12 AUGUST 1905, Page 1

The Berlin correspondent of the Times,a very cool observer, speaks

strongly of the discontent which begins to be mani- fested in Germany with the Emperor's Weltpolitik. The people are dissatisfied with the progress'of affairs in South- West Africa—whither, it is said, five thousand fresh troops have been despatched without any provision in Parliament for the expense—and with the negative result of recent attempts to separate Great Britain and France. Many now contend that rapid increases of the Fleet only arouse watchfulness in London, and believe that the interests of Germany might be better served by a policy of conciliation. This country,

admits the correspondent, is disliked by Germans, but they see no use in quarrelling wii1e the British Fleet is so strong.. This view of present opinion in the Enapire ift rather con- firmed by.the reports that the Kaiser, who did not approve the proposed selection of the Baltic for the autumn manceuvres of a 'British squadron, has now signified that the fleet is to be received in all ports with honour and cordiality. That is all people on this side of the water ask, for they weU know that the nervousness recently displayed in Germany has no foundation. Englishmen fully acknowledge the right of the Hohenzollerns to have the largest Fleet they can build or pay for.