The Cincinnati Enquirer from Cincinnati, Ohio on October 27, 1921 · Page 9
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V WHAT'S THE USE? G.B.ShawLaments As He Views Disarming in Light of History. NextWorldWarToBe Just as Disastrous, Even if Navies Are Sunk, British Writer Says. 'Always Assume That Enemy Is Totally Unprepared, is Advanced as New Precept For Soldiers. By George Bernard Shaw. rOpyrlKht. JM1. by Universal Bervlce.l VM-ECIAt CABLS TO THE EXQI'IUSS, London. November ?.6. In truth, if the Towers had learned the lesson i f the last war (they never do until K Is hammered explosively Into their unfortunate armies by the titter experiences of the next war) they might go a great deal further than advertising a parade of the scrapping of obsolete weapons as disarmament. They might abolUh conscription, and reduce all their armies to the dimensions of the little British pro-fesslonat arrry of 1913 without run ning any real risk of defeat and subjugation. For the military lesson of 1914-18 was that armies can be improvised on any desirable scale fium a civilized population at the first trfp of the drum. And the psychological lesson vras that no country never really prepares for war In time f peace any more than any man ever prepares for dealta while he is In robust health. '. When France attacked Germany in .1870 the military authorities assured VanMann III. that his army was ready "to the last button on the soldiers' gaiters." As It proved, they were ready for nothing but the annihilation that-presently befell them. "Touch of Kalser'a Hand." When Germany attacked France In 1914 It had persuaded Europe as well as Itself (and the tradition still lingers) that its military machine needed only a touch of the Kaiser's hand to start for Paris, and arrive thers In a fortnight with Irresistible perfection of mechanism. If It had been so prepared, Germany would have won the war. What actually happened was that Germany lost 10 daya by attacking Uege with regiments at peace strength and no siege irons. Though the Imagination of her ene A- Hear a Brunswick! Listen to its remarkable reproduction of the human voice, the tones of the various musical instruments, and you will find it easy to arrive at a decision as to which Phonograph shall be in your home. f .- To buy any Phonograph be(pre you hear the Brunswick is a mistake For here you have the ideal home instrument. . . The Brunswick is made in many artistic models, ranging in price from $65J0 to $750.00. Our Christmas stock is now on display. ItNyill be a pleasure to demonstrate a Brunswick for you even though you do not care to purchase at this time. W IT ( . , ,Jsl i fl 1' i COLONIAL MODEL I w PRICE $250 i ? .f i mies- saw German spies everywhere, and her wonderfully organised Intelligence department was the bogey of the alarmist press, she knew so much less than, for example, I did, that she was held up for weeks before Antwerp by forces she could have swept away in 10 minutes. And when at last her renowned General Stan ware induced to realize, to the extent of allowing polaon gas tl be used, that they were no longer living In 1870, they were quite unpre pared to take advantage of the great gap it made In our line and advanced only about five miles. And yet the Germans are far more capable of military preparation than any other nation In the world, because, as the traditions of their more recent serfdom are still upon them, they are better organized and better disciplined. "British Better Prepared." The British, though they made as great a mess of the new tanks as the Germans did of . new gas, apparently were better prepared, but even their preparations will not bear close scrutiny. Thanks to Lord Haldane their military force, which was all tlyy had bargained for by land, was transported to Belgium and delivered, as promised seven years before, without a casualty. Winston Churchill was able to show that the navy went Into the war with five' years' accumulation of munitions and stores. Lord French had been studying the terrain on which he was to fight for years. But we in England now know, on the authority of our own naval commanders, that so many ships were unmanned and under repair for un-J seaworthiness in 1914 that if the German fleet had dared to attack at once we should have been Trafal-gared, Just as the Germans could have got through us at the first battle of the Tpres "if they