26 The Great War British official photograph. OUT OF ACTION. The King on a light-railwav journey pauses to view a broken enemy 9 5 in. gun. commissioned officer at each table for a special word. The King was atone table the Queen at another while Queen Alexandra was at a third. One young Canadian —trust a Canadian not to lose anything by failing to ask for it— pulled out his fountain- pen presented his pro gramme of the day a greatly prized souvenir, to Queen Alexandra, and asked her to autograph it. The Queen- Mother smilingly assented. Encouraged by the example of the one others pressed around. Arthur Playfair and Nelson Keys, Miss Gladys Cooper Gerald du Maurier Jack Norworth and many others. Neil Kenyon showed himself as the golf caddie Cornalia and Eddy played their eccentric acrobat tricks and the corps de ballet of the Palace Theatre girls acted as chorus. There was plenty of music and before the King and Queen came the house echoed with patriotic song after patriotic song. One man standing.in front of the stage— I was there but did not catch his name— set the whole house a-singing. He had jest and quip for all the boys. There were the national songs to be sung —"Australia Will be There,” “Oil Canada !”“Land of Hope ”and Glory and crowning all “God Save the King.” And when the King and Queen came in and walked down the great hall to their seats iti front, it seemed as though the roof would come off with the cheers and cries of the men. It was a great day. Those who watched the King who still used a stick in getting about, could see his face lighten with joy and pride for he was among his own men again. Throughout the war the King tried time after time tQ give a direct lead to his people by personal example and by personal sacrifice. His personal war charities were from the first on the most generous scale. In the spring of 1015 the most British official photograph. 1 j r 1 * i a pause amid the ruins o f pron n e .thoughtful men in the King George during his visit to the western front in July 1917 journeyed to Country were profoundly Peronne and other towns from which the Germans had been driven. He is here concerned over the seen with walking-stick leaning over the bridge which his troops had built to replace¦ c .that destroyed by the enemy. question of the consumption of alcoholic drinks. There was a keen demand that the Government should enforce Prohibition She sat down 6n a seat and set to work putting her name on every card that was offered, smiling talking to the men and evidently enjoying herself as they were enjoying every moment of the time, too. “Gee! said one lad of the Fighting Tenth from Calgary. “They would not believe out Entertaining the West that the King asked tome tea wounded if I had not something to show for it. I wouldnt trade Queen Alexandra’s signature for a hundred dollars !”And everyman went out from the tea-room feeling that the King and Royal Family were really his friends and had a thought for him— that they were not dim and distant figures under the panoply of State but human folk. The day was by no means yet over.All went along to the great riding-school which was beflagged and beflowered for the occasion. There was a fine stage atone end. There was a comfortable seat for everybody, and an entertainment had been prepared that far surpassed anything shown in the chief variety halls in London, for the pick of all the artistes had come. Here were Harry Lauder and Miss Ethel Levey George Grossmith This was generally thought to be imprac- The Kings gift of ticable. The King led the way in 100000 another direction. He commanded that the consumption of wines spirits and. beer should cease in the Royal residences and he himself became a teetotaller for the duration of the war. The only occasion on which this rule was relaxed was during his illness after his accident in the field when the doctors ordered him to take some stimulant temporarily as instated the bulletin printed on the previous page. The Kings decision created a profound impression throughout the country. He agave lead to the wealthy people of the inland April 1916 when he placed a sum of 100000 at the disposal of the Treasury. “It is the ”Kings wish said Sir Frederick Ponsonby the Keeper of the Privy Purse announcing the gift to the Prime Minister “that this sum which he gives in consequence of the war should be applied in whatever manner is deemed best in the opinion of his Majestys Government.” The summer of 1916 was very fully occupied with a
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