Signs of the Times

[From the Knickerbocker Press, Albany, N. Y.]

Recent visitors to England have returned somewhat surprised at what seems to be the entire absence in that country of any spirit of hatred toward Germany or the Germans. "What's the good of hating?" is said to be the very general feeling among the English, who, if they do not love their late enemies, still are cherishing no grudge against them, and quite as certainly seem to be devoid of any fear of them. This is an excellent spirit for any people to maintain; and it is a wise one, too. Most wars have been the result of nourished hatreds; and it is much better, saner, more comfortable, and more advantageous all round to conduct international affairs in such a way as to make it unnecessary to have to prove to an enemy that you are not afraid of him. The English-speaking people have never appeared to better advantage than in the spectacle afforded in this country following the civil war and in Great Britain and South Africa after the Boer conflict. Peace without rancor, where those who had been foes would join together to bind each other's wounds, serves every purpose consistent with world welfare to a much greater extent than the cherishing of animosities.

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December 9, 1922

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