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Grey River Argus. and Blackball News, Grey River Argus, 4 October 1916
Grey River Argus. and Blackball News
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 4th, 1916. THE TEUTON 'S. MI.BC ALGULA TIONS
Delivered °v<»ryniorniiiff in Greymont''. Kumara HokUika, Dobson. W'allseDd, Taylorville,C»ono dim, Ngahere, Bl»cbball, NelßOii Creek, Bruuner Te KiflKa, Ro^oinanu, foerna, I •ebbonme, and Patara, Riiru, Kaiinata, Kotuku, Moaaa, Aratika, Runauga, Uuuollie, (Jobden, Baxter's, Kokiri Abaura Ikainatua, Stll water, Wiiuta, Reefton,
THE Germany in the course of their forty years' preparation 'for. the present war devis,ed a fighting machine which they considered invulnerable. The practical test of war has proved that this much vaunted machine. h#s many serious defects. It is very good on a smooth running road, but when the journey is long and the road become* rough and worn, the cogs in the KaLser.'s great instrument of warfare begin to work loose and other structural faults reveal themselves. -On the first place when the, Huns were devising their war machine they forgot to take into ■ account the personal equation i which is all important in war, the most personal of all the arts. The iron discipline imposed on. the German soldier has turned him into a perfect automaton without intelligence and without initiative. -No .one can deny that the Gefiuan 'soldier is brave, but the Kaiser's men are not of the same stamp as those that fought under the banner of Frederick the Great. In ,tho day's of the Kaiser's illustrious ancestor the recruits for the Prussian army were drawn from the hardy tillers of the soil who were able to bear the fatigues of a hard campaign. Since those days Germany has become a com mercial country and the baulk of those who compare the German Army are drawn from the denizens of ' the cities They arc stout, very fleshy and less hardy tb,an the soldiers of Frederick the Great .The spirit • of Camaraderie that existed between officers and men in Frederick's time is totally unknown' at the present time. Frederick knew the value of intelligence of self-re-liance, intelligence and" common sense in his men, and encouraged these quali- , tiesin every / way l posDible. The modern \ German system frown&most severely on any, ;manif estatiorts of 'initiative or "i n ' tclligence in the German eoldiers. Napoleon, the greatest of all military lead ers owed manjj of his great victories to the adaptability of the rank 'and file comprising his armies. Modern warfare with, its machine-guns and rifles of precision and long range has shown tho necessity of fighting In extended order in place of in massed formation. This means that the men are thrown to a great i deal on their own resources and are^compelled 1 to . think for themselves
ing part The Germans still find it impossible to abandon the old massed formation, and unless the Teutons are fighting shoulder to shoulder they find themselves completely at a ioss. The German idea of attack- is to break down the opposition by morel weight of numbers. Those "shock" tactics are able to accomplish this purpose provided that the attackers have plenty of men at their disposal. and that the defenders powers of opposition have been broken down by preliminary artillery bombardment. This grave error in the training of the German soldier is costing the Kaiser and his War Lords dear,. and is quite on a par with the rash prophecy made by Prince Lichnowsky, the German Ambassador at the Court of St James when wrfr broke out. Ho assured the German Govern mon.t that an outbreak of Civil War in Ireland was certain. His assertion was backed tip by German Orientalists who declared that the first sound of the cannon's voice would be a signal for India to rise in rebellion. Other sapient German officials quite as emphatically assured the Kaiser that the ovcrscais Dominions at wbuld n6t raise a' hand to assist the Motif erlaird, and ffiis in the face of the, knowledge that .The German Government had of the assistance given by bhe Dominions at the time of the South African War To Prince Lichnowsky Mr Redmond's great speech of reconciliation must have come as a bolt from the blue, and when the Kaiser heard of the contingent^ from India, Canada, Australia and New Zealand he must have got the, shock of his life. He was quite prepared to' light Great Britain, but even the Kaiser must have felt some qualms against taking on the whole British Empire. In his rage he tried to ridicule the value of the Dominions' forces as fighting men. i . Even thcvKaiser has now , heard of