The History of Leith

April 14, 2012

From a Sermon preached in 1922 at South Leith

“There was imputed
to their opponents what only existed in the intriguing
brains of the conspirators. It was cunningly understood
that the lower orders were so ignorant that any
kind of story had a good chance of being believed
among them. When so many in various classes were
either impoverished or discontented, or both, it was
an easy matter to hire for money both the evil
whisperer and the assassin. Ruffians were even brought
from Marseilles to do the vilest work—hence the-name
of the Revolutionary song—the Marseillaise ! All these
lessons of the past seemed to be forgotten in Britain
before the war. It was believed that the era of peaceful
unwarlike progress had begun. We meant no ill to
any other nation under heaven. “We unfortunately
believed that no other nation could mean ill to us or to
any other race. The spell was broken by the awful
thunderclap after Sarajevo. Yet both before the war,
during the war and since, evil propaganda has been
employed both by the Germans, and by those diabolical
spirits whom they have conjured up from the vasty
deep of wickedness, the Bolsheviks, to mislead the
mind and to weaken the sinews of Britain. We
were spied upon unceasingly in our own country;
rumours of peace, in the very face of warlike preparations
on an unprecedented scale, were spread abroad
amongst our -credulous people. The outbreak of war
left us as foolish as the Trojans must have felt when
the Greek warriors sprang out of the wooden horse
after it had been admitted within the walls of Troy !
The crowning’act of cunning occurred, however, when
Lenin and Trotsky were smuggled across Europe into
Russia at the time “that laud was in the throes of
exhaustion after losing so many millions in the struggle.
They completed the. dissolution of that unhappy
tyranny. To-day we behold, on a scale never seen
before in the history of the world, -all that vile reports,
utterly untruth ful propaganda, and unlimited massacre
can effect in bringing a people to the dust. Dining
the war in our own country, it was quite evident that
the enemies of Britain had secured allies whose patriotism
was so poisoned that they would stop at nothing to
injure the land which, had the misfortune to give them
It is as clear as day that the revolutionary forces of
the civilised world, which have always been in existence
since the middle of the eighteenth century, working
underground iii times of apparent peace, are moving
everywhere to tear down the structure of civilisation.”

source-South Leith Magazine 1922

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