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White, Cha. (ed.) / The continental times: special war edition
No. 1076. Vol. XXI. No. 9 (January 22, 1915)

The continental times: special war edition, No. 1076, Vol. XXI, No. 9, January 22, 1915

President Wilson,
a. V.ewed by "Fairplay."
I.  ould take the flavor from the follow-
utterances of British conceit published
a recent issue of the "Fairplay" if we
ere to add anything, preferring to leave it to
all impartial people to form their own judg-
ment and idea as to the worthiness of the
"Fairplay" to comment on the character of
President Wilson.
"As a metaphysical doctrinaire, President
Wilson is almost admirable; but when he
tries, after the fashion of Gobbo, to compound
with his conscience, his effort lacks the
Shakespearean  touch.  It may please the
pedagogue in him   Kim-like to pretend to
pose as the little friend of all the world;
but even impartiality has a frontier beyond
which it cannot with honour progress. Ger-
many has deliberately, and solely for her own
ends, sought to degrade the standard   of
international morality; she would substitute
the conscienceless bravery of a Pedro the
Cruel for the chivalry of a Black Prince;
she would have the world forget that
"The valour from virtue that sunders
Is reft of its nobler part;
And.though Lancelot's arm may work wonders,
Yet braver ist Galahad's heart."
Until the Twentieth-Century-Satan worshippers
who corrupt Germany have been exterminated,
no nation that values its self-respect can
have soot or lot with the German people.
It is unworthy of a President of the United
States of America that lie-above all, at this
time-should try and emulate the subtlety of
those professors who have done so much to
set back the dial of civilisation. America can
be either with us or she can be neutral; but
she cannot at one and the same time be with
us and our Allies, and with Germany, and
her people cannot be, in the Presidents
words, "the true friend of all nations, because
they threaten none, covet the possessions of
none, and desire the overthrow of none."
The thing is unthinkable, and I cannot be-
hieve that Dr. Wilson, in speaking as he did,
any more, voiced American thought than do
those wellmeaning, but most mischievous,
sentimentalists who are advodating a truce
on Christmas Day.    Terriers don't make
treaties with vermin; and until Essen and
all it connotes has been wiped off the face
of the globe why, in the name of all that's
idiotic should we call off the dogs?  And
as for the mongrels who would have us
do so, I have only one order for them;
KCnnel up !"
January 11th 1915.
The Russian igeneral staff announced to
ite world a great victory, the torming of a
village with the beautiful name of Brzoczowo,
near Mawa, not far from the Prussian frontier,
and destroying or capturing the German
troops  there.  General von Hindenburg's
headquarters has branded this report as a
lie pure and simple.  If Germany's enemies
are already beginning to content themselves
with paper victories, they are welcome to all
victories they may win-on paper.
How sound the economical conditions in
(iermany are, is again clearly indicated by
official figures just published. End of August,
the first month of the war, trade unions
reported to the central statistical office of the
Empire on the average 22.4 percent of un-
employed members, end of September 15.7,
cnd of October 10 9 and end of November 8.3
liercent only. It is beyond question that the
tigures for December will show a further
reduction of the number of unemployed
working men. How great the demand for
labor, especially skilled labor is, may be
judged by the numbers of advertisements in
the daily press. Other figures published by
hte Imperial statistical office, will further
lustrate conditions. On August 22nd 1914
oily 4896 positions for work were reported
as open while 150 622 applications for work
had been made; on December 12th there
were 17 787 open positions while only
78 009 applications had arrived.
Iven members of catholic orders are being
dtagged into taking part in the war. The
hiead of the German province of the Societas
Jesu, Rev. Hans Gross, publishes a protest
against a book by Father Vaughan, containing
his war speeches which are stigmatized by
his German brethren as highly offensive and
insulting for the German Emperor and the
German   people.  So  the  poets, authors,
playwrights and professors throwing missiles
of oratory against each other have been joined by
priests and ministers ofthegospel. Whoisnext?
Seized German merchant vessels are being
sold at public auction in London.    The
auctioneer is cracking his accustomed jokes
and, between two sales, the audience sings
the national hymn. A nice combination of
business and patriotism. But business above
patriotism. Quite Hinglish, you know.
James O'Donnell Bennett, until recently Lon-
don correspondent of the "Chicago Tribune"
and now in Berlin as special correpondent of
his paper has just published an open letter
addressed to Sir Arthur Doyle in London.
