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A LOOK ROUND. Next, Please! [By SENTINEL, "j I lULGAIMA out of the war! »J The news, which ran like wildfire round the country on the evening of t:> September 30th, naturally made our hearts beat high with hope. The most faithless of our enemies has at last been beaten to her knees in a short, sharp campaign, and lies grovelling in the dust. We and our Allies would make no terms but unconditional sur- render, and unconditional surrender it had to be. The Bulgarians, called the Prussians of the Balkans," deserve no sympathy, and will get none. They, or their statesmen, lent themselves to play the game of th-eir unspeakable King—" King Fox "and they will be punished by seeing the leadership of the Balkan States, which they might have had. pass from them to the Serbs and Greeks, who have deserved it. Bulgaria was the smallest of the enemies ranged against us. But the efforts put forth by the Germans to win her aid show the importance which they attached to her support. The Bulgarian Army took a great part in the war on two occasions. It broke the heroic resistance of Serbia by a tlank attack in the autumn of 1915, and, next year, repeated the operation against Rou- mania. The Bulgarian Army was an excellent weapon of war: but the chief value of the Bulgarian Alliance to Ger- many must be sought in the position of the country, which at once lay on the Hank of two small enemy States and afforded a means of communication between Austria and Germany and Turkev. ow. by the terms of Bul- garia's surrender, her railways are placed in the hands of the Allies, and the Berlin-Bagdad line is cut. If the Germans are to keep the Turks supplied with stores and ammunition they will have to send them round by the Black Sea—a possible way but a very incon- venient one, as everything must pass through Southern Bussia, where the people do not love he Germans. After the smashing defeat in Pales- fine, it is not very likely that the Turks will hold out much longer. The end may even have come before these lines are in print. They will certainly do all they can to save Constantinople. But this is uv.e of those cases in which it is best not to prophesy unless you km>w—and no one knows at present what will happen next. Anyhow, our course northward is-now clear, to de- liver from bondage the land of Serbia. which has suffered so sorely. The tallies are turned. Having the right to M-nd armies through Bulgaria, we shall be on the flank of the Austrians, who must now take the place of the de- lenders of the enemy's positions in the Kast- We and our Allies will thus be able to join hands again with the Ron- j manians. who are eager to overthrow the shameful Treaty of Bucharest which was forced upon them by the Germans. If we succeed in pressing forward'to Belgrade, the old capital of Serbia, and Danube, we shall be in touch with Montenegro, the other little State which the Austrians and Germans have massacred, and with the discontented peoples of the Austrian Empire, who will probably rise at our call. The Green Bands," consisting of deserters from the Austrian Army, are said alreadv to number some scores of thou- sands. and the ef these will throw themselves into the arms of the Allies. The position of Austria, with the Allies and her own insurgent popula- tions pressing her from the south-east, and the Italians on her other side, will then be most difficult. There seems little chance that she will escape a fate similar to that which the Bulgarians have suffered and which threatens the Turks. The Germans are themselves heaviiv pressed on the Western front, and have called in Austrian divisions to help them. They can raise no more troops except by recalling them from Russia. and this will mean the down- fall of the Bolsheviks, and probably a general uprising for the salvation of Russia. All this will take time, and we must not sbont too soon. But that is the way things are going, and the chance of making a "clean peace" which "ill remove for ever from the world the chance of another war of this horrible character grows brighter every day. But we must hold fast during the coming months till our victory is com- plete. A hugger-mugge;- peace would mean that all we have done fin 1 suffered would be in vain..