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Evening Star, Issue 15701, 15 January 1915
I Mkssac.k.-, are coming aero-- the -ea- that : ' indicate that the war of Conficierics attrition "!• ni social, and moral, financial, and mili Persaverance. tary exhau-tion. that characterises th.e present phase of the mighty conflict are beginning ti'i tell again-l tin- enemy. ' 'the uiit'ortiinate part of information (if this nature is that in toe many in-tauec- it retards, rather than spur-. large number oi' qualified per-on- fi'om enlist in,-; for the front. Experience ha- shown that new- of disaster act- as an incentive to recruiting, and. that new- of Mice,.-se-. or oi statements a--ei'tint; tin- certainty of ,:iitimat-> victory, are invariably followed by a failing off in tin- numiier- offering; lor aeiive -erviee. It i- deplorable that adini-.ion- -neh as tlh.-e -houhl need to be made at and during the nio-t -timeiuleii.s cri-i- in l>riti.-li lii-tory. but the feet remain- that there are inultitiid-- of men so mentally and inoiaiiy i on-tit utcd that all tin- preaching and leachino. in the world will never awaken them lo a -en-e of the reality. Li the word- of an Army oliieer now at the front oand we quote his words not because or their newness but their truth:. " not hint; will ever arouse -onie of in\ " eountrymeti to the .-uvfuhie-s of the " Ihinj; that the thin iveiy thin, in .-nine "place-) khaki line i- lighting hard to keep " I'roiu iliciii. . . . The bc-t way "to buck them up woul I be 100.000 "Uermat:- landing in Kokand." The Knipire. in brief, i- confronted with the difficult ta-k i>i making plain its tui-haken confidence in the final outcome of the great and murderous war flint has been thrust on mankind, and. at the -ame time, of convincing the indifferent, the careles-., and the ignorant that this jjoal can be reached only by and through the determined perseverance and cca-eles- sHf-sacri-fice. each in bis and her own way. of tile. Empire's .sons and daughters. AYe know beyond hesitation ov doubt that victory will be ours provided we do all that lies within us to attain it. What neither we nor any journal, or publicist., can say is how long we must wait for the sure and certain victory. Stated in other words, the present is a sea-on of te.-ting. It is now that we are coining to know the stuff, spiritual and moral, a? yvoil as phy*
sieal and material, of which our Empire is made. And the question is; Can it stand the strain that is being put upon it?
There is abundant cause for satisfaction, in the international situation if we regard it as a whole, as' we have so frequently
suggested it should be regarded. It is not possible to draw definite conclusions from a study of the day-by-day fortunes of a war, whether- on sea or land, extending over one-half of the civili-ed globe. Let all taint hearts concentrate their attention upon what the Cerman policy was, how she set out to accomplish it. and what she has so far done to attain it. Let us remember that Germany's primary objective was Paris, which -.she was determined to reach by an "all red route," uheia tdie would dictate, her terms of peace to "my enemies." and bring Europe and England to their knees, X 0 o ne today, either in or out- of (iermany, admits that it is humanly possible for the Prussian War Lords to achieve their purpose. The barbarian hordes—a u-rni that some .il iea.it rather glory than feel shame in—have been beaten back, not. solely by eupenor lighting and staying power—to admit this would be to lose .si.ghf of the greatest factor of any —but rather by that .splendid and resistless moral impulse that took possession of armies and people, and eo '. uwisformed doubt into certainty. And what is due of Purls ie also true of Calaiis and Warsaw. The armies
which , less than six months ago v.cie let loose against the liberties and tights of mankind, with unlimited license to murder and destroy, are to-day lighting 'in the defensive and aacriticiug numberlens thousands of precious lives in the delusive hope that somehow and somewhere the tide wilt turn and the tale, of ever-' growiim defeat be stayed. It is. hnwever, when men turn their thoughts to the position on the high seats that the greatness of that, sea power which Cennany in her pride and arrogance re-ekle.-sly challenged that the superiority ami supremacy of the Allies become apparent. There are those among us who in their impatience and blindness have npked What if. the Xnvy doing': The one and only answer is " Everything.'" Lord Crewe was more than jt'istiticd recently when he told the House <;f lyords that there had .never been a naval war in which the supremacy of the British tleet all over the world had been obtained 60 readily and at bo little cost. The spying is a. true one. England loct .scores of merchantmen to the enemy and some iiwl line of battleships both before and alter Trafalgar, and right through the. Napoleonic wars. The Empire must count upon losses, but th-erc never was a campaign of hitch magnitude in which relatively to the work accomplished the l.Sritish losses have been so moderate. The British Navy has shown that it holds the command of the 7-ens. It has safeguarded the .Mother Land : it has protected ocean commerce and foodstuff* ; it has given safe transport to hundreds of thousands of troops; it has cut oil the enemy's supplies ; it has destroyed as many warships as it has lost ; anil it has closed the f-eas to the might of the Uernuui Navy. Had we hi our iboughtietv.ncss not looked for miracles, we should to-day be .standing with uncovered heads befoiv the men of the Navy. No navy nor combination of navies; could ha.ve done more. Mr Churchill mav well
There is ah.-lutcly no reason whatever for nei-vousnes.s, or anxiety, or alarm. There jis every reason for coni- ■ plete coulideiii e in the power of the. ! Navy to give effect to the wishes arid ! purpose* of the. State and of the Km- ! pi re. j The things so generally lacking at this hour ! are patience, determination, and con fid- | ence. ;
Evening Star, Issue 15701, 15 January 1915
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