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THE GAME OF WAR

SHALL IT BE PLAYED WITH KID GLOVES? OR ACCORDING JO THE CREED OF " JACKY" FISHER? [By Robert Blatciiford.] Since, Lord Chnrios Beresford rendered tho Empire yet another soiTice by warning the public of the danger of leaving I thousands of alien spies at large in tho Unit I'd Kingdom, tiu- Press and .a good manv of the people have compelled the llonii: Olliee to uake up. I hope (Kit now a Mart has been made the Press and public will keep Mr M'Kenna on tho run. I I warned the public o£ the numbevs and activity of German spit* in the British Islands some years ago, and at the time I when I wrote the notorious articles nlejut | Germany for the 'Daily Mad' and fur a | war or'more after 1 received hundreds of i letters on the- subject of German espionage from all paits of tho world. Some of tho most interesting letters came, to mo from French and Russian spies. One letter warms! r.ni of the. German plans for strewing mines in the N'oith Sea. Another gave mo the facts (never made public) of tho Docker Bank ali'air when tin; Russians find on torpedo craft and Milk an English trawler. Ot course, my attempt to rouse public opinion in this country so as to avert the seriuus danger of espionage and treachej-y mot with no success. British i pacifists (many of them with German names) regarded my warnings a» insults I to a friendly nation. —Tho Simple Remedy.— However, 1 knew what 1 knew. In the first article I wrote after this war begun I susgifcted that oveiy Gorman resident in the" United Kingdom should lie at once deported. But the wise Mr .M'Kenna. had assured the public that it was all right, and nothing "as done. Even in face of the vile treachery of the s_\>temat ie espionage in Belgium and France, Mr M'Ki-mia emulated tiie example of Brer Rabbit and "lay low." Thou came the. disiovcry of the'concrete gnu outplacement? in French and Belgian towns. Lord Charles lWet;_ford's warmni:, and the vigorous action of the 'Daily Mail' and the 'livening; News,' and then* followed the trouble in IK-pt-ford and in London. Press public, and police liave been on the alert, and have discovered a ;ed many »! the things the J'retw and tile Government refused to believe live years ago. But. they have discovered aif.o a, good many prods of a bnsene.s' and treachery more vile than anything 1 ever suspected even in my most si-Kpieleilfl moods. Tuere is no nei.d for alarm. The danger is both formidable and leal, but tiie remedy is :it< obvious a.s it is (iisv. Every Gernia.n. old or young, natr.r.-i.liscd or not, is a p..tent ial <-py. Any spy may do serious iiaim it li-j is allow-.d U'remain at largo; no spy, and no number ol spies, can do any harm at ail if kept m strict confinement. Among the many thousands of Germans still at large in this country many may lie innocent. But it is impossible to I; r.ow v. hj , aiiem.: ihun is innocei t and who guilt\\ and they are ail Germans 'I he only f-ufo plan i.-. to arrest or deport every German. No -x----cuse should be ae-epwd. It is never ,sa Uto trust the word of any alien with who.~country we are at war. —The lesson of Antwerp. -

The ' Kvvi'ir.;_' News' said a true and \v!.'<■' tiling : "') i:0 higher tho German is in • h<- r >ci:il soalo Die in-.n-o da.iii_'orous ho is.'" Winlo J «<i.- in J'nimv i was a-k-d by an army o!li<vr to say th.it- very iliinir. The oittivr told me very earnestly that it. was no use iv+ristei iiu German tailo. s or school Uwll'TS or drivine German wait- rs ■out of our holds while we left wealthy and inthiPiiti.il Germans full librrty. "Rich (iornian merchants, naturalised t :•;.--

mans in j'nrliaim-r.t or the public oervk-\s. Gorman Jews, and anti-rniiitarisi. Unions with good old iiritifh family names, like ißaacstxdii, Hogg-nheimer, bitniiT, and Moree," said the ofliecr, "should be asked to go abroad for the benofit of th'-ir health." A ho lit 0 fortnight shcr the outbreak of war 1 received a private letter begging mo to warn the public that there were many Gtrmans stili reeide-nt, in the neighborh'Vwj of tho Forth Bridge. My correspondent declared that ho knew tho bridge to be in danger, and said tho police or military ought at once to clear all Germans away from that locality, l'erhap-; now the police are on the alert a clove, scrutiny of all residents near tho Forth Bridge "will be made. While Germany and Britain aro at war the place for all Germans is Germany. Failing that the p;aco for all Germans is a- concentration camp. After the revelations of the G.rrnan spv system on the Conti'.Knt it is sheer madness to trust any German resident in this country, and it is madder (still to trust a Gorman who hah l*vn a lorjj tint'-> in I-'n»lar,d an<l is a naturalised British Biibj'-'-t. The only sensible and safe wav is to -arrest :d! Germans, be'.dnninp with tho richest, th- 5 most influential, and _thc most seemintrly loyr.l. I r.m advocating liarsh. mc.tures I am eorry. I recognise the hardship of the caso. Bat aiter what, we have known

