Great Britain And Germany Are Now at War
Parliament called for August 18th
Army Division of 23,000 to be Mobilized
Protecting Vital Points
Armed Forces Guarding Ports and Cable and Wireless Stations - Will Protect Canals and Other Means of Transporation and Communication
The Canadian Parliament is summoned to meet on Tuesday, August 18, to vote funds for Imperial defence and to decide on the disposal of the Canadian forces. The order for the mobilization of a Canadian army division of 23,000 men will issue to-day.
(Special Despatch to the Globe)
Ottawa, Aug. 4 - The fateful news that a state of war exists between Great Britain and Germany was received at 7 o'clock to-night by the Governor-General in a cable from the Colonial Secretary. The message promptly communicated to the Prime Minister, to the Minister of Military and the Minister of Naval Affairs and the Secretary of State by special messenger. The other Cabinet Ministers were informed shortly afterwards, as soon as they could be reached.
The Cabinet Council, with his Royal Highness the Duke of Connaught in attendance, had been sitting all day and adjournment was made at 5.
To Call Parliament At Once.
The Ministers took the news quietly. For the past week preparations have been in progress night and day for the eventuality of war and almost all the necessary plans for defence measures have already been made. Parliament is to be called at once to vote funds for Imperial defence and to decide on the disposal of the Canadian forces. Speaker Sproute arrived in the capital to-day and the notices summoning the members will be sent out at once.
To Mobilize Army Division.
The order for the mobilization of a Canadian army division of approximately 22,000 men will it is expected, issue to-morrow after a further Council meeting.