CAUSES OF THE GREAT WORLD WAR 19
hatred. The crime of the British Empire, in Teutonic eyes, was that she was rich, successful, held the keys of the world, and had, by the industry and enterprise of her sons and daughters, through long generations of unremitting toil, made the solitary places glad because of her, and the world's wildernesses to blossom as the rose. She had won her beneficent sea rule by paying without stint the price of Admiralty, and had built up her far-spread dominions, not faultlessly, but in the main upon the foundations of justice and freedom. Germany was like the sulky l.:bourer who enters the field when the shades of evening are falling, and envies and hates the toiler who, having borne the heat and burden of the long day, receives the due reward of his labour. It was to satisfy that hate, to gain possession of that for which she had not laboured, that Germany, sole cause and criminal, plunged a World into the hideous barbarity and the unutterable vileness of War.