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A LOOK ROUND. "Glorious France." BY "SENTINEL." SUNDAY next is the National Fete Day in France. Our Allies cele- brate the storming of the gloomy prison of the Bastille in 1789—the Prison in which the tyrant Kings con- fined their prisoners without trial-and the birth of the constitutional liberties (If France. The cruelties and crimes With which the French Revolution was stained for many years hid from the world the real meaning of that great Popular upheaval. But now that we are joined with France in a determination to overthrow a tyranny worse than any of which the French Kings were guilty, We can see the events of that time in a Nearer light. Prussian tyranny is Worse than Bourbon tyranny, because it oppresses the minds and souls of men t\nd not their bodies only. Moreover, the Prussian seeks to bring the whole W,Drld under his yoke, and seize upon its wealth for his own enrichment. France, the land of chivalry and 4Gble ideas, is in the van of the fight Against this evil thing, and we of Britain, the old home of Liberty, are Proud to be standing by her side. Grievous as our own losses have been, it is France which has bled and suffered roost, and bleeds and suffers still. The tichest fruit of her fair land is under the heel of the Hun; her cities and Dihedrals are in ruins; she has suffered Very abomination which the most ruthless of foes can inflict upon her. tut she stands with her proud head rect in the forefront of the battle still, nduring all things, hoping all things, the steadfast cry still upon her lips They shall not pass!" If there is °ne thing in which the French have I Surprised the world it is in the dogged- Qess of their defence, the tenacity with which they have held on when things were going against them. No Army in I the history of the world has so immor- Iised itself as that which bears upon Its grand colours the glorious names of the Marne. Verdun, and Rheims. j r Nothin- can break the soul of France. The fiercest storm of Hun fury beats •^pOn her in vain. With a population little more than half that of Germany, she took the shock of the first assault, waiting till the Armies of Britain were ready to take their full share in the struggle. And when that was accom- plished, she was called upon to endure once more, owing to the collapse of Russia, until another great and free- dom-loving nation had prepared its Armies. Once more, proudly and without complaint, the glorious French people took up the burden. That hour is now drawing near. The Americans are ranging up alongside the French and British, now old and tried com- rades-in-arms. The Italians, freedom- loving as these three, have rallied to the defeat of the Austrian enemy. The dawn of victory is seen, and the victory will be complete :— Yet, Freedom, yet thy banner, torn, but flying, Z" Strives like a thunderstorm against the wind France, the glorious, asks but one reward: that her faithful children of Alsace and Lorraine may be restored to their mother's home. In another column the story is told which shows why the people of the Lost Provinces will not tamely settle down under the German yoke which was inflicted upon them nearly fifty years ago. It shows the great gulf fixed between French liberty and German tyranny. The cruel wrong which snatched Alsace and Lorraine from France was the most signal triumph of the Prussian doctrine of Might which Europe has witnessed. The restoration of the Provinces to gfFranee will be the sign and seal of the ■triumph of Right over Might which the I free nations are banded together to win. When the long agony of Europe is over and the last drop of martyr blood has been shed, the enduring gain to the world will be that France, Britain, America, and Italy, the four great free nations of the world, will be knit to- gether by a bond of common sacrifice, common thought, common worth, for the world's welfare. Vive la France! I




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