2 JULY 1910, Page 11

Hitherto the chief enemies of the League have not been

those who are conscientiously and openly opposed to it, but those who, though they believe in it, are afraid of adopting it because they imagine it to be unpopular. As one of the speakers at the meeting remarked, the members of the Terri- torial Force, or at any rate a very large proportion of them, ought fairly to be considered as adherents to the policy of the League. They had shown that adherence by deeds, if not by words, and by coming forward to be trained in the duty of defending their country,—a duty which the law already imposes upon every citizen, though it has forgotten to impose upon him also the duty of being trained to execute efficiently the common obligation to assist the Government in repelling the King's enemies.