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Stanhope, Aubrey; Orchelle, R.L. (ed.) / The continental times
No. 1155. Vol. XXII. No. 13 (July 30, 1915)

No. 1155, Vol. XXII, No. 13, July 30, 1915

No. 1155. Vol. XXII. No. 13.
FRIDAY, JULY 30 1915.
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A Sign of the Times.
There is the best of reasons for supposing
that Roumania is firmly intent on pursuing
the wise policy of strict neutrality which has
so far saved the Kingdom of King Ferdinand
from the terrors of war. One of the most
significant signs, as showing that intention,
lies in the fact that the political agent of
Russia, Prince Trubetzkoi, recently sent to
Bucharest, with a special mission to try and
win over Roumania to the side of the
Entente powers, was refused an audience by
the King. The Prince had come with a
portfolio full of tempting offers of territory,
Bukowina, the Siebenburgen, special ad-
vantages on the Danube, and so forth. But
the Roumanians are notably quick-witted and
far - seeing. They at once recognised that
Russia was offering that which did not be-
long to her and had no likely chance of
being hers. And that is why Prince Trou-
betzkoi was given the cold shoulder in
The Prince, we are told, left the Roumanian
capital in high dudgeon. And no wonder!
For the firm attitude of Roumania means the
coup de grdce to Russia's last hopes of as-
S4! .Iesa.naeJime utterlvcrushes
the highly cherished political fallacy of the
Italian government.
Not Quite Logical.
Owing to sheer carelessness the lives of
1800 American citizens have been lost by
the capsizing of the tourist steamer East-
land on Lake Michigan. That means a dis-
aster greater thin  that of the Titanic.  In
America more lives are lost in railroad
accidents and in such cases as the above,
than in any other country in the world. And yet
President Wilson is, of a sudden, so extra-
ordinarily concerned regarding the lives of
Americans who insist upon travelling in a
,one announced as dangerous. The Germans
say that President Wilson is not logical.
Submarine Activity.
There had been a lull in the activities of
the  German    submarine   boats  and  that,
coming at the same time as the American
protest note, gave rise to surmise that the
stoppage of action was intentional. But lest
such be thought to be true, the German
(Government promptly published the latest
returns of the submarine invasion work,
which mounted to no less than fifteen
steamers sunk, one of them, the Leelanaw,
being American.    So it is very evident that
there is no relaxation in the vigilance of the
submarine commanders, no desire on the
part of Germany to modify the use of the
one sure and deadly weapon she has against
the sea might of England. The submarine
invasion continues in full force!
Abuse is Flattery.
Nothing better proves the success of the
Continental Times than the constant attacks
it receives at the hands of the muzzled,
notoriously ignorant, and ill-informed British
Press. The Daily News; which pretends to
uphold some of the traditional decencies of
Liberalism but differs in reality little from
the unspeakable Northcliffe organs, flatters
us, in one of its recent issues, with its
abuse, and calls the Continental Times
,cgregious."  The    reason  that we    are
"egregious", appears to be due to the fact
that we published two evident truths. Firstly,
that the Italians were being badly beaten;
secondly that the Bulgarians were the best
of all the Balkan races, and would, assuredly,
one day come into their own, into the rights
'which they were robbed of after the late
Balkan war; owing to the treachery of Servia
and Roumania. Events during the past few
days show how true were both these assertions.
The Italians are beaten on all sides.  The
3ulgarians are preparing an ultimatum to
be addressed to Servia.  And Bulgaria is
fully capable of beating Servia today just as she
has done in the past.
The English press is today a phenomenon
of the Second Dark Ages.
By One Who Knows Both.
England has always taken care of the
Her solicitude for it has ever been great
and never so remarkable as in the present
That Truth was a woman and could be
taken care of was first perceived by England
many centuries ago, and John Bull chival-
rously took steps to house and secure the
unprotected female long before less adven-
turous and far-seeing minds were aware of
the necessities of the case.
And now England has her reward.
