CANADIAN RAILWAYS AND THE WAR 265
toriously through with two derelict casualty clearing stations, bag, baggage, nurses, and all."
Before 1914 Canada had been living in a fool's paradise, believing herself free from the threat of war. There had been insignificant preparedness, and when the storm broke the whole art of modern warfare had to be learned by our military authorities. The haste of preparation, the experiments in equipping and training troops, cost unnecessary millions. In only one respect was Canada prepared for war—in her magnificent railway systems. Hundreds of millions had been expended by the country in building up these systems; but it was money well spent. Apart altogether from the work done by the railways in opening up the remote regions of the Dominion to settlers and in giving an opportunity for the development of her vast resources, the work done by the railway companies in helping win the war is ample repayment for every dollar spent by the Dominion in railway construction.