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PRO GERMANS IN  LONDON. I "PEACE" MEETING I BROKEN UP BY SOLDIERS A stop-tho-war demonstration, organised by some of the most notorious pro-Germans in London, was broken up on Sunday n.ght by British patriots, who illclooed several men in khaki. The demonstration was to have been held in the Brotherhood Church, Southgate-road, KingsLand, winch has for some time past been the refuge and meeting-place of Anar- chists, fck>ciaiists, Syndicalists, iio-conscrip- tionists, and other malignant types of anti- British pea.cranks. Happiily (says the i; Daily ExprC68 "), although the pro-Germans were in the majority, no progress whatever was made with the demonstration. It was crushed at the very beginning. The platform was stormed. A piano was wrecked. Anarchists ^who made insu.'ting remarks about British soldiers were oum- melled. The ]Red Flag," the rallying song of the Anarchists, was promptly drowned in the vigorous singing of the National Anlbem and Rule -Britannia." Posters and a flag inscribed" Peace were torn down. Spluttering crackers were thrown, and several of the pacificists were smothered with red ochre. Eventually the police were called :n to defend the pro-Germans. An inspector promptly ordered the Rev. F. R. Swan to ileave his pulpit, and the other pro-Germans, including Mr. C. H. Norman and Mr. Scott- Duckers, were told to clea,r out by the back way. They went slowly and haughtily. They were not a bet. ashamed of themselves. The demjn&tration was calied for the purpose of parsing the most seditious reso- Juhon even these fedt.ious creatures have yet had the impertinence to propose. The! resolution, which was to have been pro- posed by M-r. C. H. Norman, read a. foLc-ws — This meeting calls upon the Govern- ment to stop the war and members of Parliament to refuse to vote further sup- plies. 1 Mr. Swan presided, and, after quoting passages of Scripture he said As Minis- ter of this church "You ought to be shot!" rang out a voioe from the body of the church It is a sin for men to he killing each other," said Mr. S.va-n. Then you d'j?'t believe in hang,ng," shouted a Briton. d The body is the temple of the Holy iSpirit," cried Mr. Swan. The German body?" some one asked. N o-t anothec word was heard from the pulpit. Soldiers and civilians booed Mr. Swan. Why don't you join the German army?" lou ought to be in the front tine trenches," You re a traitor," were among t,he sentences that one caught in the hubbub. Soldiers stood on the seats a.nd cheered. 'Tfne aruvrchrists, determined that all the noise should be theirs, lustily sa.ng "The Red Flag." The soldiers responded more lustily with the National Anthem and "Rule, Britannia." "You dirty beasts," shouted a. worn?n, pointing a quivering hand towards the soldiers. "There are bettor men than you in Germ-any," cried another anti-Briton. A patriot, who had been in the trenches and was now in civilian clothes, stood up and exclaimed "Wait till the boys come home; they'll teach you to hold peace meetings. They're standing nearly up to their necks hi water, and you hold peace meetings You are traitors to the country, every one of you. From vorious parts of the church lighted crackers were thrown towards the platform where Messrs. Swan, Scott-Duckers, and Norman sat with pale, anxious faces. Another sons' from the -ratrlc)ts-- Koap the home fires burning -and then a rush was made for the plat- I form. Free fights endued. One pacificist sank in his seat with his nose bleeding. A I soldier climbed to the gallery in front of | the organ, tore down the "Peace' banner, i and bore it away as a trophy. Others ripped posters off the pulpit rails. One of [ th posters bore the words, "Stop the war, because, whatever the gains, the lo-eees will be greater. "Dirty roi-ters shouted aijc?h?r wom-oi, as the soldiers advanced to the plat- form, from which Mr. Norman had attempted in v?jn to m0ve fh? ?pditious resolution. Mr. Swan sprang up. He realised that his cackle would not be ac- ¡ ceptable, and, amid loud cheers, he declared the meeting to hoe closed. The patriots would not accept this ae an assurance that the meeting would not be continued. They overturned the piano which stood in front of the pulpit, and then a body of cranks, fearing a personal attack on their leaders, rushed up t,he ste d the pulpit—from which stretched the platform —and acted as bodyguard. A police inspector and a number of con- stables as well as members of the special constabulary now entered the church. The inspector want direct to the p?dpit, and ordered Mj. Swan and the others to h?ve Mr. Swan hesitated, and tried to address the audience, but the inspector was rm, and insisted that he and his associates should clear out by the back entrance. Then the body of the church was cleared, must to the disgust of the anarchists and their friends. "What about the murders the British have committed?" shouted one of them. Germans are gentlemen, and that s more than we can say for British soldiers cried another. This is not the place to argue," said a police sergeant. "Move on." There was an occasional short scuffl e as Britons a-nd pro-Germans, intermingling, tiled out of the church, but the police were tactful, and soon the church was empty. "What a shame to disturb a beautiful peace meeting," remarked a woman pa.ci- ficist with tears in her eyes. There won't be any more peace meet- ings held here, ma'am, a soldier retorted.

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