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MORE REVELATIONS.

FROM FRANCE THIS TDLE. UNHAPPY GERMANY WANTED WAR, UNDER THE TEACHING- OF THE WAR LORDS. PARIS, Novembor 30. A. 'Yellow Book' just issued shows that the. German military party are aggressive in resolve, in formation, and in methodical development. Throughout Germany public opinion was in favor of the war. Tho book contains, in a section headed ' Warnings,' a striking despatch dated November 22, 1913, in which tho French Ambassador to Germany, M. Jules Cambon, narrates n, conversation which took place a fortnight earlier between the Kaiser and the Kins of tho Belgians in Count Von Moltko's presence. M. Cambon describes- King Albert's astonishment at finding the Kaiser no longer a champion of peace. The Kaiser then regarded war with France as inevitable, and believed in tho overwhelming superiority of the German army and its certain success. Count Von Molfcke took the same view, and was even more confident of success than the Kaiser. King Albert protested that they were travestying tie French Government's intentions, and Lid been misled regarding the French nation's sentiments. Tho Kaiser and Von Moltke none the- less persisted. The Kaiser, moreover, appeared overwrought and irritable. M. Camhon added : " As the Emperor grows older the family traditions and reactionary sentiments of the eourt. and especially tho impatience, of the military caste, gain more and more hold upon his mind. Possibly- ho feeb some jealousy of the popularity of his son, who flatters pan-German passions, and docs not find that tho empire holds a position in the world commensurate with its power. Perhaps France's reply to the latest increase in tho army, the aim of which was to establish Germanic superiority beyond question, explains somo of the bitterness. Possibly tho Kaiser meant to impress King Albert and induce him to oppose no resistance to a Franco-German conflict. Whatever his object, tho revelation reflects tho precariousness of the situation, and it will be- well to take into consideration a now fact—namoly, that the Kaiser is familiarising himself with a train of ideas that was once repugnant to him." The same section contains a secret official report dated Hay 19, 1913, from an officer on the German General Staff, justifying the increases in tho army and urging tlie accustoming of tho nation to the idea of an offensive war. " There are so many matters—such as powerful armamonts involving considerable sacrifices, and the strained political situation—to cause tho drawing of the sword to be viewed with relief. Germany must propare for war financially without arousing the mistrust of the financiers. We should stir up trouble in Ejgypt, Tunis, Algeria, Morocco, and Russia. Risings must be prepared, especially in Fgypt. He adds : "Small States like Holland and Belgium must be constrained to follow Germany or be broken." Various documents prove tho perfidy of German diplomacy at critical moments, and Austria's deliberate provocation of war at German's instigation. "A CRIMINAL, NATION." PARIS, December 1. 'Le Temps' describes the 'Yellow Book' as "a damning dossier of a criminal nation." SPORTS AND THE WAR. LONDON. December 1. The Football League have decided to continue the competitions. The London clubs refuse to close while other sports .and smufiementfl continue.. ,

BRITISH CREDIT. A SIGNIFICANT CONTRAST. (London 'Times' and Sydney 'Sun* Servioes.) LONDON, November 30. 'The Times' says' editorially that the German £235,000,000 war loan is already nearly exhausted- It is understood that the Roiohstag was asked for a further credit vote of £250,000,000, bat no fresh loan was attempted. The British, war loan will keep the Government in funds until July, and there will be no difficulty in raising another when it ia. wanted.

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MORE REVELATIONS., Issue 15665, 2 December 1914

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MORE REVELATIONS. Issue 15665, 2 December 1914

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