' GREAT BRITAIN’S SCHEME TO STRANGLE ALLVAHER RIVALS
TO the Editor of The FArm:tu.ANo.
Sir: . . S ,
Mr. Collman's article in your last issuc.is interesting. as all his
articles are. but I believe that he is doing Great Britain an injustice
in crediting her with nothing morctlian desperate fear for bringing
about the economic understanding announced by the Allies. I doubt
that England is seeing the end of her rope. I do not think that
she is acting from a fear that all may not be going well as much
as that she is slowly but surely executing the scheme that was laid
when she entered the war. I believe that England never counted
upon a crushing victory of the Allies over Germany. "Her states-
men are too astute for that. She is content with a draw. Sh? Would
be Content even with an end of her war favorable to Germany as
long as that end falls short of a crushing victory of Germany over
the Allies. ,
Her goal, so she figures, will be reached no matter which side
wins. Her aim and purpose, so persistently and fervently denied by
the British and the majority ofthe American press, was from the very
beginning, world dominion by economic preponderance. She was
too wise to say it, or even to let it appear. “A fair held and no
favor" is what she always pronounced as her politico-commercial
motto, and upon this inotto she appeared to be acting. Many were
deceived. The Germans were not. They demanded freedom of the
seas and they were derided by the Anglo-Saxon world. inclusive of
the United States, for demanding a thing which England had never
denied them despite her naval predominance-
But murder will out and it has come out now. The horse-hoof
is showing at last, now that the Mephistophclian schemer among the
nations has succeeded inlimposing this economic alliance upon his
brothers-in-arms. England weak and fearful? By no means! Eng-
land is still and will increasingly be the strong partner in the allied
Concern. She has control of vastly more than 50% of the allied
Stock and she is now, while she holds the trumps in her hand, en-
forcing her will upon the minority stockholders. What has 5095
on behind the doors of the Paris conference chamber is easy to
imagine. l.Villy-nilly France and the rest of England's vassals have
had to bow to the decree of London. Theheartsiof non-British
conferces must have been heavy when Engli"ld.Cl3PPCd llle llalld‘
cuffs on her impotent rival-allies. . ' 5' " ‘A ‘
No doubt Mr. Collman is right in assuming.tltat Enslanilfs ‘V“3l“
“ltd by the war, but so are all the bcllilzercnts, and England '5 ablc to
Stand the strain a good bit longer than can fillet‘ of llcf NP 8”?“
allies. France and Russia, xvhetheryictorious or defcalelh 0.’ 99"“
Dclled to acknowledge a draw, will emerge fr'om the contest with a
British mortgage on their economic’powers,that‘will for 3.1009
while keep them in such cruel bondagethat. even with tl1er"l3lfC5l"
Of economic treaties in their pockets?,tl1'iY“Vlll d9‘.‘l0‘l‘l“l='l ‘Q’, dfi"
adcs to come but work for the rebuilding Oil‘ Glieat. lB.“l'am’5
strength. 7 V ’. i
If the Allies were to win a crushing victory England would If
paramount hereafter in European trade. l0l' l0 ll" 9"-'-’l‘0l"l‘i fan“
would be added those of her allied serfs, slaving f0)‘ lie!’ 213 ill?
Nlllelungen did for Alberich, pi mg up the golden hoard without any
llenctit to themselves or others and solely for ll“? ll1le“?Sl5 Of. ill”
merciless master. s , A ,
If the warLshould end in a draw. Or Wllll 3 Gelman Vlclorlll Elle
situation would be different only in 4631’ 65- 1“ raga“! l".l‘",3“"i5'
England's position would proportionally be, as far as economic and
financial power is concerned, thetsamb. EnHl3lld'5 3lllC5. ""'0“ld bf‘
tllminated as commercial rivals. 1059“ 0’ Vlcllllsv lll ‘am lo “fell
nnancial bondagc to Great Britain. The only serious comvellltfl‘
would be Germany. herself groaning under a very heavy ecommlc
Whatever the result of the clash of arms, England would Staff
‘lie new commercial race with more odds in her favor ‘than before
the war, and the only one in Europe that would be ablcll’ “l“"lle“B6
lltr would be Germany. "4 ’
Hence the slogan, "Germanlam cssc delendam." must be trans-
lated into the economic sphere by binding EYlSl3ml'5 Cnllllallcd
allies in solemn treaty 'not to parley with Germany in commercial
matters, all for the greater glory and the fatter purse and the more
' powerful economic dominance of England.
