Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - December 18, 1918, Lethbridge, Alberta
BRITISH im XIARDPJ OF EDEN f �^ WAH PICTURES PROM BRITISH AND BOYPTIANOPPICIAL PHOTOOSAPHS. * ^ (Growa Copyright KeserVed) (1) Turkish prisoners under British escoilr marching tbrough Bagdad. (2 London Scottish marching through a captured citj in Palestine. (3) Scenes on the SakartutanBaghaz road over the JibelHvmin, in Mesopot^ (4) Turkish bpoby^trap. Table spread to invite the unwary to pwrtake. Had the invitation been acceptedtlWjguestB would have been blown sky-higrh. ' - ,r f (5) An eightMn-ponnder in action on the Mesopotamia desert. - (6) Indian flr?t line transport in Mesopotamia. (7) An advanced water post in Mesopotamia. (8) India'n troops at advanced line of captured Turkish trenches. (9) A transport crossing the Diala River. , (10) A heavy^gim in action in Mesopotamia. British and Canadians in U.S.A. ON September 28th-theiworlf of which nature has blessed your won-f>i�ca ppbpq hfilne dealt-h'!! British and Cattadiaii Railway derful country-they have been -al-Miseion in the'; Uult^: States lowed to take advantage of all the automatifially comes vto, 'a t finish privileges of citizenship, but have under the new treaty WMcK has just not become citizens, and in that they been signed between Canada dnd the , failed in their duty to you and to United States. Col. J. S.^Behnis, who was gfven leave of absence:-'from the C. P. R. to take an active and Jeading part in this mission; Tfrnd has been made a C. M. G.^,in' recognition of his servicesi lias recently been addressing-a series^ "dl'meetings in the Middle West, with ver^ notable results in the shape ot-recrults. His explanation of th� treaty-and of the work of the Mission halve been widely I quoted in"the United .States Britons and Canadians were included in the ten million men who registered, and the 'namea and addresses of these men w^re given us by the Draft Boards and carefully card indexed. by us. The railitary age In Great Britain and Canada is from 38 to 45,:S9 it is quite;safe to assume that if we add to the 280,000 men between 21, and 31, who registered, those ^tween IS and 21 and .^1 and 4:'), we arc safe In saying that there were 360,060 Britons and Canadians of .military age in the United States, and these are.the men we have been trying to- reach through the Recruiting Mission. "Now let me tell you -what we have been able to do through the Recruiting Mission since it was established. We opened recruiting depots in all the main centres, from the Atlantic the flag that .has protected them. 285,000 of these men are living in your midst and have not responded to the call of tne, country ot their nationality. They say Great Britain and Canada'cii't reach us because we are in- the United States aitd Uncle Sam can't get us .because we are iiritons or Canadians, so why should we worry. Well, this treaty, was entered i|ttp to meet that situation and np^^t^^jr; are going to lie giv*n everys ra^H-yto^'iRrdriT. 'This treaty is really an historical event. It la true that a treaty on offices with ofiicers and non-commissioned 'officers who h?ve been on active service, and most of them Jiave been wounded. We brought military units with bands-from Canada. We have* covered the country with posters; have sent appeals through the mails on three different occasions; have carried advertise- 4^ .,1. i Col. J.'S. Denn;s. ments In the papers and have held public meetings and recruiting'rallies without end -all for the purpose of carrying the urgent appeal of Great Britain and Canada to their citizens similjir lines -was entered Into a short time ago between Great Britain, Prance and Russia, but it has remained for this war to make history in the completion of treaties between allied countries,-under the provisions of which the citizens of one allied country resident In another allied country can be forced tr do military the main centres, from t'l?,!^"*^"^! service in the army of the country of to the Pacific.,. We 'asljed their residence, instead of In that of resident in the Spited States to come country of their nationality. ,..^^,A ,r.fl m*>et the aconizme neeai ,,j.j^^ treaty provides t^at a period ri'r;-^ .'I4ii,/^J� -^';l^.tJ^'"^-lll*t^'"'- forward and meet the agonizing need _ _ _^ ^________ of the countries of the)rA.irth for .^^^ g^^^tg^^uring which men to win the war. Wh,.t 'las ... ,........<��,� �een, the result? Fourteen on hs | of concentrated effort anrr ha-d v/ork the Kritons and Canadians in the United State can volunteer. Thatpcriod expires at midnight on September 2Sth Dfirt; siity days from the date of ratification of the treaty on July 2itlh last. Kvery Briton or Canadian si' has induced 4ome G5,000 Brltong and Canadians to volunteer to last, week. Of that- number ^'-'^^^^f;^"^""-, ,________......., _________ able to accept and dippatf.:h to t ue | volunteers during that period armies about 42,000. I "^'^ ! �Till be given a'cerfificate if'he Is ment ago that there 1 found medically unfit, aild this Britons and Camidiars I cate will be exchanged for .an ex- asfi., 65,000 have volnntPpred..