The Thames Star
MONDAY, MARCH 17, 1919. THE NEW MAP
"With malice toward* »OM| with «karity f or all; wit* trmseM fat thm right, w Q«d five* oft to 'tarn th» right "— l^xkcout.
Whaitever: diiffea-eiiccs o.f o-pinion there may be l'eg'a^ding soanie of the decisi«n« af the Petio© Cowfouence, a* leu&t no caio ciiin deny inliait. tih© miaip-nxik-<a-s orf. the world, now assembled in Hie capltail of Fiance, are gteimg" into lttwfcjers with roiiiafi-kaible ■ tlioa-oiiigh - ne.ss. On eveiy side they- are 'teaa-iiTjr down iiirriificial bain tea's, built, up to foistea- tiho sdheanes of designing <li.plainaoy 'a.iid ;i,rc reiplaciiing: tiliiom- by the uoro ■ natura.l boundanes. oif race.. Tlie most- dTO,mi;-i.io ahajigc is the finall disuTippeaii^amoe of tha ■'Ansi'i'-o-Huw-garian Emipiire, whioli survived 'for centino'ieisi beiaa.inse a. ruliingj class cioaisisting of only twenty per cent o>f 'dm total i)joip"ul-a.tbiij was a.bl© to keep the scaiie of jaarin^ na.tlioinalii'iies, coimipa-ised in the other edghty per ceint, ccmjtinuially a* one aauoith-er's "fclnicsiitts. Aaiid n!mv it has giosnie, as mwcih fSlhroai^h ineritlaible internal dlsruipt.io'n as the arms of its enemies and
is to-be replaced by a, numibea- of independent States. Had there been, no war-the Austiriaai Emip'ire would hacve 'siniaisitied through its' own inhereoit) rotteffines®, for its.-system* ■ of Government was a survival of medievalism ; the war buib hastened its end.
Then tihare is Po&and wlvich suf-fea-ed for aaniburies, fii"stt tShrougjli the misiiafle of its own aioibiiity-and lateatliTOUgih, the oippa-eissioinia orf Austrian. Gertnaii', amd 'Russian eonqueroi-s, wbidh however novea- quite killed the naitiional spMib. Had Germia.n.y beenallowed to reitoin her sha.re of Old Pofand, sdie cmild haive counted the wiaii" if -iisotb a vioticiiT', at least no loss, foil' it would have given her a dioor'\va.y foi- tlhe 2n-adual submei^emoe of Eastern Emrope:; nwv tlhe ex-Kaiser's ooainitiry wall be ringed aawmd with independent, lioeibile ne;.gihboau-s, who will bar tlie onsfweep of' Tei.ttonism, whether it be guided by Impei-iaJ or Repanbliaain statlesmerai. It should be no'tieid that 'ilxea-e ha.ye always beertwo political scihe/mes of Gtarrnan. expainjSikm. First there were iftie PainGeawtms, who iplanned at "a direct aittiaok on Britain aaid hiaped to sweeq? her off the seas and possess har colonies, lihey played their g'ajne a,nd losifc it. Tlien there was the '"MitiNjl Euroipa" Fairty who favoured a slower but less risliy flanking 1. aY tack <mi Britbiin, through Ea-S'tenTi Europe) -viia Russisiai 'tia Indlia airid thrcnigili Turkey toi Egypt. They played their garni© and alnioist won, and buib for the crea'tioin-' of the Wrier
btate oi '■mdependemv. Poland, naugtyi still iiaye toa a dudinoe- Ike new Poland. with, a.; population of about twenty millions, mv have this dwbae task of cheeking Germanism's easi-r em niaa'cii'and cutitiingi oil Bois-iievasan from, Wesifea-m Euiiiape. Jlistariaaißi of the future may. well be a.bie to write*, nab only how Belgium saved ©ivilisatiion, brut haw njewiy-uinited Poland iperfott'nied equal sei"viice>. On Germany's Western borders, the lmjp-mukers of Paris have boea equally busy. Alsace and Lonw lie. toa-n ii-oan Franco in. 1871, have Lven given back to tlhe Mother-wjjo ever jnouimeel their loss. Another. iiite<iv«ting eiatemen* in Saturday's cables ' ■waa that, the Daniah-speaking ponhKan of Sdileowig will be handed buck to Denmark after be:.n,g a Truss n.n_ PraviDC© foa' 52 years. It. is pi"C'bvb.v.>tha* no.disitlriotr'iiiii .i'he world h»« changed luamds soi often» a® to:s. debatable giroaund between 'Deomark and Paaws'ia. It was fro-m this diw tricib tibat. our fosrefatheir*. the Angles came, when tiliey invaded Britrvn .after tlie'bi-eak-up of tie', Roman, Empire. Since tihcise remote days, Scihleawig ha® been ; umd<Kr the rule of Dames, Pranks,. Germans and Swedes, witlh brirf into'vadis of mdeipend"en« aaid then! a'ctange of nmsten's. In 1863 Austria, and Pmssia united, defeated the Danes, then in -l?6p T .. ■quwiTeliled ow its feite and Pniss-a, deciisdvely deafted Austa-ia and Bn.y-oa-ia and annexed Sclileswig-IMstcnn as a Pmisisaani Prbivsinice. Like FiMvco. •however, Denimiaa-k never really cwve 1 nip hoipe o-f recovering- her lost i'ravinces and noiw the Allied Confereiree has <?iven biaictk to her 1, all 1 to which she is justUy eniiii'tiled. Laah, in the great change^ tak'umg place before <wiv eyes, bust by^ no. means leasit in:tpcDfiiarnt, is the dis'-ip-peiax-anc© of the l\nrk from --: .Europe.. His only Tigikt/to iposse««>3pin. in \l\i~ 'rope was by virtue of the sword. He is an alien froon the East and desptie his cent'Ui-ies in Europe, never has become' and is tempermentally unable iio beaoaiae, a, EuiTOpea-u. When his swoird-airin gji"ew weak, he. lost , his omily title to remain- <m Euroipean < \ soil- It is difficult to realise- whut I theS3 ta-eimeindonis changes ■vvill uiliti- - -reately■•mea-n ito the ,wo.rlci; : it aaiii: j-ofnly be said that beside making: »*d ' our' atlases and • gwig^apihies! alto- ; geitihtea- oteolete, they ?vTe des%ned tipl I r.emoive miany anciieniti jealousies and j long-stiamdinfr "agenoies for twoiuibliin^ I tihe would. Tihey j-epresieni^ a coirefully , thoaigiht-oitt. aititiemip't* by tihe .best , bi-ftnn® of. ipß world to make- the League cf NfiMoms' task, .of, preiservimnf tihe world's ipetaoe, riiS'-littilei'difFi-. cult as is humanly ptossiblei;?" ,! <! wmmmmmmt ———^WA*: •VS.V-. i
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