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Catalog Number 1983.120.61
Object Name Print
Accession number 1983.120
Description Print by Louis Raemaekers

Fat German in dog cart pulled by man in muzzle.

Information Written on Back: No. 66 / 211 / When Holland showed to be ready for eventually defending herself against German oppression of Belgium her saying : it is better to be a living dog than a dead lion.

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: Here is the grim choice of alternatives presented to other nations by the creed of Deutschland über Alles—the cost of resistance and the reward of submission. On one side lies the man who has fought a good fight "for Freedom." He has lost his life but won an immortal memory inscribed upon the cross. The other has saved his life, and lo! it is a "dog's life." He is not even a well-treated dog. Harnessed, muzzled, chained, he crawls abjectly on hands and knees and drags painfully along the road, not only the cart, but his heavy master too.

In the Netherlands and other parts of the Continent, where dogs are used to pull little carts, the owner generally pulls too; it is a partnership in which the dog is treated as a friend and visibly enjoys doing his share. Partnership with Germany is another matter. The dog does all the work, the German takes his ease with his great feet planted on the submissive creature's back.

The belligerent nations have made their choice. Germany's partners have chosen submission and are playing the dog's part, as they have discovered. The Allies on the other side are paying the price of resistance in the sacrifice of life for Freedom. And what of the neutrals? They are evading the choice under cover of the Allies and waxing fat meanwhile. It is not a very heroic attitude and will exclude them from any voice in the settlement. But we understand their position, and at least they are ready to fight for their own freedom. There are, however, individuals who are not ready to fight at all. They call themselves conscientious objectors, prate of the law of Christ, and pose as idealists. If they followed Christ they would sacrifice their lives for others, but they are only concerned for their own skins. Their place is in the shafts The true idealist lies beneath the Cross.

NOTE AUTHOR: Arthur Shadwell

CARTOON CAPTION: Better a Living Dog Than a Dead Lion / The Driver: "You are a worthy Dutchman. He who lies there was a foolish idealist."
People Raemaekers, Louis
Subjects World War 1
Political cartoons
Dog cart
Artist Raemaekers, Louis
Title Better a Living Dog Than a Dead Lion
Image size 38.1 x 29 cm