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» At the. present critical moment, when cur national supremacy is more than ever dependent upon our armed forces on land and sea, there is one important unit of our great and glorious Empire who, by the very unobtn.'rivonecß o: his services, i.s liable to be overlooked—viz., the merchant sailor. To him we turn in pea<.e and war [<, v the very ncic-earies of hie. By facing unllinciiingly the perilt thai beset him day by day he has made our vast sea-borne coinnxiv-.; tho greatest m the world. For the transport to -r;-.' Mother Country of the splendid colonial ollerings of men and steree in the hour of our national need we are indebted to Merchant Jack. Yet there are hundreds of these worthy seamen in bitter distress —old, blind, and crippled, who cannot obtain employment, and whose case is hopeless in the extreme. Shall these be left to unaided their uneven vhiiit with penury and •misfortune? For nearly half a century the Royal Alfred Institution h;u> pr<;v;d:d ;i home or pcuciion for aged anil destitute British merchant seamen, and an earnest appc-a! is made to Britons everywhere to enable

the committee to keep the flag flying and to carry on as usual their great national and beneficent work. Wte appeal with confidence to our colonial friends, as well as to those in the Homeland, for in the past our appeal has not been in vain. Contributions should be sent to the Royal Alfred Aged Merchant Seamen's Institution, 58 Fenchurch street, B.S. J. Bailey Wai-keb, Secretary. London, November 11.

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AN APPEAL, Issue 15679, 18 December 1914

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AN APPEAL Issue 15679, 18 December 1914

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