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No. 269.-JULY 1912.



The ETHICS OF WAR WITH the exception of Religion itself, war is

perhaps the most fascinating subject that can occupy the human mind. The spectacle of organised warfare is, in the first place, a daring challenge to that instinct of self-preservation which is said to be the first law of nature. It is also a challenge to that divine law which says to us in a hundred languages “Thou shalt not kill."

Yet in defiance of the first law we find that in every so-called civilised country there exist enormous numbers of men who are paid rained, armed and kept for years in unproductive idleness in order that, should Government see fit to order them out, they may kill or maim as many of the people they are sent against as possible and of course run more or less risk of being killed or maimed themselves, In defiance of the second law we find that every army has its corps of priests or ministers of religion, who not merely administer spiritual consola. tion to the wounded and dying, but also stimulate their men to fight by blessing regimental colours and by direct appeals to the God of battles. Here are surely two of the most staggering contradictions in that most contradictory and puzzling entity-human nature : How difficult it is for even the greatest minds to think clearly and consistently on this subject is illustrated by Carlyle's masterly description of a modern battlefield in “Sartor Resartus”

":What (says Teufelsdröckh, the hero of Carlyle's immortal phantasy) speaking in quite unofficial language, is the net purport and upshot of war? To my own knowledge, for example, there dwell and toil, in the British village of Dumdrudge, usually some five hundred souls. From these, by certain "natural enemies” of the French, there are successively selected, during the French war, say thirty able-bodied men : Dumdrudge at her own expense, has suckled and nursed them : she has, not without difficulty and sorrow, fed them up to manhood and even trained them to crafts, so that one can weave, another build and the weakest can stand under 30 stone avoirdupois. Nevertheless, amid much weeping and swearing, they are selected ; all dressed in red ; and shipped away, at the public charges, some two thousand miles, or say only to the South of Spain ; and fed there till wanted. And now, to the same spot in the South of Spain, are thirty similar French artizans. from a French Dumdrudge, in like manner wending : till at length, after infinite efforts, the two parties come into actual juxtaposition; and thirty stands fronting thirty, each with a gun in his hand. Straightway the word “Fire" is given ; and they blow the souls out of one another ; and in place of sixty brisk, useful craftsmen the world has sixty dead carcases, which i: must bury and anew shed tears for. Had these men ary quarrel ? Busy as the devil is, not the smallest. They lived far enough apart ; were the entirest strangers ; nay, in so wide a universe, there was, even unconsciously, by commerce,

mutual helpfulness between them. How then ? Simpleton ! Their governors had fallen out, and instead of shooting one another, had the cunning to make these poor blockheads shoot.

It would be difficult to imagine a more scathing exposure of the cruelty and injustice of such a war as


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