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Nr. 1220. Vol. XXII. Nr. 78 (December 31, 1915)

Nr. 1220, Vol. XXII, Nr. 78, December 31, 1915,   pp. [1]-4

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Venit Vidi Vicil
In truth a right wondrous New Year that
into which we are now stepping! But the
same must also be said of that which is just
*&king its departure. People who live today
must realise that that they are existing in the
most thrilling and extraordinary period the
world has known. The kind of war being
waged   today  is  unique.  It consists  of
contests on a scale of such vastness,
weapons the power, scope and variety
of which are unlimited; armies of such
unexempled numbers, battles waged over
extents of front which seem well nigh im-
possilble. Those are all facts which the present
war has brought out and which the world
has never seen or even thought of before.
We are told that lately, in the grand offen-
sive movement conducted by General Joffre,
there were more troops employed on the
French side than all those that composed
the entire armies of France in the war of
1870/71. The expenditure of ammunition,
in these days is so terrific that only the
greatest and most perfect organisation can
meet the demands made for shot and shell.
More missilies are shot off in one single
battle nowadays than was the case formerly
in an entire campaign.
It is quite natural at such a time as this,
with the New Year upon us, that everyone
is asking when the war will end and what
the outcome will be. Undoubtedly, and it
must be acknowledged by all impartial
military experts, all the trumps of the Great
Campaign appear to lie safely in the hands
of the Central Powers. On their side are a
constant series of victories on every front,
each and everyone evidently the outcome of
forgone preparation and careful organisation.
Nothing left to chance! To bow out the
Old Year, the Central Powers have performed
their greatest coup of all, in re-establishing
manections with the East and restoring the
line from  Berlin to Constantinople. It is
not needful here to go into detail as to the
enormous benefits which the Central Powers
have reaped from this latest feat of arms,
for it is evident to all who follow out the
details of the war.
As all military leaders so fully appreciate,
soldiers who have tasted the sweets of victory
fight quite differently from those that have
suffered the bitterness and demoralising effects
of defeat.  Twice on the Western Front
during the past year, the French and English
have attempted a big combined offensive
movement and each time have suffered
extremely heavy losses and have failed in
their undertaking.  In Gallipoli the Allies
courted and met with disaster of the worst
kind, and, after losing a quarter of a million
of men and many warships, have been com-
pelled to give up the undertaking and
acknowledge dismal failure as the results of
bad management and poor leadership. In
the Irak-where English influence had hitherto
been great-the British forces have again had
to retreat with heavy losses, leaving rich
booty behind them, including several fully
armed gunboats. The Salonica expedition,
upon the wisdom of which the English and
the French military leaders were divided in
opinion, was finally entered upon by England
at the instigation of General Joffre. And, it
has begun with defeat and heavy losses and
seems surely doomed to end in failure.
In truth the soldiers of the Allies must be
demoralised by constant defeat!
And so it goes all the while, the armies
of the Allies beaten in all directions appar-
ently having no fixed plans, no unity of
purpose. On the other hand the soldiers of the
Central Powers, have been constantly marching
on to victory which has been assured to
them beforehand by careful preparation and
organisation by a wondrous military staff,
which saw that every detail necessary for
victory was there at the right moment. And
there seems nothing in sight which can
possibly stay the further victorious progress
of the armies of the Central Powers. With
them it is, Veni, Vidi, Vici!
A Royal Rebuke.
King Ferdinand of Bulgaria, in his Speech
from the Throne, at the opening of the
Sobranje, adminsters a stinging rebuke to
the French and English for daring, "in the
name of civilisation", to support the Servians
in their tyranny against the Macedonians.
King Ferdiuand is a direct descendent, through
his talented mother, of King Louis Philippe
and his sentiments towards France have
always been of the most cordial and indeed
affectionate kind. It must therefo re have
bcen hard for the DulgaiaiviMonarch to
have spoken as he did against a country
which is half his own.   But how   could
King Ferdinand have expressed bimself
otherwise? In honesty to himself and his
concience the Monarch spoke out as he did.
The history of the Servian nation and its
people is one of almost unrecorded infamy.
England in times past-not so long ago-
was the one country that inveighed most
bitterly against Servia and was in favor of
breaking off all diplomatic relations with a
country which could so ill behave itself as
to murder its King and Queen and add to
the infamy of that action by throwing their
bodies out of the second floor window of
the Palace in Belgrade. But, since the murder
of King Alexander and Queen Draga, the
Servians have gone further still and they have
the crime of the premiditated and so extremely
brutal murders quite unguilty Archduke of
the Franz Ferdinand and his innocent spouse,
the Countess Chotek, upon their already so
besmirched national record. At a moment
when Bulgaria was exhausted, after having
done all the hard fighting in the Balkan war,
the Servians turned upon the ally Bulgaria
and, with the help of Roumania, filched
Macedonia from its rightful owner and began
to administer that unfortunate country with
inparalleled brutality and barbarity. To come
to the aid of such a people, and that in a
war said to be waged in the cause of civili-
sation, is a crime, and to do so under such
false colors surpasses all the limits of hypocrisy.
