Western Mail, 22 September 1914
Lloyd George made this speech, calling for the creation of a Welsh Army Corps, and drawing on his version of a Welsh martial tradition dating back to the Middle Ages, in an attempt to reconcile Welsh national sentiment with the wider interests of the British state. It was a rousing call to arms and Staniforth likely shared Lloyd George's hope that it would meet with an enthusiastic response from the young men of Wales. Yet it is entirely possible that a reader might have drawn a different conclusion from the same image. The story of the Pied Piper does not end happily, after all, for, as Browning puts it, at the end 'Piper and dancers were gone for ever.' Although Staniforth meant to boost the patriotism of his readers, we can not be certain that he achieved his desired impact. Staniforth had used a similar image on previous aoccasions to suggest that following a different 'Pied Piper' (such as C.B. Stanton, the militant miners' agent from Aberdare ['The Pied Piper of South Wales', Western Mail, 4 November 1910]) would lead to disaster. He cannot have been unaware of the potential for ambiguity.
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