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admitted that it will be difficult to think of anything more appalling than this prospect, which, in all the hideousness of its reality, will surpass the most afwul horrors of all previous wars, all the dreadful deeds done by man unto man in the past two thousand years, put together. We are quite ready to admit that the Allies will do their best to wage war in Germany in as humane a way as possible; we will even go so far as to assume that a humane war might, under a given maximum of favourable circumstances, not prove to be a contradictio in terminis. But who would count upon such circumstances? After all, it is not the guns, but the men who carry on war. And, as Marcus Antonius said to the Romans, they, are not wood, (they) are not stones, but men, and being men, the recollection of the atrocities in Belgium, in the North of France, not to mention Poland, will inflame (them), it will make (them) mad.' Already now, serious papers like the Saturday Review have uttered warnings to the effect that if the Neutral Powers continue to let the German atrocities pass by without official protest, this might be taken by the Allies to mean that the Neutrals will accept awful retribution as unavoidable, and that if the Allies visit German crimes upon German victims, no neutral Power will protest against them or assume any right to do so any more than they protect Belgium's rights. It may, indeed, be asked whether it could be reasonably expected of the allied troops, with all the

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