" "Oh, I see her perfectly from here. There were different kinds of sounds. Did anyone ever hear such drivel? Lord Almighty! Who ever heard of ivy whining on a wall? Yellow ivy; that was all right. The distance of our shores from Europe and Asia of course reduces the necessity for maintaining under arms a great army, but it does not take away the requirement of mere prudence - that we should have an army sufficiently large and so constituted as to form a nucleus out of which a suitable force can quickly grow.