had only known." - Then consider the French. They hardly can plead that they were taken by suprise after agitating all Europe by their extension of military service to three years. Nobody who before the war passed any time In Toul and thereabouts, aa I did, could doubt for a moment that the French army was being drilled on the assumption that war might come at any moment. But Joffre himself admitted, in the face of the patriotic French public, that the rout from Maubeuge to Compeigne before Kluck was - disgraceful and inexcusable. It must have meant that there had been no real preparation, no plan; no brains. Powers in Moral Dread. And ' yet these three s Powers, in their moral dread of one anotner, each were 'persuaded that the other had Its war material up to date. Its plan of conquest thought out to the final victorious march through )the streets of the enemy's capital and Its men ready for mobilization In overwhelming force and at full war strength for the day. I do hot exaggerate more than Is necessary In dealing with the thickness of some of the heads in which I huve driven the truth when I say that If nobody .In Europe ever had given ten minutes' consideration . to the strategy of ths war before It began there would not have been two pennorth of difference In the sequel. In the first precept that Is dinned Into a military atudent la that he must always act on the assumption that his enemy Is fully prepared. If ever I take to the military Ufa I J THE ENQUIKEK, CINCINNATI, SUNDAY NOVEMBEK 27, 1921 9 kbwi recrroN. JL PlayerPiaiw fir Christmas -will bririaJtusic an mess urnome dliapp intoyo Brunswick Phonograp Prices $65 to $750 shall proceed on the opposite assumption; and unless the opposing commander Is equally Intelligent I shall sweep all before me. I once asked 'a very distinguished military authority how far the strategy of the late war was ahead of the actual operation. He replied "half a kilometer ahead of the front line." The public Idolizes a General almost as wildly as it idolizes a detective, but the Generals themselves know better. Every General believes that war in which he commands will be exactly like the war in which he fought as a young company officer from 30 to 60 years before. Like That Other War. In 1914 the British commanders believed that the war In Flanders nould be like the South African war, anil the German's General Staff thought it would be llko the Franco-Prussian War. The French Generals having been beaten the last time, did not think at all, with very similar results. They were all sure that tanks were no use and that cavalry Was indispensable. They all aimed at envelop ing the other fellow and at avoiding! being enveloped by him. And nothing . came of their anticipations. They tirovo ' their -enemies headlong before them, and presently were driven headlong before their enemies. They very nearly won and very nearly lost over and over again; and they would have been fighting to this day If America and the blockade had not forced the Germans to capitulate immediately after thiy had alt but driven the Fifth Army into the sea and frightened the British Gov ernment Into declaring conscription In Ireland and madly tearing ail the remaining ploughmen from their furrows, after which Lord Halg resumed the offensive as victoriously as if the British army never had been at a ics for a moment . What Is the moral of all this Simply that the " disarmament Items in the Agenda of the conference do not matter a scrap. "Will Spare Taxpayers." If the Powers have any sense or any capacity for learning from cxperlciie they will spare their taxpayers by disbanding their armies; countermanding their orders for battle ships and singing peace on earth and good will toward men at the top of their voices, Their submarines and airships will all be commercial ones; their explosive factories will merely be dye works; their gas plants will supply chemicals for ordinary Industrial purposes; -their working drawings of the latest maga-l Mine- rifle wul hide securely In a pigeon-hole. And the next war will Just! ab likely occur; and be much the same j when It does occur as if the Powers, were visibly armed to the teeth. It will drag all tho big Powers info It ns the last war did. i Nothing could have seemed fairer in ' 1014 than the Kaiser's demand for a, square fight with Kussia ' when the ! O.ir would- not lc Auslitu avenge the