coming of peace makes no less necessary the success of the Victory
It will be
months, at the earliest, before the men overseas can be returned in
any considerable numbers. In the meantime they must be clothed and fed
and separation allowances must be paid to their dependants.
Large sums are
needed for the payment of pensions and for the building and
maintenance of hospitals and convalescent homes.
Ships must be
built for transporting the soldiers homeward and carrying our commerce
Credit must be
furnished to Great Britain to enable her to continue her purchases in
Canada of farm products and the output of the factories.
restoration of the ruined countries of Europe we can furnish the
machinery, lumber and much building material, if we supply the
FThe good times
in Canada during the past year are attributable to the money raised by
the Victory Loan of 1917. If this condition is to continue and our men
are to be welcomed back to a prosperous country, the Victory Loan of
1918 must just needs be be most liberally supported.
security and rate of interest make the investment an attractive one,
in this closing appeal of the campaign I desire to emphasize
particularly the obligation there is upon us all, notwithstanding
there may be involved some sacrifice or inconvenience, to subscribe or
increase our subscriptions to the limit, and if necessary for that
purpose to anticipate our income and cut down our expenditures, and by
so doing make sure that to the extent of our ability we will continue
the prosperity of Canada and make the homecoming of the boy such as
their service and sacrifice deserve at our hands.