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LABORS ' AUSTRALIAN ARMY SNEERED AT
BUT MADE GOOD IN WORLD WAR!
BY CHARLES EDWARD RUSSELL
(Copyright, 1916, by the Newspaper
This idea that in a democracy you
cannot possibly have universal mili
tary training is just a weird super
stition and does not jibe with the
The republic of France and Swit
zerland have universal military train
ing and they are more democratic
than we are! Australia has "univer
sal military-- training: and 'Calls cftself;
end of the most democratic counties'
Nevertheless, Australia hasn't had
it very long, and didn't get it without
a lot of trouble in combatting super
stitions and prejudices like our own.
Some persons said there, as many
persons say here, that any kind of
preparation for defense, was absurd
and needness; only they said it with
smore show of reason in Australia. Tfc
is G.OOO'miles from the nearest coun
try that could attack it, and the go
ing is bad.
Workingmeo In England are op.
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