August 28, 1914

by Richard van Pelt, WWI Correspondent

The German breakthrough threatens the French and British forces, while in the east, Russia is seen as “Paris’ Main Hope”:

GERMANS ADVANCE IN FORCE

BELGIAN STORY OF DESTROYING LOUVAIN
Burning of City With Its Priceless
Treasures An Act of Wanton Vandalism
and Absolutely Unprovoked

THREE CORNERED SITUATION THAT MAY MATERIALIZE
The Allied Forces May Take the Offensive Again Through Lorraine
WHILE GERMAN ARMY LAYS SIEGE TO PARIS
The Russian Hordes Sweep Down on and Surround City of Berlin

ALLIES ARE BEING SLOWLY CROWDED BACK BY GERMANS
British Expeditions Combined and Given Position in the Most Dangerous Point
MUST BEAT GERMANS OR BE OVERWHELMED
Kaiser Stakes All and If He Wins the Road to Paris Is Left Open

RUSSIA IS NOW PARIS’ MAIN HOPE
French Fortifying Paris In Furious Haste Show Fear of Result
VIENNA, LIKE PARIS, PREPARES FOR SIEGE
Hope of Allies Is That Kaiser May Have to Recall Troops to Save Berlin

The Oregon Statesman published “A reader’s view of the war”:

Just after stating that “Our African soldiers hurled themselves with unbridled fury” on the German regiments, the French war office in its bulletin of August 26, continues as follows: “Our arms will continue their magnificent effort in the knowledge that they are fighting in the cause of civilization.”

Yes, it is in the cause of French civilization that African hordes have been brought to central Europe to fight Teutonic “barbarism.” It is in the cause of Latin civilization that the noble English blood is shed, fighting in the same ranks with African hordes against “Teutonic barbarism.” It is in the cause of Paris civilization that the Anglo-Saxons, a Teutonic tribe, joins African negro and Moor bestiality, slav-Tartar bloodthirsty despotism and Mongol cupidity, in order to fight their own flesh and blood, Germany their own mother, Teutonic culture.

This fierce struggle of which the world is witness in these days, is that of “civilization” against “culture.” Do you realize, Mr. Editor, what that means? It means veneer against body; it means that truth, or as you say, “the real truth,” was in danger to be crushed by world deceiving hypocrisy. It is the desperate defensive fight of Teutonic culture against Latin civilization, after the latter have succeeded in getting support from all parts of the world, even from the Anglo-Saxons.

Luther’s “Here I stand, I cannot do otherwise; God help me; Amen” – is to be defended against Louis XIV’s “After us the deluge.” England took the part of Louis; she one day will resent it and will change front.

And America?

America keeps – neutral!

Dr. G. A. Wislicensus

Early on, the nature of the war began to take on a character, “Teutonic culture against Latin civilization,” that haunts us to this day.

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