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THROUGH GERMAN SPECTACLE?

IMAGINARY BREAD-RIOTS.

REBELLION IN INDIA.

It is a little difficult to withhold from the Gorman people a certain amount of sympathy. With an unscrupulousnees to which only their favorite adjective "kolossal" can fitly be applied, the German newspapers are engaged with one accord in a campai<m of deception from which the nwakonin.:? will be supremely bitter. France, thev'teil the helpless folk who hava to stay behind while husbands, eone, and brothers are being sacrificed ruthlessly in the Kaiser's war of aggression against the world, is a negligible foe. The British army, they are urged to believe, has been shattered, and the Eussian 'hordes are melting away before tho valiant onslaughts of the invulnerable Prussians. German victory, the moat magnificent in the world's history, is close at hand, and has only been delayed in. order to render it the more complete. These are the texts from which newspapers which have hitherto been regarded as comparatively staid and respectable are preaching day by day under the orders of a Government which dare not let Germany know the truth. —Fighting For Fowl. —

There is a scarcity of food in German? just now. and the jxx>r and middle classes, in particular, are beginning to feel the pinch. That is nothing. In Britain, according to previous issues of the 'Kolnisehe- Zeitune,* the people are I already starving, and now they are i wn sting what food they possess. ! " The British," it say*, ".need not crow so loudly about the scarcity of foodstuff in Germany. Let them look at home, and tlvy will behold a pretty picture of the havoc this _ criminal war is alre-adv causing in their country. We know "for a fret that in Leeds, where quantities of Danish produce havo arrived, the warehousing conditions are chaotic. Butter melting- for want of ioo or refrigerating chambers is running along floors and walta in sickly yellow streams. Mountains of eggs are rotting, poisoning the air around,' and rate by the thousands sr<- rwi-wiiyr awgy at the bales of pork- and la T d ball*. Meanwhile British soldiers in the field are living on dry bread and putrid tinned meat, and John •Bull at home finds his breakfast and dinner tabic costin.i- him more daily. That is the - practical' British management.'' This is bad <-noudi, but it is not tho worst of if. This "is how thrt ' Magdehurger Zeitnng' takes ur> the tale: — "Bread rioia of a formidable character have occurred in nearly all the leading towns in tho midlands. Bakeries and general shops wore ftomi"d and their contents scattered about th« etreots, wheresnbno.quentlv they were scrambled for by the half-s-tarved' crowd. Thw» mostly consisted of cripples, aged persons, end ! children, nearly every "sble-bodied man in the locality'lia-ving been pnv*ed into thoj army while under the influence of driipjvcl" liquor. To such a pass has wealthy, comfortable Britain been driven by the arch-criminal Grey and his satellites who aided him in starting this piratical campaign against cultured Germany." —lndian Menace.— Meanwhile, the British Empire is faced with worse than starvation—among otb*r things, a rebellion in India. The 'Frankfurter Zeitiin<r' fiays : —"The Indian warriors whom they are Rending to fight us wem really i-omoved from India to prevent them participating in the coming rebellion and lending It their military .support. But even the, best among tho Indian troops will not stand for a moment acainst our artillery, and from the climate they will even suffer worpe still than from our armies. It would w»em incr'-diblc that L*>rd Kitchener, while Commander-in-Chief in India, should hn.ve learnt so little wisdom. But, as the British say, ' Tt is an ill wind that blows nobody pood.'" In the column. l ? of the- ' Vossiche Zeltung' Gorhart Hnnptma.nn, Germany's leading; poet, inveichs fiercely against both French and British troop*, and reiterates the worn-ont dum-dnm lie. "What do I care," he sror-s on to say, " if t&e dirty British call, iw 'Hum.' and describe the warriors of '>nr g-WJoiw Landwehr as the fions of At-lita ? These people are themselves ' linn.*.' ns they have shown by their criminal onslaughts on the life of a sound and vigorous people, whom, their oth«r weapons having failed ignoininiously. they assail with cowardly slander, the sole recourse left to the impotent." —Phivering Britons.—

Anions; all the.=* evidences of perverted ineenuity. perhaps one of the most wanton is the interpretation put by the ; 7}entsche3 on the {?e'n?rous efforts of the public to provide additional comforts for our brave boys at the front. '• Nor* is a beautiful comment," it say*, "on the boast of British Ministers about the resources of their country. From their own admissions, as may rje seen in the London papers, thev are even at a less, these proud oons of Albion, how to procure cMhini* and covering for their soldiers. Honse-to-house befrging expeditions arc beimr organised in th* mte-hty metropolis for blankets, rugs, tablecloths, and whet not wherewith to cover the .shivering frames of the nalf-«tarred Britons at the front, end even the wretched paupers in the workhouses are robbed of their scant bed cavern to that end. It U not that there 5b no money in Britain, hrd because the British have for the hundredth time shown that, srlfb as they aw at chatterinxr and speechifving, they laclr even the rudiments of military organise "lion. And such a country ralmlj to war with the modern representative o'. Rome and Sparta combined."

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THROUGH GERMAN SPECTACLE?, Evening Star, Issue 15669, 7 December 1914

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THROUGH GERMAN SPECTACLE? Evening Star, Issue 15669, 7 December 1914

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