Truth, no longer at the bottom of a well,
to be drawn up painfully and with much
spilling in inadequate bucketsfull by a rotting
cord or rope, is distributed by a magnificent
system of high pressure pumps in vast and
fructiferous floods over the surface of the
whole earth.
No country but receives the stream and
no people but must bathe in the waters
whether they will or no.
Just as when the Angel of old descended
and troubled the waters, the sick men of
Jerusalem jumped into the pool, so to-day their
descendants, the halt, the maim and the blind
of the world's press, plunge headlong into
the troubled waters that the Angel of Fleet
Street, with full hands and a brimming heart
pours over the long-suffering Neutral Earth.
The Fleet was a proverbially dirty and
even "stinking" stream in mediaeval days
and since it came to be covered over with
the modern temples and halls of exact in-
telligence it has not run sweeter, although
The manner in which the Angel has des-
cended into the puddle to-day and troubled
the waters of fame, as an exploit exceeds in
far-reaching effect and even in picturesque
stage management any action of celestial
origin we have record of.
Let us inspect the process.
When England declared war on Germany
on 4th August, 1914, the reason assigned
was the German violation of Belgian neu-
trality. The Angel flew all over the Earth
with this announcement and the small peoples
and their smaller journals were everywhere
called on to lift up their hearts and rejoice.
The German transatlantic cable was cut
within a week of the outbreak of war, so
that no heresies might trouble the orthodox
view as preached from a thousand pulpits
in the New World. Having thus provided
Angel set to work to pile up ammunition
on this side. The violation of Belgian neu-
trality was an excellent heavenly missile for
some four weeks.   Then the corners got
knocked off. With the occupation of Brus-
sels and the unfortunate arrest of Mr. Grant
Watson, the British diplomatic agent left be-
hind to burn the records, the secret war-
compact between England and Belgium fell
into the wrong hands, and the Angel had to
drop "Belgian neutrality"' like a hot potato
and pick up a liver weapon. He picked up
"German atrocities." This proved indeed a
live shell; one of those high explosives Mr.
Lloyd George has been deploring the want
of in another field of the war. If England's
ammunition factories had only been as well
run as her "news" factories the war would
have been long since over, with the Bar-
barian lashed, chained and impotent. The
Angel would have won the war. But while
"Belgian neutrality" and "German atrocities"
have proved to be weapons of enormous
force they have still been unable to over-
come the remorseless fire of the 42 centi-
metre cannons aimed by blind barbarism at
angelic fortitude. Still the wide range of the
celestial weapons has been scarcely appre-
ciated up to this. We had thought that it
was on Fleet Street agencies alone that the
higher organization relied: but a recent re-
turn of the output of His Majesty's Stationery
office for the past year shows that those
who have charge of the Truth do not leave
everything even to the editorial minds.
We are told in this official record of the
year's proceedings that the London Stationery
Office cost the Crown in 1914 "over
V700,000" for printed matter and that for the
current financial year this outlay would
"exceed 21,000,000."
Two items for 1914, as given in the
official statement, stand out as quite the
most remarkable illustrations of altruistic
energy in spreading the truth that there is
anywhere public record of.
As a rule a Blue Book, or White Paper,
every Foreign Office knows, is printed in
limited quantity and almost solely for pur-
poses of press distribution. The number of
copies asked for by the public is in all
cases very small, and probably rarely if ever
exceeds two thousand copies.
To take a notable instance. The most
"popular" Blue Book of recent years was
unquestionably that dealing with Sir Roger
Casement's exposure in 1912 of the Putumayo
atrocities comitted under the aegis of a
London Company.
Perhaps 5000 (five thousand) copies of
that Blue Book were bought by private
individuals apart from the 1500 or 2000 sent
out officially by the Foreign Office for press
That was a bona fide public demand for
a record of close and attentive investigation
on the spot of a long series of appalling
crimes, supported by overwhelming evidence
and accompanied by the most convincing
The atrocities were unquestioned and the
press comments on them    lurid; and the
public oppetite for atrocity, when the British
Government had no direct interest in spread-
ing it, was satisfied with 5000 (five thousand)
copies of the record.