\r. Bennett made himself famous by getting
into trouble with the London censor whom
i, convicted of distorting and falsifying his
legrams to Aierica. The author of many
a ~  ~   ~    C >icvn  d lc ove! l1.d ficd((l  'no
Vienna Topics.
Notice to Americans.-How "Ia grande
nation" treats her prisoners.-How Austria
interprets the task. - Emancipating the
fashions.-Not much doing in the Adria.-
Exchange of Aero Club Greetings.
The American Embassy, 4th District, Wohl-
lebengasse 9, is endeavouring to get into
communication with the persons stated below.
These persons are inquired after by their re-
latives in the United States and for a number
of them money is held by the Embassy.
Tillie Aaregan, Dr. Alexandrowicz, Evelyn R
Baker, Cally Barer, Elisabeth Bauer, Rosie Benken-
dorf, Nicha Berger, Salomon Berger, Nevina
Berzensky, Slicia Bessler, Rebecca Bessner, Jenie
Bieher, Telka Bonk, Hitzig Branchy, Rosi Brown,
Sadie Chaja, Eva Cohen, Fanny Cohen, Mary
Cudat, Freida Davidman, Sauchy Diaria, Sadie
Eisenberg, Bertha Fiertel, Katherina Filipek,
Helen Filipek, Julia Filipes, Dr. A. Frelich,
Martha Gall, R. E. Gallagher, Elias Geldmann,
Marie Gerstner, D. T. Gilman, Herbert Godwin,
Eva Goldsmith, Anna Goldstein, Fanny Gottdank,
Abe Gotthelfmann, Hersch Gottlieb, Lena Graff,
Lillie Gross Green, Lusie Groehl, Ella Gross,
Lille Grof3green, Esther Harowitz, Frank A.
Heitz, Paul v. Hosen-Schleyer, Sarah Kahn,
Tillie Katz, Marie Katzenellenbogen, Louis
Kinkelstei. Helen   Filipek Klempa, OEM"
Kohn, Aron Konig, Mary Kuziw, Jakob S.
Kranthamer, Rosie Langson, Malie Langsum,
B eckie Leifer, Isidore Leitner,  Anna Leutz,
Catherine Loda, Rose Mager, Annie Messer,
H eni Nadler, Helen Najsarek, Cilly Nearer,
Margaret Newman, Moses J. Ohringer, Gussie
Owades, Frau Peps, Joseph Potocki, Moses
Priesand, Jure Puslavich, Simon Reszoe, Elsie
T. Rippel,  Ethel Rose,  Louise Rosenbaum,
Clara  Rosenberg,  Meschuler Rosenstrauch,
Brantz Mayer Roszel,   Jenny Roth,   Char-
lotte Rosenzweig,  Mollie Savonitz,  Mollie
Schneider,  Mary Schutzman,  Rose Selwich,
Dr. Lawrence Shields, Annie Seliger, Le Roy
Steminowicis,  Anna Sitnik,  Dora Sperber,
Cussie Spirer, Ellaszeo Spitzer, J. Scherzer, Kaull
Schindler, Maria F. Schluster, Dora Schnall,
Leiser Schultz, Chaici Steckel, Ing. J. Sternberg,
Sigmund Sticman, Wladyslaw Strzepek, Annic
Sturdy, Mrs. Peps Tauster, James H. Thompson,
Elisabeth Washington, Chrapko Wasyl, Andre
R. Weingaitner, Leah Weiss, Rose Willner,
Anna WohI, Aldanita Wolfskill, Rosalie Ziemba,
Mary Zaklukowicz.
Horror is being caused in Austria by the
multiplying evidence of the scandalous treat-
ment meted out to Austrian and German
civilian prisoners in France. The Parisian
paper "HumanitP" has published a letter of
a young lady whose mother is a French-
woman become German by marriage. The
father has lived in France 53 years without
interruption.  Six  passages of the letter
have  been   crossed  out by   the  censor,
yet what remains affords awful reading. It
appears from the writer's remarks that only
very few of the letters sent out from, or
addressed to the camp, reach their destination.
Then comes the passage: "The American
Ambassador alone would be able to do i
even a little more sensational than formerly
and penned an article entitled "A Policy of
Murder. - How Prussia has degraded the
Standard of modern Warfare." In his letter
Mr. Bennet, in very modest, but so much
more impressive language, puts Sir Arthur to
sleep never to wake up again. The absurdity
of the accusations, based wholly on hearsity,
is shown so convincingly, so conclusively,
that this open letter should be read by every
American. It would do no harm to English-
men to read it also, but so much impartialty
is not to be expected from Englishmen that
they take the trouble to read such things.
