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days of turmoil, when terrible deeds threaten to unhinge even the best balanced minds, to remember Burke's maxim: "Y ou cannot indict a nation'Mf, therefore, we accuse Germany, we accuse the military caste of Prussia which is the main prop and support of imperial despotism; we deplore the distressing fact, that this clique has, by a combination of circumstances, and by the very docility of the German character, been allowed to poison the mind of a people which, as to its overwhelming majority, used to abhor violence in any shape or form, a people whose very love of home and of peaceful occupation, whose lofty patriotism, have been played upon, and abused until haughty pride, fear of attack and invasion altemately have driven it mad. When we hear of the Belgian atrocities, of the cold-blooded execution of civilians, of crimes which belong to the domain of psychopathology, we cannot escape the conclusion that central Europe has been disturbed and put on fire by a people that is suffering from acute insanity. The common soldiers, who storm positions with a fanatic courage that reminds us of the Madhi's derwishes l); the parents at home who drink Champagne when they hear of the death of an only son in battle; the professors who are honestly and sincerely convinced of the absolute superiority of all things German; the officers

') "Die Infanterie war wahnsinnig" (The Infantry was mad) a German officer declared, speaking of the first great battle on the Yser river.