it is quite certain that she has always been averse to militarism, and that parliamentary government did not come to her from Prussia. In the Reichstag only the other day (early in April 1916) Vice-President Paassche declared, as if to remind those who had forgotten, that the Reichstag had no voice in any changes in the appointment of Secretaries of State. They were appointed by the Emperor alone. Here we have absolutism pure and simple; a declaration, by the Vice-President himself, that the Reichstag, whatever else it may be, is not a parliament in the Western sense of the word.
Owing, chiefly, to the violation of Belgium, the majority in Holland is anti-German. There are many pro-French and many pro-English specialists. The Dutch are often exhorted to be „pro-Dutch" only. But I believe that we can „go one better," in being pro-civilisation.
If Holland is not forced into the war, it may be that, afterwards, she will be expected to reconcile where reconciliation is desired and feasible. It is to be hoped that Germany will not render such a task impossible.