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TO THE EDIIVK. Sir,—The Mayor having raided a great todo through the town against me, in to the canVass he has been making on behalf of the War Fund, I trust you wul alhiw me to lay, shortly before the puhiiu, my version of what toon place. On Friday la-it, Mr Armstrong, accompanied by the Town Clerk, stuck me up on the jetty for a subser ption I replied that my wife had given 5a the previous day, and that as business had been slack during the winter, and I had myself and family io keep, I could not afford more. Upon this he openad out, said I was the fiSt to refuse io n've, and asked how I would like to liv« under the German flog Being annoyed by his overbearing manner, I replied, in a spirit of resentment, tlmt at our age* ie would probably make little difference to ikherif us, whether we were under the British or German flag, for what little time is i-n for us He teemed then to h.ive gone about the town circulating n story that uiy Fyn pathies were wholly German, With the result that late on Saturday night a party went to his residence, and aeked for nia version of what I had said. Hearing if ibis, 1 called on Mr Armstrong about what he had been saying, when be suggested that the bent thing I could do would be to write a> leltsr of apology to him. This I indignantly dec! Ned to do, telling him to his face that I bad said nothing calling for apology. In Mr A mstrong would do wall to remember when canvassing that it is uot. the good foitune of everyone to be born with a silver spoon in his mouth, and that many of uj hive, therefore, to cut our coats to suit our cloth, and this is strictly my case, Beiuining to the point on which trouble arose, let me say that both my parent' belonged to Penz»ncft, Cornwall, lhat tbe/ went Io Australia nearly seventy years ago, and that my wife and I have lived here for thirty years without ever having trouble with our neighbors until Mr Armstrong oame aloag- v As reeards parentage, it has always rjeen iinderotoofl that the late Mr Armstrong came from America, If so, I can certainly claim to be more British than the Mayor, whilst I yield neither to him nor anyone else >n loyalty to King and Empire,—l am, etc , CHARLES POO j.

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AN EXPLANATION., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 4423, 21 August 1914

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AN EXPLANATION. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 4423, 21 August 1914

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