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ARTEMUS WARD ON PATRIOTISM., Issue 15665, 2 December 1914
ARTEMUS WARD ON PATRIOTISM.
A correspondent wrote to the ' Specta- I tor' in October: —• You ma; caro to print, as appropriate to tho present situation, tho following passage from 'Tho Draft in Balclins\-ille,' written by Artemus Ward, who was a good patriot as well as a great humorist, m the early stages of the American Civil War : It isn't money wo want. But we do want men, and we must have them. We must carry a whirlwind of fire among the foe. We must crush the ungrateful rebels who are poundin' the Goddess of Liberty over the head with slung shots, and stabbin' her with stolen knives. , '. . Wo arc all in the samo boat —if the boat goes down we go down with her. Hence we must all fight. It ain't no use to talk now about who caused tho war. That's played out. The war is upon us—upon us all—and we must all fight. We can't "reason" the matter with the foe—only with steel and lead. When in the broad glare of the noonday _sun a. speckled jackass boldly and maliciously kicks' over a peanutstand, do we reason with him? I gness not. . . . ' We. must save the Union. And don't let us wait to be drafted. The Republic is our mother. For God's sake, don't let us stop to draw lots to see which of us shall go to the rescue of our wounded and bleeding mother. Drive the assassins from her throat-* drive them into the sea, '
OUR MEN IN SAMOA. Tho Administrator oi Samoa, advised the Defence authorities on Saturday that the genera] health of tho garrison troops at Apia was good. Thero were hj few eases of djenguo fever, dysentery, and minor ailments. "FOR THE MEN AT THE FRONT." Tho following letter to the editor appeared in tho ' Daily Scotsman' on September 301 Sir, —Mr John Oxenham, the wellknown novelist, and author of ' Bee* in Amber, a Book of Thoughtful Verse,' has composed a hymn, ' For tho Men at tho Front,' which he would Jiko passed on to the readers of tho ' Scotsman,' aud with the permission of the editor I accordingly do so. Since its publication by Weeke* and Co. over half a million have been sold. The Congregational Union has printed it in their hymn sheet for intercessory services, and Dr Campbell Morgan and various Presbyterian ministers have used the hymn at public services. It is sung to the tune " Melita " —' Eternal Father, Strong to Save.' In passing on the hymn Mr Oxenham mentions that his old friend Mr J. Lewie Paton, of Manchester Grammar School, has seen irrefragable evidence of German outtages in the present war such aa one could hardly believe of Turks. Women teachers had told him they had seen women refugees in France with their breasts cut off to the bone, and the cross-wise slashes of the sabre on their body. Mr Paton himself saw a little Belgian child, three years of age, with both of its hands cut off. Mr Oxenham asks: "Don't the ghastly stories of mutilation by those Prussian devils make you mad? I am told of authentic cases here in Ealing of children, Belgian refugees, with hands cut off, and noses and ears cut off, and of English officers in hospital in London with' hands cut off after they were wounded. One had eyes gouged out, the Prussians saying " You won't fight again." Can you imagine anything more utterly fiendish?—l am, etc., R.C. Lord God of Hosts, whose mighty hand Dominion holds on sea and land, In Peace and War Thy Will we see Shaping the larger liberty. Nations may rise and nations fall, Thy Changeless Purpose rules them all. When Death flies swift on wove or field, Be Thou a sure defence and shield! Console and succor those who fall, And help and hearten each and all 1 Oh, hear a people's prayers for those Who fearless face their country's foes 1 For those who weak and broken lie, In weariiiese and agony— Great Healer, to their beds of pain Come, touch, and make them whole again! Oh, hear a people's prayers, and ble»a Thy servants in their hour of stress! For those to whom the call shall come We pray Thy tender welcome home. The toil, the bitterness all past, We trust therr. to Thy Love at lastOn, hear a people's prayers for all Who, nobly striving, nobly fall! For these who minister and heal. x\nd spend themselves, their skill, their zeal— Renew their hoarta with Christ-like faith, And guard them from disease and death. And in Tliine own good time, Lord, send Thy Peace on earth till Time shall end! .Tons OXEN'RAM. To bo sung to tho tune "Melita"— 'Piternal Father, Strong to Save.'
ARTEMUS WARD ON PATRIOTISM., Issue 15665, 2 December 1914
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