THE CALL FOR MEN
TO IHK EDITOR.
Sir, —Will you allov- me to reply to some of the letters appearing lately in your columns. "Save Our Country" lias a iruc riii? of genuine loyalty to our beloved Empire. So have '"Sister of a Man" and others. If we had more men aye. and women too —of this type we cou'd rest, assured thac tio enemy would dare to put his foot on our soil. lino writer is opposed to married men going at the Empire's call. Let him rest secure in tlio knowledge that. many widowed mothers and wives have helped their menfolk to go on their country's call. lam only a poor widow, but I was proud to have a son to go, and helped him to go, although it left mo in debt to do io. When it meant helping those brave Belgians, what true Celt could fail to respond? See ing wo have so many faint-hearted men in the Ota go district, why not call on the women to form a corps? I think one would not have to wait long before one would see an army to be proud of. We want them all. Our Fl-ig must be defended at any sacrifice to ourselves. Remember the poor Maid of Orleans. She was herding sheep when the news of her country's danger reached her. She straight went off and demanded to see her King. She begged for a horse and to be allowed to lead the army to the battlefield. • After a lot of resistance she was allowed the post, which she led to victory and freed her country. That same country is in trouble now, and wanting help. I tee two young women have gone forth to help their country, although s.trongiy opposed by their parents, but their country needed them more than their parents. How glorious it is to think that women are possessed of such noble spirits. We don't want selfish men to go who might be thinking all the time they were sacrificing their ambition. What nobler ambition than to know one is fighting for his country—for freedom, and against tyranny and oppression? What nobler death than to die as a soldier on the battlefield? lam sure thcro are many Joans cf Arc in the Empire to be found to-day. This is a. war the like of which has never been seen siiHje the beginning of the world. The Germans' methods and their brutality to women would inko the tears from the eyes of Red Indians. We wanl'men of courage to join our soldiers. We haven't done half enough for the Belgians. We want more for those noble people who are looking with pale cheeks and famished eyes for the help that surely uone amongst us would grudgingly give.— l am, etc., A Poor Widow. XoVember 6.
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THE CALL FOR MEN, Evening Star, Issue 15643, 6 November 1914