THE CRY FOR MORE MEN.
ALL OUGHT 'MI SERVE. MUST FIGHT MILLIONS WITH -MILLIOXS. LORD ROSEBERY COXFIDKXT. LOXROX, January 10. Kp-o.'i.kina: at, Dalkeith. Lord K'o-ebery said thru Great- Britain and G<-rmanv wore tjghting with their harks to the wall. Unless sufficient recruits w-ere forthcoming undor the voluntary fivf-tem. enmi- tonn of compulsory onhVunpnt ivouM be unavoidable. That would not lx> welcome to the great ma.«s of his countrymen, who -willingly accept the Imperial mandate, hut who thought it. was unfair that they .should be singled out for active service while others remained at Homo. Tf the rule was applied to all equally there Mould Lie less reluctance, but it must bo rememlweii that the position of tlro.-o <mlifciinif voluntarily ami before any compulsion wa-s used would be widely different from those enlisting under it. Every able-bodied man would do weil to realise the fact, that while it would be line to .-ay after- the war that he served as a volunteer and not a:- a conscript, a victory siu-b u.< we de.-Lred was only achievable by pui-biny millions »jra.insr. millions of Austrian/* and licrmans. The very thought of their brothers or friends waist-de-ep in frozen water lighting for tho Empire's existence outfit to be sutficiont call for everyone to go. He had not the slightest doubt that the Abies' would 'ultimate.lv be vicUtoii-ious.
DERATED IX THE LOKDS. VOLUNTARYISM YF.ftSUS COM PULSION. I LONDON. January 9. An Army debate was raided in the 'House, of Lords on Lord Midloton questioning the Government in regard to the condition of recruiting. Lord Lucas declined in the public interest to supply figures. Ix>rd Selborne- asked the Government to impress on the people the immense gravity and the enormous difficulties of the country's task. Lord Haldano : We are fighting for our life under circumstances which make it the duty of every Englishman to put all he values into the. scale. There is no reason to anticipate a breakdown in the voluntary system. The Lord Chancellor added that as soon an the enemy was found to be using a new type of gun the Government immediately produced its equivalent. No efforts or resources would be spared to bring the war to a successful conclusion. Lord Curzon complained that the Home Office had countermanded a military order to remove aliens from the east coasL He was content to accept Lord Ha.ldane's declaration in regard to compulsory service, but. ho urged the Government to take preliminary measures to prevent chaos if compulsory service is required. Lord Crewe pointed out that any syi-tein of recruiting which caused a cessation of industry < might prove more di-sastroii* to the success of British arms than the failure put &o many men into the held.
MR EDISON'S VIEW. BELIEVES IX A LONG WAR. NEW~YORK, Januarv 10. Mr Edison i» of opinion that the war will last till 11*7. He cays tho submarine has proved to be tho greatest naval offensive instrument, but probably Great Britain's newest Dreadnoughts will provide protection whereby the effects of torpedoes will bo greatly 'minimised. Germany's capital error lay in mistaking Franco and Britain for decadent nations. The- sooner tho German military caste system is ended the better it will 'he for Germany. Tho present \rar lias taught the world thatkilling men is merely a scientific proposition. 'lts length is'dependent on ' other factors.
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THE CRY FOR MORE MEN., Evening Star, Issue 15697, 11 January 1915