the "Anzacs" and the remnants of :his Prussian Guard will be able to tell him that the men "from down under" know how to .fight' /with the beat. The Germans had a most, perfect system of espionage. How then did they come to make^such serious miscalculations as to the attitude of the. Dominion's The Germans have moulded their Empire or that of the Romans where every part of the Empire was ruled from the centre; — Rome. Roman • Colonies', were piifihed steadily outwards from- this ecntrc with which each. settlement kept in close, touch. Every portion of .added territory was garrisoned by Roman troops. The laws, dress, customs, and language of the Romans were imposed upon the conquered people, who- were kept in sub jeetion by the dominant .'race. There was no> attempt to raise the conquered races to the . position of equality \ . The British ideal, is.- totally > different. It aims at establishing ah, lmperial family of nations. When the colonios i are young they are protected -fed: and looked after, but the training given is with the pur pose of making them self-reliant and in dependent when they reach manhood, THe Motherland does not worry, greatly whether those colonies cut' adrift, when they come to -manhood's strength.. All that she asks that they shall be true jto the traditions of the great AngloSaxon race from which they have sprung. When the hour o£ trial came to the Motherland the Dominions Temembered how much they owed- to her, and gathered round her 'right loyally! Their rallying cry was "When Britain is at War the Dominions are, at War!',' When a great epic comes -to be. written on this present war it will. give a prominent place to the magnificient response of the Dominions to the Motherland's appeal. These men from the overseas have made splendid soldiers. "They are keen and intelligent. They, li/fe to know the spirit as well as the letter of an order. No task is too hard for them to accomplish. They have already written great deeds in the pages of: history. Their deeds in Gallipoli, great as they were, have proved, to bo only a ■prelude to even greater deecjis. that they are now achieving in the western., theatre
The Chief Postmaster' reports that the ferry steamer missed connection with. the mails for tho. West Coast yesterday morning. ' , ' '
The Kumara Dairy ' Factory h^s decided to pay 1/4 per lb. to suppliers for butter fat.
The usual weekly euchre and dance will.be held-in the Druids' Hall tomorrow night.
-The vital statistics for, the : Greylnouth district for the month of September were as follows: Births IS, deaths IS, marriages .4.
'The County Council advertises that the bridge ' over Ross Creek at Ngahcre will be closed to all /t/affie during rcconetruction to-day and to-morrow.
Tenders are' invited for three.different works in the Grey County. For time of closing and further particulars see advertisement in this issue. ._/^
Two speakers in \tlie- Blaketown de^ putation to the Harbour Board ' ■ . last night expressed the emphatic that the reside Jits 'of Blaketown would prefer to see, the bridge, remain .rather than see the lagoon docks conipletcd, One speaker expressed the opinion that the lagoon dock scheme wa^ a "white elephant." .' ■■■ . '^
"Tell me, Mary,, how to woo thee Teach my bosom to unsold. Language which can sooth and cheer thee, • .. ' •
When thou hast a cough or cold, But if pleading cannot gain thee,
I'll invoke an aid more sure j . E'en v a queieii could not 'disdain: met >
A deputation consisting of Crs. H. F Doogan and J. W. Greenslade waited, on the Harbour Board with reference . to the Blaketowtf leases. Cr Doogan explained the position at lengthy but expressed a wish that the Press should riot deal with the matter at length, as it might raise legal question that might be detrimental to the interests, of ■ the lessees. A 3 wo aTe always ftinxious to assist the Blaketown lesseesv. in any way possible, we have not reported the proceedings at length .' ' ; A deputation representing the * Blake town lessees waited on the Harbour Board last night to ask .that the Board should forego back rents to the -tenants Mr Poulter, who acted^ar. spokesman, drew attention to the hardship that would be imposed' 1 on numbers of the tenants who were in needy : circumstances. The chairman (Mr Steer)' promised to meet the teiiants as far as possible. It was, .however, -impossible to forego back' rerits/^but the Board would not expect, the. back rents to be paid immediately the sale, took place-.
Grey River Argus. and Blackball News, Grey River Argus, 4 October 1916
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