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- THE COMING CONQUEST OF ENGLAND - 1/63 -


The Coming Conquest of England

by August Niemann

Translated by J. H. Freese

CONTENTS

I. THE COUNCIL OF STATE

II. THE OFFICERS' MESS

III. A RUSSIAN COMRADE

IV. THE CIRCASSIAN BEAUTY

V. THE CAPTAIN'S WIFE

VI. THE OUTRAGE

VII. THE MAHARAJAH

VIII. THE PAMIRS

IX. THE GERMAN EMPEROR

X. FIVE LAKHS OF RUPEES

XI. THE MOBILISATION

XII. THE CAMP OF LAHORE

XIII. THE BATTLE

XIV. IN THE PANIC-STRICKEN CITY

XV. THE COURT-MARTIAL

XVI. THE PROFESSOR

XVII. DOWNING STREET

XVIII. THE YOUNG RUSSIAN CAPTAIN OF DRAGOONS

XIX. ON THE ROAD TO SIMLA

XX. A FRIEND IN NEED

XXI. EDITH'S ADVENTURES

XXII. THE ETHICS OF ESPIONAGE

XXIII. HOMEWARD BOUND

XXIV. THE ADVENTURES OF THE CALEDONIA

XXV. A SUSPICIOUS FISHING-SMACK

XXVI. CAMILLE PENUROT

XXVII. EBERHARD AMELUNGEN

XXVIII. THE FATE OF A SPY

XXIX. A WOMAN'S TREACHERY

XXX. EDITH'S LAST JOURNEY

XXXI. THE STOLEN DOCUMENT

XXXII. NEWS OF AN OLD FRIEND

XXXIII. THE LANDING IN SCOTLAND

XXXIV. THE BATTLE OF FLUSHING

XXXV. AT HAMPTON COURT

AUTHOR'S PREFACE

I recall to mind a British colonel, who said to me in Calcutta: "This is the third time that I have been sent to India. Twenty- five years ago, as lieutenant, and then the Russians were some fifteen hundred miles from the Indian frontier; then, six years since, as captain, and the Russians were then only five hundred miles away. A year ago I came here as lieutenant-colonel, and the Russians are right up to the passes leading to India."

The map of the world unfolds itself before me. All seas are ploughed by the keels of English vessels, all coasts dotted with the coaling stations and fortresses of the British world-power. In England is vested the dominion of the globe, and England will retain it; she cannot permit the Russian monster to drink life and mobility from the sea.

"Without England's permission no shot can be fired on the ocean," once said William Pitt, England's greatest statesman. For many, many years England has increased her lead, owing to dissensions among the continental Powers. Almost all wars have, for centuries past, been waged in the interests of England, and almost all have been incited by England. Only when Bismarck's genius presided over Germany did the German Michael become conscious of his own strength, and wage his own wars.

Are things to come to this pass, that Germany is to crave of England's bounty--her air and light, and her very daily bread? or does their ancient vigour no longer animate Michael's arms?

Shall the three Powers who, after Japan's victory over China, joined hands in the treaty of Shimonoseki, in order to thwart England's aims, shall they--Germany, France, and Russia--still fold their hands, or shall they not rather mutually join them in a common cause?

In my mind's eye I see the armies and the fleets of Germany, France, and Russia moving together against the common enemy, who with his polypus arms enfolds the globe. The iron onslaught of the three allied Powers will free the whole of Europe from England's tight embrace. The great war lies in the lap of the future.

The story that I shall portray in the following pages is not a chapter of the world's past history; it is the picture as it clearly developed itself to my mind's eye, on the publication of the first despatch of the Viceroy Alexieff to the Tsar of Russia. And, simultaneously like a flash of lightning, the telegram which the Emperor William sent to the Boers after Jameson's Raid crosses my memory--that telegram which aroused in the heart of the German nation such an abiding echo. I gaze into the picture, and am mindful of the duties and aims of our German nation. My dreams, the dreams of a German, show me the war that is to be, and the victory of the three great allied nations. Germany, France, and Russia--and a new division of the possessions of the earth as the final aim and object of this gigantic universal war.

THE AUTHOR.

TRANSLATOR'S NOTE

This volume is the authorised translation of Der Weltkrieg deutsche Traume (F. W. Vobach and Co., Leipsic). The translator offers no comment on the day-dream which he reproduces in the English language for English readers. The meaning and the moral should be obvious and valuable.

LONDON, September, 1904.

THE COMING CONQUEST OF ENGLAND

I

THE COUNCIL OF STATE

It was a brilliant assemblage of high dignitaries and military officers that had gathered in the Imperial Winter Palace at St. Petersburg. Of the influential personages, who, by reason of their official position or their personal relations to the ruling house, were summoned to advise and determine the destiny of the Tsar's Empire, scarcely one was absent. But it was no festal occasion that had called them here; for all faces wore an expression of deep seriousness, amounting in certain cases to one of grave anxiety. The conversation, carried on in undertones, was of matters of the gravest import.

The broad folding-doors facing the lifesize portrait of the reigning Tsar were thrown wide open, and amid the breathless silence of all assembled, the grey-headed President of the Imperial Council, Grand Duke Michael, entered the hall. Two other members of the Imperial house, the Grand Dukes Vladimir Alexandrovitch and Alexis Alexandrovitch, brothers of the late Tsar, accompanied him.

The princes graciously acknowledged the deep obeisances of all present. At a sign from the Grand Duke Michael, the whole company took their places at the long conference table, covered with green cloth, which stood in the centre of the pillared hall. Deep, respectful silence still continued, until, at a sign from the President, State Secretary Witte, the chief of the ministerial council, turned to the Grand Dukes and began thus:--

"Your Imperial Highnesses and Gentlemen! Your Imperial Highness


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