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Owing to continuous rain, golfers
will not be permitted to play in Mar
quette park tomorrow and the links
may also be unfit for play Sunday.
CALLS THE EMPTY CRADLES
ENGLAND'S BIG DANGER
By Father Vaughn (From Notes
Taken by Mary Boyle O'Reilly.)
(Rev. Bernard Vaughn is best
known in the U. S. through his fa
mous sermons on "The Sins of Soci
ety." Father Vaughn has lectured
in this country and Canada and in
many cities in- Asia and Europe. His
fame as a worker among the Lon
don poor has been doubled since the
war began by his efforts in behalf of
London, June 9. The cry "Back
to the land" is not so important as
"Back to the home."
The cradles of England are empty.
We are a nation traveling to the
Never was the marriage rate so
high ; never the birth rate so low, and
that at a time when the cry is to re
place the men we are losing.
When I was a lad the birth rate
in England was 37 to 40 per thou
sand. Today it has fallen to 19.
It takes days to make a shell,
weeks to forge a gun, months to
build a ship. But a man is not a man
for 20 years.
The waste of men is the longest
loss of war. It is a waste beyond
computation because it stretches far
into the future, in which, under hap
pier conditions, these men, dead in
their prime, would have been the fa
thers of children we need.
No sane man facing these facts
can doubt that our whole national
future is in jeopardy.
I have said the marriage rate was
never so high.
It seems quite impossible for some
people to realize that marriage is
not a special fad of the church of
England, or even of the church, of,
tRome, but a fairly ancient and uni
In hundreds of English towns "war
marriages" are the order of the day.
A "war marriage" is a marriage
where the bridegroom is in khaki
and the bride, very probably, on her
way to a munitions factory.
Too prudent people emphasize the
risk that the husband may return
crippled. If that be a legitimate ar
gument against marriage then the
law should forbid the marriage of
miners or of men employed in any
In 49 cases out of 50, marrying in
volves a certain amount of risk. But
a real marriage of the right people
for the right reasons is a thing worth
taking risks for. Perhaps the gam
ble constitutes one of the attractions.
Still, in the excitement of our pres
ent life, it is inevitable that a num
ber pi perpetually desirable but un
fashionable virtues are being more
or less ignored by the people at
Bluejackets, men in khaki, splen
did aip men are risking their lives to
save our honor from disgrace, our
country from invasion, ourselves
from vassalage and serfdom.
I see everywhere on the streets of
our mammoth metropolis bejewelled
ladies in the" dainties of footwear
which you can see as far as ever it
reaches and the most perfect hats.
You would think that we had money
to throw away. And, if you look a
little longer you will see that a cost
ly pet dog is cuddled somewhere, a
plaything that could easily be re
placed by two men in khaki as far as
Is this right, or fair, in the women
of wartime England?
It is not men, muntions or money
we want most now.
It is the mother we need today, and
shall need more and more.
We want war wives, truly, but war
wives proud to meet God's will to