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Catalog Number 1983.120.52
Object Name Print
Accession number 1983.120
Description Print by Louis Raemaekers

German eagle kills Belgian chicken and starts after chicken labeld "Holland".

Information Written on Back: No. 48 / 18 / The German bird of prey: don't run, I'm a friend.

Additional Information from "Raemaekers' Cartoons: With Accompanying Notes by Well-known English Writers" by Louis Raemaekers Copyright 1916 (http://www.gutenberg.org/files/19126/19126-h/19126-h.htm)

NOTE: The Dutchman who could see this cartoon and not admit its simple truth would have to be a very blind pro-German. At present time it pays Germany to pretend a friendship for Holland, but the premeditated murder of Belgium is a plain object-lesson of the sort of friendship and agreement that Germany makes with a country and people which stand in her way and are too small to withstand her brute force. Can any Dutchman doubt what would be Holland's fate if Germany emerged even moderately victorious from this war? The German War Staff would give a good deal to have the control of Holland and a free passage to the sea from Antwerp. They refrain from using force to gain that control only because they cannot afford to have a fresh frontier to guard and because it is quite useful to have Holland neutral and a forbidden ground and water to the Armies and Navies of the Allies, a shield over the heart of Berlin and Germany. It would pay the Germans to have Holland with them and openly against the Allies, and they would no doubt gladly make an "agreement" to that effect; but there is little likelihood of that as long as the Dutch can visualize the "agreement" as clearly as the cartoonist has done here.

There are many people who for years past have suspected Germany's sinister designs on the whole of the Netherlands. The brutal ravaging of Belgium, the talk that already runs, openly or in whispers, in Germany of "annexation of conquered territories" and "extended borders," tell plainly the same tale—that any agreement between a small country and Germany means merely the swallowing-up of the small nation, the "agreement" of a meal with the swallower-up.


CARTOON CAPTION: The Eagle in the Hen-Run / German Eagle: "Come along, Dutch chicken, we will easily arrange an agreement." / The Chicken: "Yes, in your stomach."
People Raemaekers, Louis
Subjects World War 1
Political cartoons
Relation Show Related Records...
Artist Raemaekers, Louis
Title Eagle in Hen-run
Image size 37.3 x 29.5 cm