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WELLINGTON, April 2. By the last mail Sir James Allen received a private letter from an officer of high'standing at Home/, in which the citicer wrote: " I am sure you are ciuite right in regarding the considerable time you have given your troops in camp before sending them out as particularly helping -towards good discipline, and it must be a source ( of great pleasure to you to know how extremely favourable the behaviour of the New Zealand troops has been invariably commented upon. This is the case not only in France, but I know also in England and on board ship. I assure you that you are right in saying that such training benefits the men physically, mentally! and morally, and consequently must be of great benefit to the country later on when the greater part of its manhood will all have been through the mill. It was very' satisfactory to keep the battalion up to its full strength all the time. The New Zealaiiders, of course, camb in for a good deal of ■ fighting during these last months, and did magnificently."

Refer ring to the report of the Royal Commission on Defence Expenditure, the : Minister's correspondent say§: " Some of the recommendations were based uDon but too little knowledge. You are all concerned, and indeed deserve credit for, the efficiency of your military organisation, which is the creat achievement which the report of the Commission so distinctly brings out." V'y-

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NEW ZEALANDERS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9576, 3 April 1919

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NEW ZEALANDERS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9576, 3 April 1919

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