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SLANDERS ON THE IRISH

EGREGIOUS' GERMAN FOLLY. People who know the real sentiments of the Irish race towards Great Britain, and how profoundly they detest, the barbarities of the Germans'in Belgium and elsewheie, will read with amuf-ement the -endeavors of a self-styled Irish leader, yclept Kojer Casement, to ascertain th« Intuiof tho German Government with regard to Ireland tinder certain, cont-aigeu-cio.e. Even mcro amusement will 1. • a eau-ed by tho thoughtful aEsuranct- gin " is to him by ths German Govrrr;.y";> ~i "German troops will not iiivud-' ]]«-'uuid with the idea of conquest.' It appeals that Sir Roger, who has been in the British consular service and who, it will be remembered, played a leading part in the exposure of the atrocities in the Putumayo rubber frelus of Peru, re« ceutiy went to Berlin, and according to afctatement issued by the German I'ureigu Office on Nov amber 20, and published officially in the ' North. German Gazette/ (onferred with tho authorities of tan Is'aiter in regard to tho future of Ireland in the event of the Kaiser's troops invad* ing the United Kingdom. Under the heading of ' Germany and : Ireland' tho organ of tho German Government aaid: —* The well-known Irish Nationalist Sir Roser Casement, who recently came to Be.lin from the United States, was received at the Fottigu Office. Sir Roger tailed attention to tho fast that, oeteu« f-iblv at the instigation "ft!;.- Bntish Government, autrioi: t tv-"uv t.; • -—u-*"-"* been published effect :i>at u G.=vman victory v.-ould result in great injury, to the Irif-h leopk', in_ thai thsir country, their homes, their churches, and their priests wo-tld find themselves at tho mercy of the army of invasion, wliir.li would bo inspired only by lust of pillage and conquest. Sir Roger asked for the utieiance, regarding the intentions of Gctmany towards Ireland, of a declaration designed to .remove the anxieties aio'jsed among bis compatriots thiuughout tho world, and '-specially in Tieland an! America, by the disquieting representations emanating from responsible quarters. Ihe Acting Foreign .Seeietary, therefore, in tKu name of the Imperial Chancellor, made t'lif official doekianon: "'Jhs ImperLal Government disavow most empkaticaily the- malicious intentions ascribed to them by the representatives submitted by rsilinger, and avail themselves of this opportunity to give a categorical assurance that Germany cherishes only lor tho welfare of the Irieh people, tlKir (ouiitiy, and their institutions. The Inijeriai Government, declare in all formality that Germany would never invade In land with the intention of conquest end dcstrnctir.n of any kind of her inMitwti'Ji.?. If in tho coun&e of fliis w;.r, which Germany did not eeak. the fortune of arms should ever lead German troop? to the coaFt-of Ireland, tbry will kind '.here not as an army of invad em who coiJiei to pillage and devastate, bat .is of a Government who are infrired by eood-will towards a country and a people for which Germany — nothing but welfare- and 'j^K/^^R to the Berlin rjJ -' :^flflH^^^H^H to declare^^B^Bl^H^l i:i- i home and Empire, as, h^H^^^^H^^Hj 60 Ire^^^^^^^^^^^H M> t'. : '' a V^H^^^^l^^l the Britbfl^^^^^^^^H and was kn^^^^^^^^^^^H at Mm^^^^^^^^H in ])'-:<--:<■. and in 190 D v ' a . : v-rL'l for Brazil. {■> Ir'iland .-.iter the ti >ns 1:" took an enngftic part l.r-'.:v:.r the Irish National Volunteer mr.V. "Writing fr.»ai New York in •.Mil, H ; r R<-jrer i" reported to have eaid; Let, I: r) t ni'.n and boye «=tay in IpjLind. Th'iir duty is clear before God .•Did man. Germany has never wronged li-r.nd. and we owe her more than onfe d.-V. of latitude. Ir. t : ie Iloufe of Tyirds the other day f<itf-ntiorj w"" called to ih"-; tre3. < --onabl ( ! ntt'-raii"-fi of the ex-Conm!-General, and th-'- M.-rn-iis of Cr.-we -iimonnef-d that they we!" b' in_- considered by the Government,

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SLANDERS ON THE IRISH, Evening Star, Issue 15704, 19 January 1915

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SLANDERS ON THE IRISH Evening Star, Issue 15704, 19 January 1915

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