CITY POLICE COURT
Saturday, November 21. ''Before 11. Y. Widdowson, Esq., S.M.) Drunkenness. —A first offender, who had been arrested at Waitati, and was acting peculiarly, was remanded for a week for medical treatment. —Thomas Laffey was fined 10s, in default 24 hours’ imprisonment. Obscene Language.—John Jackson Dalton was charged with this offence.—Seniorsergeant Dart, who prosecuted, stated that Constable Eckford was informed by a bootblack named Matthew Wood that Dalton, who was standing close by the Telegiapn Office, had stolen a coat from him (Wood) some nino months previously. When the constable brought Dalton to face his accuser Wood used rather violent language, and accused, who was under the influence of liquor, retaliated with tho use of language with which ho was charged.—His Worship inflicted a fine of 20s, in default seven days’ imprisonment. Alleged Theft. —On tho information of Matthew- Wood, the same accused was then charged with tho theft of a coat.—Wood gave evidence, and proved rather an excitable witness. —The charge was dismissed.
Tire Hon. Mr Aitken, of Wellington, speaking last week Germany’s at the Presbyterian Attack on Assembly, is reported
Civilisation. to have said: “Wo “ are frequently hear- “ iug of the responsibility of tho German “ Emperor and the German people for bringing about this war, bub I maintain “ that I personally and every other mem- “ her of the Christian Church have a share “in that responsibility, for if the Church “ throughout the world had lived up to “ tho commands of Christ tho state of “affairs that led to this war would not “have been-possible.” Tho statement, we regret, as far as it means anything at all, cannot be regarded as conclusive, nor as indicating an intimate knowledge of tho causes of the calamity that has come upon the world. One is tempted at times to wish that the fruits of that calamity had come oven nearer homo to us than they have, so indifferent and complacent are numbers of citizens to the reality of what is going on around them. Nothing, it would almost seem, short of personal contact with the unspeakable horrors that now afflict tho greater portion of civilised mankind will arouse tho careless and thoughtless to a sense of their individual responfiibilirios, and nothing that tho members of the Christian Church hero or in Germany could have done would have affected by a hair’s breadth tho policy of the Gorman Emperor and the, Prussian War party. Neither is there room for doubt that the Christian Church in Germany, as represented by her prominent divines, theologians, ministers, professors, and laity, has deliberately and aggressively ranged itself in active support of that policy. To this fact Mr Aitken can only reply that the German Church has not obeyed tho commands of ifi> Divine Founder. But this is one of those .selfevident truisms that explain nothing and mean nothing. The cause of “ this war,” of which Mr Aitken seems to speak as though it wore something infinitely remote and apart from this out-of-the-way corner of the Empire, was tho calculated act of the German Emperor and the military clique, backed, as they were, by the enthusiastic support of the great majority of tho people. Tho act itself was not a formal declaration of a war reluctantly entered upon. On the contrary, it was tho culminating movement in a long-contem-plated, secretly - prepared conspiracy, pressed home with ruthless ferocity. It was not war, but savagery; the letting loose of the bonds of the nethermost jut to hack their way first through innocent Belgium and then through France to Paris, where the supreme War laird was to dictate his terms of peace. If it wore possible for Mr Aitken to picture the 2,000 members of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force, who were lately at Tahuna Park, rushing without warning through the streets of Dunedin, stabbing, shooting, killing, outraging, burning, and destroying, and to multiply tho seem? by a hundred thousand, and to conceive of it as being hourly repeated for many days and weeks, then lie would perhap- realise something oi ;ue naliiro of “this war.” Wo repeat that it is not war, but hell, that has been let loose upon Europe and the world, and it is not permissible at this lato hour to question with whom rests tho responsibility. nor who arc its authors. These, things should by now be known. The men who speak for Germany have never concealed their immediate purpose nor (heir ultimate object. “Blood and iron” bus been taught and preached lor a, generation. It has been proclaimed and expounded ■ in school, iti lecture room, in club, in histories, in magazines and newspapers. Every schoolboy knew it by heart ; every youth in every debating society talked of it, and prayed that be might lives to sfe the day when German Culture, pressed homo by bullet and bayonet and gun, would be the acknowledged rule of mankind ; and every statesman has devotee! himself to perfecting the machine whereby it was to be accomplished. Tho men and the women of the Mother Land cannot plead ignorance. They heard hut would not give heed. Publicists like Dr Dillon, who knew Germany from its. Alpha to its Omega, and who continually j warned .England of what was coming, were laughed and jeered at as croaking prophets of an evil which they alone were stirring up The England that hardened its heart to the pleadings of Lord Roberts was not an England that- eonid think ill of Germany. What tins blindness amt deafness have cost the. Empire in blwid and treasure during these last glorious hut anxious weeks can never be stated in set terms, but thut British obduracy has a heavy burden to its charge is unhappily true.. To-day, however, the mask is off, and the whole intent of “ this war” has been made pin In without the shadow of equivocation. Germany’s act is an attack not upon tho rights and liberties of Belgium and Franco and England and Russia alone, hut against civilisation itself, and, therefore, against that Christianity upon which it rests. If Christ and Christianity bar tho German AVar Lords’ way, as they do, then they must go. This is the gospel of Nietzsche, this is tho gospel of German theologians and clergymen. In their appeal to “ Evangelical Christians abroad ” setting forth'the causes of this “iniquitous war.” these men of God accuse oilier nations of systematic lying and of “during to dis■ “ pule tile inner right of us and our “ Emperor to invoke, the assistance of "God to repel the wanton attack that has " been made upon us.” German Evangelical Christianity is behind the Emperor, and its professors passionately resent criticism of their right to invoke the assistance of God in the murder and pillage of Belgium. Historians and authors and journalists are less involved. They frankly have no qualms in relegating Christianity to tho lumber room. German might has been enthroned in its place, and will retain it until might !ms be- | come right, and the Evangelical Church is | called in to approve it with its blessing. Listen to what Maximilian Harden, a leading German journalist, says : Let ns have done with these miserable attempts, to justify Germany’s actions, and let us boldly proclaim that not against out will, and as a nation surprised, did we hurl ourselves into this gigantic venture. We willed it. We do not stand before the judgment seat of Europe. Wo acknowledge no such jurisdiction. Our might shall create a now law in Europe. Here, then, we have it. No Jaw, human or Divine, is recognised by the new Germany. its evangel, more terrible.
than that of Mohammed, is an evangel having a** its central figure not tho Christ, but the sword. “ Europe is not our “judge. We will bo a law unto our- “ selves, and wo will make it and hold “it through the slaughter of those who “ dare oppose ns.” This is what Germany is making plain to-day. Not a not living up to tho commands of tho Divine Master, but the absolute and complete denial of the right of that Master to enter as a factor into its councils. And tho Authority ? Herr Harden’s answer is magnificent in its revelation of national egotism: “Wo willed it.” That is all. Extended, it means' that Germany is responsible to no Power in heaven above nor in earth beneath : We will it so. therefore so shall it bo. Nine hundred years and mote ago Pope Urban at Clermont roused a vast multitude of clergy and people to a high pitch of emotion by bis passionate appeals for a crusade against tho Turk—infamous then, as now—and for the sanctity of the Holy Sepulchre. The response came in a mighty cry of “God wills it!”—words which became the war cry of the Crusaders. . To-day the Turk has joined hands with Germany. Their objective is the defeat of that Christianity which has made civilisation what it ie, and their war cry is : “Wo will it.” To it there can be and is hut one answer. It is the privilege of this Dominion that she will help to give it.
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CITY POLICE COURT, Evening Star, Issue 15657, 23 November 1914