Leaflet, "The Rally of Our United Empire"
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4 INDIA. "Among the many incidents that have marked the unanimous uprising of the population of my Empire in defence of its unity and integrity, nothing has moved me more than the passionate devotion to my Throne expressed both by my Indian subjects and by the Feudatory Princes and the Ruling Chiefs of India, and their prodigal offers of their lives and their resources in the cause of the realm." (Extract from the King's Message to the Princes and People of India.)
One of the most stirring messages ever presented to the House of Commons, and one which profoundly moved its Members, was the telegram from the Viceroy (dated September 8th, 1914) read by the Under Secretary for India. It gave the following wonderful summary of offers of personal service, troops, gifts of money, hospitals, &c., &c., made to the Viceroy by the Indian Princes and Peoples.
PRINCES AND NOBLES VOLUNTEER FOR SERVICE. The Rulers of the Native States in India, who number nearly seven hundred in all, have with one accord rallied to the defence of the Empire and offered their personal services and the resources of their States for the war. From among the many Princes and Nobles who have volunteered for active service, the Viceroy has selected the Chiefs of Jodhpur, Bikaner, Kishangarh, Rutlam, Sachin, Patiala, Sir Pertab Singh, Regent of Jodhpur, the Heir Apparent of Bhopal and a brother of the Maharaja of Cooch Behar, together with other cadets of noble families. The veteran Sir Pertab would not be denied his right to serve the King Emperor in spite of his seventy years, and his nephew, the Maharajah, who is but sixteen years old, goes with him.
CONTINGENTS FROM NATIVE STATES. All these have, with the Commander-in-Chief's approval, already jjoined the Expeditionary Forces. The Maharaja of Gwalior and the Chiefs of Jaora and Dholpur, together with the Heir Apparent of Palanpur were, to their great regret, prevented from leaving their States. Twenty-seven of the larger States in India maintain Imperial Service Troops, and the services of every corps were immediately placed at the disposal of the Government of