I cannot resist the temptation to quote here
one paragraph of Mr. Bennett's letter which
might be of great interest for some of my
personal friends in the near future. He writes,
shortly before the close of his somewhat
lengthy  letter as  follows: "Unscrupulous
correspondents, too, have been a deplorable
factor in this war. Of one of them-I regret
to say a countryman of mine -who had
written, and got printed in America, the most
hideous charges against the Germans, the
American minister to Belgium said to me,"
"The man is a rat and a disgrace to journalism."
I violate no confidence when I add, that this
diplomats sympathies, though he had not
publicly expressed them, were believed to be
with the Belgians.  But he none-the-less
hated lies about the enemies of Belgium.
I mention the case of this correspondent
because you (Sir Arthur) speak of the "con-
sistent, systematic lying of the Ocriman press."
This chartered liar, whom Minister Whitlock
denounced and who was getting his lies
printed in England and America, wrote things
that for falseness and scurrility and bombast
I have not seen even faintly approached in
the least trustworthy sheet of Germany. So
far Mr. Bennett who immediately before this
sentence mentioned the London "Daily Liar."
Should there be some connection between that
paper and the correspondent mentioned in
the letter?
January 12th 1915.
A whole fleet of German flyers has crossed
the channel and appeared above the mouth
of the Thames and Dover.     Unfortunately
the weather was so unfavorable, thick fog
enveloping the whole landscape beyond all
hope of distinguishing land and sea, that the
flyers had to return without doing any damage.
Let us hope that they appear again in the
same region under more favorable conditions.
Again a large battery of dirt and calumny
has been fired against the German army, this
time by the French prime minister Viviani.
But like the real French artillery, his ammu-
nition is very poor. A long list of complaints
and accusations, not a single one based upon
real facts with names and dates, but only
but thirk that the v. 1    be getting sick
and tired of such waram     hlim;. carried on,
not with arms and me       with mud. The
German government is I   ly right and has
hit the nail on the hea.  lien it declared
that every charge is t b   thoroughly in-
vestigated if any basis ; gi en, but that it is
below the dignity of th'  erman army to
occupy itself with mere ai nies. TheSwedish
paper "Aftonbladet" alrcary protests against
the flooding of the public press in neutral
countries with such utterly unproven improb-
able charges against the German army.
English army transpoirh are no more sent
from Dover to Calais arki Dieppe, but from
Portsmouth to Le Havre yd La Palice, for
fear of German submarine boats. But still
they chant that Britain rules the waves!
Mr. B. Dernburg has made a speech at the
"Republican Club" in New York, about the
"freedom of the ocean", in which he gave as
his opinion that the ocean should be freed
by prohibiting warships to travel beyond the
three mile limit from shore. If all countries
and powers came to such an agreement, the
throttling of neutral coninerce by England
or any other power would be impossible,
big navies would become superfluous and
only a few warships of an international cha-
racter were needed to keep down piracy on
high seas. It sounds very nice and provoked,
no doubt, great applause in New York. But
then why not apply the same principle to land
conditions also? "If all powers agree", large
tartding armies couhifsW made obsolete.
But what a big If! I am afraid, the freedom
of the ocean will have to be secured by German
submarine boats, or by warships flying the
stars and stripes, convoyingAmeican merchant
vessels with neutral goods for all countries.
A big dead whale has been washed ashore
on the coast of Holland and an investigation
brought to light the interesting fact, that the
animal had been killed by an English shell
fired from a coast battery, which took the poor
beast for a German submarine boat. And still
they say that the English are devoid of humour!
General Joffre, the generalissimus of the
French armies, is greatly admired by his
countrymen, and rightly so. He has undoubt-
edly handled the large marsses of troops very
adroitly and is still givin} the Germans many
a hard nut to crack. Lil e all great men he
is entitled to a byname. If his countrymen
should be armiss to find a suitable one for
him I could help them out of their predica-
ment, by proposing to call him "Joffre the
Hercules".  For he has performed a real
Herculean deed. He has cut off the official
heads of not less than 77 fullfledged French
generals who were entirely unfit for their
positions secured only by political influence.
This cleaning of the Augiasian stable alone
would suffice to secure for general Joffre a
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something for us, but n   one can write to
him, not only because o r correspondence
is seen by the prefect, bu  because a letter
posted by the local maill would surely be
intercepted an account of khe address." The
lady and her 73 years old mother were sent
to the   concentration  camp  in  a  cattle
truck and almost starved on the way. Ever
since then they are fed on, water soup and
stale crusts and have to seep on a bundle
of straw. Part of their conpanions are un-
fortunates and thieves figom the women's
prison of St. Lazare.  Th' melical arrange-
ments are the poorest lossible.   All ^ the
children in the camp aie sufferingfriom
whooping cough.-It is to be hoped that the
American Ambassador or Consul] hasacted
by now in the matter.
