The Akaroa Mail. FRIDAY, MAY 1, 1914. KOWAI BUSH CAMP.
A good deal of adverse criticism is being hurled at the Defence Department for holding the big Kowai Bush Camp at such a late period of the year. The Defence authorities have indeed been unfortunate this year in experiencing such rough weather for the training camp, but for many reasons it ia impossible to hold the camp much earlier in the year. That the holding of the camp is not a great hardship on the men can be seen in letters which we publish in another column, and such pandering rubbish as the resolution we give below, passed by the Anti-Militarist League, Cbristchurcb, on Tuesday last, will not carry much weight with those who have tbeir country's welfare and protection at heart:—" That this meeting expresses its sympathy with the parents of the young men who are compelled to attend the Kowai camp, although to many the art of' soldiering is abhorrent to their judgment and reason j also for the conditions they are under, going, to fulfil an obligation placed upon them by a Government which was the tool of the National Service League. The Anti Militarist League is convinced that.the drastic penalties inflicted to uphold the undemocratic Act, ia the reason why ouc youths bow to conscription. This League calls upon the -people to declare tbeir disapproval of the Act by voting only for those members who stand for tbe repeal of the compulsory clauses, of the Defence Act." The Anti-Militarist League is making as much use of the unfortunate circumstances of the weather as they possibly can. In carrying out the Defence Act tbe authorities have to consider the men, and it is impossible for the country men engaged in harvesting, dairying and other farming pursuits to get into camp much earlier than April, It certainly ia unfortunate that such weather has been experienced at Mt Torlesse, but the greatest cbneidera' tion has been given the men, and tbe camp has been conducted on the best military lines. The experience should realty be a valuable one for all taking part, as in active service such discomforts as those experienced' at Kowai are met with frequently. Certainly it would be a great pity to hold the camp earlier in the year, and thus debar many in the country from attending.
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The Akaroa Mail. FRIDAY, MAY 1, 1914. KOWAI BUSH CAMP.,
Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4392, 1 May 1914, Incorrect date