FOR a short time before the outbreak of the war and until the end of 1914 the author occupied a high position in a great German industrial establishment, with wide international connections. His work was performed in an atmosphere which heralded war.
When war came he renewed his efforts to free himself from an occupation which had become hateful to him. In the months which passed before he obtained his release the following commentaries were written. After an unsuccessful attempt to publish them, they lay untouched for more than three years. They came into the author's hands again only a few weeks ago.
Although they seem to him incomplete and imperfect, in view of the frightful de-