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192? Figure Figure Pte. IVAN S. ROSSITER LATE C.M.R. WHEN this War for Liberty has been won by the Allied forces of Democracy, and the historian seeks the great pivotal points in the conflict, he will find none more decisive in those awful first years than the holding of the Ypres Line by the First Canadian Contingent. The Canadians undoubtedly saved Calais said Gen. French the British Commandant, and with Calais probably Paris, London, and New York. Later, on the same terrible front line at Zillebeke and Sanctuary Wood, the Canadians held it against heavy odds until so far as their comrades to the rear knew there was no front line. Without warning, the salient had become the center of an unprecidented bombardment from three sides. When the position was recaptured, as soon it was, all trace of front line trench and its brave defenders had been obliterated. For weeks following the fight, hospitals were searched in vain for survivors of that front line, but missing was the one word to be written after the name of each defender of the Sanctuary Wood salient. These defenders belonged to the Canadian Mounted Rifles and the Princess Pats. Months afterward, nine stiffened and incapacitated but happy Canadians found their way back to England via Germany. They were some of the remnants that faced in front line the German drive against Sanctuary Wood. Among these was Pte. Ivan S. Rossiter of First C. M. R. He was one of fifty-seven British that had just been exchanged for ninety-eight Germans. Our soldier speaker had volunteered early in the War from Medicine Hat, Canada. He was in the hard fought battles of Loos, St. Eloi, Hooge, Ypres, and Sanctuary Wood. In this last battle he was wounded and captured as mentioned above. Before being exchanged, he spent several months in nine different German prison camps and hospitals. He now comes back to America unfit for further duty at the front, but with spirit undaunted to still make effective battle against the Hun, who seeks to win, by lying propaganda, what he is losing by uncivilized war. Now that our own American boys are in the trenches, and going over the top and some are behind the lines as prisoners of war, it is certainly worth while in helping to mobilize the minds of the folks back home to bring to them a soldier speaker who has had ALL of these experiences and tells them without bombast or plea for personal sympathy. Such a speaker is Ivan S. Rossiter, recently promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. But it was as a private that he did his fighting, and it is a private's story he tells in his lecture, BEHIND THE GERMAN LINES. He saw Germany as she really is. He saw the underfeeding of all except the German soldiers. He saw food offered to prisoners that was unfit for hogs. He saw German women continually outdo the men in cruel inhuman treatment of prisoners. He saw prisoners die rather than work in munition factories. He saw prisoners forced to live and work in places where they were constantly menaced with the most loathsome of diseases. He saw the German Red Cross which is like that of the Allies only in name. From this vital experience and knowledge he tells the plain unvarnished story of a private soldier. That his work meets with the approval of patriotic people everywhere is shown by the unqualified indorsement that comes from every community in which he has spoken. We appreciate very much the valuable help given our Liberty Loan campaign by the address of Pte. Ivan S. Rossiter. His graphic recital of experiences in the trenches and as a prisoner of war, gave his hearers a very clear insight as to conditions in Germany. A new impetus has been given our campaign. —S. CHESTER LYON, Secretary Pittsfield Mass. Board of Trade. Pte. Rossiter held the closest attention of his large audience, and without gruesome details painted his pictures sufficiently vivid to give his hearers a very clear understanding of actual conditions at the front, and behind the German lines. —C. B. ELLIS, Principal High School of Commerce, Springfield, Mass. Pte. Rossiter told the story of his experiences behind the German lines in a most interesting manner. It was a very satisfactory meeting. —ALBERT ROYCE, Naperville, Ill. Pte. ROSSITER In his German Prison Garb. Good cloth and leather are so scarce in Germany that they take the uniforms and shoes from prisoners and give them inferior clothing. In the series of addresses the past six days before the soldiers of Camp Sherman, Pte. Rossiter made good in every sense of the word. —R. H. KIRKENDALL, Director of Activities, Y. M. C. A., Camp Sherman, Chillicothe, Ohio. Pte. Rossiter came to us as a substitute. There was no disappointment however. He held the crowd for two hours, and when he attempted to close there were calls for more, and the crowd willingly stayed another half hour. —MORGAN RICHARDS, Secretary, Selma Ala. Chamber of Commerce. Your lecture is still town talk and it surely made a wonderful hit with our people here. It was just what was needed at this time. The officers and members of the League join me in sending kind regards, and very best wishes. —WM. C. RYERSON, Secretary Citizen's Patriotic League, Covington, Ky. We have had many speakers in the Collegiate, but I do not know of any one who held the attention and interest of the audience as did Pte. Rossiter in his very thrilling address on War Conditions in Germany and England. —GEO. F. ROGERS, Principal London Ont. Collegiate Inst. We had a large audience and the people enjoyed the lecture by Pte. Rossiter very much. —W. H. PHENICIE, Secretary Commercial Club, Manchester, Ia. Pte. Rossiter delivered a fine speech in our city Wednesday. Every one was well pleased with it. —CHARLES E. SHAFER, Secretary Chamber Commerce, Ft. Madison, Ia. I know I voice the sentiment of every one who heard Pte. Rossiter in his address Behind the German Lines when I express in highest terms our appreciation of his graphic recital. He held the audience in closest attention without going into harrowing details. —GEO. E. FOSS, Secretary Springfield Mass. Board of Trade. Boyish in appearance, but in bluff soldierly fashion, without any frills of language or flights of oratory, for two hours Pte. Ivan S. Rossiter absolutely riveted the attention of an audience that packed the hall.— Edmonton Alberta Bulletin. From all sides I hear expressions of the great satisfaction the address by Pte. Rossiter gave last night. —B. X. HADDOCK, State Y. M. C. A. Springfield, Mo. These Canadians, guarded by two Uhlans, are on their way to a German Prison Camp Thus was Pte. Rossiter and his comrades taken to prison. When they became faint and lagged behind because of heat, thirst, and loss of blood, the brave Uhlans would rush them with their horses and lances. Sending 5,000 prisoners around Germany in a cattle train and telling the German people that it was a fresh batch of prisoners just captured on the Somme front, is some of the camouflage of the German government disclosed last night in K. of C. Hall to an audience of nearly a thousand, by Pte. Ivan S. Rossiter, late C. M. R. Some of the prisoners had been there nearly two years, but this was one of Germany's methods of fooling her people and securing another war loan. The prisoners soon came to call their cattle train The War Loan Special. The soldier's address was timely and intensely interesting throughout.— Holyoke Mass. Transcript. Pte. Rossiter, veteran of the Somme front, spoke to a large audience in Chamber of Commerce Hall last night. The members and other prominent men listened with the closest attention to the soldier boy's thrilling tale of experiences in Germany. Judging by the way they received him, it was one of the most absorbing narratives they had ever heard. He told a story that made his hearers feel that America should speedily jump into the big fight full force. His inside pictures of German methods were enough to rouse any virile people to back our country in any way possible, Liberty Bonds or otherwise.— Worcester Mass. Evening Post. The needs of the men in German prisons were strongly emphasized, and warning of the dread diseases from Germany, more terrible than poison gases that threaten our boys, featured a strong address by Pte. Ivan Rossiter, late C. M. R. He carried his audience through his experiences from the time he was captured in the front line at Sanctuary Wood to the day when he once again stood in London, a member of the band of fifty-seven British who had been exchanged for ninety-eight Germans.— Vancouver Advertiser. EXCLUSIVE MANAGEMENT OF C. E. BRATTEN, 666 REIBOLD BLDG., DAYTON, O.
|Title||Pte. Ivan S. Rossiter|
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|Personal Name Subject||Rossiter, Ivan S. (Pte.)|
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