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upon our Navy and for the other upon our Free Trade. Let our Blue line be once broken down and terms of surrender could be dictated by the Power that eould then block our ports, which within a couple of Months, we should be forced to accept, though every man, woman and child among us had been pressed through the National Service League into the best mili-tary machine the world has known* Let any fiscal obstacles operate against the free landing of the World's produce on our shores and a terrible blow will ^ dealt against the international trade which has made Us in these little islands practically the carriers and shipbuilders of the nations, and our metropolis the ^change of the world.t We communicated with ^eachy Head, where the lighthouse has recently pen transferred from the Head to the rocks, some 600 ^t below, because it is often found that fogs, while "^curing the tops of cliffs, will leave the atmosphere ^Ulte dear at lower levels. At Dungeness the Dutch Mot boarded us to take us up the canal from Ymuiden 0 Amsterdam. We skirted the Goodwin Sands about Midnight, where, according to Kentish tradition, lie
Earl Godwin's castles overthrown
And palace roofs and steeples' spires.
It used to be a pretty fancy among sailors that the s^rrtls which agitated the watery surface here would t .^e bells, engulfed in the deep, a ringing. In k *h a beautiful parable of Hope for New Year's eV For deep within the life of our common
* See page 80. f See page 222.