___W!iat!^^^^j^^ rertlflfiate. issued by the has become of the remaining 285,000? It is for the purpose of dealing with this larg* number who have failed to respond to-their countries* call that this treaty has been ectered into. ' "Why did these Britons and Canadians come t9 the United Slates? They came because they thought the opportunities here were better than at home. Yuu welcomed them-you gave them every chance to share with you the bountiful resouroeg with; emption certificate. Issued by the British Ambassador at Washington, which certificate will be recognized by the United States as, exempting the holder from- military service. "Provision is also made. for exemption during'the sixty day period by the Ambassadfir for certain specified causfiB, as set out In the regulations, and nraijtlfeally similar , provisions exist "regarding American citizens reait)*at. in Great Britain and Canada; these cases being dealt with by the American Ambassador In Bug land, and the American Consul-General In Canada. You will, therefore, see that the treaty Is reciprocal and perfectly fair in its provisions. "Now, wh|it is going-to happen to the Britons and Canadius wnb have not volunteered or be&n exempted when midnight strikes on September 28th next? I jviU tell you! From that date apd for all time thereafter they and their children and grandchildren after them will he branded' In the eyes of-the world as men without a country-duty dodgers, duty shirkers and; slackers, who would not respond to the agonizing appeal for help from the country o? their birth and satiooality, and who had to be turned oyer through the provisions of a treaty to the country ot their residence to be forcefully made to do t^eir duty, and our sincere hope is that early in the morning ot September 29th, Uncle Sam will take every one of these Britons and Canadians by 'the back of the neck and mai-ch them down the street to the uearest military camp. 'Why am I justified in saying thesb hard things? Well, r look back toy'the sacrifice made by Britain and Canada during the past four years and the lavish way In\ which Britons and Canadians have shed their blood in the cause, and then I look on, these Britons and Canadians here who have made no sacrifice; have enjoyed peace and plenty, high wages and comfortable living, and I ask you is it fair that while your boys are going;' to the front as volunteers or under draft regulations these British and Canadian slackers shall be allowed to sit in pea^ and fill the positions' made vacant by the departure of your sons, and to act as If the country of their bfrth has. no call on their services in Its desperate need? ^ "Is there any Englishman within 80un|d of my voice who, after the 28th of September .next, will ever again PTCSume to call himself an Engllsh-nuin and thus attempt to share In the standing given that name throughout the world by those English regiments that have fought when they stood outnumbered fifty to one until they died/? "Can any Scotchman ever claim kinship with the land of the heather, knowing that the glens of Scotland are depleted of men up to fifty years of3 age to re-inforce those kilted battalions of the British army, who, in this, in every other war, have TDcen foremost In the fight? . "Ja there any Welshman who can hope to face the hills of Wales and claim citizenship with men from those hills and valleys who, under the badfee of the leek, are fighting In Prance? "Can any Scotchman ever again claim the wrongs claimed by Ireland, pre-sume to class himself with tha men of the British Guards, the Connaught Rangers, the Munsters, the Inneskil-lings, and. those other units of, the fighting Irish race, and, finally. Is there any Canadian who, after the 28th of Septehmber, will, presume to head north and cross that imaginary boundary separating - Canada from the United Slates and hope that fhey will bo any welcome for him there, and that he will be allowed to share in the name "Canadian," now known throughout the world as signifying citizenship in a country that volun-taril^ w5nt three tliousand iuiles to war, and on many a bloody battlefield proved that the name designated a virile nationality? , ' "I have endeavored to put the position of Britons and Canadians in the United States clearly before them and must leave the final decision to them. They must decide whether they arc going to play a man's part or be forever ear-marked as men without a country and absolutely lacking.In the red blqod that we are justified In saying is recognized throughout the world as characterizing Britons.