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THE WRECKER

A POWERFUL INDICTMENT. The following ;-peo<:h was delivered at last night's patriotic meeting by Mr IJ. D. Bedford : My tongue is not able to express the magnitude and variety of the evils lalien upon Europe at the instance ot the Emperor of Germany. It is appalling the unlimited calamity which the capricious will of one deepoi can draw upon mankind. His aim is the military overlordship of the world; his means the wreckage of property and life. In the pursuit oi his fell purpose solemn treaties are turn aside as scraps of paper; fruitful plains are unclothed and blackened : beautiful towns are depopulated and in ruin ; holy temples desecrated and unroofed ; (sanctuaries of ancient art demolished and in flame ; _ tho fervent and unolitriidiug piety of priests disturbed by the red hand of murder ; the chastity of honorable women violated and derided. Through the Continent oi Europe stalk" this monster of aggressive and impious war, tainting and (.oisoning what its voracious appetite cannot devour. Of Belgium if has made a burial ground, but history is already transfiguring it into the .sepu:< hre of illustrious men. By &uch means is the power of Germany to be attained, and by such meatus is it to be maintained when gained. The hands of Belgian youths are being severed to unlit them for .striking at the octopus of military oppression in the future. The arms of captured otirgeons are being amputated to hinder th-.-m in 1 hi" exercise of their healing art. Our enemy, the monopolist, and patron of tyranny, design.-, not only to scourge lor the present with accursed, cruel, and oi■•lv>!n ai war, but to cut oil" the liounes of resuscitation. As the aching cv is fixed on the ruin wrought. ;:s the tingling. <ar is opened to the '.vail oi ♦he owhr.ii and the sob of the widow, as we. feel the. clutch of the-, hand ot the despot upon the thro::t of our national liberty,"jvc cannot but. exclaim "God damn tho 'Emperor of Germany;" But the punitive, purpose of God cannot be executed except through the instrumentality of men. As to 1.-aiah a" old He cries aloud: "Who will 1.-0 for us'.' Whom shall 1 send?" When the live coal of enthusiasm ieil upon the lips, of the ancient patriot he answered: "Here am 1. fiend mo/' Whence can this re.-ponse come so aptly in this criisv. of the v.oild'., Jr-niny a., from tiiosc vi ho live under the. ii-cdom ami ju.-iiee of the British flag. 1 would h-t mm "live coal of patriotic fervor drop up n , am hc-m-ts liv reminding you of tho g.m'.- '- , heritage of British men. We have a-tMte.l (o and gained far-f/mi r S'-e rci«nr.v. but we have''fought n it for in.-olent domination, but l<>r the power of l. asuu, lor the privilege.-, of deinocracv. iW the set; jn_r ;:' liberty of ilnne that are captive, mni the establishment of ju.-.! !'•••. 'i " th" t;:< l,- r ;i empire we have broiijlil generous sentiments and i.onij::i-.-ionc!e .-ympatliies. (>n the ampin fold.- ~" <\\ ■ Bi 'i: : it flag ti emblazoned, in illuminated r;ipiiai--, Ireedom. self-government, a el < .gl.t <• n: ■■;■ -■. m our international relations. Oppi.t-scd peop;*.s the worlo over Inn- i-ana : to . ./: «eir natir-n blessed. ni Biitatli have ne V »r faih-d. Wii.-a the Sp.im,h tyrant darkened the jk ri/.on with tue Armada, the fires of nalioie.! alarm leaped iroiu h:,i to hill, M!»umor.ing all a've-bodicd men to the detenu" of ih r 'h- Qii-.-.i. lhe:r <i;'intry. (heir homes, and I heir Wonderful was the alacrity v. it'u wh.. hj that -tiiunrms was obeyed. Tin- quiver ot a national dread shot like „,. ■■l,-,-irie -iirre.t roenri th* British Empire when the real design;; of Gr.rmanv wei- dhci'-sed. A t< e rher:'.-hi!-,.r such anmilioes <:!iinot he arg;;-.: into reason, but onlv pounded into sanity. There are '.■rO.OOO reason.- 1 ao a N> w /colander could ura<; agnkist the militan.-m of the Raise•-, but 20.f'00 men niu.-t <a"ry t!u>o r.'-;:;o!is upon the bayonet pomt. When the ind'-pendcr.ee oi Belgium w ;| s. a<=f.-.;kd, when the invasion ei t.ie Ootner Cuniiv war, n'.eme.od. l/.C'') v. ,;o.'cm- m this Dominion ?praus >" tco inj.'t. ami as vee stand amarvd at. Tin- :u emuuiai m > atro.ities, and <ee the r , ;r ;,0,0 ~: confirmed to demmi.-t :-;it ;eu. . imrnc 1 scp the glitter of the -words , , .!;.'' m more men'as .avoids ]*-<, ie m ineo- ,e.oljjirds to vindicate tie- earn- <.l lrec..om and of Empire.

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THE WRECKER, Issue 15661, 27 November 1914

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THE WRECKER Issue 15661, 27 November 1914

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