National Geographic : 1916 Mar
Photograph from Lieut. W. K. Harris MOUNT VICTORIA PASS: BLUE MOUNTAINS, NEW SOUTH WALES Most Australians thoroughly appreciate their good roads, for the time is not long since when over the same route which an automobile now traverses in one short afternoon their fathers spent six weeks in hacking a way through the dense bush for their creaking bullock carts to negotiate. Canada is now going through a similar experience. Every family with young men of military age in the Dominion has offered, is offering, or expects to offer them up as possible sacrifices. upon the altar of their allegiance to the mother country. What is going on in Canada is also happening among Great Britain's chil dren in Australia and South Africa. As among the French in Canada, so among the Dutch in South Africa, England's justice retains for her a loyalty that a less equitable policy would have lost. I have not at hand the number of troops furnished by Australia and South Africa to swell the British forces, but the graves of those New England sons in the battlefields of the Gallipoli Peninsula and elsewhere bear silent but eloquent testi mony to the tie that binds them to old England. Canada is from 2,000 to 5,000 miles from the British Isles. Australia and Africa are half around the world. Their people live under different conditions. They have a different government. They must perforce, because of distance, have different views of life. The remoteness of distance and condition has much to do with destroying interest and affection and loyalty. When it does not do so, when the pa triotic thrill courses through the veins and arteries of men in Ontario, Winni peg, Saskatchewan and British Columbia, in Australia and at the Cape of Good Hope, as hotly as in men between Lands End and John O'Groats, we would find a cause; and we do find it in the wisdom of England in dealing so generously with her trans-Atlantic, Pacific, and African daughters, and in strengthening their loyal affection by granting independence of government and assurance of protec tion as members of her family.