The acting-Consul for Belgium at Christchurch, Mr C J Ward, sends us a translation of the following ex , tract from the Belgian official Gazette, "Monitour Beige" : — PROCLAMATION. "For nearly two months and a half, with heioic effort?, Belgian soldiers huve defended foot by foot the soil of their country. The enemy counted
upon destroying our army at AnG j werp, but a retreat, conducted with irreproachable order and dignity baa defeated this intention and assures the conservation of our military forces which will continue to fight without truce for toe most noble and just of causes. From now these forces will operate on our southern frontier where they are supported by the Allies. With their valuable as J sistance the victory of Right is certain. ! Still further to the sacrifices already accepted by the Belgian Nation with • a courage which bag been equal to' them all, the circumstances of the moment add to day a new taßk Un j der tbe penalty of serving the designs of the invader, it is necessary that the Government should establish provisionally its seat at a place where it may be in contact with the Belgian army on one part, and on the other part with France and England, sue the exercise and assure the con tinuity of the National Sovereignty. For this reason the Government is quitting Ostend with tbe grateful remembrance of the welcome that that town has given it It will establish itself provisionally at Havre, where the generous friendship of the Government of the Fund Kepublic assures it both of its sovereign rights and also the complete exercise of its authority and duties. FELLOW CITIZENS. Thig temporary task to which our patriotism must to-day devote itself will have, we are convinced, its prompt revenge; oa the other hand the Belgian public services will continue to be carried out as fully as circumstances will permit. The King and the Government rely upon your wisdom and" patriotism. On your side you may count upon our ardent devotion, and upon the balp of the Allies to hasten the hour of our de liverance. Our dear country —co odiously betrayed and maltreated by one of tbe Powers which had sworn to guarantee our neutrality—excites an admiration throughput the entire world. Thanks to tbe unity, the courage and the clearsightedness of all its children, she will remain worthy of this admiration which comforts her to day. To morrow she will emerge from these trials greater and more noble, having suffered for the Bake of justice and for the very honour of civilisation.
Long live Belgium—free and in dependent."
Osfcend, the 13tb October, 1914. APPEAL TO BELGIANS REBID
Driven from tbeir cities and villages by the horrors of invasion, numerous Belgian families have been forced to seek refuge abroad. This refuge they have found in hospitable countries, where the public authorities as well as the people have made proof of their goodness of which the nation will retain the most grateful recollections. Upon all these families the same duty is imposed—That they must never forget their absent Fatherland, where their relations friends and workfellowß suffer so cruelly ; that they must encourage by their, bravery and dignity in these days of trial, to increase still more the sympathy which the whole world is showing to Belgium with tbeir sense of justice and generous hearts. Let their thoughts, their hopes, and their actions always work towards this sacred end—the liberation of their country. Numerous are those families who pos sess in their ranks men and youths capable of rendering military service. Spontaneously many have and are en gaging in our army. It is necessary that all should do the same without delay.
IN THE NAME OF THfi KING AND THE NATION. We address a solemn appeal to all Belgians capable, and especially to those from 18 to 80 years of age, that they should enrol as volunteers for the duration of the war. All facilities will be given to this effect. It is ne cessary that they should address themselves to the Belgian Consuls. -.Those who are physically and morally cap able of rendering service will receive, where the necessity exists, advance of expenses to enable them to immedia tely rejoin the enrolling centres in England and France Belgians, un married, from 18 to 80 years of age, who have not responded to this appeal by the 15th November next, can be requistioned to works of a military order in accordance with Law of the 14th August, 1887. We count upon everyone doing his duty. Victims of a crime of which history offers no proceding example, never has Belgium ever bad greater right of title to the help of her children. May all, under the guidance of a King of whom we are all proud, endeavour to hasten in tbac hour, when we shall find our selves united, independent and free on the soil of that country bo well loved, and whose sufferings have rendered her still more dear to us. The 26th Octobei, 19M. (Signed) OH. De BROQUEVILLE, Minister of War. H. CARTON De WIART, Minister of Justice, J L DAVIGNON, Minister of Foreign Affair?.
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BELGIUM., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3408, 23 March 1915
BELGIUM. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3408, 23 March 1915
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