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'LOVE YOUR ENEMIES.'

SERMONS THAT ARE MISPLACED. The presence of the official * lives of France, Japan, and Russia at. the annual dinner of the Sydney University Evening Students' Association last week, was to Rome extent responsible for the many references that were made during the 'evening to the war. References to the situation, ;uid to the deeds that -havft been, performed were loudly cheered, and the State Chief Justice. Sir William P. Culieu, who is Chancellor of the University, struck a note which found inEtanfc favor. Men front the Sydney University, ho .said, had pone, in large numbers to do men's work in the service of the nation. Some of them had attained positions of distinction in command, and one at least had given his hiood. for the Empire. Yet he did not know that people in Australia realised, (lie awful sternness that this contest involved. There were now 1.700 student* at Cambridge instead of 3,700. Trinity College alone, had only 260 out of 560 men. The Glasgow University ha 4 400 fewer students than last year. Sir William Cullen proceeded: "What T want to bring out of all that 3s this: We do not know—no one knows—how long this content may last. The who]a fabric of a mighty nation ha.ngs in tha balance; but no "great nation that lias been preparing for war for so many years* that has put into it its whole brain, and • worked out with the most scientific principles every detail of every possible pro-. blem that 'may confront it, easily has its fabric shattered. This crisis, the greatest of modern times, is of such a nature that no possible peace can be arranged until one nation or the other is crippled. We) have, faith that it -will not be ours, but—are we thinking enough about it* (Hear, hear.) '• I have been rather entertained by certain discoveries in parts of the English Press from writers who seem in fear, abovo all things, that we will hold unkindly feelings toward* our opponent, and who are endeavoring to pla-ce in front of us the view that we must suppress every hard feeling to those who are fighting against us. It Ls like a, benevolent old lady who preaches to men. engaged in mortareombati 'lrft brotherly lovel continue.' (Hear, hear.) "I believe this oi the British, and_ of Australians, men of the same breed i that they will never be mean or unchilvalrous. They will be just, but as for preaching generosity when nobody knows who is going down, I think those sermons, directed towards modifying any feeling of resentment against the .actions of our opponents, are. sadly misplaced. (Applause.) The persons to whom our generosity should go out- are the victims of cruelty, meanness, and brutality (loud applan.se> -—unsurpassed m modern 'history, and scarcely equalled, in ancient history; and. Ihose. who tell us that we are to regard this matter from the philosophic standpoint, declaring that we should feel love for the people with, whom our nation is engaged/arc wa.sti.ng our time, and they are to some extent —no one knows to how great an extent—taking the fibre out of the, men who could help us if they threw their whole heart, and sold into the work." (Loud applause.) . t Responding to the toast of "The Ahree, proposed bv" Acting Professor Holme, M. Cha.vet, Consul-General for France, had a most enthusiastic reception, _the cornpan v singing 'The Marseillaise' sua cheering heartily. He touched upon inn universiiv life of Germany, where the .students'were taught to sing of Germany as being above e-rery other _ nation. French students did not ring of France being above ev-rv other nation. T'hey sang' o'' France being eoual to the- best—-inpida-cse')—and that was the spirit which animated. tI'K« nation. (Applause.. Mr S. Shimit.ii, Consul-General for .Tapa.n, had also a great reception. After a reference to the work accomplished by the. universities of Japan and Australia, lie spoke, of his nation's part in the wax. "Our sufi'erincs and losses.'" 'he said, "have been trilling in comparison with those of Great Britain and her <,iher AJh'es, but to those who are affected by them they are serious and real enough. At anv rate, sufficient had been done to justify" the words of Count Okurna, the. Premier of .japan, which appear la. f r article written bv him and. published in the 'Japan Magazine.' Count Okuma says: 'lt will i» our one. ambition at this tim* to show the West what it is slow to believe—that we can work harmdninsly wit-h. great Occidental Powers to support and protect the. highest idi-als of civilisation, ev-en to the extent of dying for thorn.'"'

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'LOVE YOUR ENEMIES.', Evening Star, Issue 15694, 7 January 1915

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'LOVE YOUR ENEMIES.' Evening Star, Issue 15694, 7 January 1915

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