No wonder King Ferdinand told the English
and the French that they should be ashamed,
both for themselves as nations, and for civili-
Let no loud-mouthed demagogue, no self-
proclaiming leader of the common people
take to himself the glory of whatever pros-
perity in certain lines of war order activity
now prevails.
Nor let him claim the credit of the bumper
crops. Whatever of prosperity this country
enjoys to-day is in spite of these intruders
and not because of them.
It grows out of the terrible conflict, crim-
soning the battlefields of all the rest of the
world. It comes from God's bounty in
yielding to us our golden harvest.
It comes not because of, but in spite of,
the destructive legislation that has driven
our flag from the seas, that has put one-sixth
of our railroads in bankruptcy, that has
terrorized capital so that it no longer seeks
investment, that has outlawed our captains
of industry and discredited our elder states-
Lest we forget!
(John A. Sleicher in Leslie's)
Strauss Song Evening
Vienna, Thursday. Each day brings fresh
details of the wicked treatment meted out
to our poor soldiers who had the ill luck
to fall into the hands of the Servians. Noth-
ing was too bad for them. They were
cuffed and struck with clenched fists.
One prisoner says: "On the 15th of Janu-
ary 1915, I spoke with two quite naked
people in the cemetry of Negotin who told
that they were Hungarian soldiers and had
been in the hospital of Negotin, ill with
typhus. They had been laid in the mortuary
the evening previously, but, it being too
late, had not beeg, burried. Owing to the
cold in the mort r, they had come back
to consciousness.  hey were, owing to inter-
vention of an offi al, allowed to return to
the hospital, but fqr their conduct received
25 blows as punish4aent."
Terrible Tales.
An Infantrist said "On the march from
Prokuplje the Servian Captain Wojnovitsch
ordered a sick polish soldier to be killed and
he was despatched by a bayonet being run
through him.   Prisoners who  asked  for
bread were thrashed."
A Sergeant testiged: "On the transport
from Nish. I was Pick and left behind in
that town. As wafch officer there remained
one Ziwkowitsch. aHe shot and killed an
Austro-Hungarian prisoner who tried to hide
himself and he threw the corpse into the
Nichaiwa. The murdered man was an en-
gineer. On the, day following the same
sub-officer killed, in like manner, a prisoner
of war, and boasted and he always acted in
that manner if the prisoners were dis-
Strauss Songs.
Of all the many songs written by Richard
Strauss, it is interesting to hear that com-
paratively only a few have become known
to the public. We had a Straus' song
evening here this week and it was most
attractive. Richard Strauss was at the piano
and Franz Steiner sang a whole series of
Strauss songs.  Herr Steiner is a highly
cultivated artist and Strauss's playing was
of the most delicate and refined order and
the public   . Mel -apprciative and for
the true lovers of music assembled there, it
was a sensational treat, and both composer
and singer received the heartiest of ovations.
Franz Steiner was particularly good in the
"Stone Breaker" song. Elena Gerhardt was
likewise a great success.
Charity Concert.
A highly successful concert for the war
Funds was given last evening in the big
concert House Hall. It was under the pro-
tection of the Archduchess Auguste, wife of
Archduke Josef, and for the widows and
orphans of his dragoon regiment. The
committee was under the presidency of Prince
August Lobkowitz who is himself a Colonel
in the dragoons.
Of those who are interested in the good
cause were the Archduchess Zita, Archduke
Franz Salvator, Archduke Josef, chief of the
Regiment; Colonel General Archduke Eugen,
Duchess Maria Antonia of Parma, who has
two sons in the Regiment.
Prince August Lobkowiz and his wife
received the guests. The great hall was filled
to overflowing.  There were the Archduke
Leopold Salvator, and wife, Archduchess
Blanka and   her daughters,  Archduchess
Maria Immaculata and Margarita, Countess
Elizabeth Seefried, born a Princess of Ba-
The  Court organist   Professor  Rudolf
Ditirich opened out with a paraphrase of the
Kaiserlied.  Then  Professor Franz  Ordia
gave a masterly display on the violin. Frau
Lili Marberg of the Burgtheater sang "The
Song of the 15th Dragoons" and recited
some prose and rhyme of Bierbaum and
Bormann. Frau Elizza sang the principal
aria from "Oberon". Professor Alfred Grin-
feld delighted the public, and lastly the
Court Opera singer Piccaver sang songs
from Schubert and the aria from the "Masken-
ball". The evening was rich in artistic and
material results.
