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HYSTERIA FROM HAMBURG., Issue 15667, 4 December 1914
HYSTERIA FROM HAMBURG.
THe English Government have decreed that in future business may only be transacted with those American firms'in which no German is interested. Thtjy, have also ordered that neutral fihips must deposit three times tho value of tJieir cargo before leaving port. This amount will only bo refunded when the English. Consul at t.ho port of discharge certifies that the cargo haa been duly released according to tho bills of lading. It is hardly necessary to state that England lias taken these measures in order to strangle German trade, and in particular to stop the supply of raw material to Germany. England cannot prevent neutral ships from entering neutral ports, and there discharging their cargoes, even when such consists of raw materials. She is therefore, socking to gain her owl by measures such as the above. They are contrary to the rights of nations, but these righto have no meaning for England unless her interests are curved thereby. Otherwise, with her, might is right. The German army will not, bo strangled, and neither wiii German trade. If our eoldk-rs are carving a way for themselves with the sword our trade must use tlie same methods in order to conquer. Therefore our first commandment now must bo : " Thou shalt not be dependent on England." True it u> that in tno land of lords ami pipesmo<vcrs there is not much left for us to pick up. Our sturdy Hamburg traders left London behind long ago. i3ut why should not Hamburg take wiiat business still remains in English hands—at any rate, us far as oar own trade is concerned? "Yet us do like our army, and make a clean sweep." A few days ago we urged in this column that, if we allowed Ixrndou U> remain the arbitrage market for kips we had only our own stupidity to thank. That market will not remain mere. We shall work until it collapses, and up.m its collapse the Loudon auctions for tanned Last. .India kips 1 and tanned East India skins wiil tx; transferred to us. Wo are largo consumers of these goods, and an imperative demand upon our part would make the East India producor bow to cur will. We must not forget that to day the Indians have little further use for the land of smug respectability. They will. come to heel when wo whistle. This applies also to the London rabbilskin sales, and to tho important Lampson fur sale;;, \> hi.-h are held several times annually. Why should this buoiness bo done where, no man hesitates to deal with the most rascally mob on earth merely with the aim of smashing our commerce and industry'' As regards this type of business with England in future, our answer ia a chilly '".No thanks!" We don't want any more of it; we won't havo any more of it. .Should we lose this war —that is, should we be so badly h.d that we have to give in, because the good God is ashamed of us—-the first consequence of our defeat would be that England would devour us skin and bone. Why should we do business after this war, which we shall certainly win, with this country .wholly dependent, as it is on foreign countries? Ought wo to do it, knowing as we d.) perfectly well that England, strengthened by us, .would seize the tirt>t op|x>rtuuity of attacking xis? Xo, sir, hands off. Wo havo no further use for England ; wo do not want our trade poisoned with its shopkeeper politics; we do not want the righteous wrath now aroused in us by this people swamped sorrowly in the thin lemonado of the old saw, ''Live and lot livo." We owe it to posterity to clear them out, ae England, in case of victory, would clear out German trade. England has treated us disgracefully. Wc mean, therefore, to keep in our country such trades as we can rope in. Lot England look for business, not to us, but to Japan. It would seem that these inhabitants of our common Mother Earth, overlooked by Darwin in his theory, are of more consideration to England than the whole Teuton race. Let us leave her to her traffic with these swine. We have written from no spirit of revenge: that part of our reckoning with England may safely bo left to the guns of our artillery, the rifles of our infantry, and the sabres of our cavalry; last, and not least, to our glorious fleet. Hatred, however justifiable, has no place in business matters; neither is there any room for silly feeling. "We want to do business like business men, who can see beyond their noses, and. therefore, wo r-iy once more to sensible business men : "We havo no use for England." Across (tho Channel they will quite understand that, after this war, wc have no further desire to do ovei-sea business with them. At this moment, wc are out to get what has been rightly ours for many years. The wholo business in hides and skins belongs exclusively to Hamburg, to Bremen, to Leipzig, to Lubeek, and to Stettin. The English carrying trade will bo destroyed in the course of this year. There will be shaking of heads over this, but wo epealc the truth. Just as wo can win wars, so we can prove on the field of industry that wo do not .shrink from the highest enterprises. Half England to-day lives on our industry. In future, by tho sweat of our brow, we shall bring it about that the raw material necessary for our industries bo auctioned in Germany with God to back our Kaiser, our Empire, and the German race.
[ln the 'Haute und Led or' of Hamburg (August 30) there appeared under the heading ' More Room for Hamburg ' a. leading article of which tho above is a translation. It indicates the present mood of a German trade journalist.]
HYSTERIA FROM HAMBURG., Issue 15667, 4 December 1914
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