assassination at Sarajevo. But the ! Other Powers believed that' if they, j stood by and kept the ring for tho Kaiser he would boat Russia and be-1 come too big for tho Balance of Power. '. He was caugh between their lefusal, to promise not to attack him in the rear, and Russia's mobilization. I In vain. General Bernhardt warned' him not to give fliem a chance at him ' until he had both' America and Turkey j on his side. Even this would not wait i for that combination. He was at b,ay; and he dashed at the French section of the ring, and dragged all the rest Into the fight: Britain, Japan, Turkey, Bulgaria, Rou-; mania, finally the I'nlted States. Thus, at Un bottom, Germany was smashed Store Open Evenings Until Christmas The Otto Grau Piano Co. 224 West Fourth Street (Norwood Branch 4739 Main Avenue) ' trKMll. niBPATCH TO THS ZXqi'lBES. Washington C. H., Ohio, November :(& It appears that the traveling still" Is becoming the fad. One fellow obtains possession ef It and holds It long enough to make up a batch of liquor iad then pusses It on to another member of the "order," and so en. Bert McCoy, living on farm outh of the city, pleaded guilty of having manufactured liquor and was nned fSOO by Mayor Don I. A ten-gallon still and liquor fell Into the hands of o Hirer at McCoy's home. The still, officers said, .was moved from place to place at frequent Intervals to sapply Individual requirements. A number of arrests were made and more are promised. because France' and England were afruld of her; and now France is more afraid of her than ever; and England is afraid to let France give her the coup rie grace. Unfortunately, now that the problem of the Balance of Power haa proved to be Insoluble in Europe, It has risen more presslngly than ever round the j Pacific. Face that situation and face; the fact that disarmament would be illusory, even if the Powers could be Induced to disarm, and all of us will feel extremely gloomy and will won- der whether It Is possible to point any ( road along which we can flee from the wrath to come. But on all such roads, it Is possible to charge in the: opposite direction; and I can promise; nnlhini, kiLiinml nnnthiir . Iltlhn(1frl CrV ' in the wilderness. AUCTION BLOCK Awaits Historic Relice of American Navy, Among Doomed Vessels Is Flagship of Admiral Schley. Washington, November 27. Fifteen ships of the navy ot other days will be on the uuction block soon, according to an announcement made to-nlghtby the Navy Department. Several of them helped make American history, among them being the cruiser Brooklyn, flagship , of Rear Admiral William S. Schley during the battle of Santiago. Others are the cruiier Columbia, whicii In her j.rime''was one of the fastest ships on the sea; the battle ship Milne, which replaced the li.ittle ship of tht name destroyed In Havana Harbor; the battle ship Missouri, luunched In 1!K1: tne ciulser Memphis, now a w reck on the 'Ban Dominican coast, and the ior;'io boat Dale,eeently known as th.? )rio1e Four monitors on tho ar the Mltiatonomah, built in tatfl'; the Oaik, formerly tliu Arkansas, r.nd tie. Puritan, both of which have erd'a naval mrlltlu ships at WathlniVu. ei.d the Tonopnh. ' Other ships are the Intrepid, a training ship rigged as a. sailing craft; the Galeta and the Vega, steim yachts used as patrol craft In the World War; the freighter Surprise and the deslro)V Smlth, built in luuu. RECEIVERS Imagine the joy of your loved ones upon discovering that Santa Claus had brought them a magnificent Player Piano for Christmas. Can you think of a Christmas gift that would be more welcome than a Player Piano a gift that will not only bring good cheer and wholesome enjoyment to them for Jhe holidays, but the gift that will continue to bring pleasure lor the rest of their lives. A Player Piano is a real asset in the home, not only for its intrinsic value, but more so for the entertainment and relaxation that its music will provide. It hat been said that "muiic it all we have of Heaven here on Earth;" deny yourtelf music and you deprive yourtelf of the mott wholesome pleasure that . the world possesses. No home should be without mutic when it can be provided at tueh m nominal eott. $725 Otto Grau Player Piano (Style W) To T$rift Club Members A The Otto Grau Piano Co. j . i Gentlemen Pleasfl nri m vnnr Imnkl.t tt .fi ) Otto Grau Player and complete information about ( your Otto Grau Thrift