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VRST HND PRESENT.

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VRST HND PRESENT. THE REFLECTIONS OF "A." -1 Never in the history of the world have so many events of far-reaching importance crowded themselves into the space of a month c)-oiN- d e d iiii-) the spa(-e of a ijioiitli ns Lave happened during the four or tive wet'k" I that followed the appeal by Germany for an armistice. The signing of that armistice and the ending of a gigantic war have beEn: accompanied by the passing of a great Empire, the final break up of its ramshackle neigh- bour, and the disappearance of two Imperial Majesties with a jostling crowd of miner potentates. These events have had their louiantic side as well as their moral signifi- cance. British and Indian troops, occupying 'he forts aloni: the Dardanelles, have cheered oil tlic, way to anchor opposite the mosques and minarets "f Constantinople. The captive cities of Bel- gium have been set free amid scenes of jubilation, and "Te Deums" have been -hanled in the cathedrals and churches of many nations. Our great goalâpeace with victoryâlias been attained, and the world settles down to consider the means of ensur- ing that no such calamity as that now ended hall ever again overtake it. The chapter is closed, a new chapter opens. We turn to our daily tasks with a sense of relief akin to that felt by a convales- cent who walks abroad after a long illness. Our peace celebrations are sincere peihaps even noisyâbut there is a serious side to our rejoicings, for there are few families who have not been visited by the Angel of Death. What is to be written in this new chapter? Is it not clear that the best outcome of the catastrophe of the War will be the determina- tion of all of us, collectively and individually, to make a wise use of the new liberty that has dawned for civilisation? We are freed from the menace of Prussian militarism, and we can devote ourselves to the work of recon- st ruclion so that a happy and industrious and prosperous nation may be built up while the wounds of War are being healed. Therein will be found the reward for our sacrifices, and the true expression of our gratitude to those who fought the good fight and gave their lives for the cause of humanity and for their >-o'j.ntry's honour.

ÐUR NOTE BOOK.

AMERICA'S GREAT PRESIDENT.i

- - - - ONE NIGHT'S BOMB RATIONS.

1 A MODERN ITALIAN DREADNOUGHT.…

ÐUR NOTE BOOK.