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liberty. The Belgians have won for themselves the immortal glory which belongs to a people who prefer freedom to ease, to security, even to life itself. "We are proud of their alliance and their friendship. We salute them with respect and with honour. We are with them heart and soul, because by their side and in their company we are defending at the same time two great causes--the independence of small States and the sanctity of international covenants. We assure them--as I ask the House in this Address to do--we assure them to-day, in the name of this United Kingdom and of the whole Empire, that they may count to the end on our whole-hearted and unfailing support."
MR. BONAR LAW : "I am glad to have the opportunity of seconding the Resolution which, in terms so eloquent and moving, has just been proposed by the Prime Minister, and which I know commands the warmest approval, not only of this House, but of this whole Nation and Empire. In a struggle which, as we have just been told, was not sought by them, which neither the wisdom nor the forbearance of their Government could have averted, the Belgian Army have displayed a resistance against overwhelming odds as steadfast as it has been heroic--a resistance which has excited surprise, and has won the admiration of the whole world. Now, when that small Army is able no longer to stem the tide of its advancing enemy, it is still with undaunted courage and unbroken spirit playing a noble and an effective part in the War. Our admiration and our sympathy are not confined to the Belgian Army. They go out in fullest measure to the Belgian people, who have endured, and are now enduring, all the horrors of war. After making every allowance for the sources from which our information comes, we do not doubt that they are enduring them in a form which ought to be impossible amongst civilised nations. Whatever doubt may have been felt among us as to the justice of the necessity of our taking part in this war has, I think, been removed by what has happened and is happening in Belgium. What has happened there confirms the belief in which we entered upon this war, that it is in reality a struggle of the moral influences of civilisation against brute force--a force which is none the less brutal because it has at its disposal all the material resources of invention and of science. "Belgium has deserved well of the world. She has added another to the long list, of which the Prime Minister has spoken, of great deeds which have been done by the heroic patriotism of small nations; but to us and our Allies she has done more than set an example. She has placed us under an obligation, which as a nation we shall not forget. It is fitting, Mr. Speaker, that we should acknowledge that debt in words; but it is a debt which cannot be paid by words, and, at this moment, in my belief, the best way in which we can attempt to pay that debt is that we should realise, as I think our country has not yet fully realised, that this is, for us as much as for Belgium, a struggle of life and death, and that we must without haste, but without rest, employ to the utmost all our resources to bring it to a successful end."