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TO THE 110YAL SCOTS. Stirring scenes were witnessed on November 2 in the ancient burgh of Haddington on the occasion of the departure for tho front of the Bth Battalion of the i Koval Scots, who were addressed in these , terms by Mr A. J. Balfour - | My gallant friends, the .Provost- ha® just ! suggested that I have come here, to give ; van good advice. I have not so.come. I ; have come to wish you God-speed in the 1 name of your friends ami neighbors, I [ have come here for another pmqiose, I i have come to congratulate you on the op- ] porturnty you now have of showing what I manner of men yon arc. You have been • working haid for many months, some of 1 you for many years, and now you will Iliad the fruition of all your labors. Now | you ’nave a chance of showing what we in J "the l.othians, wc in the 'South, of Scotland, j can do for the Empire of which we are no ! mean citizens, and I do not. doubt- never I for a moment should I think of doubting i—’that you will acquit yourselves like men. I In what part of the world yon tire going I to I know not. 1 gather that is still a : secret in the breasts of the authorities, I but wc know that in many parts of the j world, our Empire being what it is, the i valor of our troops is required at the pre- ! sent time ; and whether it- be in the nort-h- ---| east of France and Belgium, or whether it ! be in India, wherever it is that the- voice i of duty calls you. there you will be found j bringing credit upon yourselves and credit I upon your country. 1 do not ask yon to

bear yourselves with honor arid courage In the field of battle, for those things I know you will do; but I ask you to itfij member when you are struggling with the difficulties and all the glories of <icampaign to remember that we at horrlp have you in our hearts, that we follow yof in imagination through ail your trials aim all your difficulties, and I hope you wif draw strength from the thought of outsympathy, as we feel confident in your courage and your skill. Allow me, in Iffi' name of your friends and neighbors. ® wish you good luck, good fortune, and tl> come back having deserved well of the country which lias placed in you its undying confidence. (Loud cheers.)

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MR BALFOUR’S GOD SPEED, Issue 15693, 6 January 1915

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MR BALFOUR’S GOD SPEED Issue 15693, 6 January 1915

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