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Out for recruits, and' letting hlinBelf go in lho freo and flashing stylo of Mare Antony, tho Chief Secretary (Mr. George Black) had the big Martin-place crowd ,y7jstcrday "under the AVhip" for three-quarters of an hour. Ho did not throw- bouquets at thoBo around the .aag-decoratod rostrum who made no sign in response to the double-forte challenge-"Come up and bo enrolled! Como up and show that you aro mon! Don't wait for conscription! Your country needs you, and your brave countrymen at Gallipoli aro calling to you! For God'« sake, oqmo and show* that you are worthy of tho namo of freemen in a land .? worth fighting1 for, a land in defence of which

you should be willing to shea your blood and give your life!" Mr. Black did not pelt the wnverers Avith rose lea'-es. No soft ivords woro Avaated on the shirkers. As for the street-corner idlers, and the youths who think of .nothing but sports, boxing, and race meet- ings, tho unmoasurcd denunciation A-as almost vitriolic. Worked up to ivhlto heat, the speaker shouted, as he thumped ,tbc rostrum with his clenched list: "I say to those lads, It you don't go to the war, tako it from me, tho Avar Avili como to you. If you shirk your duty Ave will get you by conscription! nnd put you in the front of the firing line. Then, by heavens, you'll have to fight!"

Like Mr. Silas Wegg, who "dropped into poetry" mole by instinct thau through any uhortage of conversational prose, Mr. Black drew upon Shakespeare, Sir Walter Scott, and Macaulay to point a moral and udorn n man t tó-man appeal lu the name of King and coun-

try. As rolled off yesterday, the familiar lines Jn tho "Lay of the Laßt Minstrel" seemed to (lake on a new meaning and significance:

High thoucili his titles, proud lils minc, - Boundless his yrealth OB wish ran claim; 1 Despite those tules, poner, and noir, . Tlie wretch, ronicntrcil »Il in seif, ! Living, shall forget fair rcnoyyn,

And, doubly djlng, shall co doivn

To the y ile dust, from yylienou he sprung, Unwept, unlionour'd, and unsung.

' Evidently moro pleasing to tho crowd was 'Sha uno frenzy of Hoiutius:

To every 111.111 upon this earth

Death Cometh soon or lute-, And how cm man die better

Titan facing fearfiij oüds

For (he ashes of his father's

r And the temples of his gods?

1 Shakespeare was draivn upon for King 83enry's speech to his soldiers before Har fjTeur:

Dishonour not your mother's; nw attest

Si ., Thal thotc whom you called luthers elie! begot youl

,y ' De copy now to men of grosser blood, * .,', And teach them lion- lo yvar.

if? Show us here the mettle ot y oin pasture

That j ou an- yyorth Jour hrwlinfr.


At a qunrtor to 1 the Profosnlonal Musi- cians' Band, under Mr. O'Brien, playc'. "ap Ipropriato selections." Then Mr. Will llnynor,

littteQîUaBSJïC-yit» &MS. AYit/j, band, acconi


panlment, and sang most effectively, "con- densed editions" of Belgian, French, Russian, and English national songs, concluding with .'Rule Britannia." This applauded vocal dla -play was followod by a now version, in chorus, of tho most popular song of tho day:

Iff, a lons, long »ay lo Tipperary,

' Arc »vc dovvn-lit-aited? No!

When Mr. Percy Hunter had the necks cleared for the speerhmakiuR Miss Dorrie Ward led the crowd in "God Save the King." A llttlo later MIBS Ward had enthusiastic ap- plause for "Your King and Your Country Need You." Equally 'successful, Mr. Syd. W. Gordon, a well-known Sydnev baritone, who has enlisted, contributed Alfred Hill's "When the Empire Calls," and Miss Thorne-oft ic cited "The Roll Call."


