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PATRIOTIC DEMONSTRATION

1 AT MOSGIEL. A large patriotic meeting was held in the Coronation Hall, Mosgiel, la?t evening. under the auspices of the. Otago Patriotic and General Welfare Association. Previous to the meeting a. procession was formed by the Tniovi Pipe Band. Mosgiel Brass Band, Mo'.gicl Fire Brigade, and various forms of military, and marched from the railway station to the hall. This in itself was quite a demonstration, and attracted a big crowd, which soon filed into the hall and packed it in every part. In fact, many could not gain admission to tlie body of the building. Needless to say. patriotic feeling van high, and the entertainment was a great .■success. Mr A. F. Quolch (Mayor of Mosgiel) presided. Proceedings commenced with the singing of iv.o verses of the National Anthem by the assemblage. Mr Quelch, in a stirring speech, related the methods employed in the present war, which for its magnitude was unequalled in history. In many ways thousands of brave men were meeting their deaths. Our existence depended on the outcome of the war, and we must do everything in our power to bring it to a speedy finish, and one and all could help in some wav or other. The war had dislocated buatnc.;s in ninny ways. Many were unemployed. and so deprived of their means of livelihood, and poverty existed. In Belgium. whose people’s heroism had been applauded by the world, many had suffered—aged men and women and children. Jnere would be a day of reckoning, and lie prayed it would bo soon—(nppku spi-- and that Britain and her Allies would deal out punishment to those responsible for such atrocities. Sympathetic and chivalrous nations were doing all in their p over to alleviate this Buffering, and the .speaker of the evening (Rev. Mr Gray) would make an appeal to the audience on behalf of the poor of Great Britain and Belgium. 1 Applause, i An excellent programme of patriotic items was supplied by Dunedin talent. Miss Vida Waters sang ‘ Rule Britannia.’ and on being recalled sang another verge. The orchestra followed with the popular ‘Tipperary,’ the audience singing the chorus. An encore secured a repetition of the item. Mr G. W. Johnstone delighted the audience with ‘The .Song of the Bow,’ and received an encore. Miss Elsie I M‘Peake recited ’The Belgians’ Appeal |to the Allies.' Needless to say, her feel--1 mg rendering of this earned for her an j encore. Mr M’Kinlay was recalled for I his tine rendering of 'Go to Sea,’ and [gave 'Red. White, and Blue.’ I The Rev. R. S, Gray was the speaker of the evening. He said it. was utterly impossible to conceive what tins greatest I and worst, of all the wars of the centuries ! meant, with, its cruel carnage, with its wanton disregard of human nfo. with its I violation of virtue, its wicked trampling! upon honor, with its degiadalion of Innna- I I inly, with its ultimate results to Christian ■ 1 civilisation unites the powers of the Alina ! ■ won in the battle. (Applan-e ) fto great, j indeed, were the ravages of the war and ! so dreadful were its possibilities that it. struck at the very foundation of our being. ! and attacked our very faith in God. It ! was a bitter and cruel and pitiful attack I upon the simple faith of nu-u and women | in the great vciilias of life, the fart of God Himself. 1 here was never a day i pa-tecl but what the thought would in- | tntdo itself ■ " Why did not the war i end'.' Where* wns God? What were our I prayers worth’.'" '1 his was part of the j great cosmic process by which God was | working out His ultimate purpose. Out of chaos came older, and that was the | eternal purpose. The appeal to everyone j was to have a quiet , i onfident faith that 1 God would yet work out His purposes in | spite of all that at present appeared t<> I the contrary. (Applause.) We could not conceive what militarism meant. We had seen what it laid done for Germany. Unices the Allies won in this fight that spirit . was to he imposed not only upon Europe, but upon our own nation, and upon the whole civilised woild. That meant moral death. Not for her own sake only were the great men and the rulers of Britain i saying that we men fight this fight to a [ finish, but they were saying that in the j interests of Christian civilisation. When j the history of there, days eame to be j written it would be seen that Britain’s name on Hie liUle piece of paper made all the difference. Britain's name would be honored because she. hud honored her name, but Germany's, would lie. degraded 1 because she had hersdf degraded it. That was a. law that neither man nor nation ; could escape. No nation could tarnish j the name and honor of another nation. ; Germany had dishonored her own name. I It. would lie dishonored and tarnished be- . cause she had herself dishonored, shamed, j and tarnished it. All great, reforms were j dearly bought—bought with blood. The ; tn'he meet lie paid. Belgium had dis- ; (oveverl that—that bravest of Ixave • nations. She would live in the thoughts , of all good men as the synonym for honor, i courage, saet ifive. and devotion as long as' men’s memories lasted. She hod brought : herself within tho sweep of the mightiest ! of ail iho mighty laws of God. Christ. | when He was upon the, earth, one*' .-aid that if anv man would save his life Ik- ’ must lose it, but if any man would lose his life he would save it. If Belgium had tried to save her life, and preserve her . nationhood at the request of the lb-; man : Emperor fche would have lost it, and liven disgraced for ever. Had she lost, her life? No. she had envori it. They were adt *d i that night to bring themselves within the ; sweep of tho same mighty law—a law that bouts) God as well es man, that made God ■

give of JTis best ; the W that made fnerifiro the fundamental fact, of the uni- . \e:.'o. They must bring themselves ini ■• > the (sweep of the same iaav that, Belgium had brought herself under and made her- : self a great nation. The speaker pro- : needed to make a strong appeal to the ; generosity of his .hearers. Tie asked them j to try to visualise, what Belgium** sacri- ; fice had brought upon her. and what similar honor* v ■ uli) menu in theiwelves. ; The light was th'-ir light, and they must | do .-,11 they could for the tolief <. f the i suffering that was being wrought. At the eon elusion of Mr Cray’s nddre« = a collection was Miron un and lists sent , round the nndior.ce, with the following result ; Premises per mayor's lift, im-lnd i.ng £IOO from the Taicri patriotic fund. £120: per promise forms distributed n the ha!!. £lsl : ea»h. in the The iconises ranged from 5s to £25. and the cash from copp-ars to £5 r.oms. ft :■ estimated that, no one failed to give, oven tlr> children ccutrihuting their mites. 1 Tim musical programme was then pro ; i eroded with, and the orchestra played .in : j other selection of patriotic airs. ’fee ! ohostra eons tat ad of Messrs .1. Hoomlis and I ! O. Nnv.wuvnn (vioiinst, \V. Pm ere on (co.v i (net). IV. Nelson (euphonium), A. Webster j (double bass), and ?. Wood (clarinet). Mr Thomas officiated nt the piano. Miss Waters ; ( ng.iin favored with ' There’s a. Land' fen- i 1 cored). While waiting on the result of ; ■ the collection the Rev, Mr Gray recited ‘The Charge of the Heavy Brigade' and. I a piece about the Fighting f’e.nmvons ai ' l au encore). The National Anthem and ; ■ a stcmr.ry vo'cs of thanks concluded ai 1 most successful gathering. As the muli- | : ence rose to go three dicers wore, given foihe Mayor of Mbsgid and three for Sydney, which wrecked the fdmden.

Cosmopolitan : “ What's the pedigree of this onor” John Bull; “That’s Kaiser Bill, out of Europe by First Opportunity.

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PATRIOTIC DEMONSTRATION, Issue 15650, 14 November 1914

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PATRIOTIC DEMONSTRATION Issue 15650, 14 November 1914

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