The Great War Part 162, September 22nd 1917

Cbe Great War EDITORS H .W. WILSON J. A. HAMMERTON EDITORIAL 'T'HAN the film pictures of the Kings visit to the Grand -*Fleet in June last few have awakened more popular enthusiasm since the war was first illustrated by the cinema. Atone big London theatre where they were exhibited these pictures had to be repeated again and again at the public request. This enthusiasm was aroused not only by the really vivid character of the views of the great ships, their officers and their crews but also by the intimate glimpses given of King George afloat his manifest delight at again finding himself on his favourite element the sea, among sailormen and at renewing his acquaintance with some of his “old shipmates.” King George and the Grand Fleet TN this part of The Great War in which Mr. F.A. McKenzie completes his graphic story of the multi­farious activities of the King from the outbreak of war down to the completion of the third year of the conflict we are able to reproduce partly in intaglio some of the more interesting and representative cinema souvenirs of King Georges visit to those secluded and stormy waters where the Grand Fleet and its aux­iliaries were awaiting the long-deferred call to general action against the foe. One of the most striking features of the impressive ceremonies associated with the visit was the investiture the first since George III. conferred an earldom on Lord Howe at Spitliead on “the Glorious First ”of June 1794. In addition to the naval pictures are reproduced a number of other histori­cally interesting photographs of the King and Queen taken during their visits to the great industrial centres of the North. Mr .Char les Lowe M.A. A/IR. McKENZIE taking up the thread of his narrative from the time of the Kings accident at the front, deals in some detail with these notable happenings with the active solicitude exhibited by the Kaig and Queen in home affairs— the care of the wounded the food economy campaign financial problems— instancing the King’s generous gift of 100000 from the Privy Purse— the Imperial War Conference the labour unrest the allotment movement and other matters of kindred character. Accounts are also given of the Kings third and fouith visits to the western front including the battlefields of the Somme Messines and Vimy Ridge. In his fourth visit to France and Flanders his Majesty was accompanied forth^ first time by the Queen who was unremitting in her kindly solicitude for the wounded in the various hospitals *of the Allies. The Queens sympathy with the Babv Week Campaign and the introduction of communal kitchens is also touched upon. Nor is the notable open- air investiture in Hyde Park forgotten. It will be acknowledged we think by all our readers that this chapter is of permanent as well as passing interest a substantial contribution to the annals of a momentous epoch in national history. HPURNING to the chapter which follows “Life in- Austria-Hungary During the First Three Years of ”the War by Charles' Lowe whose portrait is given on this page we find at the outset avery striking and picturesque account of the congeries of races and creeds that togo the making of the Dual Empire— an account rendered the more valuable by the two specially drawn maps by which it is accompanied. In one of his opening- sentences Mr. Lowe very aptly describes the “polyglot Empire.” ”“It is he “assays if all the nations of Europe flung their political parings into a common cauldron whereunto Asia contributed some potent drug to make the mass ferment.” THE task of bringing clearly before the reader not specially informed of the internal conditions of what Mr. Lloyd George once described as“ a ”ramshackle Empire its antipathetic races contending creeds and system of government was no light one but Mr. Lowe has performed it with his accustomed skill. Very inter­esting is it to note the contrast between public opinion in Vienna on the one hand and in Budapest on the other with special reference to the war and to have the complexities of the Czech (or Bohemian) factor so succinctly and lucidly unravelled. Special attention is given to the dramatic figure of Dr. Kramarz “ a modern John Huss,” and one of the chief protagonists of popular freedom also to Dr. Friedrich Adler the Socialist and journalist who shot Count Stiirgkh in October 1916 and whose trial seven months later was rendered memorable by his remarkable speech in his own defence. As was to be expected Mr. Lowe dwells on the significance of the death of the aged Emperor Francis Joseph and he contributes an intimate pen-portrait of his successor, the Emperor Charles. Following the proro­gation of the Austrian Reichsrath in March, 1914 Austria proper lived in a constant state of Ministerial change. The coming of German domination and its effect on the Slavs is well handled and finally, we have a picture of the economic conditions caused by the war. Mr. Lowes chapter will be followed by one on “The Safeguarding of the Suez Canal and the Advance ”into Palestine from the pen of Mr. Robert Machray. —Our Ninth Volume “DIN DING cases for Volume IX. of The Great W a rare now ready and with them are given together with title-page table of contents subject index and list of maps in Volumes IX. a fine reproduction in photogravure of a picture specially painted by Mr. Charles Sheldon to serve as frontispiece. The subject is “The Music of Triumph: Victorious Australians Entering Bapaume March 17th 1917.” The price of the binding cases remains what it has always been hitherto— namely, 4s. 6d. in rich scarlet leather with reinforced corners and full gilt back and 2s. 6d. in full extra cloth of rich wine colour with a blocked design in black on the side and the title on the back in gold. Volume X. will contain twenty- six parts— instead of twenty— 161 to 186 inclusive. The volumes will be of uniform convenient size and will be published half-yearly. The Great War—Part 162.
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