International Patriotic Rally
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The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada), 22 Nov 1918, p. 389-403


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International Patriotic Rally


First, a welcome and introduction by Sir John Hendrie of the Governor of New York State and his wife, and the Governor of Ohio and his wife. Hon. N.W. Rowell: Making preparations to celebrate the one hundred years of peace between Canada and the United States when the War broke out. What we learned during that period about settling international disputes. Such celebrations expressed in the union of the British and American Commonwealths in one great common effort of service and sacrifice to restore peace to a war-cursed world. How the freedom of the seas has been menaced over the past four years and how it has been largely preserved by His Majesty's sailors upon the high seas, magnificently backed up by the American and Allied Navies. Celebrating the achievement of this gigantic task of securing world peace. What this peace means, and what it should mean. The entry of the United States into the war, marking a turning point in the struggle. What that entry meant in terms of democracy and human liberty. Paying tribute in Canada to America's contribution to the War effort and victory. Reference to two or three aspects of this contribution. The speaker's privilege in crossing to Great Britain this summer on a transport carrying American troops and his experiences witnessing the opening of the battle by the Australian and American troops to the northeast of Amiens. Canadian soldiers welcoming American troops in France and Belgium as worthy Companions-in-Arms. The message from the Canadian Government sent to the American President on the 11th of November, 1918, and the message received from the President. Canada's part in the war effort. The Peace Conference, entered into by both nations with the same principles and the same ideals. Outlook for the future. The Honourable C.H. Whitman: Speaking as the representative of the "great people whose united love and admiration for the people of this Dominion amounts almost to reverence, I come to-night, keenly appreciating the privilege of sharing with you in your thanksgiving, and rejoicing that peace has come—peace with a glorious, complete and final victory." A tribute to the Dominion of Canada for their war effort. Now seeing to it that the rule of the people is the rule of intelligence and unselfishness. The American attitude to the worker, resting on a quoted immortal thought expressed by Abraham Lincoln. Congratulations to Ontario on the position taken on the liquor question. The need for government to quit its aloofness and stand shoulder to shoulder with the people. The task of reclamation that faces Americans. The greatest days ahead of us. Conquering prejudice. Marching in the van of freedom and of progress in the New World. The Honourable James M. Cox: "It is a matter of very great regret to the officers of the Club that we are unable to print the splendid and stirring address delivered by Governor Cox. A transcript of the address appears to have been handed to the press and a most diligent search has failed to recover it."