National Geographic : 1916 Mar
. o ALL ARE ASSOCIATES IN A GRAND FEDERATION S The term "Empire of Great S Britain" is, as applied to these S governments, a misnomer. There •b is no imperial control in the Par liament or in the King over these S peoples. They are associates of S the mother country in a federa 3 tion in which they enjoy com *. b plete autonomy, and the mother S5" takes the great part of the bur . 2° den of imperial defense. E Gratitude for the burden she -d has carried for them, a realiza S tion of the benefits their associa . tion with her as part of the so . j. called British Empire secures Saj them, and the love of the liberty SoS regulated by law, secured under < the British Constitution, which is , o b the essence of their political lives Sq -d : and doctrine, are the reasons for x bc 'b-, this present wonderful manifes tation of loyalty. S The ultimate fact that reflects n'= the highest credit upon the <- . statesmanship and foresight of N England is that as she has light . -i. ened her formal hold upon these SmE New Englands, and ended their zE real subordination, she has w°b.e strengthened their spirit of alle "= giance to her. " .o^ = It is an eloquent tribute to the , living force of a bond formed of a common inheritance of civil c^ liberty and the principle of the -,C', rule of the people strengthened . E by just and generous dealings of o the mother with the daughters. S The supreme test has come in b e the present war. It has shown •, that there is something besides S the prospect of material benefit . or of material burdens and sacri b"b' fice which controls the action of ". " peoples. ' Well may England say, as b these brave, courageous legions o' from the Transatlantic and from j >l the. Antipodes rally to her sup S2 port: "I cast my bread upon the S waters, and after many days it >. has returned unto me."