26 JULY 1919, Page 13


[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—Your able article of July 12th was directed against the contention that we • are "manufacturing a prohibition" against the Kaiser. This contention is hardly met by saying, as you there do, that our War-book condemned in advance the German atrocities in Belgium and France, when, as in your kind comment on my letter you point out, the German War- book sanctions them in case of necessity. After all, it is for "a supreme offence against international morality" that the Allies will arraign the Kaiser; and is it not safer to appeal to the lex non scripta 7 "Since when," asks "a mere solicitor" in the Times of July 18th, "have murder, rapine, arson and rape been regarded as lawful in any civilized

community ? "—I am, Sir, 8:c., W. A. C.