A WEEKLY REVIEW SUPPLEMENT TO “THE "GREAT WAR PART 201. A N ANSWER TO PEACE TALK .Britannia Calls a War Conference of the Empire. (Reproduced from “Punch ”January 31917 b y per omission f the Prop rieto rs.) Registered. Printed and published by the A m a lg a mated Press Limited The F lcetw ay House F arn n dong Street London L.C. 4. ___ Published by Gordon& G otch in Australia and New Z e alan d by The Central News Agency Ltd .in South Africa by the Standard Literature Co. 13/1 Old Court House Street, Calcutta and the Imperial News Co. Toronto and Montreal in Canada. INLAND and ABROAD lOd. per copy post free. CANADA 9id. per copy post free. Y Historic Cartoons of the Great War “BOOTY!” From Notable Books of the War Thu Soul o f the Soldier .—Always after a talk with them the private soldiers I came away with a deep belief that the courage honesty and humanity of these men were a world higher than the philosophy of their intellectual leaders and I hated the thought that we have been brought to such a bypass the infamy of an enemy caste and by the low ideals of Europe which have been our own law of life that all this splendid youth thinking straight seeing straight acting straight without selfish motives with clean hearts and fine bodies, should be flung into the furnace of war and scorched by its fires. Philip Gibbs in “From Bapaum toe Passchen- daele 1917.” Russia sHaw ia z a r d L egis lat ion —How superficial was the attention paid by the Tsar to legislative work maybe gathered from the following farcical quid pro quo which took place when Count W itte was Minister of Finances. A Bill was introduced in the Council of Empire to indemnify landed proprietors in the Baltic Provinces for the losses they had incurred through the Government monopoly of alcohol. W itte held that the payment of a sum of several millions should be overspread a number of years the majority maintained that it ought to be effected at once. The Minister first informed the Tsar of this divergence and the Tsar promised to ratify the views of the minority. The Minister then wrote a letter to the Secretary of the Council Plehve, telling him that the Emperor had promised to acquiesce in the decision of the minority as soon as the documents were placed before him. Plehve freely communicated this announcement to all the members whereupon many officials seeing that opposition would be fruitless cliangcd their views or their votes so that the minority unexpectedly became the majority. In the courso of time the documents wero laid before the Tsar who remembered only that he had pledged himself toW itte to reject the proposal of the majority. Accordingly without reading the papers or taking further thought he redeemed his promise and the wrong Bill became law. Dr. E .J. Dillon in “The Eclipse o f Russia." Lewis Carroll and German Statues I t is said that the authorities in Germany are contemplating the conversion of public statues into munition metal. What this step would mean maybe gleaned by the following extract from the diary of Lewis Carroll who visited Germany in 1867 :The amount of art lavished on the whole region of Potsdam is marvellous some of the tops of the palaces were like forests of statues and they were allover the gardens seton pedestals. In fact the two principles of Berlin architecture appoar to 1110 to be these. On the house-topp wherever there is a convenient place put up the figure of a man he is best placed standing on one leg. Wherever there is room on the ground put either a circular group of busts on ppdestala in consultation all looking inwards —or else tho coloHHal figure of a man killing about to kill or having killed (the past tense is preferred) a beast. The beast-killing principle has been carried out everywhere with a relentless monotony which makes some parts of Berlin look alike fossil slaughter-house. The Red Fourragere The Red Fourragere is one of the rarest distinctions in the French Army. According to the ”“Manchester Guardian when a unit has been three times mentioned in Army orders for unusual heroism it wins the fourragere. This consists of a coloured cord ending in a small brass tag and is worn round the left shoulder of all the officers and men of the honoured regiment. The word fourrag(':re originally meant a tetliering- rope for horses. THE ENEMY PRESS What the Hun is Saying About Us “Tn E Way t Hello .”—The way we arc going leads to a permanent division of Europe into two great Alliances directed against each other and constantly watching each other jealously. I t leads also to an intensified competition in armaments between tho allied Central Powers and the allied Western Powers it leads to economic war and to fresh wars in which our children will have to defend what we have forced on the vanquished in the east and what we contemplate forcing on tho vanquished in the west. The way we are going does not lead to anew order of things in the world it leads to a peace which will bo hell.“ Arlmter Z eitu n g" (Vienna). Armed Cam pin Mid- ruE o p .—Thee Entente knows what are the consequences of the ”“inner lines the wonderful idea that inspired Prince Bismarck and Count Julius Andrassy to construct, both in the military and in the political sense an armed camp in the centre of the Continent which should serve as a sally-port both towards the east and towards the west. Later generations will perhaps appreciate even better than we contemporaries the unique spectacle presented by the French and British hammering in vain against tho German steel walls in France, while their Allies in the east—Russia Rumania, Serbia and Montenegro—were beaten into a state of defencelcssncss. Of these “inner lines ”even English Ministers have spoken with respect. The possibility of outreaching to right and left from a strong central position will remain.“ Neue Freie Presse.''
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