27 MARCH 1915, Page 3

All that Germany has desired, he says, is to assert

her right to freedom and independence, and to free the world from the British yoke. She never meant to conquer smaller countries. When he himself formerly wrote that Germany must win " world-power " or decline he did not mean " world-dominion." The British rush to the rescue of Belgium was sheer hypocrisy. Britain had always meant to violate Belgian neutrality. This statement is perhaps the highest point of effrontery reached by General von Bernhardi. Every American will remember that Britain asked both France and Germany to guarantee afresh the integrity of Belgium, and that Germany refused.