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HE MOST CHEERFUL WORD Wilhelm seems to have for his people just now is his "confident hope" that "in these most serious times" they will "resolutely gather around me and give their blood and wealth until the last breath"-much like the late Czar's defiant proclamation that he would "fight to his last muzhik"-and some think that when the German people "gather around," as requested, a fate such as befell the one ruler may await the other. Wilhelm's shattered mental state appears even more clearly when he announces he will fight this "defensive war" to a "victorious end." More sanity is evidenced in the German press, which admit in thinly veiled comment that the other allies will follow Bulgaria, leaving Germany alone to meet the "furious" foe, or they admit the existence of "an awful strain" on those "defenses" of the Fatherland in conquered France and Belgium, where "the whole German front is gradually crumbling away under the Allied attack." "Germans, be hard," adjures Hindenburg of the wooden effigies, while others hasten to throw out hints that Germany is now quite willing to make a "soft" peace.

For us, on the other hand, this is hailed as the dawn of victory, in one American correspondent's phrase, "only just beginning to glow after a very long night." These victories in France and Flanders and Macedonia and Syria, says the Premier of France, "are only the first sheaves of the fruitful harvest." "It is the beginning of the end," declares the Prime Minister of Great Britain, with whom the press in all Allied lands agree, tho mindful that it is not the end-only the beginning thereof. We can all agree with the King of the Belgians, who told the troops

advancing to the reconquest of their polluted native land, that "This is the decisive hour"; we can likewise agree, say editors, with the Berlin writer who has noted the striking of the "fateful hour" for his Empire. At last, points out the New York World, "we can say confidently and certainly that the war is being won -not that it is going to be won, but that the actual, tangible victory progresses from day to day, and that the end is in sight, whatever the intervening difficulties may be." For, continues The World, "with Bulgaria out of the conflict, Turkey can not last long, for the physical link with Germany is definitely broken." Austria may or may not last through another winter, but this matters little, since her military power has "ceased to be formidable." The war then, as this editor and other observers see it, has now resolved itself into a question not of wearing Germany out, but of beating Germany in the field, on the front nearest Germany, in the strong positions of her own choosing, "and thus destroying the prestige of Prussian militarism at home." Here is the way that practical fighting man who commands the Allied armies described the situation a few days ago:

"The enemy is shaken up and shaken down, but is still holding out. You must not think that we shall get to the Rhine immediately. We have passed over the crest and are now going downhill. If we gather impetus as we go, like a rolling ball, so much the better."

Note that "you must not think we shall get to the Rhine immediately," say our editors to those Americans who are now talking of seeing "the boys back by Christmas," as they hear daily of the fall of German "key-positions" and "switch-lines"

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