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BEFORE THE SUPREME COURT OF CIVILISATION

HOW DOES GERMANY STAND? JUDI!MENT OF ~T DISTINGUISHED AMERICAN LAWYER. U the evidence submitted by the official " Wrnte." -Orange," and -Grey" Books (>•' the rt-arriii:,' nations were analysed as a. lawyer analyses the evidence m his cast*, ' who would be found responsible lot tiie European war'.' The ' X« w York Times' submitted this evidence to Mr James M. Heck, fonn«rly .Wisuim AUorney-Ceneial ot' tho United Mates, anil a. leader of the New York B.u, who has argued many of the most important cii.-es Lvtoie the Supreme Court, notably the Not then: Securities case, the j Lotteries ta.se, tlw Dunbury tialtcis' case, and the Paper Trust, case. Mr lie.■k'.- argument of litis, the giv-ateet i>f tho world'* cades—that of the Double .Alliance vers'is the Triple. Entente, before the Suireme Court of Civilisation —occupies more than a dozen columns ot the • New York Timed,' and is chaaucterbed throughout, bv an eminently judicial tone. I'iiKdlv, Mr "Beck pronounces, the following ' Judgment : •■These are tin- facts at. tdiown by the record, and ui'on them, in my judgment, an impartial court would not. hesitate to puss the following judgment: — _ "1. That Gtrnuiiiy and Austria, in a lime of profound pea'iv, recretly concerted together to impose their will upon Europe mid upon Servu. hi a. matter affecting the baiance of po'.wr in Europe. Whether in so doing- they intended to precipitate n European war to determine the mastery of Europe is :iot s.it.isfactoiily cstabhsiHHl, u'tiiottgh their whole of tonduct iiugcsts I hi.-, is a. no.-sibility. They made war almost inevhall.- oy (a) i.-suing :ui n'tirnatum th:i! was giosly unreasonable Sie.l dispropcrt'ena'e to any giievauce that .Austria, had, and i.bi in giving to ServU ami Europe, insufficient lime to • orsider ihe rights'. - ! nd obligations of ail intere.-ted I'ations. -'2. That. Germany has at all times the power -o compel Austria to preserve a j-ea-.-m.ab'.e and conciliatory course, but a; ::.-. time effectively exerted that mthence. On tiie contrary, she certain'y .-iberted, and j-vsibly instigated, Austria, in its. unrcifovtble eoiir-e. ! '•?. That -England, France. Italy, and! at all times Mticeiely worked for) pe;ne. and for this purpose not only over- [ looked the original liii.-condeet of Austria, h'lt made every reasonable concession in ! the h.ope of preserving peace. i "■'.. That A'istria. having mobilised i»s| "rmv. Rllt-eia war- just'.tied Ml, :i;.,i'i!isii>g its forces. Such act- of mobi-j •■ .iti-'i; was tho right of any sovereign State, and as long as the Ru-v-ian ;uinicc>: did not cross the border or take any ag-g'e-sivo a:-tion no other nation had any |

ji.t-t .right to complain, each having the- •.:'!>•> right to make similar preparation. 1 -. "5 'I hat (Jerm.i:.y. in .'.'ln uptly declaring war ajain.-t Hussin. for failure to do- !■>!■>> -i Li.-io- wh-n t!'t' nthiT Powers had offered to make any lensona.ble concession and peace, parleys wo it ftill in progress, precipitated the war. —]n ('oriel(ltio.-i.--■'The -writer oi this iwtwle has reached th-?t< ronehir-ior s in';.') reluctance, as ho .";is a feeling of d.-ep afh-ction for the te-vman poo] le ami equal admiration for their ideata and matchless progro-s. Even 7::.'re he admires tho magmlicent courage ■with which the lern'.an nation, beset on every hand by powerful antagonist.*, iti :i"'.v defending its prestige as a nation. Tiie whole-hearted devotion of this great i .ition to its flag is worthy of tho test L.tuitions of the Tiiitonic race. Xever-th-'h'Fs, this cannot alter the ethical truth, which stands apait from any consideratiinits of nationality, nor can it affect, the cnclusion that, the Herman nation has l.ion plunged into this abyss by i'.s scheming statesmen and it* self-rentied and highly neurotic Kaiser, who in the twentieth century sincerely believes that he is the proxy of A!rnight\ Co,| on earth. «11:rl therefore infallible. '• Hi visiitin; iir- condemnation, the Supremo Court, of Civih.atinii should. Iherefore, distinguish bet\w< n the military caste, headed by the Kaiser and tie-('.-own Prince, v. hieh hc ip'tat-sl this {rent calamity, and the (Jet man people. "The very secrecy of the plot against the peace, of tho world ami t!:,. failure L. disclose to the Herman p-'op!.. the i diplomatic oommu'v'ration-- !•.. r-inbefero j quoted, .strongly suggest, that (hits dotes- I tabl- wax is not rnerrtv ;i. crime against ; civilisation, but also against th" deceived j ii nd misled fJ<*rman people. They have a ] v'-don, and are opremiallv t rogr.ssivo and j-a'-e-lovincj in tlieir national eharai ter-i.-tios. while tho ideals of their military taste are those, of th* Dark A^c<. ••One day the, (Vm an jvople will know the full truth, and then there will he a; aioadful reckoning for those who have I j.'tinned a noble nnd pee■•>loving nation! ;nto this abyss of disaster. '["ho mills of ( Jcid grind r-iowly, T.ut they grind exceeding small ; I With patience lie stands watihing, "U'ith exactness grinds [[.• all.''

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BEFORE THE SUPREME COURT OF CIVILISATION, Issue 15689, 31 December 1914

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BEFORE THE SUPREME COURT OF CIVILISATION Issue 15689, 31 December 1914

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