A letter from the Greek Orthodox field
preacher Gorbazewitsch published by the
Russian newspapers "Kijewlianin" and 'N-
woje Wremja" goes to show that his captors
are more conscious of their civilization than
the French. This is what the letter says: "Up
to now I am getting on well. I cannot com-
_plain;1Iam nott t h  "      Austrians are
courteous, attentive;I da6T-wts a day,
but only spend half of thi4. The dinner and
other food is excellent" etcl-
An energetic movemeit is on foot to make
Vienna fashions indepeid Int of French and
English influences.  Of 4 urse the present
time is particularly favourable to these aspi-
rations   A  number cf Viennese sartorial
artists have been invited to submit designs
fororiginal Viennese sp:in# fashions, and 400
designs in colours are already being exhibited.
In contradiction of assertions published by
the foreign press the Commander of the
Austro-Hungarian fleet reports the following:
"Since the sinking of the "Zenta" on 16th
August, not one of our ships, boats or
aeroplanes has sustained the slightest damage
by hostile, let alone our own gun fire, al-
though plenty of munition was used against
them; not one man in our fleet has been even
wounded. On the other hand the French sub-
marine'Curie" has been destroyed, and a battle
ship of the "Courbet" type has been hit by
two torpedoes and badly damaged, if nothing
worse. Since the 3rd. November, apart from
submarine craft, no enemy ship has been as
seen on our coast
The Aero Club of America has adressed
to the K. K. Oesterreichischen Aeroklub a
letter deploring the loss to the "Fderation
Aronautique Internatioijile of so many brave
members, in consequerPe <(f the European
wars. Theii names wir b1 inscribed in the
Aero Club's roll of io <our  r neroic d eeds
January 13th 1915.
Late editions of the evening papers bring
a sensation: Count Berchtold, the Austro-
Hungarian minister of foreign affairs has
resigned and the Hungarian statesman Baron
Burian has been appointed in his place. The
short official communication accompanying
this interesting piece of news only states that
"purely personal reasons" have caused the
resignation of the count. This lets the event
appear in a still more mysterious light than
the customary poor health which so often is
discovered by ministers. A near future will
clear up the mystery, at present it would be
idle to indulge in mere suppositions except in
so far that although Count Berchtold served
his country well under exceptional circum-
stances  he  may  have  liked  to  entrust
the rudder of state into stronger hands.
The many changes which have taken place
in the highest miiltary positions, and now
this change in the place of the leading statgs-
man is not very encouraging.    What did
Abraham Lincoln say during the Civil war,
in the presidential campaign of 1864? "You
don't swap horses while crossing a stream."
Well, they are crossing a big and dangerous
stream just now.
President Wilson has held a speech in
Indianapolis, Ind., where he according to
London newspapers reports, praised America
as the only great country where peace is
reigning. "Only America," he is reported to
say, "saves her strength for her own.neople,
only America uses her resources for the benefit
of peace and of her own people. Some day
the world will say to America: you were
fortunate and we were unfortunate.   You
kept your hed cool and we lost it. Should
we, therefore, not ask your advice ? It is
written in the future that we shall be called the
blessed people among the nations." I only hope
that President Wilson and the American people
will be blessed in a very near future with a
good dose of common sense and a strong
feeling of fair play and justice towards all.
It is certainly not very edifying for a close
friend and admirer of the American people
to hear every day from German friends the
entirely justified complaint that it is a queer
sort of neutrality to permit almost daily large
quantities of heavy field and siege guns and
rifles and ammunition of war going out in
shiploads to England and France while Eng-
land does everything in her power to
throttle Germany by the most unfair and
illegitimate means, even by preventing legi-
timate commerce of America with Germany
and with neutral countries. If the President
and secretary Bryan be blessed with a strong
sense of international obligations they will
not inform congress that the Hitchcock bill
prohibiting the exportation of all material
of war entirely will be retired, but to the
masters of Cilycia, even the control of the
Bagdad railway by England will no longer
constitute a menace against Russia's economic
The "Rjetsch" in commenting upon these
observations remarks that after all the con-
stitution of an autonomous Armenia can only
be effected with the co-operation of England,
which country would only agree to a Russian
protectorate over Armenia upon that condition,
seeing that Armenia is traversed by a section
of the Bagdad railway. For this reason a
fine opportunity is given to everbody's econo-
mic interests-except Russia's, is the news-
paper's lament.
