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I Women's Duty.

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I Women's Duty. I LADY CLAMUSK'S APPEAL. I PATRIOTIC MEETING AT BRECON. I SPEECHES BY MBS. DRUMMOND AND MISS PHILIP MORGAN. A series of patriotic meetings for women are held in Breconshire this week, the principal speaker being Mrs Flora Drummond. There was a large attendance at the first of the meetings, held in the Brecon Guild Hall, on Monday after- noon. Lady Glanusk presided, and supporting her ladyship were a number of influential ladies, including Miss Williams (Penpont), Mrs Lloyd (Dinas) and Miss Philip Morgan. Lady Glanusk. Lady Glanusk, who was received with loud ap- plause, said they were gathered there because the country was at war. The best of the nation were fighting on land and sea to save England from German domination. But they had to un- derstand that other battles had to be fought at home, not with the rifle and bayonet, but with more peaceful weapons. War was not altogether a matter of bullet and steel. There was an old saying that the pen was mightier than the sword, but gold was mightier than either, and Germany, whilst preparing the sword, knew that half the battle was with the pen and purse. The German pen and purse had been in Belgium for years preparing the way for the Prussian arms. "Naturalised" Germans had been setting up business in the country, and their armies of clerks, waiters, workmen and others, were but the ad- vance guard of the Prussian armies that followed. The same thing had happened, and was happen- ning, in England. They saw how Germans, and "naturalised" Germans, were living in their midst and had been getting control of their busi- nesses, but luckily, by God's providence, we had been given time to save ourselves, and clear Brit- ain of the blight. They must not waste that time, but see to it that Britain should be kept for the British. (Applause.) Slowly we were awaking to the fact that, if we wanted to survive this struggle, the whole nation must pull itself to- gether. The whole strength of the nation must be appealed to. Every man would be required, and every woman would be wanted to take the place of the men who went to the Front. They wanted the women of England to pull themselves together and lend a hand. She had heard it said that the women of Breconshire were not urging their men to go to help those at the Front. She could not possibly think that this w/as true. (Hear, hear.) The women of Britain should prove to the I world that they had in their veins the same blood, and were worthy of the highest traditions of the race from which they came. (Loud applause.) Mrs Drummond. I Mrs Drummond, in the course of -a stirring ad- dress, said it was their bounden duty to realise that they were expected to rise to the occasion and do their duty. The time was not that "men must work and women must weep,"but that "men must fight and women must work." Their first and foremost duty was to give courage to their men-folk and help them to go to fill the fighting line. If the front line of battle in Flanders were not sufficiently equipped, they would have a repe- tition in this country of what had happened in Belgium. If the young men of the nation were not going to realise their responsibilities to the State, the women of the nation should call upon the war'councils to declare for national universal service. (Applause.) What was most needed at the present moment was human material for the fighting line. She proceeded to point out the use- ful work which women could do at the present time for their country. It was no time, she said, to talk of peace. While the enemy were in Bel- gium, those people who talked about peace were traitors to Britain. It was the duty of women to say, "We will not talk about peace until the enemy are out of Belgium, and out of Russia, and back in their own country, and penned in un- til they could do no damage, or no harm. We will have peace, but we will have peace with honour." (Loud applause.) They were up ag- ainst such a despicable, cowardly enemy that it would take 'both the men and women of Britain to fight the battle to the last. They were fight- I ing for the greatest thing in life—liberty. They I were fighting that this nation might retain the I heritage of liberty. When they thought of Nel- son and Wellington, and of the men who fought for the social reforms they now enjoyed, were, they going to allow the heritage to slip through their fingers? She did not think so, if the; women would rise to the ocacsion. (Applause.) I Miss Philip Morgan. Miss Philip Morgan, in moving a vote of thanks to Lady Glanusk and Mrs Drummond, said she had had long experience of the loyalty, I patriotism, and enthusiasm of the women of Bre- con. They had never failed to respond to any appeal made to them for the good of others. 1 (Hear, hear.) She re-called the large meeting of women in that hall when, at the request of Lord Glanusk, they founded the Brecon Women's Working Party for the war, the results of which had far exceeded her highest expectations. Every- one worked well. They had sent large numbers of garments to the Front, in addition to surgical dressings for Red Cross work, beside having made innumerable collections for other work. And yet, women were constantly asking, "What more can j we do to help those at the Front?" They had heard much in the past of the rights of women. There was something else even higher, that was j in being allowed the oportunity—equal opportu- i nities-to do their duty to their country and to their fellow-men. (Applause.) Those opportuni- ties were now being given them in a way which had never happened before. The Government were mobilising their women-kind, and for the first time were realising that women were a help in the hour of the country's need. (Applause.) Miss Morgan appealed for help in the work of carrying out National Registration. She felt sure they would help, for it seemed to her that this was essentially women's work-work in which the womanly virtues of discretion, tact, and courtesy could be so very well displayed. (Hear, hear.) As soon as they, had received the forms of the National Registra- tion Act, they would be able to say in what way they would be able to help the nation, and then courageously to carry it out to the very end. (Ap- plausc.) She had no fear that the Brecon women would do their duty in that respect. (Hear, hear.) In conclusion, Miss Morgan paid an eloquent tribute to the patriotic work which Lady Glanusk was doing, and, speaking of Mrs Drummond, said they hoped that wherever she went her meetings would be successful, and that she would arouse the country to a, realisation of its dangers. They could not get Belgium out of their minds. Their sky was blue, but it was the smoke of Belgium which made it blue for them. (Loud applause.) The resolution, which was seconded by Mrs Lloyd, was carried amidst loud applause. Large Cathering at Builth. j The meeting at the Kino, Builth Wells, on Tuesday, was presided over by Mrs Venables' Llewelyn. She was supported by Mrs Flora 1. Drummond, Mrs C. W. Woosnam, Mrs Amos Williams (Ashfield), and Mrs Telfer Smith. j The meeting, which was largely attended, was I of a most enthusiastic character. On the proposition of Mrs Amos Williams,, seconded by Mrs Aubrey Thomas, hearty thanks j were accorded the speaker. A similar compli- ment, on the motion of Mrs Telfer Smith, was j paid Mrs Venables Llewelyn. I The singing of the National Anthem terminated a successful meeting.

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