The Illustrated War News, Part 91, May 3rd 1916

THE ILLUSTRATED WAR NEWS MAY 3 i y i 6 .—Part 9 1J THE GREAT WAR. I X considering the curious multiplicity of events during the week we must not take them separately but should fit them together con­ nectedly and read their meaning whole. We must not centre on affairs in Ireland—either to laugh at the tragi-comedy of Casement bo irritated by the supreme and ingenuous folly of the Sinn Feiners or consider the episode as the only item of gravity— for at the same time we must not neglect items of apparently minor significance :the infighting Egypt, the naval raid 011 Lowestoft the activ­ity of the Germans against our lines in the West or even the Zeppelin raids. These apparently un­related things are probably deliberately related and really provide in a bold plan an example of Germanys strenuous efforts to distract us, dissipate our strength and our forces and either weaken us in our main positions— say at the Western front—or take from any offensive we are planning the power and snap necessary to make that ag^res- THE ASKING STARTER :HIS MAJESTY DROPS THE FLAG FOR A SOLDIERS CROSS-COUNTRY RACE AT ALDERSHOT. The King was present at an interesting military sports meeting at Aldershot the other day and acted as starter in the most picturesque event 011 the card a huge field of between six and seven hundred men representing practically every arm of the Service gathering into forty- yards square waiting for his Majesty to give the signal for the seven -miles cross -country race. The event incidentally offered proof of the fine physique of the men for in spite of the heat only three teams out of the thirty-seven which started failed to finish the long and exceptionally hard course.— Photo b y Central Press. sive a success. It is not merely that all these events have happened at much the same time but it is that each event in itself is—upon examination—without the strength proper to any decisive success without some sort of co-operation. Thus though the rebellion in Ireland has a dramatic intimacy in its gravity in actual fact it seems an affair so doomed to failure from the first tliat we feel that its leaders must have been afflicted by some unconjectured madness to start it. The majority of the Irish people have during the war shown themselves so splendidly loyal to Great Britain that the hostile faction must obviously be outnumbered. And even if this were not the case, the geographical position of Ireland would put her at such a time as this in a hopeless position. With Germany locked out of the seas it is impossible for the Irish rebels to ex- pcct help of even the slightest conse­quence and even Sir Roger Casement’s armada consisted of moreno than a dis­guised merchantman, which was promptly sunk and a subma­rine which promptly made off. Troops certainly cannot be 1 sent to the aid of the Sinn Fein and neither arms nor am­munition in anything like adequacy. While with the countryside thinned of men by the many loyal en­listments yet com­manded at the same time by British troops stationed in the different camps, and with communica­tion with the United Kingdom itself only a matter of an hour or so any reason for hope in revolt seems fantastic. It is highly probable that the Germans regard the prospects of the rising as hopeless though they arc not concerned with the end of it only with Continued overleaf.
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