The Great War Part 88, April 22nd 1916

1987 he Great IV ir FRANCES HUMANE TREATMENT O F GERMAN PRISONERS. These striking pictures show how humanely France treated her German prisoners of war in eloquent contrast to the harsh lot of allied prisoners in Germany. Above is seen the large and comfortable common room of a prison camp where the inmates had plenty of games with which to amuse themselves. Their faces are an index to their contented lot. In circle: A corner of the prison hospital. CAPTIVE HUN SIN COM FOR TABLE BILLETS .Scene in one of the depots in France where German prisoners of war were kept. Their quarters were comfortable and roomy and they were allowed to follow any work they liked best. glimmer. Nonetheless opinion awaited from Berlin the gesture which would arrest Austria on the slope at the bottom of which lay fatal collision with Russia and' the letting loose of European war. But nothing could stay any longer the Austro-Germ ans in their mad coup. Suddenly, Germany proclaimed the Kriegszustand which enabled her to incomplete secret b y mobilisation in its strict sense the preparation of the last eight days. A t the same time she despatched an ultimatum to Petrograd and put to the French Government a question which Was in itself b u tan ultimatum in disguise. The whole of France lived through those last days of waiting with calmness and gravity. No one concealed from himself the danger everyone perceived distinctly the threat and its consequences for the country and for himself— in fact it Was this clear perception of danger Which supported the efforts made to avert it and which sustained the hope that the wise Governments of the Triple Entente would succeed in turning it aside. On the afternoon of July 31st the Senators and the most influential Deputies of all groups of opinion assem­bled at the Palais Bourbon under the Jauris: An leadership of Jaures to examine what irreparable loss final sacrifice could be made to main­tain peace and to spare civilisation the horrors of war. These men of good intentions were forced simply to record their own impotence. The same evening Jaures was killed b y a madman. General consternation ensued. Jaures was a great force he wielded in France a powerful influence over the masses and enjoyed considerable prestige abroad. B y every party it was recognised that his disappearance at. such a moment was for France an irreparable loss. Already on the previous evening in his journal“ L ”Human ite his patriotic spirit had found noble expression in advocating national unity on the ground that from that moment there was no question of politics but of the cou n trys very existence. This stupid crime— the act of an isolated individual— brought to a premature end the career of a man whose honour was unassailable at a moment no doubt when Jaures was about to become “le clairon du patriotism ”—toe borrow a phrase from G am betta— at a moment when his eloquence might have become an instrument of national defence.
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