Our view, 100 years ago

Standard-Freeholder (Cornwall) - - OPINION -

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.

Buy Vic­tory Bonds!

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.

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