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SLINGS AND ARROWS. [BY A FEOMAN OF THE GUARD]. I believe that intelligent Tories, such as Mr. Balfour and other members of the pre- sent cabinet, readily acknowledge that! Liberals have refrained to a remarkable degree, from embarassing the Government! by a too hostile criticsm of its policy in connection with the South African War, but these gentlemen also admit that the loyal support given to the Government, does not indicate a change of opinion amongst many Liberals as to the cause of war, and whether it is a justifiable one or not. I am sorry to see that our provincial Tories cannot adopt the views expressed by those of their own creed, who are immea- surably superior to them in intelligence. Col. West, the erstwhile Liberal member for West Denbighshire, and now one of the most bigoted Tories in that county, thought proper-whilst asking for financial aid for those who volunteered to go out to the war —to pay a gratuitous insult to men who do not believe in the war, although at the same time hd expected their assistance. These are some of his words, He might say, however, that with the exception of a few ignominious cranks, there was a univer- sal opinion among the English, Welsh, Irish, and Scotch people, that the war was a just one, and that it should be carried on to the bitter end.' Col. West's term for thoae he expects to support him in the present instance is 'ignominious cranks.' The rfeanidg of the word 'ignominious,' ac- cording to Webster, isca person marked with ignominy, incurring public disgrace, dishonouruble, shameful.' These are the adjectives which Col. West thinks proper to apply to such men as Mr. John Morley whom, on all intellectual grounds, Col. West is not St to unlace his shoe. The ignominieus c?anks are far more nume- rous than fiol. "VTest seems to think, and it is rather hard, that those to whom ,he ap- plies these disgraoelul adjectives should at the same time be a4ked to contribute to- wards Col. West's schemes. If the response to this appeal is not so general as Colonel West, and thosa who are with c. ni expect most assuredly the fault must lie at tueir own door3. Coj, Howard at f .be same meeting, pro pounded a doctrine which be had no busi- nets to in Z" so called non-political meeting* j' fh s \id that he vrus glad to find that ther* was a ;novw-2Ut fc-o-i '.0 ererj man to serve the Queen at one period or other in his life.' In plain language, Col. Howard rejoices, because he believes con- scription is within measurable distance. I should like to see him coming out to con- test the County of Flint or any other county with this article of faith promi- nently in his address. If that should be the case, the number of votes he would ob- tain would be less by many hundreds than he got on the last occasion. Besides, what a foolish argument this was to use, when seeking funds to equip those who have volunteered for military duties. If it is in- tended that conscription should be a portion of the law of the land, no one will have any inclination to support those who volunteer, because they will have plenty to do to put their own houses in order, and to make ar- rangements for their enforced, absence. a IR a a It seems to me that these Tory gentle- men cannot connect themselves with any movement, without bringing with them their politics. It is time that Liberals should protest against this sort of thing. I venture to say that bad not the Liberals of this country loyally assisted the present Tory Government, this country would have been in a far worse pickle even than it is now, And this is the thanks we get for it! Not only must we, who do not believe in the present war be silent, but we cannot even think that the war is unjust, without being called: ignominious cranks' by Col. West—a remark received with cheers by the other colonels, who seemed to monopo- lise this meeting, I admit that I and others who profess and believe in Libe- ralism, cannot change our mind with that beautiful ease which is so characteristic of Col. West's career. • ■ ■ « Now I should like to make clear the posi- tion of many Liberals in this country, and many in this neighbourhood. We do not believe in the war. We do not think it is a just war. That does not prevent us from feeling for the soldiers which have to take part in this war, whether they believe in it or not. They cannot help themselves, and ought to be encouraged. Further, Liberals are willing, and are doing their best to help the Government to bring this war to a successful issue. Liberals can and do admire those in our midst, and all over the country who volunteer to assist our country in this grave crisis. But because we do all this, and yet do not believe in the war, we are to be du:abod I ignominious cranks by a political renegade like Col. West. Is this the way to preserve and encourage the loyalty of the country ?







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