THE FIRST LORD OF THE ADMIRALTY. (MR. WINSTON CHURCHILL.)
"I have not come to ask you for your cheers; I have come to ask you for a million men for the gallant Army of Sir John French--a million of the flower of our manhood, nothing but the best, every man a volunteer--a million men maintained in the field and equipped with everything that science can invent or money can buy."
LORD ROSEBERY. "Make no mistake, this is a fight to a finish. If we go under now, we go under for ever. I do not ask you to suggest to yourselves that you will go under for a moment, but if you are not going under, every man who is capable of defending his country is bound to step into the breach."
MR. BALFOUR. "I feel through every fibre of my being that at this great crisis of our history, not only is there every call upon the manhood of the nation, but we are all asked, whether old or young, rich or poor, to make sacrifices for the common cause. We are called to a task as great and noble and as intimately connected with the progress, prosperity, and the morality of mankind as any nation ever was in the whole long history of human effort."
LORD LANSDOWNE. "The response to Lord Kitchener's appeal has been splendid, but it must not be supposed that the recruiting problem is over. We have not only to put the armies in their field but to keep them there. I am told that for every man kept in the field, there ought to be two men in training if the operations are expected to last a long time. This struggle is going to be a protracted one. We desire it to be short, but if we wish it to be short, we must push it as hard as ever we can all the time."
MR. BONAR LAW. "As Cromwell said of his Ironsides, we can say to-day with equal truth, 'We know what we are fighting for, and we love what we know.' We are fighting for our national existence, for everything which nations have always held most dear. But we are fighting for something more. We are fighting for the moral forces of humanity. We are fighting for the respect for public law and for the right of public justice, which are the foundations of civilization. We are fighting, as the Prime Minister said, for right against might. I do not attempt what Burke has declared to be impossible--to draw an indictment against a whole people; but this I say, that the German nation has allowed itself to be organised as a military machine which recognizes no law except the law of force, which knows no right except the right of the strongest. It is against that we are fighting to-day."