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Sir, —ITnder this heading you appear to be slightly out of step —» step. in front of the band —possibly due to the fact that you are an apostle of the doctrine of" sticking \up for a friend whether he be right or wrong. No doubt your heroic efforts will be appreciated at full value hi the right quarters. One finds it- difficult to. believe ; that you could so misunderstand the'reply given by, Mr Wimtdn Churchill,- an reference to the_ use of the bluejackets to cow the strikers in Wellington, as to make it appear that lie., approved of the Government's action. If you are not trying to gull your readers, then I would advise you to read that cable over again. It is p'os-sible for persons to be so biased and prejudiced on a subject sthat they see only what they want to see. If the facts nVe against them so much the worse for the facts.

Mr Massey and his more sane friends, however, are suffering under no delusion over Mr Winston Churchill's reply. Some of them are quite huffed, if not extremely angry, about it, ajid almost threaten to disrupt the Empire over the matter! "If the Government was responsible for those demonstrations," you say. No ore had a doubt for a moment as to who was to blame for the ilk-considerec] action. However, Mr Massey and his colleagues are not likely to offend agnin They will not be given the opportunity. The bead of the Admiralty does not believe in the men of the] Imperial Navy being mixed up in these; petty disnntes, and- so making them-j selves highly unpopular with by far the larger section of the public, even though that section' may not be what yoll. editors "love to term "the rightthinking section." Moreover, those in ' riiargo of warships have now definite instructions to make tracks on the first sigl! of trouble, and be, out of with their bluejackets, so that they may not be under the necessity of giving the bluti't refusal to excited nersons like Massey and Co.. who holla for soldiers and marines with artillery ri'id qi'ick-fircrs to shoot down the! bocanse a .couple of boulders are I thrown md a. boy is found with a catapult in his pocket. . SQUARE DEAL.

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"THE DOCTRINE OF LUNACY.", Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8809, 4 March 1914

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"THE DOCTRINE OF LUNACY." Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8809, 4 March 1914

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