Several related stories will be inserted here, until the full story can be assembled.
Story 1. Edmund Jowett's WWI Recruitment Speech 17 Sept. 1918. Addresses by Mr Jowett and Captain Ornstein. There was a crowded attendance at the (Inglewood) town hall on Thursday evening when a recruiting rally organised by Sergeant Catlin was held. The program took the form of a musical program by the Chirros, and the screening of the war film “Sons of the Empire”, one of the finest productions the State Recruiting Committee has at its disposal. These items were interspersed by short addresses by Mr E Jowett MHR., Captain Ornstein and Sergeant Catlin, but no recruits offered. Mr Jowett, in the course of his address, briefly emphasised the fact that the war was not yet won. The Allies had recovered from the blow dealt earlier in the year by Germany, this being due to the fact that they had a numerical superiority, but this would not be maintained unless every part of the Allied Nations took up the burden of reinforcing the troops. There was no justification for relaxing efforts, and it was the duty of all to remember the men at the front. He would admit that the results obtained at recruiting meetings were disappointing but if they were not held, it would mean hauling down of the Union Jack and Australian flag. Referring to the hymn with which all have become familiar “Remember Lord, Australia's sons tonight”. He asked what right they had to call on almighty God to remember their sons and brothers if they forgot their Duty towards them, and did not reinforce them and enable them to fight on to victory. The refusal to enlist on the part of the manhood of the country practically meant the desertion of their soldiers. Australia's worst enemy was not the Germans but the men and women who were whispering everywhere to the young men not to enlist. Some mother's and wives were whispering to men, perfectly fit, and telling them not to go. These were the real enemies and traitors of the country. (Applause.) Captain Ornstein forcible appeal to the “eligible” present. He was not asking for men to fight for Britain, Belgium or France, but for their own homes. There were 600 eligible man in the Inglewood district. It's quota was 6 men per week, but he did not get 6 in the 6 months. He had written to all municipal councils in the Grampians electorate asking for an allowance for petrol to get recruits. He was the only recruiting officer who would have to purchase his own motor car. He was only allowed 30 shillings per week for petrol to protect them, but only one council out of the whole lot had granted him 2 pounds. Mr Jowett here interrupted the speaker with the announcement that the Korong Shire Council had that day granted him £5 Captain Ornstein: He was thankful to the council. Since he had started on his tour the preceding Friday he had needed five tins of petrol. Do you have cost from 13 shillings to 14 shillings and sixpence per tin, without other expenses, but he would not ask for help again. He was doing his work out of patriotism- after he paid his expenses. He did not get enough out of it to pay for his board and lodging. He had done his bit but did not care if he had to go back again because if he went, he would be going where the majority of dinkum Aussies were- in France. (Applause.) During the next month he was going to put the Grampians off the bottom of the list, but he would thank no one but his sergeants and himself for it, because by their hard work they had done it. They had very little help from the citizens. They would wonder why he was so bitter. Well, he felt bitter! Even up at the saleyards that day the “eligibles” had got out of sight, as soon as they saw the khaki coming. (Laughter.) Was it cowardice? There was a “Day of Reckoning” coming. If he went back, he was going to ask for 3 months leave and tour among the troops and tell them how the people were treating the recruiting men here. The speaker concluded by stating he was very sorry Sergeant Catlin was not getting the help in Inglewood he should. You had to tramp miles to interview “elegibles”. He was a real dinkum chap, and doing all we could to help the cause. He had asked to help to get to the eligible men- the only way to get them was by chasing them to their dugouts, and dragging them out. (Laughter and applause.) Sergeant Catlin made an appeal for “one recruit”, but was unsuccessful. He had, he stated, appealed through the press for help in getting about, but no one had responded. He had been promised a ride out to Kingower, but one man had driven down a back lane to avoid taking him. (Laughter.) But he did not care what they did to him, as long as he got results. He had a lonely little post upstairs and would be glad of callers. He would give them all a nice khaki suit. (Laughter and applause.) A collection was taken up in aid of the Returned Soldiers Fund, about about £6 being obtained.