Fighting for the cause of the Empire as well as the cause of civilization. Understanding now how great was the menace of 1914, when the Germans tried to reach the coast. Former German plans for the use of super-guns by super-men. Confidence at the present time that there will not again be danger of the enemy breaking through on the Western front. Germany absolutely on the defensive on the Western front. The continuing recession of the German wave of invasion in the West. The splendid soldiers on the Western front. The fine work done at Paschendaele, as at Ypres and Vimy. Difficulties caused by the topography of the land in which the bulk of the fighting is taking place on the Western front. Why the British and French armies should make their first big fight in the Lens-Arras area. The importance of the recovery of the coal region for the people of France. An anecdote, told to illustrate the importance of the coal. Efforts being made to drive the Germans out of France. The need to destroy France in order to recover France; the people's understanding of that need. The signs of war where the German has voluntarily retired; the towns of Chauny, Noyon, and Soissons as instances. The minds of the French people turning in the direction of preventing war from sweeping over thoroughly settled parts of the French countryside. The way in which the French merchant population stuck to the cities and towns and to their jobs in the face of all the difficulties that they encountered. The coming into the War of the United States and the effect upon France, which might have been prepared at that time to make what would have been a premature and perhaps a very insecure peace. The work by the Americans in cleaning up the Somme region. The job of the British army to drive towards Ostend. Hard fighting to be seen this winter on the Flanders plain. Further pushing the Germans back into the plain to make it impossible that their artillery shall shake our position on the Paschendaele Ridges. Hope that by the very early spring the submarine bases of the enemy on the Belgian coast and the aerodromes from which he launches most of his air-raids on Great Britain will no longer be tenable for that purpose. Directing the audience's attention to the despatch of Walter Willison, the Canadian press correspondent at the front. The issue of sending reinforcements to France. Urging those in politics to get out of politics and into War business, and see that the Canadian forces in France are reinforced at once.
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