GEN. JOFFRE DECORATED
I'i: ks 11 j i;x t■ s waf:.i e re goy of COMM-AXDEP,. T)i.' French I'resident (.M. Poincare) paid a visit, to the French Headquarters. !-> u e:!;cr -.vit.li the i'iv.sicJenis of the Senate and the Chamber, the Premier, and the Minister of War, and decorated General Jol'fre with the Military Medal, which is the counterpart, of the British Victoria Cross. In doing so the. President made a. speech in which he referred to the me<l,-il ;i.s "ihis simple and glorious emblem of the. highest military virtues which illustrious "onera.l.s and humble (soldiers weir with the same pride.'' M. Poincare begged Cener.'i! Joffre to regard this distinction as a token of national tgrafilude. and proceeded to pay a glowing tribute to ihe qualities of the < 'ommamler-iu-Chiof, w'nich had never failed to ar-scrt themselves since the day when (be concentration of the French forces had been effected. These qualities v:crc. tin; spirit of organisation, order, arid method, cool and calculating foresight, .always piopa-i-wl to deal with the unforsceu, ;i strength of mind that nothing could disturb, and a serene, cheerfulness whose, salutary example everywhere diffused confidence and hope. If wa<s impossible, to dissociate from General Joffre in his congratulations', continued the President; his loyal collaborators of the Headquarters Staff, absorbed like himself in a. sacred task, nor. above. all. the admirable troops on the. entire frou; front the Vosges to the Norh Sea., •viiii whom General Joffre himself desired io tdiaro, the honor which, lie merited. In thcfc, last liari.l weeks you have consolidated and strengthened by your defence of Flanders the brilliant victory of the Ma rue, and. thanks to your happy impulse, everything has conspired io ass.ure you of great success**, notably the perfect unity of views in the command, the. active solidarity between the. allied armies, and more particularly the incomparable moral energy emanating from the. French soul and fitting in movement all the springs, of the army. The acts of devotion an-d courage, daily accomplished will prove when they are known that France never had a" finer army nor one more conscious of ii« duties, an army, moreover, which is one with France herself, who has risen as one man without distinction of parties or of social conditions to Tcpel a. perfidiously premeditated acrgrossion. After a touching reference to members of Parliament Idlleel or wounded on the field of battle, the President continued : "The .griefs and the horrors of war have not diminished the enthusiasm of the troop.-, nor will they affect the constancy of tin* nation or shake its resolution. Franco exhausted every means in order to -spare humanity a, oa to stroph* without precedent. She knows that in order to prevent it<> recurrence she must., in agreement with her AJlie.*, finally abolish its caiiF*.**. Tinder pain of disavowing all our hi.st-ory, wo nave not. the right to repudiate, our secular mission of civilisation and liberty. An indecisive, victory, a, precarious police, would to-morrow exposo the French geniufi to fresh insults from this refined barbarism which assume? tho mask of science jji order ihe better to fcaio its domineering instincts. "France will pursue, to the enJ, v.-ith the. persevering co-operation of her Allien. the task of European liberation that has been begun, in order then to find under the auspices of her dead a life more intense in glory, concord, and security."— Re liter.
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GEN. JOFFRE DECORATED, Evening Star, Issue 15706, 21 January 1915