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TO THE EDITOR. ~ Sir,—lt Is with great reluctance I reply to a letter signed C. Pool in your Ja_t issue ; but the statements made are so contrary to facts I have no option but to reply in self defence. Mr Pool was not stuck up for a subscription to.-the War Fund What happened was; We were collecting from everyone willing to give. Whilst passing the old wharf Mr Pool was sitting on tho s_.t in tbe wharf shelter.* Mr Dominique was the: also. I asked Mr Pool if bo'could help u> bb it waa a good caos9. He replied, w'* some heat, "It does not matter to me nb .3 > flag lam under, British or German." I. h. Baid I was\sorrj to hear him make suph . j statement. He then said, "You are sorry, are you?" I replied, "I am 11 He th»n : aid. "My wife h_n given 5d towards the Ladies' Fund, you can take half of that," to whioh I replied. "I decline to put it down ; you are the first man who has r -U=ed to subscribe." I then went away. Mr Pool tb_n gne* on to say, "He was annoyed by my overbearing manner to which he replied it makes very little difference to either of us whether we were under the British or German flag for what little time is ltf' for us." Thia slate, ment was never made in my presence. II it had been I would have most certainly replied and oaid I hoped there were many years remaining to me to work and help to uphold the traditions of our great Empire. I deny the statement with reference to my going about the town circulating a story tbat Mr Pool's sympathies were wholly German. Evidently they were not very British. Last Saturday week, in the evening, a deputation of citizens waited on ma to get the facts of a rumour in circulation with reference to what Mr Pool had said. I told them the came as stated above. They thpn thanked me and went away. Mr Pjol's statement about (Sailing on me is incorrect. I met him opposite Mr Turnei'_ propmly in Lavaud Street. He then said, ?'Wh_t are the rumours yon are < ircu'ating about me ?" I replied, "Whatever I had said w»s iha truth " He then said. "It is very childish of you to mention what t said as it was Fa d onty in a j.k ." I then said no man had a right to mike such a statement at the present time If they made it to me I should not keep it a seoret. He then said. "I am going to the' polio about the matter this evening," to whioh I replied, "That's your business. If you take my advice you would write a letter to the paper saying what had been .aid by yourself was said in a joke, and I wnuld get it published."' I never asked Mr Pool to write a letter of apology to myself. He owed an apology to the residents of this town for *he statement he had made. Tbe insinuations about my being born with a silver spoon in my mouth are too trivial to reply to. It is a pity the dead are not allowed to rest in peace. To me their grav.s are sacred. My father was born in America, be was as proud of the Stars and Stripes a. bis de-oendant.. are of tbe Briti h Ensian today. I would supgest to Mr Pool that in the future when he gets a person to diotate a letter for him the person has some regard for truth and fairplay. The person who dictated his letter is well known by repute as beirg unreliable. However, how can tbe leopard change his spots. Thanking you for publishing the above.—l am, eto, . G ARMSTRONG.

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TRUTH!, Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 4424, 25 August 1914

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TRUTH! Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 4424, 25 August 1914