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"I was under the impression," writes a correspondent in the "British Weekly, "that America had secured the copyright of the term 'God's own _ country,\ and had definitely applied it to the United States. But I find that our colonial troops have pirated the phrase, and are applying it unblushingly to whichever corner of the Empire they happen to hail from. The other day in a a soldier with a red band round his wide-awake hat was explaining to his neighbour how pleasant it was to be going back in a few days to God's own country. 'Why, I didn't know you were an. American,' remarked the neighbour, in an accent that left no doubt on which side of the Atlantic he, was at home. 'Who said I was?' complained the other. 'Well you claimed God's own country as your home, and that's America, sure.' 'America?' repeated redband. 'Yes, I dare say God had sometiling to do with the making of it. But New Zealand is His masterpiece^jmd don't y<W fore-et it!' "... • ■*""

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9609, 14 May 1919

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Untitled Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9609, 14 May 1919