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A POINT OF HONOUR.

SPEECH BY HON. THOS. MACKENZIE,

In his speak to the New Zealand troops in Egypt, according to the "Egyptian Mail" the Hon. Thos Mackenzie exhorted our troops to continue their splendid behaviour, while serving under the Imperial authorities and in the following floe words conveyed hie con fidence in their doing so:— "But on this point I regard it to be my duty to say a word. New Zealand's*honour is in your hands. You volunteered to go to the war and were selected while others were not for that responsible and dangerous bbp. vice. You undertook a solemn obligation, namely to serve your King and Country faithfully. Supplications daily ascend to the Almighty from your homes for your safety and welfare. You are about to take your place with others in the greatest war the world has ever known It will be sufficient to tax the energy of the strongest and to daunt

the courage of the bravest. But for you New ZRalftndera I have no fear if only you are eflloient; and efficient you must be to fulfil the obligation of your trust. Here in this city yon are beset by temptations of the most serious and ruinous oharaoter. To thoee of you who may waver I cay, lake your cour. age it both ha-ids and conquer. I am told that allowances must be made for human nature. That may be so under certain eir oumstances but not under the existing conditions. V"i) have voluntarily dedicated youraslv- s to a oertnin duty and you must n • strain your' i lv)? until you have f ullilled that duty, f>nd Cv np!y w til L"rd wishes regarding re-Uting tsmpwfoi. Think what is at etnk* .' Not only am the future of the British empire i>n<l ihe continu>ne>» of the world's civilisation and the right*? of small coiintiiea to live und-ir nwn flags in the balance, but the honour of >otlf women and the sanotity of your homes is at stnke. I appeal therefara to you as soldiers, as men as New Zealanders to do your duty. BOON FOll THE FRONT. The HanT Maokenzie, High Corantiesioner for New Zealand, in hie speech to the New Zealand troops in Egypt on January Btb said:—

' I found on arrival here that an impression prevailed amongst many of yon that you might not have nn opportunity of serving at the front. You need have no uneasiness in that respect; as coon ns y.-.u are fit your servicee will be required. Yo<k abl" commanders, assisted by your efficient officers, are doing all in their power to make you fit for the work before you and with this the vast majority of you aro able to comply.

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A POINT OF HONOUR., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3401, 26 February 1915

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A POINT OF HONOUR. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3401, 26 February 1915

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