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AN ALSACE FRENCHMAN.

DISCUSSES THE BIG WAR.

j A passenger by th© mail steamer Niagara from Vancouver was M. Emile Hatzfeld, an Alsace Frenchman, who is a. naturalised British subject. Ho is a business Irian and has lectured extensively in America, always according to his strong racial leanings, and now in New Zealand ho hopes to encourage a fondness for ■Frencli music to the exclusion of German, music. M. Hatzfeld was born in Akace in 1857, Alsace being then French territory. He told a pressman that he had served in the Franco-Prussian war in 1871 as a druiniuer-boy, and now 44 years later he is still as keen a partisan as over, although his native land has boen German territory all that time. It is interesting to note in passing that M. Hatzfeld opines that the war will come to a conclusiou in. cXx months. He thinks that with the collapse of the big shipping companies, and the iinancial crisis which he believes is approaching in Germany, the German eii'ort cannot be maintained, and the end will be civil war in Germany. The Prussian preparations for the big war did not, lie urged, take into account the entry of Britain into the struggle, or the action of her former ally, Italy, in lining up on the side of the French-liussian-British forces. M. Hatzfeld is a very warm admirer of the _British Imperial method of granting internal seJf-governinent to her overseas dominions. This Irust, he thinks, forms a link that cannot be broken, and the British Empire is to-day stronger than she knows. He is an ardent believer in the cause of the Allies and the certainty of victory, as tho -ultimate result.' On© of his sons and several of his nephews are serving in the British army, and he has many cousins serving in the French army.

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Feilding Star, Feilding Star, Volume XI, Issue 2756, 1 July 1915

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AN ALSACE FRENCHMAN. Feilding Star, Volume XI, Issue 2756, 1 July 1915

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