National Geographic : 1918 Jun
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE ASPIRATIONS IN NORTH AMERICA Of North America the Pan-Germans profess to covet only Cuba, Central America, and Canada at the present time, but some of her futurists see "the American people conquered by the vic torious German spirit, so that in a hun dred years the United States will present an enormous German Empire." How ever, Cuba, the Central American repub lics, and the British Dominion would add 13,500,000 to the population of Ger many-Over-All and an area equal to more than 18 times her European empire at the outbreak of the world war. Thus it will be seen that the lands and peoples which German statesmen and would-be empire builders actually claim as their right equal 29,000,000 square miles, or more than one-half of the earth's surface, and 1,245,00,000 inhab itants-three-fourths of all the people on the globe. If we should add to these figures the United States, concerning which certain bold Teutonic spirits have already ex pressed themselves, and the Russian Em pire, which Germany undoubtedly will subjugate unless America and the En tente Allies crush her, the grand total of Kulturland would be 40,000oo,obo square miles, more than 70 per cent of the earth's land area, and 1,459,000,000 peo ple, all the human beings who breathe save 237,000,000. What a Gargantuan structure com pared with the pigmy Roman Empire in its most extensive hour, under Trajan, when its subjects numbered a hundred million and the word of its Emperor was law over 1,971,000 square miles! And how Alexander would have wept with chagrin at the puny confines of his 2,170, ooo square miles of territory in the light of this Brobdingnagian German dream of conquest! THE KAISER'S WORSHIP OF RUTHLESS CONQUERORS And by far the most diabolical aspect of this craving for world power is the fact that it has never occurred to the Prussian mind to acquire influence through help fulness to others. Always it is the sword of the conqueror which beckons the Kai- ser. This assertion is not inferential; it is based on the avowed statement of the German war lord himself, who boasts thus: "From childhood I have been influ enced by five men-Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, Theodoric II, Frederick the Great, and Napoleon. Each of these men dreamed a dream of world empire. I have dreamed a dream of German world empire and my mailed fist shall succeed."-From Ambassador Gerard's "Face to Face with Kaiserism," page 16. Each of those paragons of power, which Wilhelm II keeps enshrined in his heart, had as his sole object in life the glorification of self at the expense of mankind, and the attitude of each toward justice and moral law was the same as that of German leaders today, as so shamelessly admitted by Prince von Bue low in an address before the Reichstag on December 13, 1900, when he declared, "I feel no embarrassment in saying here, publicly, that for Germany right can never be a determining consideration." Here are the words of her statesmen, captains of industry, and publicists, which prove the iniquity of Germany's all-embracing covetousness: HERR THYSSON'S AMAZING CONFESSION "I was personally promised a free grant of 30,000 acres in Australia and a loan from the Deutsche Bank of £150, ooo, at 3 per cent, to enable me to de velop my business in Australia. Several other firms were promised special trad ing facilities in India, which was to be conquered by Germany, be it noted, by the end of 1915. A syndicate was formed for the exploitation of Canada. This syndicate consisted of the heads of 12 great firms; the working capital was fixed at £20,000,000, half of which was to be found by the German Government. "Not only were these promises made by the chancellor; they were confirmed by the Emperor, who on three occasions addressed large private gatherings of business men in Berlin, Munich, and Cassel in 1912 and 1913. I was at one of these gatherings. The Emperor's speech was one of the most flowery ora tions I have listened to, and so profuse 561.