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The Evening Star THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3, 1914.

These, by whichever Government 'they are issued, all tell the same story, and each In turn shou'd cause the blush of shame to, spring to the cheeke of our Norman Angells and responsible editors of papers of the calibre of the ‘ Manchester Guardian.’ The French Yellow Book confirms the British White Book, and both contain more than sufficient' evidence to damn Germany to an eternity of infamy. The crushing of France, or. to use the Bismarckian term. “ bleeding her white.” had long been determined. This, beyond all else, is the implication, admission, or confession running through the majority of the ambassadorial negotiations and correspondence. France was to be reduced to a vassal State, dependent for her continuance upon the whims of the military dictator by whoso armies her subjugation had been, accomplished. Belgium may or may not have been spared ; her fats would be entirely subsidiary to the exigencies and needs of the new military situation. England was a negligible factor ou land, and to bo cajoled from using her ll ete by the clear presentation of the situation that would bo made by the master minds of Germany. The picture is not a pleasant one, revealing, as it does, though in the reserved language of diplomacy, the terrible thinness oif the crust on which for long months the natlor-a of the earth had been standing. Germany wan determined on war. It was, we learn, not for the first time, her sacred duty to draw the sword. The world had to be Germanised even though

White Papers and Yellow Books.

You untie, the winds and let them fight Against the churches: though the yesty

waves Confound and swallow navigation up ; Though bladed com be lodg’d and trees blown down; Though castles topple on their warders’ heads; Though palaces and pyramids do slope Their heads to their foundations; though the treasure Of Nature’s germens tumble all together Even till destruction sicken.

Nothing, in fact, whether of man, or Nature, or God, or all threo, was to stay tho path of the Angel of Death ns he pressed forward to his goal. We are going to have this war, Yon Moltke is reported to have said, and we must begin without waiting for an order, and brutally crush all resistance —in short, in the Imperial Chancellor's subsequent words, hack our way through. It is the irony of fate, as well as a flaming example of tho swift avenging Nemesis that follows in the wake of triumphant arrogance, that the author of these words, the man who figures as the Kaiser's Mephistopheies in the French Yellow Book, and to whose care was entrusted the war machine it was launched via Belgium against France, is at this hour the victim of his master's wrath for failing to make good his own boasts. That success which he said alone would justify the contemplated .crime has not been his. The reason is plain. Neither tho Kaiser, nor Ton Mol the, nor the Chancellor regarded those moral forces and human factors which in the last resort must decide the issue. Tics- were swept into the limbo of forgotten nursery stories, and the gcod old Herman war god installed in their place. In to disregarding them, the tactician and his master made manifest their unfitness to cany- through their self-imposed task. You may demonstrate anything on paper, to paraphrase a well-known saying of General Sherman, bnt you roaily need the human element to be conclusive. This the German barbarians have learned to their own loss and tha world’s gain.

It is perhaps fitting that simultaneously with the published summaries of German diplomacy as seen through JVench eyes there should appear from the pen of an American correspondent the report of an alleged interview with the Crown Prince. The statements attributed to this bombastic young man are chiefly remarkable for their frank expression of the German point of view. White Papers and Yellow Books are not for him. As far as he is concerned they need never have been published. Nor are they apparently for the interviewer. What they do represent is the version of the crisis and its causes that Germany would wish accepted in America. It is not an accurate nor even a plausible jersiqn* It is rather. in the entire si A

tragic travesty, but ’twill serve. Germany, we learn, was left with no choice but war; and that war so wicked, wanton, and meaningless had been engineered against her. For Britons and their Allies and. friends statements of this nature are at most merely sources of temporary irritation. But in America and among the baser sort, with a President who has so long avoided taking the only step that is consistent with the honor of his country and the dignity of Ms fellow-citizens, such interviews, though they cannot do positive harm, may afford an eagerly seized, if superficial, justification for those who affect an attitude of strict neutrality in judgment as well as in act. We prefer to take our stand on the considered opinion of so sano a thinker and far-seeing publicist, as well as great naval historian, as the late United States Admiral Mahan. The world at this hour could ill spare this fine type of American, whose untimely death was hastened through overtaxing his strength in studying the progress of the war. Admiral Mahan’s name will always be associated with the doctrine of the command of the sea. Not that he discovered that doctrine, but that he gave it definite and assured form. And his studies and inclinations left him a warm and judicious admirer of England and the Empire. On the present war he had no doubts. Before England had issued her declaration the Admiral characterised the war as one of calculated aggressiveness by Germany, and an inexcusable act. And of England’s only possible course of action he said : In my judgment, a right appreciation of the situation should determine Great Britain to declare war at once, otherwise her Entente engagements, whatever the letter, will be in spirit violated, and she will earn the entire distrust of all probable future Allies. These almost last public words of a fine and noble personality may at this hour bo well commended to the thoughtful consideration of his countrymen.

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The Evening Star THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3, 1914., Issue 15666, 3 December 1914

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The Evening Star THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3, 1914. Issue 15666, 3 December 1914

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