Canada at War

Canada at War : Speeches Delivered by Rt. Hon. Sir Robert Laird Borden, K. C., P. C., G. C. M. G., in Canada and the United Kingdom; December, 1916-May, 1817 (Classic Reprint)

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Excerpt from Canada at War: Speeches Delivered by Rt. Hon. Sir Robert Laird Borden, K. C., P. C., G. C. M. G., In Canada and the United Kingdom; December, 1916-May, 1817 The work thus undertaken is of supreme importance. '1 have, therefore, felt it necessary to abandon for a few weeks duties of great urgency, more insistent than can be imagined by those who have not participated in them; and I have come before you tonight to urge that the response of the Canadian people shall be adequate to the need. Let me put that need before you as it lies in my own mind. It can be realized most fully by those who have seen the devastated cities and towns of France and Belgium, who have passed over the trail left by ravaging armies, who have felt the horror which war has brought to communities once as happy and peaceful as any within our own land. The indescribable atrocities committed for the pur pose of intimidating the civil population of France and Belgium have been proclaimed to the world. Even now a hundred thou sand Belgians, not bearing arms but peaceable citizens, desirous of using their energies in mitigating so far as possible the miseries of their country, have been forced into captivity and practically into slavery by the strong arm of the enemy for the moment triumphant. In France, although upon a smaller scale, the same infamy has been perpetrated. Upon the coast of Great Britain and in its inland communities women and children have been slaughtered by the shells of cruisers or by the bombs of zeppelins. We live in peace and quietness within the boundaries of Canada while our kindred beyond the seas are experiencing these awful tragedies. To what do we owe our immunity, if it is not to the organized force of this Empire of which Canada forms a part? What today prevents a German cruiser from shelling the towns and cities of our coast; from sailing up the St. Law rence; from exacting ransom from the inhabitants of this Province, or enforcing captivity and slavery upon them; from sending airships to drop bombs upon Quebec or Montreal? What is it that protects us other than the organized power of the Empire? As one of its Dominions we are bound in this crisis of its destiny to do our part as our fathers did theirs before us, if we should hope to escape in the ultimate result a like fate. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.show more

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  • Paperback | 38 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 2mm | 64g
  • Forgotten Books
  • United States
  • English
  • , black & white illustrations
  • 0243106289
  • 9780243106288