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30   DAYS OF PREPARATION

tions. But, Sir, they would not be men if they had not in their hearts a deep feeling of affection for the land of their ancestors, and nobody blames them for that. . . . But let me tell my countrymen of German origin that we have no quarrel with the German people. . . . Nothing can be truer than the words which have been reported to have been uttered by a German soldier made prisoner in Belgium that this war is not a war of the German people; and if there is a silver lining to this darkest cloud which now overhangs Europe, it is that, as a result and consequence of this war, the German people will take the determination to put an end for ever to this personal imperialism, and to make it impossible evermore for one man to throw millions of the human race into all the horrors of modern warfare."

The Prime Minister, Sir Robert Borden, gave a some-what more detailed account of the state of Europe before the war and of the efforts of Great Britain to maintain peace. He, like Mr. Sutherland and Sir Wilfrid Laurier, spoke friendly words about the Germans as individuals and attributed the war to the domination of a military autocracy.

"Nearly half a million of the very best citizens of Canada," he said, "are of German origin, and I am sure no one would for one moment desire to utter one word or use any expression in debate which would wound the self-respect or hurt the feelings of any of our fellow-citizens of German descent."

He went on to say that Germans or Austrians, whether naturalized or not, would not be molested or interfered with unless they sought to aid our enemies or leave Canada for the purpose of fighting on the enemies' side. His closing words were:

"In the awful dawn of the greatest war the world has ever known, in the hour when peril confronts us such as this Empire has not faced for a hundred years, every vain or unnecessary word seems a discord. As to our duty; we are all agreed; we stand shoulder to shoulder


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