Not so when British interests are at stake;
then the task of the Angel becomes indeed
a  superhuman   one.   The  "atrocities" in
Belgium arranged by Lord Bryce and a
Special Committee (not investigated in Belgium
but worked up in England into official form
with the name of no witness anywhere
given) supplied one of the Blue Books
issued in 1914 by H. M. Stationery Office.
We are told officially that over 1,000,000 (one
million) copies of this Blue Book where
printed and issued by the Stationery Office
for the  current  year.  That  they  were
distributed we know: that they were bought
orpaid forby thepublicwe are equally sure was
not the case.  At least half a million copies
were sent gratis to America and distributed
post-free throughout that country by British
truth agencies.
We are also told that over 1,000,000 (one
million) copies of "Sir Edward Grey's famous
White Paper" were also "printed and dis-
tributed by H. M. Stationery Office."
fhus over two million copits of two British
official warrants for the apprehension of
Truth were issued, and paid for by the
British  Exchequer  in the space of eight
months-surely the most admirable evidence
of England's care for and regard for the
truth that we can find, even in her long
records, in this respect. It becomes all the
more admirable when we contrast it with
the poor attempts at spreading the truth
made by those interested in securing the
Lady's release from her present guardian.
These puerile efforts met with the fate that
they deserved. We learned recently that 200
(two hundied) copies of the German official
report on Russian atrocities in East Prussia
had been sent to the German Ambassador
in Washington on board a neutral (Italian)
Think of it. Two hundred copies of a
German White Paper against two million
copies of a British!
And see what befell them!
It was known that the German report on
Russian infamies, unlike the Bryce report on
German "atrocities", supplied all the details
on the spot, on the very ground violated, in
the very houses burned and pillaged, from
the mouths of those who had suffered and
the whole given with names, dates, and
localities so that any one might verify and
confirm  or contradict and deny.   Clearly
such a publication was an infringement of
British copyright and this modest parcel of
200 copies could not be allowed with safety
to the truth to reach its legal destination
across the Atlantic.
So the Angel of Truth took wi'gs to
Gibraltar and acting through the Command-
ant of that gateway to Sea Freedom, held up
the Italian steamship "Dante Alighieri" and
made search for the tiny parcel.   It was
found  to   be  at the   bottom   of  the
hold-in fact in the well of the ship
where Truth used to reside-and could not
be got out without discharging the entire
cargo. So the Captain was required to give
a promise to the Angelic representative that
he would not deliver the parcel where he
was legally bound to deliver it, but would
illegally retain it at New York and hand it
over on return to Gibraltar to the British
custodian of truth and public morals. That
the Angel should impose this order on the
Italian Captain and that the Italian should
obey it is not surprising; but that the United
States Customs Officers in the port of New
York should have permitted this gross viola-
tion of the Customs Laws of their Country
and should not have compelled the delivery
to the consignee of the goods manifested to
him is surprising indeed-if one is not
closely acquainted with the ways of Ameri-
can officials when asked to oblige an Angel.
A less striking instance of angelic vigour
occurred in the case of the American vessel
"Ogeechee" chartered by Congressman Her-
man Metz of Brooklyn to bring a cargo of
dye stuffs from Germany to New York.]
Among the cargo of this vessel were 26
cases containing copies of Nos: 10 and 11
of the Hamburger Fremdenblatt War Special,
giving the full report of the Grey-Findlay
case with facsimiles of the British Minister's
"Guarantee" to the Norwegian Christensen
for the kidnapping of Sir Roger Casement.
This, too, was clearly a case for angelic
censorship.   So the 26 cases were taken
off the "Ogeechee" and confiscated, not by
process of international law, but by what may
be called an act of spiritual sleight of hand.
In neither case, it will be seen, has the
opposition effort to lay hands on the truth
been  successful.  The sacrilege has been
It is true at some cost.