! to happen m Brussels, in Antwerp, ana m Hance, afford to trust ary Vf ' n Gr-rmr.n nlood in his veins. Wood is thicker th;, n water. We h:ivGermans in our post offices. v,-e have Gc. mans in our doi kyards, we have Germans in our clubs, we have most respectable Germans living near railwars ami bridges and canals. "This is asking fo.- trouble. All round Lordon tliero arc Gorman .simps, works, and villas, many of which have been pla<\d at points' of strategical value. 'Jhe possibly innocent Germans in (|ue<=tioii should he asked tr. po abroad. We are at war. We cannot risk the presence of possible enemies l'.i our im'dst. Belgian refugees, will toll vit; that Germans loiil' resident in their cities, men who had grown wealthy in Belgium, who had b(sn on terms of intimacy"with Belgians, betrayed the people with" whom they had mixed as friends. —Chickens Do Come Home to Roost.— Some years bark 1 reviewed a book railed 'The Herman Spv Svstem in France.' When T review..-! the'bod; I was looked on as a credulous fool for believing .mat was stated thwe on the very best '■" authority. J-Jut Jill th;:t I r<ad there and all thai I heard els- v, here fell short of the nets. Ih:; German spy system in France. Belgium, and Britain is mere complete, is mote r>;(-n;i',v\ is more perfect, is very mi'eh more treacherous and unscrupulous than .mv of us believed possible—befovo this war afforded us enlightenment. But are wo any v. iser now? We have begun to realise 'lint if we want, to hide London nnd-.-r a veil of darkness it is had policy \o leave loose in the city a few thousands o{ p.-isons, any one of whom might be fvufhein'iitly interested in aircraft to show a light. We tire wieer than we, were-, but we shall learn a good r.any things we do nor yet ktiow if we search with diligence. Gun emplacements should be looked foi near the coast, the east coast especially, and at, distances of from three to sever, miles round London a:td other large, cittes. The concrete lioers already found in Kdirv burgh, Bri.\ham,and near Willosden Junction were not paid tor by L-. ndon wa.Uif. They were probably 1-ud b>' wealtby 'ieitiians ,-t,:!l at !ar,je in Lng'a id. 1 have seen a f.u.'gcstion i:i the Press that Germans thrown out of work shout i be supported by " the numerous n.itnratised German linanciers '' in Lowland. In n.y opinion those naturalised German financers should lie. ji.mongrt tiie li st alien.-, to lio deported. They "have no business ;n England while we are at var wih Germtny.. —The Case, for Deportation.— Depuration or internment is the only wi-c course. Jt is obvious that if osrmi thousands of waiters, porters, clerks,'and workmen of German nationality are discharged they must bo exposed to great hard-hip. To take a man's work from hiin and prevent his getting fresh employment is to render him more dangerous than before. It is to iutliet severe suffering aliko upon the innocent and guilty. No fair man wishes to punish a German for nut having been Ixirn British. The object is not to punish or to injure aliens, but to protect ourselves against such of them us may be able or willing to work us harm. The proper course is to deport these persons to Germany or to euiitine them in coneeutratit.il camps where they will be properly taken care of. To drive them out into t.oe streets to starve is to invite them ii> become >pie» or criminals. It is suliteie.itiy painful to kindly people to be obliged in .-.eh-defence to deport or intern men among whom may be many honorable

and innocent. There is no need at ail to eo.pose ;ii'.l; nn! 1 . to hunger and di.-tress. \V:ir, in all it r> aspects, is a cruel and mi.-erahle hiinness. Jim. whether v.e likti it or not we are at war. and with a Power which will inllict Ijtm.ii us any injury it can compass. Jf the Hermans' blustci shout their Zeppelins should prove to I);i»■ t a foundation o: fact we know'Avhat to ex poet from the Hermans. They will destroy our finest luiildings and murder on: children if liiey can. That is the Prussian idea of war. And on our side we ai-j hound to t;;l:«> prompt and efficient incisures to protect ourselves against a danger which threatens lis under our own roofs and in our own street-. To make a clean sweep of tin' Hermans in our country is vi rv hard fortune for Hermans who are honest, h:;l il is war, and wo have no choice. —The Master Spy's Boast.— Stieher. the. spy che-;' of Bismarck's time, niate- in hi- memoirs how OH oriQ ocva-ion. when an oiiiecr of the German General Stall was of the Herman anuv. he. Mi:!io'. turned to Bi = marck and .said : " Tin' army comes behind. My army i- ahead;, in occupation of position- ii reached in silinee many months ■■lL'u." Il i-. quite, ccitain that." Stieher = claim was ?onnd, and that, the Prussian armies, in (heir campaign against Austria and Ki-iiic.-. ov.erl a \uy -n at deal to the elahorate ami d'V.r i-icuiae-e of Stiel.er'-; lio-i, of spies. It l..'h..ve- u- to keep lien Slielier's v.oi'ds in mind. The spy sy-teu of lu's day has I„-en enlarged ami improver.' upon. Xn fine a.-ou..inled with Rtieh'-r'; hook, or aware of the enormity and runnim; ef the Herman e-pini.age in France

and Pe-Ldum (iuri'c; the pi'-ent v.nr. wih he so foeh-h a- to !-:i .v the ,''rmy of ,7 modern ;-iiei.. r at liheny in the TJnitec T\ iu.eiioui. Tn r..,aneci.ii.n with this tin-plea-ant 'ojhjei!, ] m.'i.v offer a. few words as to e.j-.i.ae-ij-.-,. at the front. It is, 't seem-, quite a eommoii trick of the Herman -p:/- to inter I'n camps of the AiJir-s. In the Freneh line- thf\ appear in Briti.-.h uniform- : in (lie I'.ii'i hj hues they come di-iiui-ed as French or Belgian officers 01 srddiei-. This ti-i'lc mi-'ht. 1 -'nouhl think, he verv often trumped if ail French soldier- cut'nm; the B iti'h lines- al) d all British enteric,.' the French lines v ere provided wi'.h proof- of id.-ntity. Then any oiiicer o)- soldier could stop any man in the allied uni" rin and d-maml his papers.

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THE GAME OF WAR, Evening Star, Issue 15686, 28 December 1914

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