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A LOOK ROUND. Harvests of Life and Death. [BY "SENTINEL."] HARVEST means something to us in these days, does it not? When we think over the years that are past, when the golden treasures of Werica, India, Australia, and Russia poured into our granaries, and we cared little whether our home-grown store Was plenteous or scant; when a careless (shilling seemed sufficient thank-offering to the Lord of the Harvest, we may Well hang the head for shame. Now, as b in the past, we watch the fields and the Weather with anxiety, knowing that the comparative power to endure of our- selves and the enemy depends above till on the ingathering of the crops. The War has become, in great degree, a fight for bread; for us and for our Allies a fight conducted on, over, and under the I t, L'Seas for the enemy a fight to wring Khe last ounce of subsistence out of the l^nds they have overrun in Russia and Rumania. The peace, when it comes, Will be in great measure a bread peace," and the victor will be he who has best contrived to secure his people against hunger. ————— Our illustrations this week deal with the Women's Land Army. The strong men are almost all gone. The dire need to bring the Army up to strength 'las called away 40,000 of those still re- maining to till the fields and gather iu the harvest. These splendid women have taken their places in the food Une," and are fighting the Hun on the fields of Britain as truly as their husbands and brothers are fighting him 9 1 I With rifle and bayonet on the fields of France. More of them are wanted yet, and hefty schoolboys, soon to be re- leased for their holidays, are wanted too. Nothing must be left to chance. When the corn is ripe there must be no risking a catchy time and sodden stooks. The face of England this year presents a sight which it has Hot presented for fifty years past. Fields which last year were pasture now Wave with corn. It will be a bitter thing if, when the winds of autumn 'Come, we have to cry with the Israelites old. The harvest is past, the summer 1-i ended, and we are not saved." Enough corn is being grown in this Country this year to supply us with four loaves out of every five we need. We have but to send enough labourers into the harvest t olaugh at the U-boats. So let each remaining man, each woman, and boy and girl do their utmost according to their power. ————— The Germans are striving all they know to secure the corn they want in Russia. But that is a hopeless task, for the revolution has ruined Russian agriculture. There is not enough corn to feed the Russian people, and the sight of the Germans attempting by harsh methods to collar what they have is driving the Russian people to fury. Contrary to all their hones and expecta- tions, the Germans have not got the Russian war off their hands. Their methods are too intolerable to allow any nation to sit down under them. The Bread Peace is rapidly leading up to a Bread War. So at the time when the great American armies are pouring in to stand by our side and to assert the rights of free races against Prussian tyranny and brutality, the Germans have the prospect of a long and mos-j difficult contest before them in the East. It may even be that they will have to send manythousands of their troops back again to Russia, and then the chance of the Allies in the West will come. We shall break them and dictate the peace we want, which will secure the freedom of the world. • In France the women are toiling un- complainingly. They are more accus- tomed to agricultural toil than English- women, and they took the places of their husbands and sons at once. But in more than less there is need to share with France such food as we may be able to obtain from overseas. And Italy will require her share also, and Greece, to say nothing of the Belgians and Serbs, whose soil is under the foot of the tyrant enemy, and the fugitives from these lands. Our land workers will be toiling for all these as well as for our people at home. To turn to the other side of the picture, we find that the harvests of Germany and Aus- tria are likely to be very poor. The people of Vienna only 'êt three ounces of bread a day now; the Germans a little, but not much, more.