What with the E2,000,000 or so spent by
His Majesty's Stationery Office; the Com-
mandant of Gibraltar; the Captain of the
"Dante Alighieri"; the Customs officials of the
Port of NewYork; the Press agencies and other
distributing truth channels in America; and the
forcible detention of the "Ogeechee" and
seizure of her cargo, the bill of costs to
meet the exigencies of safe-guarding the truth
must indeed be a high one.
When we consider all the other multiform
methods whereby truth is distributed, held
in check, fed, housed, clothed and lodged
over the neutral regions of the globe and
the innumerable efforts called for to see that
she is firmly taken care of at home and not
allowed to wander or fall into the hands
of strangers, we begin to perceive some of
the reasons why Great Britain is spending
nearly 23,000,000 (three million pounds) per
day on the conduct of this gigantic campaign.
A war against Germany is one thing; but a
war in defence of truth and "the very cause
of humanity itself" (vide Mr. Asquith's last
pronouncement at the Guildhall) is another,
and it is very hard for the mere outsider to
say which is the more costly effort.
The Cas, a prominent newspaper of
Prague (July 18) has a bold leading article
which criticises the attitude of the United
States in the present war. This, it avers, is
determined chiefly by a lust for gain--as
proved by the enormous figures showing
recent profits-in the United States. The
economic reaction of this will be felt in all
European countries and England would be
the chief sufferer.
The American government defends the
freedom of maritime trade in its diplomatic
notes which it sends to England and seeks
to justify, to Germany the immunity of
American citizens even aboard enemy vessels
within the war zone. And yet tens of thou-
sands of these citizens are working in hund-
reds of factories making ammunition and
war material for Europe, and hundreds of
ships carrying food are sent to Europe. It
is with the most self-evident justice that the
Austrian-Hungarian Note addresses itself to
the big republic and requests that a real
neutrality take the place of the purely formal
one it has so far followed.
The Union of Praque writes of the American
was against the Central Powers and resumes:
The Vienna Note has fulfilled the splendid
service of exposing the speciousness of the
American death-dealers-that they would be
willing also to supply the Central Powers with
munitions, if England did not forbid it.
ThetAmerican gver-lment could - easiy for-
bid this export, since it involes a one-sidsd
favoritism to one of the belliger ents.
The same objection must be ucaed against
America's Facit consent to the "starving-out"
policy of England -a flagrant violation of
all international law. The morality of the
issues at stake may possibly exercise no
great influence at Washington - but the
day may come when the Union will find
itself in a position when a similar breach of
the law of nations can be enforced against
it. It must not be forgotten that the great
Coalition of five powers is also interested
in the western shore of the Pacific.
The Has als oapproves heartily of Burian's
Note. It makes the justifiable remark that
the  text of the   note  may   have been
altered by its transmission via London. * It
declares that Wilson talks of peace and
humanity while the whole country is feverishly
occupied in making weapons of death for
the Entente. America was losing its best
costumers through the blind rapacity of
its manufactures of murderous instruments.
Apart from this-the hideous injustice of the
whole thing!
A WARNING. (1863.)
The following poem appeared in Harper's
Weekly, New York, May 18. 1863.
Wewill remember it-England's "neutrality"-
We who have witnessed her cowardly craft;
Friendly in seeming, a foe in reality,
Wiping her eyes while she inwardly laughed.
Wewill remember when round us were lying
Thousands of gallant men, wounded and dead,
Rebels on all sides our pathway defying-
"Down with our rival!" was all England said.
We will remember with lasting emotion,
When her starved workmen were gasping
for breath,
While stores of grain we sent over the ocean,
Her ships came laden with weapons of death!
We will remember her sham aristocracy,
Cheerful and jubilant over our fall,
Helping when treason would stifle demo-
Turning a deaf ear to Liberty's call.
We will remember the Keokuk sinking,
Riddled with balls "neutral England" had sent;
We will remember her laughingand winking,
Feasting arch-traitors on board of the Trent.
