13 FEBRUARY 1915, Page 1

In men, in guns, in explosives, in rifles, in copper,

in petrol, in warships, and last and worst of all for them, in food, the Germans and Austrians will soon run short. Some miracle of fortune such as happened in previous wars may of course suddenly help them and reverse the present tendencies, but short of that every week makes their position worse. A German statesman or soldier who dares to look calmly ahead must be a very bold man. If he is honest with himself he must say: "Unless we can accomplish same great stroke within the next six months our doom is certain." That prospect has a double curse. It is bad in itself, and the thoughts it brings are almost bound to cloud the mind and lead to wild and desperate efforts which will make things worse.