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In addressing the electors after the defeat of the Socialists at the polls in February, the German Emperor said ;—“I thank you, gentlemen, from my whole heart for the fair homage which you have offered us. It sjirings from the feeling that you are proud that you have done your duty towards the Fatherland. The expression used by our Chancellor is true : Germany can ride if it will. I am of rock-firm conviction that if, as hitherto, all classes, high and low, if all denominations stand united together, then we shall not only ride, but ride down everything that opposes us. And now I will close with the phrase that our great poet Kleist has uttered in his Trinz von Homburg,’ whore Old Kottwitz says to the Great Elector something like this ; ‘ Why trouble about rules for beating your enemy so long as he is beaten ? We have now learnt the art of conquering him, and we are full of ardour to put it to further practice.’ Therefore this must not be a merely momentary passing patriotic wave, but a rock-firm determination to continue further in this path.” The Kaiser and his advisers evidently believe that the best way to preserve peace is to be ready for war. It is now stated that Germany is re-arm-ing her military with a new recoilless gun, and the infantry with a vastly improved rifle. In both cases it is reported that the weapons eclipse the arms of the French.

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Southern Cross, Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 51, 23 March 1907

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Southern Cross Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 51, 23 March 1907

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