We will remember it when we are stronger,
When once again we stand saved and erect;
Her neutral mask shall shield England no
By her foul deeds she'll know what to expect!
Author's name not given.
The OpenTribune
To our Readers.
We shall be glad to publish   ow,oi-
munication from our readers, but uswe
contribntors to attach name and address
their letters. These will he puldished anony
mously, if so desired.
Come Along, Senny.
To the Editor.
The following is a sample of British War
Office Appeal for recruits, the vulgarity of
which is disgusting.
Territorial Force.
More Fighting Men
Wanted Immediately for the Fanon,
1st London
(Royal Fusiliers)
The Parent Battalions Havin'i r\heady
Distinguished themselves at
Ages 19-40
Uniform at once
4 reasons for Joinmg.
1.-Because it is a grand thing, in these days
when all the world is under arms, to
shoulder a rifle, and to take part YOUR-
SELF in what the people of the fut'
will call "THE GREAT WAR OF TI
2.-Because your girl will REALLY be pro
of you if you do, although she may ve
sorry to lose you, and at first may try to
dissuade you.
3.-Because, when years go by and your
children sit by the fireside and read their
history-books, they will be so proud to
hear from their father's lips how he, too,
was a soldier, and PROTECTED THEIR
MOTHER and the Home.
4.-Because the King's khaki is a uniform
that fits every man, makes a handsome
fellow of him, and is the only kind of
dress a real good lad likes to be seen in.
So Come Along Then, Sonny,and Join Now.
The type of mind that conceives such an
appeal and the type of mind to which it is
addressed betray a state of civilization one
would not have thought possible even in this
cant-saturated land. Compare with this de-
graded and vicious "ad" the sublime and
noble sentiments that inspire the heroic youth
of Germany.          H. K Olden, Lucerne.
An Injustice.
To the Editor.
The Secretary of the Chamber of German-
American Commerce has sent the following
letter addressed to the Hon. Josephus Daniels,
Secretary of the Navy: the Hon. Robert Lan-
sing, Secretary of State and the Hon. William
C. Redfield, Secretary of Commerce.
New York, July 1, 1915.
We are very much surprised to read in
to-day's papers that the United States govern-
ment contemplates taking over the radio
station Sayville, Long Island. To put this
station under martial law would practically
mean making the service slower, more cum-
bersome and protected than it is already.
We beg to point out to you that unneu-
tral messages can be sent unchecked by cable
in unlimited quantities, and also by wire to
Canada and from there by wireless to Europe.
We absolutely fail to see the reason why the
means of communication to Germany should
be discriminated against and continually made
more difficult, whereas, on the other hand,
the means of communication between the
United States and other belligerents remain
unmolested, absolutely free and unhampered.
This seems to us a manifest injustice against
which we protest.
We hope you will take this matter under
consideration, and remain,
Chamber of German-American Commerce, Inc.
We have forgotten it, - England's "neutrality",
We have surpassed it by one of our own,
Based on a specious but shameful legality,
Masked by a smug, hypocritical tone.
We have forgotten how England then treated us,
Jeered at our losses, our struggles, our tear.,
Shouted whenever our brothers defeated us,
Captured our vessels with swift privateers.
We have forgotten how England then rated us;
Nothing too vile of us then could be said;
Snobs and aristocrats, - all of them hated us,
Now they despise us, - our spirit is dead.
We have forgotten how England then scornfully
Ridiculed Lincoln as "ape" and as "clown",
While a whole nation, in reverence, mournfully
Laid him to rest and immortal renown.
We have forgotten her earlier ravages, -
Cities destroyed on our shelterless shore,
Use in her ranks of the scalp-hunting savages!
Read we the lives of our fathers no more?
We have forgotten it all; and, though stronger,
Tamely we yield to her shameless decrees;
Souls of our sires, respect us no longer,
Whilewe thuscringe to the Scourge of the seas!
MAKE us remember it, lest our servility
Finally meet with the craven's reward;
God of our fathers, restore our virility!
Up from our knees! It is time for the sword.
John L. Stoddard.

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