' Sir Edward Grey must have had, the situation which has now dc-
veloped-'-England the paramount figure in the otherwise anaemic
allied combine-clearly before his eyes when he decided in favor
of a. .war by which, according to him, England would suffer “but
little more" than if she stood aside. Surely, she has sutiered more
in many a respect, but she has suffered “but little more” because she
now has within her grasp the white-bled nations that have sold
themselves into economic slavery to the scheming shopkeeper.
But has Sir Edward Grey, has the British Government, taken all
the factors into account? They have been able to rely on the moral
and economic support of the “Great Neutral" to a degree which has
paid them well for the propagandist pains they have taken to pervert
public opinion against ’the Germanic allies. They felt the ground ‘
was safe under their feet where they stood, safe enough they thought‘
for them to go one step further; safe enough to take a leaptfrom ,
those battle-torn days into the dimly dawning future of coming
peace. But here they ovcrreached themselves. Here they touched‘
a sensitive spot in the Great Neutral’s moral consciousness perhaps,
and surely in his economic flair.
I do not believe in any inter-relation of the Allied, economic com:
bination and the new Revenue Law as Mr. Collman seems to do.
But even if such inter-relation exists, there are other things stirring
"within the United States which portend much more than that. I
believe the New York Times is quite sincere in the antagonistic
attitude which it takes toward the economic peace plans of the Allies,
And the New York Time: is not alone. VVe have been witnessing
an unanimous uprising of the American press, even of the most anti.
German papers of New York, against the scheme of the Allies to
carry the glowing embers fallen from the extinct torch of war into
the realm of peace. And I do not belieye that only business
sense is prompting this revulsion of feeling against such a. scheme;
I believe it to be the moral sense of America which the Paris con.
fcrence is setting on edge. ‘
However that may be. it seems sure that England has sadly misv
calculated if she believed that she could in any way coerce the neu-
tral world, and above all the United States, to endorse a pact that
serves in the main no purpose but to guarantee to Great Britain an
tmshackled progress towards the domination of the world's economic
affairs which I am more than ever convinced by the present dcv
velopment was all she aspired to when she'thrcw her sword into
the scales of war.
I see in the present economic alliance the justification of Ger-
many's contention that England went to war for no other reason
than her hatred of the successful German competitor, whom. though
she may not defeat him by force of arms. she -now vainly hopes to
bring under her heel by an economic boycott of the world.
- Krmusm M. ltfnnrm.
Brooklyn. July 6. 1915-
THE HEAT IS AFFECTING BILL TAFT
MONG the many painful incidents connected with the war sit.
uation which confronts the United States, not the least agoniz-
ing incident is the talk of ex-President Taft. When a man of his
dignity and fine judicial instinct tells American students, as he did
in addyegsing the University Club at Detroit, that “we should be
prepared tosrcsist the unjust military aggression of any nation that ,
is prepared to land 300,000 or 400,000 men on our coasts, and there
are such nations. . . . Germany could land such an army hero in a
month or six weeks"-vhc descends to the level of George Haven
Putnam and other irresponsible jingoes. It isia pity that some in-
dependently thinking studcnt did not ask him to demonstrate to the
University Club where Germany would get the ships to perform
such a miracle. Also, why Germany, is not landing thern‘on the
British malt, within an hour's journey of her ports. If men of Mr.
Tait’: capacity talk hit: this, what is to be expected of the multitude?