13 FEBRUARY 1915, Page 16


[To ran Emma or Ter "srecrams..9 Ste,—The writer has just returned from a trip across the United States, and thought possibly year readers might be interested in a few lines from him conceiving American senti- ment regarding the war. I warn you I shall be very frank. In good times Americans have their sympathies, but when times get hard (and they are getting harder every day) most of us sympathize with our pocket-books. There is no question bat that Germany is vastly more popular now than in September. Among well-informed people of the better class it is generally conceded that Germany cannot be beaten, and that the outcome of the war will either be a draw or else Germany will be victorious. Although the Government is doing everything possible to keep any one from starting anything, there is a daily increasing fear that Germany will attack the United States if she is victorious. Some people (and they ought to know better) believe that England is trying to involve the United States in the war so as to give England a loophole to get out of it under the beet terms possible. Americans do not doubt the bravery of English volunteer troops, but they doubt very much if they will be effective with a year's training under green officers against the greatest fighting machine the world has ever known. It is like asking a man with a few months' practice to play billiards with a professional. He might have plenty of courage, but would lack the skill.—I am, Sir, &a, Boston. U.S.A., January 2711i. O. D. M.

[We shall see. It was not the Peninsular soldiers. but for the most part very green Militiamen, who beat Napoleon's veterans at Waterloo. We are fully aware of the deadly nature of the struggle before us, but those Americans who are counting on us trying to make terms strangely misjudge the spirit of our people. If it takes us another three years, we shall fight it out to the end.—En. Spectator.]