Mexican Oil Wells.
American threat.
Reuter, via Holland.   Sir Cecil Spri!t
Rice, the British Ambassador conferred witi
Mr. Bryan, Secretary of State, regarding the
situation at Tampico,and afterwardstelegraphe.
direct to General Carranza, pointing out th
injurious results which would follow an
interference with the oil supply from  that
It is understood that this was done at th
direct suggestion of Mr. Bryan, who also
protested to General Carranza on behalt
of the United States against his action in clos-
ing the oil wells controlled by British interests
in the neighbourhood of Tampico.
(Later.) Mr. Bryan announced late in the
day that the United States haq warned General
Carranza that serious consequences would
follow if he threatened the confiscation ol
foreign oil wells in Tampico.
the administration.  Little Sweden has just
given her big sister America an example,
by prohibiting not only the exportation, but
even the transportation of material of war
through her territory.
Ambassador Gerard had a good laugh the
other day.  He was shown an item in the
London "Times" to the effect that he had
proposed to the German government to
treat Australians among the English prisoners
of war better than the rest.  He thought it
was the best joke he heard for a long time.
Many Americans, who for sheer sympathy
with England have joined the chorus of
men advocating the war of civilization
against the German Huns and barbarians
should read an article by the Dr. Arthur Levy,
field rabbi of German troops in Poland,
published as the result of investigations made
by himself in Poland. He gives the follow-
ing data without any comment whatever
In Radom  the Russians hanged three in-
nocent Jews without any court procecding
or sentence.
In Stachew they hanged eleven Jews oni
Join Kippur day in the synagogue.
In Klodawa they hanged two of the most
prominent Jews, just coming from divine
service on a Friday evening, from the bal-
cony of the house belonging to one ot
them after his wife had been compelled to
secure the ropes.  The bodies of the men
bore  a piece of paper with the words-
"Hanged' because they would not change a
three rouble piece."
In Schiblowec Jewish girls drowned them-
selves in the Pilica lake after having been
assaulted and ruined by Russian soldiers.
In Kleczew 150 Jewish citizens were arre<
and taken to Warsaw as spies.
In Skiernewice the order to expel all Jew
arrived on Friday evening just when they
had lit the Sabbath candles.  10,000 Jews
marched conducted by their rabbi out of the
town into the cold dark night.
In Lowicz two young Jews were mutilated
and hanged afterwards, as spies and a third
one, the dealer in wheat and rye Moses
Lipschiitz, shared their fate. The names of
the two young Jews are Sandberg and Frtinkel.
In Beczawa, gouvernement Ljublin, on one
single day in October 78 Jews were hanged
as suspected spies.
In Lodz 15000 small Jewish dealers were
robbed of all they had and expelled. Jewish
women of Lodz were forbidden to visit thei
wounded husbands in hospitals of Petersburg
and Moscow because Jews were not allowed
in these cities.
In Zdunska-Wola Russian soldiers assaulted
and ruined all women and girls, even a womal.
having given birth to a child three day,
before, and girls of six and five years wer.
not spared.  One woman died from     I
Russias's Awakening.
4y    John W4ff-
At all times it has been a significant symp-
ton to see the leading Russian newspapers go
for each other in blind hatred. Even stronger
evidence has been afforded of general dissa-
tisfaction with the policy of the country when-
ever full agreement in vital points was shown
in spite of these bickerings in the press.
Your money or - peace!
The "Russkoje Slowo" (a sheet which is
officially inspired on frequent occasions) is
calling upon England to come at once to the
financial assistance of theTsar's Empire, saying
that Russia's own resources are entirely ex-
hausted, so that, otherwise, a separate peace
with Germany and Austria-Hungary would be
compelled. Though it is quite true, the ar-
gument goes on, that Russia, France, England,
Belgium and Servia agreed with each other
on the 4th September last not to conclude a
separate peace, that arrangement implied the
understanding that the costs should be borne
collectively too.
Russia sows - England reaps.
In a controversy conducted in the Russian
newspapers with regard to the future of
Armenia Dschiweljekoff in the "Djery" ("Day")
opposes Miljukoff's view that Cilycia need
not form part of the autonomous Armenia
to be created. He says: "The Armenians have
always felt themselves drawn towards the
Mediterranean.  Russia's economic interests
demand a railway conrection between Persia
and the Mediterranean, for once they are

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