Foreign News: Shackles

Because the German Army has long been suspected of Monarchist leanings, the Reichstag harkened attentively last week when new and fiery Defense Minister General Wilhelm Groener declared roundly from its rostrum that the forces under his command are now "pledged and loyal" to the Republic.

Soon General Groener launched a rousing, emotional appeal in defense of his budget estimates. Cried he: "The Versailles Treaty shackles us in a manner scarcely endurable to a sovereign nation!"

Speculating on the future of militarism in general, he said significantly: "The Reichswehr is incapable of being used to...

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