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England alarmed at German hostility, naval plans

LONDON, June 5, 1909 (UP) - Full details of the meeting of the German naval league at Kiel have not been received here, but the fact that the Germans openly threw off the cloak of secrecy and admitted Germany's intention of wresting from England control of the seas has merely accentuated the bitterness of the British anti-German feeling.

The feeling is so intense that nothing short of actual war could add to it. One effect of the German naval league meetings is certain to be immediate construction of the eight new Dreadnaught type of battleships which the British had hoped to delay.

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The British people generally are convinced that Germany's sole purpose is to attack England. It is claimed on all sides that the German hostility to England is so pronounced that even in German theaters slurs on Great Britain are the surest way performers can make themselves popular.

The naval league meeting, following so closely on the heels of the admission that the kaiser and the czar are to meet, has alarmed the British public. With Russia lined up alongside of Germany, Austria and Italy against England, the inclusion of France in the compact is confidently expected. Many influential Englishmen, therefore, favor picking a quarrel with Germany at once and sending the vast English fleet to wipe out the German navy before it can be strengthened.

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