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-W The German pirates, m sinking the falaba. Lusitania. Arabic. Hesperian, I \ncona, Persia, and other liners and mer- rhant vessel: have destroyed more than 2.000 innocent human lives. In almost every case the "icLms included neutrals, j and women and children. All these crimes yrerc deliberate and committed in defiance of jnternationa'I iaw, which prohibits the destruction of an unarmed merchant vessel tt sea. unless ;iU on board can be and arc put in place of ^ufetv. In nifliiv instances, fbe and Persia, there has been no pretence of giving the defenceless people on board an opportunity to save themselves. The sliips wpto torpedoed without warning,- and in fit her cases, when a. warning was given, the pirate,9 shelled their victims as they were struggling into the boats. Even when there h?sbeen  no shelling, the placing of pa?eu- CT--? and crew in open boats does ii,1,1-t, ensure their safety, and in no sense fulfils the condition imposed by international law. Unfortunately, none of the neutral mari- time nations, whoso citizens have been imir doered on the high seas, has come forward with sufficient strength of purpose to vin- dicate its own rights and the common rights of humanity. Tho United States has made a pretence of cluing this, but from the first President Wilson was "'too proud to fight," and Germany ha treated his successive Notes and protests with the greatest con- tempt and defiance. Nearly eight months! ago be declared that the United States would not. tolerate a, repetition of the destruction of American lives as they were destroyed in the Lusitania, and Germany, after promising not to do so, has repeated these crimes and murdered Americans again and again. This farce of protest and defiance still continues, and Germany, •anticipating another Note on tho sinking j of the Persia, is reported to have given ] fresh assurances at Washington that no more liners will be torpedoed in the Mediterranean without warning, but adds that there can be no modification of sub- marine warfare in the .orth t'a., So long as the American Government will t-ake these worthless assurances in one hand and German gold in the other, as compensation for its murdered citizens, this farce wid. eontinue, but it is a disastrous betrayal of the cause of humanity, becaifse it gives a quasi-international sanction to odious and .inhuman practices never before sanctioned by the law of nations. We in this country have long ago ceased to be surprised at anything the Huns say or do. The German name is the scorn of civilisa- tion her flag is the badge of infamy, but it io we in Britain who will have to see that the Boches are taught the full lesson and made to suffer for all the barbarous crimes they have perpetuated against inno- cent ci vilians, women, and children.

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