My Lords and Gentlemen:
We are fighting for a worthy purpose, and
we shall not lay down our arms until that purpose has been fully
I rely with confidence
upon the loyal and united efforts of all my
subjects, and I pray that Almighty God may give us His blessing.
Then a commission for proroguing the Parliament was read, after which the Lord Chancellor said:
My Lords and Gentlemen: By virtue of his Majesty’s commission, under the great seal, to us and other lords directed, and now read, we do, in his Majesty’s name and in obedience to his commands, prorogue this Parliament to Tuesday the twenty-seventh day of October, one thousand nine hundred and fourteen, to be then here holden; and this Parliament is accordingly prorogued to Tuesday the twenty-seventh day of October, one thousand nine hundred and fourteen.
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British People Roused by Their Leaders.
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Earl Curzon of Kedleston Suggests Holding of Public Meetings.
Hackwood, Basingstoke, Aug. 27.
To the Editor of The Times:
Sir: Many of us are wondering what we can do to serve our country in this crisis. We sit on local or on larger committees. We attempt, within the narrow range of our influence, to gain recruits, we organize relief, we help to provide or furnish hospitals, we subscribe both to the national and to private funds; and, apart from this, we go about our ordinary duties with as much composure as we can, wondering where, when, and how it will be open to us who are no longer young and cannot bear arms, but have perhaps had some experience of affairs, to render more effective aid.
Does not a path lie open to the class of so-called “public men,” and does not the very name which is given to them indicate the nature of this duty? Surely it is to place themselves at the disposal of the public. The two great needs of the moment are more men—hundreds of thousands more men—for the army, and a clearer understanding by the masses of the population, not merely of the justice of our cause, but of the supreme issues, both for our own country and for the whole empire, that are involved.
No one would propose that jingo speeches should be shouted from public platforms, or that an attempt should be made to inflame crude or unworthy passions. But the man who, when his country is engaged in a righteous war and is fighting for her existence, preaches the cause of that war is not a jingo; and the passions to which he appeals are not unworthy, but are the noblest of which human nature is capable.
I wish, therefore, to say that if the Government, with whom the initiative must primarily