At this moment parties no longer exist; there remains only France, the eternal, the pacific, the resolute. There remains only the fatherland of right and of justice, entirely united in calm vigilance and dignity.
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[Illustration: RENE VIVIANI, French Premier. (Photograph from Bain News Service.)]
Telegram from M. Viviani, French Premier and Minister for Foreign Affairs, to the Ministry in Luxembourg, Published Aug. 3.
Please declare to the President of the Council that, in accordance with the Treaty of London of 1867, the Government of the Republic intended to respect the neutrality of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, as it has shown by its attitude. The violation of this neutrality by Germany is, however, of a nature which compels France to take henceforth the measures in this respect required by her defense and interests.
The Prime Minister of Luxembourg has protested to the German Government, and has brought this protest to the notice of the German Embassy in Paris, stating the following facts:
On Sunday, Aug. 2, early in the morning, the Germans entered Luxembourg territory by the bridges of Wasserbourg(?) and Remleh, proceeding toward the south of the country and Luxembourg, its capital. They have also brought toward this point armored trains, with troops and munitions of war. Further, the special French Commissioner at Petitcroix has announced to the Surete Generale that the Germans have just opened fire on the frontier station of Delle-Petitcroix. Two German cavalry officers have just been killed at Roncray and Boxson, ten kilometers on our side of the frontier.
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Address to the French Parliament by President Poincare, Aug. 4.
Our nation is in arms
and trembling with eagerness to defend the
land of our fathers.
France is faithfully supported by her ally, Russia. She is upheld by the loyal friendship of England, and, already, from all points of the civilized world, go out to her expressions of sympathy and good-will, for she represents today, once again before the universe, liberty, justice, and reason.
Lift up your hearts! Long live France!
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POSITION OF THE REPUBLIC.
Address of Premier Viviani to the French Senate and House of Deputies, Aug. 4.
This speech has been called by M. Jusserand, French Ambassador to the United States, “the chief document printed up to now [Nov. 1] in which the French situation, with reference to the present war, has been expounded.”
Gentlemen, the German Ambassador left Paris yesterday, after having notified us of the existence of a state of war.