Club. ) Name , j Address ? $580 In addition to the Otto Grau, we earn- a complete stock of the following famous makes of Pianos and Player Pianos: Mason & Hamlin, Kranich & Bach, Sohmer, Kurtzmann, Gulbraruen, Werner, Euphona and Angel us Artrio Reproducing Pianos. This enables you to compare the differences in tone and construction of the world's most famous makes of Pianos and Player Pianos- before arriving at a decision. . Mail Coupon To-day! For Holding Company. Willys Corporation Consents To Court Proceedings. Purpose Is To Protect Creditors and Stockholders Until Refinancing Plans Are Perfected. Toledo, Ohio, November 20. Frank KennlMon, Vice President of the People's Savings Bank and Trust Company, and C. O. Mininger, President of the Electric Auto Light Corporation, were to-day appointed receivers of the Willys Corporation by Federal Judge Kllllts, the organization of which John N. Willys Is President. ' Federal Courts In New Jersey and In New Tork, where the Willys Corporation has plants, also have ratified the appointment of the receivers, the Willys-Overland plant at Toledo. Tho only connection between the Willys-Overland and the Willys Corporation is that the corporation owns about one third of Willys-Overland common stock. ' ' The receivership action was brought by the Ohio Savings Bank and Trust Company, which sets up In the petition that it holds a note of the Willys Cor-1 poratlon on which a balance of $100,000 Is due. With the receivership petition was filed also the answer of the Willys Corporation, consenting to the apopintment of tho receivers. The purpose of the suit is to stop litigation all over the country and to control the property until a refinancing plan, which, is now being arranged, can be consummated. New York, November 26. John N. Willys, President of the Willys Corporation, Federal receivers for which were apoplnted In Toledo to-day. Issued a statement here, emphusizing the fact that it . was not the Willys-Overland Company which was affected. The lat-he said, was a separate and distinct corporation and not Inter tsted in the Willys Corporation. The statement of Mr. Willys, in part, follows: "These receivership proceedings should be r garded by all classes of creditors and stockholders as protective of their interest., "The embarrasment of the Willys corporation came about when It was taken over by the business depression a year ago with its new automobile plant at Elizabeth, N. J.. In an unfinished condition. I feel confident that in the remaining largo value of Its assets and In the proven earning power of Its operating units it has resources v ith which. If given reasonable time, the corporation can take care of all of Its creditors and preserve substantial' equities for all classes of stockholders. "These proceedings against the ! Willys corporation do not affect the . Wlllys-Ovrrland Company In any j way . Its p sltlon Is sound.'' The Otto Graii Thrift Club with its many advantages, brings the purchase of a high-grade ' player piano within the easy reach of every home. . -. The Otto Grau Thrift Club greatly simplifies the purchase of your Christmas Player Piano. You pay one dollar deposit.' This secures the instrument you select for Christmas delivery. You then pay a reasonable down payment when delivery is ordered. No specified amount is required as a down payment; you arrange that to suit your own convenience. . The balance can be arranged in either weekly or monthly payments, distributed over a period of three years. This is, unquestionably, the most liberal and cleanest-cut proposition that has ever been offered in this city on a high-grade, dependable Player Piano. s - ' jfewT - ; 71 - . ' n ytf po Th:ndMZst First Floor I ' CC 'tf f Beautiful Devoted to L- M fA 1 ft nf7 Millinery Millinery XO U,UOW Department n ""vis'", . m Oho r A complete line of JM ', 1 ' Routonnieres and &" , Corsages at Pop- j&f J"ig7H JEND of MONTHyy , All $5.00 AU $6.00 All $7.50 All $8.50 All $10.00 All $12,001 All $15,001 All $16.50 Hat Hats 'AL ' SALE Monday and Tuesday YOUR UNRESTRICTED CHOICE OF EVERY VELVET HAT in the HOUSE No Exceptions 50 J o o Remember, there are no exceptions Every Velvet Hat in our entire stock is included in this Marvelous Sale of Hats! PATTERN HATS! SHOW-ROOM HATS! MODEL HATS! DRESS HATS! STREET HATS! 3BC 3 Watch Our Window Displays C 1BC

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