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PRO-GERMANISM.

TO THT EDITOR. Sir, —YThiUt commending the loyal and patriotic intentions of the officials of the Municipal Association in bringina' beioru tho attention of the Hon. Jas Allen and of the Mayor the question of dealiug with German and naturalised German residents who have been so unpatriotic as to express sentiments not in accord with the welfare oi our Empire- or the justice of our cause, I repot that the deputation did not sufficiently fortify themselves with facts before taking the steps they did, so that those vho were alleged to have expressed anti-British sentiments might have been called to account. There can be no manner of doubt that this cruel and deplorable war has been the handiwork of the Kaiser and his military party; that the German navy has been called into existence with the intention of wresting from our Empire the control of the sea, with a view of ultimately snatching from us bath our possessions and our commerce, -and that in sjite of the Kaiser's pretended desire for peace- lie and his military party liavo Ik-on working for many . years to give practiced effect to thfl pernicious doctrine that " might is right-,'' and that this policy is one that havS unfortumttely kept the whole of the nations of the earth in a continual state of armed mistrust, spending huge sums of money on armies and navies that might with. srreat advantage have been devoted to reap The fruits of peace and of progress, and that now. in spite of the many years of scheming and plotting, Germany is about to reap the fruit of what it'hae itself sown.

It is true there may unfortunately be in our midst a few who, whilst they liava so bountifully enjoyed all the benefits and privileges of a frea British constitutio*, arc base enough, when a gigantic struggle is taking place to preserve the very libertie* of which we are the participants, against an accursed system of military autot-racy. to snoak in terms of disparagement of the justice of our cause. Thess people are all right, only they havo managed to j-ef- into the wrong bus, and should locate themselves where they oould enjoy the transcendant bleesiiiSß which Kaiserism and German military rule oould extend to them. J am thankful, however, thai if there be any such, their number must ho very small, and I rather think that the deputations have been making a mountain out of a. molehill. In any case, the drastic propositions made by th» deputations flavor more of the intolerable military rule which we all so much abhor, and are not at all in conformity with tho treatment liritain has always extended to I ho. stranger within her borders. With the Germans themselves we liava m quarrel. We pity them as the victims of circumstances over which they have no control. A,s a nation they have had the. misfortune not- to have had en Oliver Cromwell, and terrible as this war is, it w:ll be the means of emancipating a great nation from the bondage to which f!m has been so long subjected, and I believe the world will be happier, better, and brighter, and that the "atmosphere of na-lir-nal unrest will be dissipated for very liianv vcars to come.— l am. etc., hj. Kemkitz. November 17.

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PRO-GERMANISM., Issue 15652, 17 November 1914

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PRO-GERMANISM. Issue 15652, 17 November 1914

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