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11l proposing the toast- of "Our Empire" at the gathering of the Caledonian Society on New Year's Night, Mr James Brown delivered a stirring speech, iu the course of which he said: In ordinary times one might feel some hctit.a! ion alKiuf expressing ail that could said regarding our Empire, becnise to do so would to some extent savor of Eclf-glorifi-cation. but now that, our nation is engaged, iu a liiY.-and-deatb struggle with a powerful and implacable foe, all such feelings of diffidence disappear. It is quite unnecessary for me to dilate on the greatness of our Empire—its vastnesi in population and territory. its influence and wealth I may simply state that it has been gradually built ijp, not. by aggressive warfare nor by wars of conquest or subjugation, bid by mercantile and industrial effort. Commercial enterprise won Canada. India. South Africa, th" self-goveri'ilhgr Dominion; in the .Southern .Sc-'s. I may also gay thn? commercial enterprise won what, is no-vs known as the United. States of America, and what might have, proved the brightest jewel in the Empire's possession, won by British commercial enterprise, was lost through the crass .stupidity of British politicians. But it is not the greatness of our Empire nor her wealth and influence that stirs our hearts with pride- to-day. It is becaupn the. stands for the attributes of truth, honor, and justice thai, wo feel proud of our heritage—a. heritage worth living for, and, if need be, worth dying for. That is what tho people of the Empire think to-day. Tho voice of the nation is as <me. Internal strivings are forgotten, and, actuated by one grand sentiment, the whole nation is spontaneously rallying round the standard, and affording the means in men and money of resisting the inroads of an insane militarydespotism. Actuated by jealousy and envy. Germany has aspired to a position of world sovereignty. Gen/inn success in this war would mean the overthrow of liberty, the establishment of a hateful military despotism; in fact, would mean the dismemberment of our Empire as we know it to-day. Can this be accomplished? Perish the thought! The struggle may be long and arduous, but defeat to Germany will eventually come about as surely as night follows day. One point in my mind I want, to specially emphasise, and that is: that, we are at war with Germany as a nation. Every German—in Germany or out of it, i. i _ ..? 'jt/^~z.~i!c..~:".'nre<i —is our *.nentj: Si-r-rt.a.:n tioos xio\. xnaAie war Tromen and children or defenceless people, and sha cm be depended upon to be mag-nan imous at tho proper time ; but no false sentiment regarding supposedly harmless sections of German people can be allowed to sway us. Our nation, in fighting for her existence, dare not use kid gloves, nor, in the respect in which this statement is meant to apply, can she afford to take any chances. I have occasionally been told that by birthright, temperament, and religion -Germany ought naturally to be an ally" of Britain. Whether this may have been the case in years gone by, it is a. hopelessly impossible proposition now, and, so far as one can judge, for all time to come. Germany's ieleals and aspirations and our own are as opposite as the _ Poles. Where the British national spirit is open anel abcreboard, 'Germany** is I deceitful and treacherous. Where Britain's policy is ma<rnani-"ou? and chivalrous, Ger- | many's ie unscrupulous, selfish, and grasping. ; You can feel assured, gentlemen, that no alliance with Germany is within the realms of possibility. it. h j.« long been a custom in German military and nan.; circler, to drink a toast to "The Day"-—the day that was to see our nation broken and biaten, our Empire-rh-atfer-ed, and the German Kaiser established as the War Lord of Europe. Well, gentlemen, we shail also toast "The Day" a day now on the wing—the day of humiliation to proud, arrogunt, insane Germany—tie day of reckoning—the day that will see her bereft of friends, bankrupt in power and influence, es she- if now bankrupt ia &onar.

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"OUR EMPIRE", Evening Star, Issue 15691, 4 January 1915

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"OUR EMPIRE" Evening Star, Issue 15691, 4 January 1915