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The evidence in the case : an analysis of the diplomatic records submitted by England, Germany, Russia, and Belgium in the supreme court of civilization, and the conclusions deducible as to the moral responsibility for the war

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the CaseEvidence in
An Analysis of the Diplomatic Records Submitted
by England, Germany, Russia, and Belgium
in the Supreme Court of Civilization, and
the Conclusions Deducible as to the
Moral Responsibility for the War
By
James M. Beck, LL.D.
Late Assistant Attorney-General of the U. S.
** Did these hones cost no more the breeding hut to play at loggats
with *ew ? Mine ache to think on't."
Act I.Hamlet— V., Sc.
G. P. Putnam's Sons
New York and London
TTbe •Rnicfterbocfter press
1914^ BftAKY
Copyright, 1914
BY
JAMES M. BECK
Ube f^niclterboclter press, l^evp l?orbTO
ALBERT, OF BELGIUM
"Every Inch a King"
tenacem propositi virumJustum, ac
civium ardor prava jubentium,Non
vultus instantis tyranni,Non
Mente quatit solida, neque Auster
turbidus Adriae,Dux inquieti
fulminantis magna manus Jovis.Nee
ractus illabatur orbis,Si f
Impavidum ferient ruinae.
Horace.