Our view, 100 years ago
Here are excerpts of columns published in 1918, after Armistice Day, by the Standard-Freeholder’s predecessor publications.
Cornwall Standard – Nov. 14,1918 “The day”
The war is won. The guns are silent – the trenches are vacant – bloodshed has ceased – democracy is triumphant – freedom is assured.
Germany, the beaten, whimpering bully of the nations, lies stripped of power, whining for mercy, shudderingly awaiting the righteous retribution to be exacted for his fiendish crimes against an outraged civilization. A warworn world is nursing its wounds and planning for a future of peace and universal freedom.
In this day of thankful joy and glorious triumph let us not forget the imperative duty lying immediately before us.
Let us manfully, dutifully and determinedly round out the Nation’s splendid effort.
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Cornwall Freeholder – Nov. 21, 1918 Let the boys come home
What the decision of the War Board may be is as yet unknown, but Canadian soliders should not be kept in Europe a day longer than necessary. The men were enlisted for the war; the war is over; the history of Canada’s share in the great conflict is written in imperishable letters, and the war-worn veterans are needed at home. The same condition exists with the men from Australia, New Zealand and other colonies, who equally with Canada have poured out their best blood in defence of freedom and justice.
It is certain that an army of occupation will be needed in Europe for some time to come to ensure peace as it should be, but no man should be asked to be a mere policeman unless he wishes. The regular forces of England, France and Belgium can first be reckoned on for this duty, and of the large number of soldiers from United States, many thousands will be anxious to stay on for the sake of adventure and to see the thing through and possibly, there are many Colonials who will take the same view, but there should be no compulsion. A very large proportion have been looking forward eagerly to coming home and taking up the strings of their interrupted loves and re-establishing themselves in profitable employment to provide for the future of themselves and their dependents, and neither they, nor their fathers and mothers, wives and children should be disappointed. Our boys must come home and that speedily.