EST. 1903 - Presenting global influential leaders from business, labour, education & government through events
Finley, John Houston
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The speaker's experience of being seized as a possible spy in France during a journey at night on the day War was declared by England. Good reasons why we should be fighting in France. The speaker's declaration of himself as a representative not of president Wilson, but of those two million children and teachers in that State which is nearest to the audience, New York; those who subscribed and secured the second Liberty Loan of $38 million. A word about the mobilization of England and of France as a background for what those in the State of New York are trying to do. The speaker's experience in Oxford and Cambridge before and after the War began. Losses of men from Cambridge and Oxford. Ways in which Cambridge has mobilized herself. The speaker's experiences on the night of the 4th of August, on which War was declared. Some words on mobilization. Some personal reminiscences and stories of some of the men the speaker met. The issue of conscription. Concluding with a reading of a definition of the distance between this side of the water and the other from a French school girl in one of the Lycees in Paris which the speaker visited. Some words of tribute from the speaker to those who have died in the War.