Mr Schooling’s Address – Christmas Term 1917

Mr. Schooling spoke to the School on Finance. He began by explain­ing that the two great duties at the present time with regard to economy were, first saving our money so as to be able to lend it to the Govern­ment, and second going without things which take labour and so freeing that labour for Government work. The saddest loss to the country is, of course, in the lives given, and in the lives maimed by loss of sight or limbs, but yet another loss is in the wasted labour in the making of things we could do without if we would, and so losing the services of men who otherwise could be making things needed for their country. And this last loss we can help to prevent. He told us about the enormous cost of the war in money, 300 million a year, but much of this is paid to men in England and so is not lost to the country; the real loss is in lives and in loss of service for the good of the community.
We are fighting for our own honour, the honour of our country, and to make lives happier. Before the wax there were lives so poor and so crushed there seemed no meaning in the words “A Free Country.” We must see to it that after the war all this is changed, and that con­ditions are better for everybody. Mr. Schooling said “You would fight for your country, will you not serve, your country? Fight by your influence, fight by going without what is not needful for health and for efficiency. Von are called on to do great things, you are going to live through a far more momentous period than that which has gone. Whether we like it or no, there are going to be revolutions, tremendous changes. People are not going to bear it that other people should live without knowledge and without happiness. Life spent for other people is far the happiest. Leigh Hurt says ” Write me as one who loved his fellow men.”

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