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WHAT AMERICA REALLY THINKS

"UNDERGROUND" PROPAGANDA BY GERMANY. Those who have read Mr Harold Begbie"s articles in the London ' Chronicle ' regarding the'attitude of America towards the war, need no assurance that that country, as a whole, is overwhelmingly iin sympathy with the Allies. But there j is the individual point of view, and letters I reaching this country are of interest as reflecting the sentiments privately entertained. "A lady belonging to a well-known family in the United States, after remarking that there pre many people in her country who wish America, would take a different stand about Belgium—'" whose I wrongs surely cry out to Heaven —adds : Wo may be saving our own skins in this dreadful hour, but for a great I country and a rich one. to look on. wink i Belgium, pro.s irate, bleeding, ruined. I holds up the torn paper lor the world ! to see, 'and we do nothing but stand j hack. I must confess seems to me to \ put us in an ignoble position. Ihe j Ftrucglc has reached a point when ii I America said: "I will fight, too. for j the principles that are at stake and that ! England and France are maintaining. I no true American could regret the grave I undertaking for the sake of those ideals ! which are in jeopardy. j If hones and sympathies avail anything, j savs the writer. American feeiinc; is overI whehningly with the Allies, but she adds ] a warning that — j A most ingenious, far-reaching and j aniazine German propaganda is being ] carried on in this country, which I'ltgj land should not under-estimate. nor quite neglect to take into account. The public, the private individual, are being bombarded by statements from Germany —papers, pamphlets, and letter.- lev: dentlv .written bv order)— setting forth ( Jerraany's version of the facts. Tli.it this propaganda has its origin in much "■ underground " work is clear, but we also have the ofheia! agents Munsterberg. Dernburg. and the rest in our midst. 1 Englishmen at home, the holy concludes, i cannot serve their country better than by ! judicious writing to papers in the WVste'-ii and country papers, putting England's case. "I am convinced there are many good, honest Americans, living quiet Hies and never leaving home. who. knowing i all the. names Germany is calling England. ! wonder if there- is something in it." j —"No Language Strong "Enough." j Mr George Gregory, the well-known j book dealer, of Bath, sends extracts from I letters from his American customers. V I lawyer from Charlottesville. Ya.. write-: j I think I can safely say that we nil I sympathise very much with England n ; iis present contest. As for me, I have j no language strong enough to express ! my detestation of the creature who i caused this war and of the way in which it has been conducted. j A Flushing (New York! correspondent j says : I I have not- yet met a single person, j aside from those of German birth >r j relationship, who doe- not heartfuily sympathise with England and its Allies. Our Government, perforce, must be neutral, but the heart of every tru • American is with you entirely. The curse of German militarism must be smashed before there can be any lasting peace. From a Professor ;,t Harvard Uuiverj sdty comes the following : ! .i must now economise for a consider--1 able time. 1 1111' s,,rry. England is ;' doubly endeared to us Americans by the i stand she has taken in this wickedest 1 of all wars. : A doctor of Savannah, .Georgia, says: j 1 am heart- and soul with yon. and so I are the United States. I myself want i j them to fight for you. God' bless the I British Empire. You are fighting for : the world's drliverance from Prussian 1 militarism and the barbarians. A doctor at Portland, Oregan, says : All America sympathises with 'he A.Hies in the war. and we devoutly | hope it may soon come to a (dose, with j the complete humiliation and relegation j to the sbades of the Kaiser and thej German military jmrtv who have cursed j all the earth, with their presence. Ware suffering severely from the war. and I person.-, lly l, a ve been ohii-e.! to 1...very careful on a.-euimt of conditions brought üboi.it by ii My nephew whom I educated has gone to England, and thrown hi- life into the scale to help the British. God bless him.

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WHAT AMERICA REALLY THINKS, Evening Star, Issue 15700, 14 January 1915

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WHAT AMERICA REALLY THINKS Evening Star, Issue 15700, 14 January 1915

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