"The Government promises, are- so much hot air," said Lieut.-Colonel J. A. Cowles, president of the Returned Soldiers' Association, at the annual reunion in M.asterton, in urging returned soldiers to stick together and demand their just rights from the Government. Lieut.-Colonel Cowles stated, that if a soldier wanted land heJiad to have considerable funds or a good backing. This was not right. The only way they could get what they were justly entitled to was to ket>p reminding the public of their needs. He said that ndt only was the Government extending scatit consideration for the soldiers, but private omployers^ who had promised to keep positions open for men who had offered their services to the country on their return, were going back on the men. He had evidence of men returning to Wellington, who wore given a month's pay in advance by i heir former employers and fired.
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9601, 5 May 1919
Ashburton Guardian Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9601, 5 May 1919
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