‘right over might’

Kalgoorlie Miner - - REAL ESTATE -

It is a na­tional event of the high­est im­por­tance; it is cer­tain to strengthen and pro­long the life of the Empire; and con­firm the be­lief that Bri­tons never shall be slaves.

One of the fea­tures of the war has been that it has brought out in a ster­ling man­ner the chief char­ac­ter­is­tic of the Bri­tish race, namely dogged de­ter­mi­na­tion.

Napoleon said the Bri­tisher did not know when he was beaten, and de­spite many re­verses dur­ing the past two years there was never on the part of the Bri­tish­ers any ac­knowl­edge­ment of de­feat or any weak­en­ing in the con­vic­tion that ul­ti­mate vic­tory was cer­tain.

The only fear that the aver­age Bri­tisher pos­sessed was that there might be a pre­ma­ture peace be­fore he had a chance of scor­ing a com­plete tri­umph.

All who have helped to up­hold the Bri­tish flag have in­deed good rea­son to re­joice, and so also have all who live un­der its pro­tect­ing folds.

An­other cause for re­joic­ing is that, with the prospect of an early de­ter­mi­na­tion of the war, there will soon be the glo­ri­ous home-com­ing of the gal­lant troops who have nobly sus­tained their own, and their coun­try’s hon­our, and fought their way to vic­tory.

There will be many happy fam­ily re­unions, and moth­ers, wives and sis­ters will have their men-folk re­stored to them once more. There is also the knowl­edge that the dread­ful sac­ri­fices that the war en­tailed have not been made in vain.

All that Bri­tain and her Al­lies set out to do has been achieved; Ger­many is beaten to her knees.

Hence it is that yes­ter­day’s re­joic­ings were am­ply jus­ti­fied, even though the news that gave rise to them may not be con­firmed for some time yet.

In the midst of all the re­joic­ings there are some things we should re­mem­ber; things sug­gested in Ki­pling's hymn:

God of our fa­thers, known of old,

Lord of our far-flung bat­tle line,

Be­neath Whose aw­ful hand we hold, Do­min­ion over palm and pine, Lord God of hosts, be with us yet,

Lest we for­get — lest we for­get.

If, drunk with sight of power, we loose,

Wild tongues that have not Thee in awe,

Such boast­ing as the Gen­tiles use,

Or lesser breeds with­out the Law,

Lord God of hosts, be with us yet,

Lest we for­get — lest we for­get.

The rated the de­feat of Ger­many as im­por­tant as the fi­nal break­ing of Napoleon’s power at Water­loo in 1815.

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