Saint Louis-Rornain Voutour, Charles Henry, Oliver Bariault, Jacques Henry, Jean Baptiste Johnson, Jean Johnson, Pierre Thebaud.
Saint Charles-Raphael Richard, Jacques Daigle, Pierre Luc Robichaud, Fabien Daigle, Jean Louis Daigle.
Richibucto Village-Anselme Bourque, Janvier Hebert, Hilario'n Babineau, Urbain Richard, Emmanuel Richard, Jean Bte. Thibodeau, Laurent Richard, Germain Thibodeau, Laurent a Petit Jean Richard, Charles Maillet and Charles Maillet (Cousins), Pierre Daigle, Raphael Caissie, Simon Richard, Augustine Maillet, Joseph Maillet, Damase Richard.
Buctouche-Francois Cormier, Andre Jaillet, Laurent LeBlanc, Thadee Bastarache, Moise Bastarache, Denis Cormier, Benoni Girouard, Joseph Girouard, Placide DesRoches, Benoni Savoie, Placide Richard, Marin Girouard.
Cocagne-Benoni Bourque, Usebe Leger, Georges Breau, Honore Desprez, Hubert Lirette, Cyrille Gueguen, Placide Gueguen
Grand Digue-Thomas Poirier, Maurice Hache, Isaac Hache, Louis Arseneau, Joachim Gallant, Placide Poirier, Fleurant Caissie.
Baie des Winds-Louis Guimond, Benoni Meunier, Dominique Martin, Louis Mazerolle.
Our young men have enlisted to bear their share in the present great struggle, because they had .a proper appreciation of the free institutions under which we have lived and prospered; because they prized highly the rights and privileges of British citizenship, and because they did not w-ant German rule and Prussian militarism to prevail. They enlisted also because of the appeals which were made to them fey the highest authorities in their church and by the public men to whom they looked for leadership. Let me quote in this connection the eloquent and earnest words uttered by His Lordship Bishop Edward LeBlanc, the Acadian bishop of the diocese of Saint John, in my province, at a mass meeting held in the city of St. John a short time after the outbreak of war. I wish to put on record the eloquent words of that distinguished prelate as they are -a true and faithful expression of the sentiments which have animated and guided the Acadians in the present crisis. Having stated that it was a
happy coincidence that his first utterance on a public platform, in (the loyal city of St. John should be for the noble purpose of encouraging our young men to enlist for the defence of the Motherland and that he was heartily in accord with the object of the meeting, and that he should consider he was lacking in patriotism and in his duty to the Empire were he, the leader of the Catholic people of St. John, to remain absent or silent -,on that occasion, he proceeded to say:
We are living in perilous times; war is being brought home to us in a way we never experienced before. England, our Motherland, and France, the land of our ancestors, the two nations that are in the forefront of civilization and human liberties, are to-day fighting desperately against a powerful foe; they are engaged in a struggle the issue of which is still uncertain. "The British Empire is now fighting for its existence. I want every citizen to understand this cardinal fact," said. Lord Kitchener the other day.
As Canadians our cause is bound up with the cause of Great Britain; her interests are ours. If England falls, we are going to fall with her, and we are going to lose all the glorious privileges we enjoy as citizens of the British Empire. Canada, now so free and so happy, so blessed by God with such great resources, Canada that has such a brilliant future before her, will be reduced to a condition of vassalage and crushed under the iron heel of a foreign and unsympathetic ruler.
Failure for England in this war will mean England's destruction and even success will have to be dearly paid for; but, let us thank God, the age of chivalry is not passed; there is still enough patriotism and heroism in the young men of this province to make a supreme effort now for England's cause. Our hope is in our young men; to them we look to uphold the honour and the glory of the British Empire, of that Empire which, rather than to break its plighted word to little Belgium has been willing to sacrifice the best and noblest of her sons.
I need not enter here at length into the causes that led to this terrible war; I need not dwell on the violation of the neutrality of Belgium, that wonderful little kingdom which the Bishop of Salford called "the victim and the saviour of Europe." I need not recall the breaking of a treaty which the powers had solemnly promised to keep intact, or England's entente with France for the protection of the channel ports. Above all this stands the one great fact that England did not want this war, but now that she has been forced into it, it is our duty as loyal subjects of His Majesty the King to uphold her cause and to rally to her defence.
Young men of New Brunswick, we appeal to you not to allow Britain, to whom we are indebted for our civil and religious beliefs, for our just laws, and for the protection and prosperity that we enjoy, to have her very existence imperilled without striking a blow in her defence. To-night from over the seas is wafted to us the cry of the Motherland: More men, more men! It is England's call to arms. Let every man who is willing to heed that cry enlist.
It will not do for Canadians to be behind; better things are expected of us; we want our best and bravest sons from this province and from the different parts of Canada to go forth to stem the tide of hostile aggression, to say to the enemies of the Empire, this far shall you come but no farther.
Remember, young men, it is just possible * that unless you strike a blow now in defence of the Mother Country, our days of prosperity may soon be ended. The enemy is dangerously near our doors. The fall of Antwerp, the occupation of Ostend and the disastrous battle off the Chilean coast a few days ago threatens them. Would it not be possible to have enacted here and in our quiet country homes tragic scenes similar to those which have taken place in Belgium,-and in north2 ern France,-prosperous villages where once reigned peace and contentment now burnt, or destroyed, magnificent cathedrals and public buildings laid in ruins, millions of innocent and suffering people seeking refuge in other lands.
Go forth to battle now, while the future of Canada is being fought for on the plains and river banks of France. Let the .spirit of patriotism prompt you to-night to say "England never did, nor ever shall be at the proud foot of a conqueror."
At a late date in January 1917, Bishop LaBlanc in a pastoral letter again urged the young men to enlist and he wrote:
As long- as the world will last, nations will have recourse to arms whenever principles are to be defended on pain of dishonour. At present, it is British freedom against Prussian tyranny; it is a struggle for right and civilization against brutal force and despotism. Realizing the justice of our cause, it is our duty to assist the Empire by every means in our power. There is no use minimizing the danger to which we are exposed. The outlook is very serious. It is to he regretted that people do not take the matter more seriously to heart. Men who are physically lit are still wanted in the army; in the matter of enlisting there should be no delay.
Chief Justice Landry, another eminent Acadian and also a 'recognized leadeT of public opinion in New Brunswick, spoke in ithe same strain on many occasions; so did Senator Poirier; so did my good friend the member for Gloucester (Mr. Turgeon) *and other men occupying leading positions in public life as well as in the church. No man in the public life of the province of New Brunswick ever had a better and a tauer conception of the many and precious advantages derived from British rule and British institutions and of the corresponding responsibilities which these advantages involve than had Mr. Justice Landry, and he did not hesitate to advise his fellow-countrymen to join the colours in this war. I shall not quote from the many speeches which he delivered on recruiting and which- were published in the papers, but I shall read a letter which he wrote to Mr. Raymond Leger, the Mayor of Shediae,