National Geographic : 1917 May
BACK ON CANADIAN SOIL No fighting men of the world war have shown finer stamina than the boys of our neigh bor nation, the Dominion. Their recent heroic offensive which wrested the supposedly impregnable Vimy Ridge from the Germans was only one of a long series of brilliant achieve ments. Whenever their condition permits, the wounded Canadians are brought home to recuperate, as in the case of this Dominion soldier, who is being tenderly nursed back to health at the Spadina Military Hospital, Toronto. You will want accommodation for offi cers or men sent over to England from time to time for the regulation periods of leave. I feel I could go on forever suggesting to you ways and means for the expendi ture of all the money that you can collect in June and go on collecting afterward; but the time at my disposal, to say noth ing of your patience, is exhausted, and I must close. But I close with these words: We count confidently upon you to rouse, and it should not be difficult, the deep-seated spirit of humanity that permeates this Northern Continent of America - to rouse that soul of your people to translate itself into terms of hard cash; as an ear nest that those who cannot fight will pay, and that, if it be' the will of God that wars shall continue in this imperfect world, then you are determined to relieve and mitigate its horrors for its victims to the utmost of your power. And may I add that if, in any way whatever, you care to ask the British Red Cross for the benefit of its experience in any quarter of the world during the tragic period through which we have passed, I am authorized to say that it will be promptly and gladly given; no longer to our "cousins," as we used affectionately to call you, but to our brothers and sisters united by a thousand ties, but none closer than that of an overmastering passion to join hands in drawing a great net of mercy through an ocean of unspeakable pain.