THE AMERICAN NOTE.
WERE ITS TERMS BLUNT? (London ‘Times’ and Sydney ‘ Sim ' Services.) LONDON, January 5. * The Times’s’ Washinctou correspondent says the publication oE the; text of the Note has given sensationalism a temporary quietus. K very where the; convict ion is expressed that Britain will approach the subject with friendliness and poise, and that a compromise will be reached. THE REAL REMEDY. * THE STATES’ ADVICE TO DISHONEST SHIPPERS. WASHINGTON, January A. The. Department of Commerce; has notified shippers of (lie importance of accurate manifests, and emphasised the. ticccssitv for not mixing contraband and noncontraband goods. It draws attention to British complaints against .smuggling, a single case of which would be_ enough to embarrass America's trade witn neutral countries. AMERICAN GOITER.
seizure lx Denmark. (London ‘Times’ and Sydney "Sun’ Services.) LONDON, January 3. A) 1. American cargo, supposed in bo Christmas tree decorations, passing through Copenhagen on route to Germany, v:ls found to contain copper and liras*. It was confiscated. TIIE AMERICAN VIEW. Mr A. W. -Mason, the novelist, who accompanied Sir d. At. Banie on Ins recent visit to tlxo United States, declares that public opinion in that country believes that “■ the reasons for the present war are to he found in German creed for other people s colonies, in Germany’s economic difficulties at home, and in German lust of domination and vanity of race. The American people want the final settlement to be such that no recurrence of the war can be, possible, and thev would look upon us with a bitter disappointment if wo waged it with half a heart." 1’ HOSE ‘■ W.RETC rlE1) ROCK ES." The mysterious word “ bodies, ’’ applied contemptuously to the Germans by French and Belgians, seems to be of unknown origin, even to experts in French siting. According to a French slang dictionary, the definition of the. word is “had. ugly German.” 'then there is a. phrase. “ tele do boche.” which moans a stubborn or narrow-minded person. But the derivation of " boche” iteeli is :i mystery. In Parisian slang- there are several contemptuous words or forms of words ending in “ oche.” To French cars it has a disdainful sound. As a French writer puts it, the very look of “boche” has something of contempt in -it. ami it is much more satisfactory to say “wretched bodies ” than “wretched Germans.” C ERA! AXS AS BRITISH COX .SUB* The .Rev. A. Anderson, of Kirkcaldy, who was detained but released in Dresden (Germany), speaking to a ‘ Daily Mail ’ representative of the treatment of the Bn. tish colony in that town, said ; “ The greatest cinolty and intolerance came from the quarter where wo least expected it. The British Consul and Vice-Consul in Dresden, officers in the German army, wore brusque, brutal, and harsh, to women seeking advice on July 51. I can gel dozens of witnesses to this fact, and hut for their ignorance and carelessness many English women might have got away. I appeal to the Government to see Unit these men, Mr Palmic and Air Bassonge. never again receive the appointments they threw down with such exultation.” ARM AO EDDOX'. A friend (says the- ‘Daily .Mirror') has discovered that there is quite a lot of the present war in Armageddon. This is his discovery ; A ntwerp. II helms. M. ous. A isne. Ghent. Essen. D unkirk. D ixmudo. O stem). X’ arnur. AX AXTI -(:OXSCKI PTI OX I AT. Mr Benjamin Kidd, the well-known sociologist and writer, says ; “The talk and hints about conscription an; gigantic and deplorable blunders that are doing irreparable mischief to recruiting. Conscription is the one subject which would shatter this country’s unity. it would be a blow against all that "Britain stands for and fights for, almost as great as the success of Germany would be. 1 would stand myself with back against the wall and bo shot in defence of the case against j conscription ; and there must be tens of thousands of Englishmen like me.” FRENCH PRAISE OF THE BRITISH. IXDJAX TROOPS THE EQUAL OF ANY EUROPEANS. A handsome tribute is rendered in the Paris ‘Temps’ to the valor and efficiency of the British. The strenuous deeds of our English Allies are the more worthy of it c\ tnira x. ion 3 says A Vue wiTter, \ae-ciiviesyi vktN have been accomplished by troops suffering from the Josses and fatigues of a Jong campaign. A battalion of Guards on one occasion was commanded by a- non-com-missioned officer. Though covered with mud, reduced by one-half, and weary with fighting, these battalions return to the attack with the same vigor ns the others. The .English cavalry is perhaps the most brilliant of the troops, certain regiments of which have lost in a few hours one-half of their effectives. The cavalry has allowed itself to be decimated without flinching, returning to the charge with a complete disregard of death. One regiment of Lancers, told to take the town of iMessinea, attacked the place with as much vigor as hardened infantry, using bayonets for the first time. Tim writer also praises the indomitable Indian Army. The experiment of employing them has given decisive results and firmly established the Sikhs, Gurkhas, and Pathans as equal to any European troops.
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THE AMERICAN NOTE., Evening Star, Issue 15692, 5 January 1915