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Germany, beyond doubt, has realised the position, and is pressing every new arm into its service. But the action of the British authorities in not keeping pace with Germany in aerial development is deserving of strong criticism. The surest guarantee of peace is to balance fighting forces, and allow no other nation to suddenly acquire an overwhelming advantage. War may come with terrible suddenness, an important improvement in airships may be rapidly availed of by an alert rival, and this may prove no small factor in determining the issue of a campaign against a country unprepared for such developments.

71 . . 72 . . 72 . , . 74 . THE "VILLE DE PARIS" IN FLIGHT ON THE DECK OF THE "VILLE DE PARIS" THE "GROSS" GERMAN MILITARY AIRSHIP A STRIKING PICTURE OF THE " R^PUBLIQUE " FLIGHT 55 . HENRI DEUTSCH DE LA MEURTHE, OWNER OF THE " VILLE DE PARIS," AND ONE OF THE GRAND PATRONS OF AERONAUTICS . 50 . AN EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY FANTASY IN ARMY TRANSPORT BY BALLOON THE GERMAN KITE-BALLOON THE GERMAN KITE-BALLOON . 48 . IN FULL . 86 Illustrations PACING TKGB A PROPHBTIC VISION OF AERIAL ARMIES, FROM AN OLD PRINT PUBLISHED IN 1792 92 STERN VIEW OF "ZEPPELIN AND RUDDERS, ETC.

Balloons, however, have been and must be used in war, and if they are fair Foreword equitable that airships by the enemy it is only should have the right to discharge projectiles. I targets to be shot at make war more show to that terrible, its agree that airships but I very terror will have endeavoured delay an out- will break. Airships will also render warfare ised in destruction its (that is more local- say, more to By humane), more decisive, and more rapid. skilfully directing artillery fire, location of enemies' positions, by more accurate and by the dis- charge of aerial projectiles the destruction will be more closely restricted to the combatants, and there will be far less of that cruel slaughter of non-combatants and that widespread and useless destruction of property which are likely to result from ordinary methods of warfare.

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