The Albanian Question.
Undoubtedly the Austro Hungarian policy
is gaining ground daily in Albania. The
newspaper Idea Nationale takes up the entire
question of Albania and says: "Don't let there
be any illusions. Albania is going to be the
theatre of great events. And the battles of
Albania will not be in the nature of local
episodes but of International things, epoch
marking events, which will strike hard upon
the life nerves of Italy. For Albania is the
important center of our spheres of interest.
An attack by our enemies upon Salonica
must strike Italy most sensitively. An ad-
vance of the Germans and Austro Hunga-
rians or Bulgarians through Albania to the
Adriatic Sea would be as the shattering of
our ideal of the domination of the Mare
Nostrum. More than ever must all the efforts
of Italy be towards the domination of the
"Uncivilizable Germany."
-Emile Verhaeren.
"Serbian Safes Robbed.   All at Shabatz
broken by Austrians. ,Officers were worse
than the men and gave the orders. They
took pianos and anything else they could
get."              -Colonel Govaars. S.A.
"Far fall the day when England's realm
shall see
The sunset of dominion! Her increase
Abolishes the man-dividing seas.
And frames the brotherhood on earth to be."
Prof. G. E. Woodberry.
"The Germans themselves boast that the
mild measures of the Dutch Government
keep them alive."
-Dr. IKappeyne van de Coppelo.
"We from our side shall not stop to com-
bat the Government and an abetting Press,
who, under the mask of honorable neutral-
ity, by an irresponsible export policy, supply
Germany with the urgent necessities of life,
enabling her, therefore, to continue the
struggle."  -Heer Schroeder in de Telegraaf.
_ "The generalefficienci  witfw'hich  the
hIle Italian  Amy is fulfilliij the task
confided to it."         -Lord Kitchener.
"Clearing out the   conspirators.  More
German and Austrian officials involved.
Germain campaign of arson and sabotage."
-American Correspondent of Daily Mail.
"We *knew that the Germans had long
been accubtomed to gorge themselves with
pork."                   -Francis Gribble.
"I want to tell the Germans that the trade
union movement stands against the horrors
of the Huns."            - David Gilmore.
"All Raemaekers' other cartoons most
bitterly analyse the mind that has organised
crime and bloodshed as if it was a natural
industry."                  -Daily Mail.
"The Germans have waged no real war
against us, they have been ravagers, thieves,
pillagers, assassins. They have deliberately
created a famine in Southern Belgium."
-Emile Verhaeren.
'It is the author's profound conviction
that Germany is uncivilizable, that she is
Asiatic at heart, and has in her an inexhaust-
ible store cf savagery."
-N. Y. Times Review of Verhaeren's Book.
"When a writer reaches the point where
a tramp on a rail pile fills him with as many
thrills as the greatest novel ever written he
has well begun on his career."
- Willa Sibert Cather.
"The justification of our selling to the
Allies war material is that our own freedom
depends upon their success. Let Germany
succeed and where would be the principle
of Democracy of which this republic is the
chief exponent?"
-H. Martyn Hart, the Deanery, Denver.
"God moves in a mysterious way His
wonders to perform," and the wonder He is
now performing is the riddance of Europe
and mankind, of the Teutonic menace to His
scheme of things.,.. . He has placed the
destiny of the earth in the hands of the
Anglo-Saxon race. with the Latins as their
natural allies." -Bottomley in "/ohn Bull."
"French Kino Theatres must not only pro-
tect themselves against using German or
Austrian films, it is also their unqualified
duty forever to exclude the chief actors of films
from their stages-should they be "Boches"
or bochedized."
-M. Le Tourneur (Apache du salon).
"Vive la France!" -E. Alexander Powell.
"British diplomacy is so saturated with
the tradition that so long as it is straight-
forward and dignified nothing else is to be
expected."                  -Daily Mail.
will you Sir or anybody else act, will any-
body protest?  In Austria-Hungary hardly
any English or Frenchman is interned, yet
in England nearly all the Austrians-Hunga-
rians are interned. One Englishman who had
lately come back from Austria or Hungary
to England, gave 2100 out of gratitude for
his good ticatment during his stay there, to
be 'distributed amongst interned Austrians
and Hungarians in.England. England began
this devilish crime of interning civilians.
Someone who knows.
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Adriatic there to find a basis so that it can
find an advantageous battle ground. Whoever
is not blind must bear witness that the
Austro-Hungarian propaganda is gaining
ground from hour to hour. Before long we
shall have lost all our influence there and
that is a matter of serious import and one
against which we must put forth all our
energies to prevent.
Cant, Calumny and Commercialism.
