The Evening Star WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 1914,
A -war coiutEsroNnEXT write.- of what he saw after eight days of A Modern varying struggle boCalvary, tvveeu the Austrian and Russitn armies iu Galicia. liio .story is; an airosting one, even to a world that is satiate,! with horrors of a similarly appalling kind. Its special feature is that tho writer gives prominence to a dramatic* contrast that brings home to the imagination as othor fields of carnage may not have done what he calls the "hideous intensity of modern war." Within the very centre of the 7.0:10 of death and of anjruifh unspeakable there stands a huqo cross on which has hung for a hundred years or more a figure of One whom Christendom regards as the Saviour of mankind. Portion of tho cross has been shot away, and shrapnel has destroyed en arm of the figure, but the patient faca still looks pityingly down upon the scares of newly made graves of those v.'ho died at its foot. Foi -eight days and nights tho panorama of to man sla.urjh.ter was unrolled around this cross, ami for eight days r.nd nights One sanguine tide scarce rolled away, Another Hows in terrible succession. If we choose to let tho imagination have free play wo may find here an almost satanic fitness with much of what has precede*! this Oalician battlefield. It is appropriate, to the hour. Germany having dtclayed waj; against Ctorstiaiiitjr, aod
having pitted hec hosts and her guns against the civilisation which it professes to represent., what more fitting than that the Christ should contemplate the fruits of the newer and move effective gospel that is to supplant His own. It is. however, hut a small part of the field that the maimed tiguro of the crucified Galilean ran j lock down upon. When nineteen centuries j ago the Man of Nazareth met His fato on i -i place called Calvary, outside the city .valis, His eyes took in all that was to be ; eeen. The world around was a pagan ! world, and many and other gods were en- ; throned in its temples. His teachings and : lib life were the reverse of theirs. What j paganism exalted He condemned. The rules of love and sympathy and sacrifice ■ were to supplant those of force and cruelty j and lust. And ITis world would have ] neither Him ior his. But the Crucifixion j was the beginning, not the end. Rome passed, but the Cross remained, ancl through and from it came all that this j world of ours was until both its foundations and superstructure were challenged jby Prussian militarism. That men, j through their Governments, instinctively sprang to arms in resistance is but to repeat that self-preeervation is the first law of .nations, as of individuals. What could the Britioli Empire do when so diiect a challenge to the faith which has i made ancl kept it what it is was launched? j The wonder rat hot* is that every nation , that boasts its C3irit.-t.ian til'egianee has s ,r:ot flown to arms to share the glory of \ hv.nlhvx clown a. menace that io as much j ag-i'V-sfc itself as agr.insf i:s. i What thi' war correspondent eaw in j Onlicia is to bo seen in even moie '. hideous intensity in the north-weal coriu'r lot Louium and, in n k-rser degree., in j .Franco. Prussian Poland, Asia Minor. j West. Africa, China. .South Africa, and ; olscwhero. Governments and rulers, j princes and peoples, autocracies and ch- '. m jcracies, have for months past—ancl will | for months- to come —been ciovoting their j l ;:'i.:;it,?, their wealth, and their soitti lo | war. And [,y \r:;c is meant 1:0 ordinary j kiiiiiy and woundin-.j oa tho ba-Ulefit'ln, j out the, outrageous dtitrnci-ion of v:lI larres, towns, and cities; tho. deliberate j spoliation of a nation and tho sin tic hi or j of men on a. scale that lias 110 parallel ; in the history of in:uw> inhumanity to I man. When German armies enter a vilJ J.'!.;e they burn it; if a cathedral blocks ! th'.'ir way they destroy it: if a town rcj wisls they murder and out rage its inhabijtauls; end if they are balked vi one I objective they turn saw:-rely and feroi eiously upon another, while all j th-jy breathe out threats of slaughter. Truly, when wo think of these things the heart may well stop itc beating. The mothers of old Israel rejoiced when they brought forth a male child into iho world. But tho mothers of to-day, what- of them? Tho women who see the sons over whom j they havo wopt and prayed butchered for I a Kaiser's whim, how shall they Lear cf I these things? It was so id in the long j a_.il> that the birthday of a human being I it.ot.id bj regarded not an a d.iy of joy ) but as a day of mourning, and were the ! world of to-morrow to be* a world fashioned and governed at the bchesUs of frerman culture, as expressed through its known exponents, one might be pardoned jif one acquiesced. Rut the doctrine is jof tho outer darkness. It is neither J thristian nor British nor hum-in. This j war which now oppresses and -bewilders ! will prove the road whereby we shall • pass to a more stable and more rational j Empire. Already there may he. seen tho ! beginnings of the end. Germany, it is '■ sn id. is feeling for poaco, and she is i doing so with characteristic: duplicity and j simplicity, bdie. apparently thinks it pos- | sible that Russia will stay tho fall of her j hammer —for a price—whilst she crushes j or corner to tonus with France, in order i iki.t she may turn on England with jaws ! ;, .'t dripping with the blood of her sons. i Tho hope merely emphasises Ge.r----l inany's helpless iguoraneo of the- nature j of the rouilict she. so wickedly provoked. j Germany must pay the price of her crimes ! against an indignant, and horrified world : Thero is a law that, for each drop of blood Shed 0:1 earth, demands that blood ho shed. Neither the Empire nor her Allies will swerve from the course they have marked out. Their; will be no separate peace treaties, and no peace- at all until, in tho words of tho ' Xovoyo Vromya,' Europe has burned out the Prusso-Gerniau cancer with red-hot irons. I
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