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288   DAYS OF PREPARATION

three hundred yards of mud, knee-deep, to turn in before "lights out."

The Division was reviewed by Earl Roberts on October 26th Many of the men had fought under his leadership in the South African War and looked upon him as an old friend. He won the hearts of this truly democratic army by addressing them as "brother soldiers." The Order of the Day issued by him at the time of this review shows admirably how Canada's act, in so promptly taking up arms in defence of the Empire and for the safeguarding of human liberty, was appreciated by this veteran military leader.

"Three months ago we found ourselves in this war, a war not of our own seeking, but one which those who have studied Germany's literature and Germany's aspirations, knew was a war which we should inevitably have to deal with sooner or later. The prompt resolve of Canada to give us such valuable assistance has touched us deeply. . . .

"We are fighting a nation which looks upon the British Empire as a barrier to her development, and has, in consequence, long contemplated our overthrow and humiliation. To attain that end she has manufactured a magnificent fighting machine, and is straining every nerve to gain victory. . . .

"When the time comes for you to take your place in the field you will find yourselves fighting side by side with the men of our Regular Army who have already done great deeds and endured great hardships; with the men of our Indian Army who have come with such devotion and such eagerness to take their share in defending British interests; and with men who, like yourselves, are coming from other self-governing Dominions to co-operate with us. I need not urge you to do your best, I know you will, for you will be fighting in the greatest of all causes, the cause of right, of justice, and of liberty, and may God prosper you in the great struggle."


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