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4-THE PEACE CRUSADt

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4- THE PEACE CRUSADt ROUSING THE NORTflk r- t ^an "—— tot By W. T. STEAD. «»e The Crusade of Peace has had a splenaw —the best in many respects since the | Ag was proclaimed at the great meeting in St. j wr i Hall. London is giving abundant evidenC9^ interest in the crusade, but it is in the Pr°T' i that our strength lies. The Far North of 1 has ever welcomed great ideas. Often t given a lead to the rest of England 011 SO 4. question of moment. Its population is by nat | one of fighters. Centuries of warfare JL the tribes over the border have given a pu. to the Northern race which is not yet eliml at The Tyne, which gives life to the whole dis^HEplj lined with shipyards in which huge war,18 tHlt being constructed. The fame of the desi;ru | weapons of Armstrong has travelled over tbc" Half the population of Newcastle is did dependent upon the great Elswick shipylr j ordnance works. Yet the meeting at NOW ii was one- of the most rousing yet held. Earl Grey was primarily responsible for J1 gathering at the Town Hall in Newcastle. I í the first he has, thrown himself heart and Sol) tltl the Crusade. As soon as he placed himself 9 head of the Northern movement its succ#8 jJor assured. He was accompanied on to the V at the Town Hall by such a collection of pub''c | a? has not been seen in Newcastle for yeari- political friends who went different ways Liberal party was divided found themsel^8 ^it] more united in a common ciuse, and one former politician who has deserted came from his retirement to. speak a vvord PI: behalf of peace. If Newcastle was the centre of the :No. ii r movement, Sunderland and Gateshead were less to the fore. The audience at Sunderlav" a little cold at first, but before the meeti"^ finished it was splendidly roused. Ihe^f gatherings had been preceded by a local egort 'r Bnrnmoor, over which the Earl of Durhd <4Vn sided. He displayed some confusion of Øll to what the Peace Crusade is. At DárJingtotl f was a capital meeting, with the Bishop of Dar on the platform, accompanied by several 1110t of the Pease family, the devotion of every good cause is almost part of the H the North. J Nothing quite like the enthusiasm of Scarf P rle" and the neighbouring towns has yet been expe tfC| \j| On Saturday and Sunday three huge meetln: th held, and at the last it is calculated that 14, were not less than 3,000 persons present. f t was no need to get up steam at any 8 gatherings. The whole population seems with the love of peace, and in the three ■; 4 there was not a single voice raised up aga support of the Czar's proposals. Yet Searbo is precisely one of those places of whicha'J fessional organiser would be afraid. J' The tone of London on this great question 9 Jjr arrest of armaments improves week by week- | best meeting that has yet been held lfl,| metropolis was that at St. Martin's ToW» J The fine room was filled to practically capacity, and the response to the speeches a i as could be desired. Mr. G. W. E. H, n delivered a speech full of good points, very close of the meeting r.ew life Mas given audience by the enthusiastic elcqueuce of tb« of the West End Synagogue, who, though the list, of speakers, begged to be allowed .gt « word on behalf of tije '.J ii,s. The Rey, J ] Price Hughes was treinwidously applaud*- •• short the meeting was in evt rv tapped tie beyond; any which.London h;.s .-een onenina: of the campaign. At Westminster we did not. do s. well. good meeting for Westminster" is the re ifjL those who know the district. There is a worof meaning in the words. Westminster is one wealthy divisions of London in which jJf greatest difficulty in obtaining any public on any question. It has a large business tion, which migrates to the suburbs ever}' .^<9 I Consequently, the task of organising a mee' JB > any kind is heavy. Yet, with no 8Pe&f English reputation announced, the Westniinstot Hall was more than half filled, and those jfw present displayed plenty of spirit and a keetl C. ciation of the object of the Czar. jiJ-f Very different to Westminster was the mf Jr r the Hampstead Vestry Hit.!]. That buildii'? J not hold so many as that at Westi^V "1 but it was packed to the doors, and the j' •and enthusiasm of the .audience'was uninist9^ n The veteran Dr. Newman Hall spoke j/ dramatic fervour, and referring to a lett#1 jJ. Mr. Brodie Hoare, M.P., in which the sl stated that he regarded the Czar's prop? Ii altogether impracticable, the great preacher that it was necessary even now to teach wisdom. If Mr. Hoare was against the ^ar'jj|fl was not the case with a more distin#L^ resident in the neighbourhood. Sir WftHer wrote saying that if anything practical c&^ the Cxur's proposal he should join the y in rejoicing. ■■'J So well has the organisation of Londo'1 3 forward that the Committee of the Crusade* (J1 determined to devote all its attention rlt1 Metropolis and to leave the provinces to lo°, fA ■■ themselves, now feels that London is that it can give time to the great town? fn have not already arranged for meetings number of these is now comparative!)' V Without any aid from the central 0iTicO of the provincial centres have thrown 'V selves into the Crusade. Examples of the eej^ to which the provinces have organised the)"9 A [ are furnished by the meetings at Darling'011 Kidderminster, which were arranged locallY, tJeí carried through without the headquarters aware of the intention to hold meetings.$ After the provinces wi M come Scotland. Crusade has so far made but little progress- .<e/ meetmgs have been held, but there is no that the new gospel of peace has been seized J .d' fl" >I avidity. No fear, however, is felt as to the | \f when once work is commenced. Scotland ^jr untrue to all her traditions if she is England in her dev ion to a movement makes for the elevation of mankind and for S1 brotherhood among the nations. t^1 The metropolitan campaign is to be brotig^.jr conclusion by a mass meeting in the (i^ Hall, which will probably be held during tbe fortnight of March. This will be a rallyi^'M for the whole of London before the rfi' Convention is held: The principal spea.er# 1 be Mr. John Morlev and, 1 hope, the London, who is, of course, chairman J Crusade. The gathering should be a fitting e the movement, which has swept across Londoj'^f An address to the workers of all Conf11 ||i( „ countries has been drafted and approved W.jj$ Labour Committee of the Crusade. This placed before a great gathering of Lon 0 IV to, men at St. Martin's Town Hall, on February 0 trio to which the representatives of organised la jl^ the metropolis are offering splendid support- # George N. Barnes, the secretary of the Amalg9' Society of Engineers, is to preside. The manifesto, signed by more than five hundred of workmen of every shade of opinion, has 110"r scattered broadcast. On the Continent the Peace movement is J11' progress. From England we are giving w we can to those who have the real battle to j but it is difficult to do this and not to offend t populations. Both in Germany and in however, local committees are at work, ^jfiwj reports from the devoted workers who themselves to the movement are full of eT\a(^ that progress is being made against every obs1

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