international affairs, she could not make her material interests respected; and when a wrong was perpetrated in the world, she was no more able to oppose it than Switzerland. That was intolerable. Thus, from a variety of causes, of which certainly megalomania was not the least patent, Germany became Britain's rival on the sea. Was Britain always free from Germany's faults? Did not Britain desire what she called her "Cultur" to predominate? Did not Britain think light of the rights of others when she considered her own material interests at stake ? Recent history is there to answer those questions, and fair-minded inquirers can but quote the Great Thinker's words: "Let him, who is without sin, throw the first stone".
The same applies to Russia, to France, to Japan, to every great power, even to the small powers. Whenever their interests were considered in danger, down came their mailed first, which is by no means an exclusively German patent.
We need not quote further examples, for past History abounds in Boer States and Belgiums and Polands. We may ascribe to our readers enough historical knowledge to enable them to count them by dozens in the history of the last two centuries. In fact, the civilised world has become so thoroughly used to them, that if Belgium had not happened to be a country representing an ancient civilisation, full of its wonderful monuments, and if these monuments had been