More electrical in its effect than the sing- ing and t! 3 band music was the modest part played in the meeting by two of our re- turned soldiers. Private Seakup, »vlth a band ngo rouiid his head, »vas first introduced, then Private Jamc3 Taylor, of Redfern, who had been shot in the log. The cheering made tho square ring and ring again. Both mon s.ioke

a few »\ordb

Taylor said: "It is 12 months since 1 en- listed, and I'm going back to fight. I ha»'e a brother who Is a sergeant. Ho Is going to the front. Another brother has not yet been passed by the doctor for military srr vleo. We want every man we can get. All I can say is-If you »»ant to live and bo free under the Union Jack, go to the front. (Cheers.) If you »vant to be a slave unelor the German flag don't go!" ' (Prolonged cheer- ing.)


Opening. the ' Hpcochma'klng, Professor Macintyre said that with the assurance of the Premier lind the promises of all the principal employers no man going to lho front should be afraid of losing his billet. In this re- gard he would like to point out that in no other part of the Empire »vas there such generous provision tor the dependents of the soldleis. (Cheers.) The public would pay ni well as pray for "the fighting men of the Commonwealth. (Applause.) The fight was as much tor their Australian hearths and homes as ii was for the Empire. During the next fe»v months the courage and rerourcps of the Allies would ho taxed as they had uoTer hoon taxod before. Australia should not be lu the background. When their country »vas saved they would have thousands of children asking this question: "Daddy, where were you during the war?" The position »».as unenviable of the man »vho »»'ould have to answer, "I was watching a big fight at the Stadium." (Lnughter and applause.) Be- fore it »vus too late lot all their men of the military age have their names enrolled on the aide of good and righteousness. (Cheers.)


"This is the time that tests the soul's of men," said, the Chief Secretary, "tho time when »»-e can distinguish bot»veen tho real man and the shoddy article. I »»'ant to kno»v ho»v many of you have come here to enlist?" Mr. Black went on to say they had liberty, Parliamentary government, trades unions, and nil the blessings of freedom In Aus- tralia. What had they paid for these price- less things? Nothing. (Applause.) It wah 1 up to thom to pay something no»v, both in men. and money, to prove that they »vere worthy to hold and koop the land they lived in. (Cheers.) It »»'as up to every man to do his duty. War, It going too far-he thought not-to say that thousands of Australians should be reu.'y to Iny down their lives lo preserve the freedom of their country-to save it from the horrors through which Bel- gium, France, and Poland had passed since tho outbreak of the war? (Cheers.) Ile »vas sure that if the women ol' Austinliii were called on to go to the war as Red Cross nurses the rush would not be in hundreds, but in thousands. (Cheers, during which many feminine har.ds »vero held up in the crowd.) Then why »vere the men hanging

I back? To each and every wavercr and shirker

he would say, Come on and be an instrument In the Lord's hand to a»'enge the butchery of »»'omen and children in Europe and the

1 dentlin of your own gallant eountrj'men at

the Dardanelles. (Cheers.) There »»-as a day of retribution near at hand for those who thought more of horse-raclug than they did of the welfare of their country and the honour of their wives, daughters, and sixers. The single men who were holding off should bang their heads when they su»v married men with dear little children left behind "houldiTing a rifle nnd going off to fight for Australia. (Cheers.) If they listened they could hear the Cooee! Cooee! Cooee! That far cry »»-as from the men nt the Dardanelles. (Cheers.) Come, ive want you! is the cnll.. Yon hear It! IIo»v many of yon will to-day shout back "Cooee! »ve aro coming!" (Cheers.)

As each fresh recruit caine to the platform Mr. Black raised lils hand aud said, "Thank God-another man!"


About a do?en young men ita Iked to the platform in the early part of Mr. Bla"k's speech. The count at half-past 2 showed fifty recruits, one of whom had» a South African medal. Mrs. Black pinned a red, white, and blue ribbon on the coat of eaoh volunteer.

I While being decorated a recruit said, "I have

lost three brothers. Still I «in solng. It is my duty." The enthusastlc meeting closed with throe cheers for the King, '¡beers for I the leturned soldiers, and cheers for "the

boys at the Dardanelles."

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