Cb e Great War EDITORS H .W. WILSON J. A. HAMMERTON E D ITO RIAL M a 1 A/TR. ROBERT M ACHRAYS story of the completion of the conquest of German East Africa appears, as announced in the present Part of The Great W a r,and is followed by a short but informative chapter by Mi'i Storry Deans on the subject of prizes at sea supplementing the information given by Mr. Percival Hislam in an earlier chapter of this volume describing how the life of the lower deck was affected by the war (Chapter CXCVTI. Vol. 10 page 105). There is of course,, a difference between Prize Bounty and the Prize Fund. The former is the reward prescribed by the Naval Prize Act of 1864 and the Kings Proclamation thereunder for “the officers and crews of any of his Majestys ships of war such as were actually present at the taking or destroy.-ing of any armed ship of his Majestys enemies” the amount being 5 for every person carried on the books of such enemy ship. The Prize Fund is the sum derived from the sale of seized enemy ships and contraband. In the old days the value of each capture went to the crew of the ship making the capture but it is probable that the Government may arrange for all officers and men of the Royal Navy to share. Sales up to date have realised about 6000000 and the value of the property not yet sold is nearly 7000000 more already therefore the fund represents about thirteen million pounds sterling and may easily be larger before the distribution takes place as this will probably be deferred until the end of the war. Two Important Announcements 'T'H ISis the penultimate Part of the Tenth Volume of -*The Great W a rand for the last time the Editors remind subscribers that if they wish to secure binding cases for earlier volumes of the History at the original price, they must place their order immediately as March 4th is the last date on which such orders will be accepted. On that date the binding cases for Volume X. will be on sale, at the new price of 3s. cloth and leather 5s. 6d. and then and thereafter the price of all binding cases will be increased to those figures. r P H E Editors also beg to announce that the long- contemplated advance in the price of publication of this History can no longer be deferred and beginning with Part 187 the first Part of the Eleventh Volume the price of the weekly issue will be increased by a penny to eightpence. It will be no small consolation to subscribers to learn that the Editors have arranged to make certain alterations in the use to which the cover pages have been put hitherto as a result of which the immediate topical interest of the weekly issue will be very greatly enhanced. Full particulars of this novel and ingenious scheme will be given in the Editorial notes next week. Contents of this Volume HPHE concluding chaptcr in Volume X. which ends with APart 186 will relate as fully as space permits the story of the deeds of exceptional valour which were rewarded with the Victoria Cross during the third year of the war. Illustrated with a large number of photographs of these supermen it forms a fine climax to a volume full of good things which will remain the standard book of reference to the events of one of the most tremendous periods in the worlds history. Analysis of the contents shows that great variety of subjects has been secured without any sacrifice of proportion. Chief among the general chapters is the first “The Crown and ”the Conflict which gave satisfaction in high quarters and proved to be of such world-wide interest that reissued as a separate brochure, it has had an enormous sale. The Editors would remind subscribers that this beautiful publication is still on sale everywhere. Entitled "Our King and Queen in the ”Great War this record of Royal service illustrated with numerous photographs and no fewer than eight pages of camera pictures superbly printed in photogravure is one of permanent historical value and the book should be secured before the vast demand for it has exhausted the whole of the possible supply. TN strong contrast to the modest and unassuming yet tireless activities of our King and Queen are the flamboyant rhetoric and the restless energy of the man who willed the war the Kaiser who dropping his former pose of “Prince ”of Peace has rushed from west to east and from east to west in the theatrical guise of WarLord. Mr. Lowes recent pen portrait of William II. is one of the most vivid and just that have ever appeared bitten within some acid indeed but never tinctured with malice. Other chapters directly relating to Teutonic matters are the account of life in Austria-Hungary during the first three years of the war and a further exposure of the German system of espionage. Of the others perhaps particular interest was aroused by Mr. F.A. McKenzies description of the methods adopted for repairing the awful damage caused in France by the invasion and Mr. Basil Clarke’s account of the work of the brilliant correspondents who are chronicling the war with pen and pencil. Record of Military Operations n pH E greatest number of chapters in the volume have, -naturally been concerned with the western front, and the twelve written by Mr. Edward Wright compose a large and invaluable contribution to historical literature. Besides these there have been accounts of the military operations in the Balkans written by the late Major Claude Askew who with his wife gave his life for Serbia as truly as if he had fallen on the actual field of battle, sword in hand of the advance into Palestine and of the completion of the conquest of German East Africa. The “air front ”has been dealt with by Mr. H. W. Wilson in his account of “The Coming of ”the Gothas and Mr. Hislam and Mr. Storry Deans have touched upon naval matters in their respective chapters on the life of the lower deck as affected by the war and on the work of the Prize Courts. In addition to all this Mr. Machrays account of the mobilisation of America and the first phases of the United States co-operation with the Allies brought the story of this most important development of the war to the farthest point yet possible. In the home field reference maybe made to the informative chapter on the work of the Special Constabulary the first full account that has yet been given of the courageous and devoted work of this fine body of men and finally to the chapters on the organisation of the munitions supply in Great Britain and the organisation of British agriculture both matters vital to the military prosecution of the war. The Great W ar—Part 185.
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