29 JANUARY 1910, Page 16


[To TER EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR." .1 Srn,—One of your "News of the Week" notes in last week's Spectator contains extracts from an article of Herr Harden published in the Zukunft. I am a regular reader of the Spectator, and am specially interested in your articles concerning Germany and the relations between that country and England. Being a German myself, I appreciate the great knowledge and con- ceptions you have of German affairs and the sound judgment which is proved by your comments on German political life and conditions in general. In the above-mentioned note, however, you write : "Herr Harden is a free-lance whose candour is strongly resented by normal patriotic Germans." Whilst this statement of the position Herr Harden holds in respect to his countrymen may have been correct a good many years ago, it is not so now. One can safely say that Herr Harden is not only the most powerful, but also the most influential, political writer of model n Germany. Through his articles in the Zulrunft he has a wide and deep influence on the educated people of all classes, and may safely be called the leading political writer of intellectual Germany. If I may make a comparison, I should say that Herr Harden and his Zukunft has much the same position in Germany as the Spectator in England.—I am, Sir, &e., ERNST SEHDLEB. Wigginton Lodge, Tamworth.