"There * is in Central Europe a group of
unscrupulous 'scoundrels who  caused  the
war."     -Heer Schroeder in Deele .rao
"This book ("The Evidence in the Case,"
by James M. Beck) the work of an eminent
jurist, is the most precise and eloquent of
indictments. It justifies its title in that it
furnishes us with the irrefutable proof of
the German guilt in the criminal attempt
made on light and justice."
-Bibliographe de la France.
"This admirable work of James M. Beck."
-Lord Bryce.
"Kultur was not made in Germany. The
political half of it, as everybody knows,
was made in Italy and formulated by
Machiavelli. The social effeciency half of it
was made in Massachusetts by Puritan faith."
- Prof. Giddings.
"The spoliation of Belgium and the cynical
disregard by Germany of neutral rights have
removed the embargo of polite silence."
-T. Bernard Walker in Review of Reviews.
"For the security of the United States it
is necessary to match the German fleet."
The Open Tribune
To Our Readers
We shall be glad to publish any com
munication from our readers, but must as
contributors to attach name and address Ue
their letters. These will be publlihe anany
mously, if so desired.
Letter to Roosevelt
To the Editor:
In an interview with a Correspondent of
a French paper you expressed yourself about
the criminal violation of the law of nations,
also about what you call useless atrocities of
the Germans. No doubt you would have
acted, if you had still been President.
Sir, have you ever looked at the other side
also, have you ever as a neutral judge, in-
vestigated the case of your elected defendant?
If you would have done so, and there is
still time, you would come to quite a differ-
ent conclusion.
I wonder what you would have to say to
a representative of a German or Austrian
paper?  Would you consider the English
blockade justified? Is there no criminal vio-
lation of the law of nations in trying to
starve 130 millions of civilians, women and
children of Germany and Austria, or do you
think it is a just course in war time? Some
London papers suggested even that all the
crops in Germany should be destroyed by a
fleet of aeroplanes. Lately the American Post
Office parcels are excluded by the Eng-
lish blockade. The parcel post service between
America and Germany is suspended. The
English call it an ingenious scheme of send-
ing heavy exports of food to Germany under
the guise of Christmas parcels. Not even the
Red Cross Committee can forward any most
needled articles for invalids. There is a good
chance to act even for an Ex-President and
there is still another serious matter to act and
protest against useless atrocities.
Nearly 40,000 civilians are interned in Eng-
land! I state without exaggeration that no
more horrible crime has been committed in
the history of 'the world. No element of
torture is absent, the inquisition of the dark
ages could not have been worse. With few
exceptions the victim is arrested either late
in the evening or as early as 5 o'clock in
the morning. No time is given to arrange
anything, hardly any time to say good bye
to his family and it was very often good bye
for ever. It depends on the Police Inspector
if the prisoner has to stop two hours or a
week, or in a few cases even months in a
prison cell just like the worst criminal before
he gets to the camp. After a day's journey
under heavy escort without getting any food
whatever the doors vi the camp are opened.
The reception differs, the officer calls out the
names and if one of the prisoners forgets to
add to every answer "Sir" or he does not
stand like a soldier the sergeant strikes him
with his closed fist. At last the victims ate
put in the cage. All round them barbed wire
(made in the U. S. A) and any amount of
armed sentries watching them. Have they
suddenly become wild animals? The position
is worse in many ways than that of a criminal.
These so called prisoners of war never know
when they will be free again. The life in
the camp is worse than anybody can imagine,
yet some do not feel the hardships as the
majority do. In camp nobody knows what
will happen next, it is always necessary to
be prepared to be punished for something
you had no control of. Once a sentry let
his gun off with the intention of killing one
of those-Germans, he had just heard that
his son had died for his country. If one of
the prisoners breathes in the wrong direction
the whole camp is punished. No papers, no
parcels, no letters. The wives or friends may
get permission once a month to visit the
prisoners for a quarter of an hour, how de-
grading it is, they have to speak through the
wire or in another camp between two tables
without even room enough to shake hands.
The sanitary and sleeping arrangements are
most horrible. The food is insufficient, the
cantine charges very high prices, there is
corruption every where. Personal punish-
ments are horrid. One old man once asked
kindly to be allowed to carry rubbish of
smaller weight prefering to go oftener. It
was refused and the poor man had to go
for seven days in a dark solitary cell! And
there are a good many similar cases. There
are boys of 14 years and men of 70 years
old i. the camp, many fishermen since the
5th August 1914, taken before their boats
were sunk or captured, also any amount of
cripples, cases which are very sad, families
wives largely English starving at home, the
breadwinner interned. Nearly all had worked
before the war in the interest of England
now they are driven mad, and why, what
have they done? They were not born in
England, that is all!
It would be easy to write pages about this
crime of internment, but what is the use,

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