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THE CALL TO ARMS., Issue 15665, 2 December 1914
THE CALL TO ARMS.
A STIRRING APPEAL. Mr J. St. Loo Strachey, the High Sheriff of Surrey, made the following sppeal through the column of the ' Spectator' on September 5 c " I call upon every Surrey man between the ages of 19 and 35, and every man with military training up to the age of 45, to come forward in the hour of national peril for the tcrvics and defence of his country. Further, I caJl upon all those who are either rader military age or over military age, and also upon all tho women of the country, to do their utmost to help in securing tho men required. What is it for which we pray to God every night and every morning?" We pray for the shortening of the war. But there is only one way now to shorten the war and to briny us peace. That is to make adequate milhery preparations, and to raise an additional array of, at'the very least, half a million men, and in the shortest possible time. If we do not short-en the war, but let, it drag on, miseries irntoid must fall upon us all, but especially upon the working classes. J Remember, as we found a hundred years ago, that our Navy, splendid aa is its spirit, glorious as are its achievements, andable as it is for the moment to protect our lives and our towns and villages from the awful fate that has overwhelmed tbo towns and villages of Belgium and of France, cannot end the war. Only a military force can do that. Therefore it is to the interest* of everyone of us that tho men of military age, the men declared capable of forming a field array, should come forward, and at once. These are grounds by themselves more than sufficient to warrant the appeal made by the Government. But there are other reasons which weigh evon more with me, and I believe, when they aro understood, will weigh mora with tho manhocd of Surrey, During the past ten days our army in France has fought with a determination, a valor, a heroism, which have rover been surpassed, even in our militaiy records. Our soldiers did nobly at Agincourt, at Cretey, at Blenhoim, at Waterloo, and in all the battles of the Peninsula, but they never did better than—perhaps never «« well as—in the last few days in the fields of French Flanders. Every man with a spark of feeling must want to help the men who have hooped ns, must want to show what we feel for those who have fought and died in our cause. Think what they will feel if in gratitude tho nation springs to arms at their call. But think, again, what they must feel—l dare not dwell upon it—if they have to bear tho dreadful humiliation of learning that the nation heard of their heroiem with apathy and indifference and did not awaken to the call: " Oomo over and help us." We must be wood and stone if we refuse to answer suoh a summons. The Government announcements and proclamations set forth tho terms upon which men may enlist for the period of the war. Hero I will only say that meu may feel certain that, If the separation allowances are not enough for their wives and families, they will be liberally supplemented by their villages, their towns, and by the country aa r whole. There is plenty of money already subscribed for that purpose, and there are plenty pf people determined that those to get the first relief, and the most liberal relic/, in distress shall be the wives and families of the soldiers, and not thoae who, though they could have gone to the front, stayed selfishly behind. TheTe are also plenty of people who aro determined that when the men come back from the war they shall find their olfl jobs still open for them, and who will never forgive or forget the crime—it will be no less—of any employer who could reinstate his men but dared to 'betray his trust by refusing to do so. But, indeed, there is little fear of any man wanting to perpetrate, or attempting to perpetrate, so dastcrdly an act. He would have to faco the scorn and anger of the whole realm. He would be a marked man. Lastly, a word to the young men of wealth, education, birth, and position who might in ordinary times have expected commissions. If they have no special military training and qualifications, they must not think of holding back till they can get a post of leadership. They can lead in enlisting. No man is too good to serve his country in the ranks. If they desire to do their duty, as I know they do. they must do it simply and plainly by enlisting in Lord Kitcheners new army."
THE CALL TO ARMS., Issue 15665, 2 December 1914
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