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a- !-• T.OTi^zjgisaa'affi-fc.atagaiicME r% I. '11, 1 r"T 4. Occasional Motes \&-{h.;n.HH l'H.'1:: [By Arthur MeeJ REPRISALS. I REPRIStd..S. This week just a word or two about the war. The announcement that the Govern- ment has at last resolved on stern re- prisals for the cruel air-raids is excellent news. We in the west can speak quite disinterestedly. It is not sell-interest or self-preservation on our part. We have not suffered as they have on the East Coast or in London. In fact we have not suffered at all—.so far. I trust now that deeds will take the place of words, and that stinging air-raids on German towns and cities will be the order of the day. As the Huns have been so lavish with their bombs it is only fair that we should re- pay them in kind. I have a feeling that a severe course of this medicine will do not a little to bring the Bosehes to terms. Up to now they think we haven't bombed them either because we won't or because we can't. It is more than high time that they were bitterly undeceived. THE ALLIES' TERMS. It seems to me there is a good deal to be said ior the contention of Mr. J. H. Thomas, M.P., that it is high time the Thomas, that it is -L.'lile the ducible minimum which they will accept, failing which the war must continue. We all know what is wanted in a vague way; but it is time we got it all down in black and white. Perhaps before long the Allies will eeino to a thorough agreement in the matter, because if not there is al- ways a risk of disagreement later on, and most deplorable. Now is the time to see to this matter, to draw up a statement of what must be done. Germany will then know where she stands. I trust w hen the I terms are disclosed they will at least in- I dude the absolute freedom of Belgium. Alsace Lorraine, Poland and the Bal- kans, the thrusting of the Turk into Asia I and the payment of indemnities by the Central Powers. The punishment of the German leadc:-r, guilty of atrocities ought also to be a, sine qua non; otherwise the Avar will be as good as lost. AFTER THE WAR. I Another tbn.g just as urgently needed I is that tlic, iij) their minds to a strict commercial boycott of Germany for a term of years, such terms to be lengthened unless the Huns lay down their arms and sue. for mcrcy within a specified period. With America North and South on their side the Allies are in a position t. throat.1^ th's now, and to carry out their threat. Such a threat would ie:: Im*. Ihv Runs wlic are dream- ing of a i): e')])in? re?v.ar after the pre- sent struggle ;s over. It is up to Great Britain to s.-v that never shall the Huns batten sipon us or our colonies, j They .should lor yrjrs be e-clud.-d from British territory, and thch- ships denied the facilities of British ports all the world over. We know the strong feeling of our sailors in this matter. They have been treated by the Germans with hideous cruelty, and it, is no wonder they are furiously determined that the Huns shall have 110 after-war succour or support if they can possibly help it. I hope our traders will be as staunch; but in some cases I have great doubts about it. A BLACKGUARD MATiON. J'I. 1 1..1 '} I No doubt amongst the lluns t here are exceptions, but as a whole Germany stands before the "world to-day as a criminal. She thinks herself God's Chosen Race; we on our part regard her as the Devil's Own. After the war the Germans will begin-to realize their posi- tion. Before the war they were not liked, but at any rate they were respected and admired for their cleverness and their abounding industry. To-day all that is I gone. Loatfiing and curses will follow the Hun 'i>r-vo'er he goes till in his anger he will Shimseif oflvso the Kaiser and the oaicr devils who have brought his once great country down to be spat npon not by civilization hut by the very heathen ns well. To what country will he look fcr sympathy P He has alienated the whole world. Germany is the first great people in all history that has fully earned the title she will long wear, that of The Blackguard Nation. I A HAPPY CONTRAST. I It is a blessed relief to turn the thoughts from Germany and the hellish brutalities committed by her Army and Navy to the noble deeds of our own brave fellows, and to the myriad organizations that have sprung up in our midst since the great war broke out. No one will or can ever know the full measure of these activities. Our soldiers and sailors, wounded and unwounded, have been looked after with loving care by great armies of helpers. In this direction the Y.M.C.A. for ex- ample, has done a most glorious and memorable work. How many thousands too bless the untiring efforts of my friend Mr. Glenelg Grant and his colleagues at the Cardiff Soldiers' and Sailors' Rests. The name of Mr. Grant is an honoured one amongst our warriors, and with good reason; and readers who desire a book full of the spirit and loyalty and devotion can hardly do better than procure his ,-The Heart Beneath the lished by Messrs Morgan and Scott. They will find it good to read nay at times some of them will be moved to tears. Without the least suspicion of cant we find here how a man can be both a sol- dier and a Christian and do his duty to his God without forfeiting the name of a good chum amongst his colleagues. This little book is rich in its human touches. Very lovely is the sentence in a letter sent to Mr. Grant from a good fellow in the trenches. "The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want. Please send me a. mouth-organ." 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