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A TRAVELLER’S IMPRESSIONS.

One of our Dunedin citizens, lately returned from England, was in London when war was declared, and his comments are of interest to onr readers. To nso his own words: “ The tension in London had been acute for sonic days lest we should not stand by France. The invasion of Belgium by Germany, however, settled the question. I was an interested spectator in front of Buckingham Palace on evening of August 4, and, being in a fortunate position, heard a mounted official state that he had been commanded by His Majesty to inform those present that we were in a state of war with Germany. It was estimated that there wore 12,0C0 present, and the scene that followed is indescribable. No such applause over rent the air. When, later, the King and Queen appeared on the balcony the scene_ was equally thrilling. If there are any in the communily who doubt that England did everything in ‘her power to prevent the war, they should read the correspondence respecting the European crisis presented to the Houses of Parliament. The price in England is 9d a copy. As showing the preparation Germany was advised to make, Bemhardi’s book on the next war is worth reading. Travelling with Americans, and meeting others in my short stay in their country, I am satisfied that the best of the American people are with us heart and soul. As they expressed themselves: ‘ Leaving ont the other side of the question, Germany’s conduct iu Belgium has alienated any sympathy we ever had for her.’ There are said to be man y million Germans and Austrians in America, some of them very wealthy,' and they are doubtless using all their influence against us. I saw a number of Gorman steamers, tied up in New York Harbor, among (hem the bugs

Yaterland. Not only are the authorities enforcing payment of .harbor dues,, but tho crews are not allowed to land, and are earning wages and keep, with nothing lto do. I nave been asked as to the truth I of the atrocities committed by Germans. 1 Unfortunately, the hospitals in London speak for themselves.”

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A TRAVELLER’S IMPRESSIONS., Issue 15674, 12 December 1914

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A TRAVELLER’S IMPRESSIONS. Issue 15674, 12 December 1914

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