to the surrounding nations, who have baeu obliged to tax the sweat and blood of their people to an incredible extent in order to maintain armaments. Might, according to the new philosophy of Germany, means universal domination. No voice would be raised in Europe without the approbation of Prussia, and every State would practically be the vassal oj Prussia. - ' '■< -A- -H- -ft -X* if FREEMASONRY AT WAR TIME. A striking instance of the strength ol the Masonic tie was given the other day, when the Germans, having taken possession of a town, ranged up 50 civilians to he shot. One of them gave a Masonio sign, which wins immediately recognised by the Gcrnn i officer in charge of tho shooting parry. Ho ordered his brother Mason to fall on! and go away. This, however, ho refused to do, and elated that if the. reel of the party were to be shot ln v preferred to share their fate. Touched by such a true feeling of brotherhood even in a vanquished foe, the German officer spared all their lives for hie sake. ******* THE GERMAN - BIG SIEGE GUNS. Hi? enormous siege guns used against the forts at Namur and elsewhere by Ilia Germans are capable of tiring a- distance of 12 miles, the projectile rising the best part of a mile in tho air. They aro discharged by electricity, and the men in charge, of them have to stand a long distance oil' from them when they are fired. Tin* Germans now declare that they have still larger guns in course of construction that will be able, to bombard England from across the Channel. The gnus which the Belgians had purchased from German factories before the war have been found to 1m unsatisfactory, and have had to ba replaced by French ones. •if if if if if if if PRESS NEWS. There arc several Trench newspapers now tm sale in the, London streets, tho ‘■newsboys” ’oeing on this occasion young French or Belgian ladies. One of tho evening dailies devotes about half a column nightly to war news printed in Flemish. Many'nf tho advertisements in the London newspapers are in language the ordinary Englishman does not understand. But there is no German !
* -* *■■»»** WHAT TO READ Tr is difficult to pick up anything to toad that is not full of tho war. The number of shilling hooks that have eudd< nly come into existence about the German* Court and tbo German war is marvellous. Then there is quite an army of small pamphlets on sale at a penny each—‘The Kaiser’s Last Will and Testament.’ ‘Tbo Will of William the Bandit,’ ‘The Kaiecr’s Nightmare,’ ‘The Menu of the Kaiser’s Giristmas Dinner at Buckingham Palace,’ and a. host of others. The newspaper posters have also been roasting the, German Emperor. ‘Another Pill for Kaiser Bill’ was tho effusion of n weekly paper the other day. Some outcry was lately made about tiie absence of pensions for the widows of (alien soldiers, and a weekly newspaper blossomed out with ties poster announcing ‘ Pay—Not Pray—for Soldiers.’ The first part of the advice was sound enough, but the- smartness of the suggestion would he dearly bought at tho price of dissuading the millions of the soldiers’ friends from interceding for them with the God of Battles. At 12 o’clock daily tho silent prayers of thousands go ur> for the. Army and. Navy at. war. fho newspapers have certainly had a great influence over the thoughts of tbo nation at this time, but, while wishing to show every appreciation of tho great value the Press had beep, to us, one oannot help feeling that occasionally the newspapers do not seem to know their own mind. At fiist we were told we must economise and he as sparing as: possible. As roon as we began to retrench and deny ourselves a bit the newspapers howled at us and told u* we were throwing thousands of workers and sbophands out of work, and that we were eel fish not to go on spending as nsual. Then, when in our enthusiasm and patriotism wo sported the Union .lack and tha British Empire, the papers poked fun at us and derided us for wearing flags in out buttonholes instead of going to fight. Those of us who were too old or not physically fit for service promptly put our little" flags behind the clock. Then they rounded on us for being apparently ashamed of the British Flag, and. suggested that when tho nation was at w-ar it would evidence a proper pride and loyalty if the Union Jack were hung from even,’ window. We try to do our best in litt!« ways as well as big ones, but wc really hardly know what to do.
’* »»*»■» » A CHARMED LIFE. Have you heard the slow of the little midshipman who was rescued in the North Sea when the three British warships were torpedoed and sunk? He jumped ov® board , from the first when she was sinking and got on board ths second. Wheat that went down, he .scrambled on to the third, and stayed on hoard till she, too, went, down. He is now in hospital—and safe. September 9
OUR LONDON LETTER, Issue 15644, 7 November 1914
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