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ZEEBRUGGE RAID.

7 • J CANADIANS WELCOME -LEADER.

VANCOUVER,, March. 25. In the reception tendered to Captain Alfred ' Carpenter, V.C., R.N., ' Vancouver as a seaport paid befitting homage .to one oi the great heroes of the war; Rarely in the history of British Columbia has a' greater ovation, been accorded' : atiy oversea visitor than that which met, the hero of iJeebrugge when he appeared before the 1 members of the Canadian Club of ( Vancouver. Eight hundred were crowded, in the magnificent ballroom of the palatial Hotel Vancouver , and several hundreds more heard the captain's address from the balconies,- the doorways and from any point* wh^re standing room could be found. The thunderous applause and the ringing cheers at frequent'intervals bespoke the fact that in Captain Carpenter, was one who readily stirred the impulses, and that Here was an essentially, British audience with the traditional admiration for the nation's bulwark.

In the , course of a speech, Captain Carpenter described "the Zeebrugge affair" as merely a glorified' trench raid, and in this connection paid a sterling tribute to the army. The army carried on similar operations night' after , night, he declared, and all one would ever see of them in the morning papers would .be a two-line item saying that there had been a trench raid last night in which two prisoners had iiefttt taken, "You have seen columns and columns of newspaper stories o£th& Zeebrugge. raid, and the chief reason for this is that it tickled the palates, of the public, but it was nothing Shore than a trench raid," he said. , It- had been heard, he said, that dis-' tinctions of nationality had been made in the Navy. For instance, it was stated by many of the misinformed that ■ the American Navy in Europe was known as the American Navy. Such was not the case. The U.S., squadron was known in- th© Grand Fleet • as •'Squadron No. 6." "If.anybody tells you anything to the,, contrary, don't tell them they ai;e a liar* but tell them from me they are a 'damrted' liar" instructed the captain

Among other things; Captain Carpenter talked of the question of forgiving the Hun. "i cannot understand the attitude of anybody who is ready to forgive the Hun until he has repented," he said emphatically. "There is nothing more immoral than to extend forgiveness to an unrepentant. At present the Hun is as arrogantl and unre-' pentant as he was on the first day of the war. (PersonaUy 3 I x«annot understand the German mentality. To me it% dotis not seem normal. I suppose they are human beings. They wear clothes, but I think the German mind is on the beast* level.

"In the life of the seamen of every nation," he continued, "there is a brotherhood of the sea, a sort of freemasonry between men which is hard to define. In all the years when we used to fight against France there still remained a sneaking affection between the seamen of both countries. Bath sides put iip a clean 3 good fight. Looking back, ho one can say anything but that clean, sportsmanlike battles were fought. There is nothing sportsman-* like about the attitude of the German Navy. It has no idea of fighting fair. It makes war on women and children thinking to gain some advantage with regard to moral. Germany is absolutely the first nation against which we have fought for which' it is utterly impossible to feel 'the brotherhood of the sea.' We can have no.feeling for the Germans and their Navy but one of utter contempt."

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9609, 14 May 1919

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ZEEBRUGGE RAID. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9609, 14 May 1919

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