By MARION COUTHOUY SMITH.
Ev’n he, the master
of the songs of life,
May speak at times with less than certain sound—
“He jests at scars who never felt a wound.”
So runs his word! Yet on the verge of strife,
They jest not who have never known the knife;
They tremble who in the waiting ranks are found,
While those scarred deep on many a battle-ground
Sing to the throbbing of the drum and fife.
They laugh who know the open, fearless breast,
The thrust, the steel-point, and the spreading stain;
Whose flesh is hardened to the searing test,
Whose souls are tempered to a high disdain.
Theirs is the lifted brow, the gallant jest,
The long last breath, that holds a victor-strain.
[Illustration: This map shows the comparative distances from London of Ostend and of some English towns. London is in the exact center of the map.
If the German Army were in Manchester.
If the German Army were in Manchester, every fit man in the country would enlist without a moment’s delay.
Do you realise that the German Army is now at Ostend, only 125 miles away—or 40 miles nearer to London than is Manchester?
How much nearer must the Germans come before you do something to stop them?
The German Army must be beaten in Belgium. The time to do it is now.
Will you help? Yes? Then enlist TODAY.
God Save the King.
(Facsimile of an advertisement that appeared in The London Times, March 17, 1915.)]
The Disaster That Befell the Allies’ Fleet
BERLIN, March 22, (via London, 11:33 A.M.)—The correspondent at Constantinople of the Wolff Bureau telegraphed today a description of the fighting at the Dardanelles on Thursday, March 18, in which the French battleship Bouvet and two British battleships were sent to the bottom. An abridgment of the correspondent’s story follows:
The efforts of the Allies to force the Strait of the Dardanelles reached their climax in an artillery duel on Thursday, March 18, which lasted seven hours. The entire atmosphere around the Turkish forts was darkened by clouds of smoke from exploding shells and quantities of earth thrown into the air by the projectiles of the French and British warships. The earth trembled for miles around.
The Allies entered the strait at 11:30 in the morning, and shelled the town of Chank Kale. Four French and five British warships took part in the beginning. This engagement reached its climax at 1:30, when the fire of the Allies was concentrated upon Fort Hamidieh and the adjacent fortified positions.