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The Akaroa Mail. TUESDAY, MARCH 23 1915. THE WAR AND NEW ZEALANDERS

In Saturday's "Press" an article ap Beared in which it wag stated thsit many ftew Zotiiaudeis did not tab' the war 68 tnucb in em nest as th } should. The writer declared tbnl numbers of people in New Zealand Complained of the fact that tbe war had meant personal loaa to them, ana did not do anything to help on fcbt Empire at all At the beginning < t tbe war, the article continued, all had been stirrer], but many had cooleo down since, and now real inteiest >n the welfare of the Empire wae flagging. We know that there i<always a certain stciion of ihe com munity which considers te'.f first ana the habit will etick as long bb tht leopard'a sports, This does not appl) to the bulk of tbe community, and we believe that the dtsirc to huip the Empire and a realisation of the seriousness of the rituatiou i< growing rather than diminishing. On Banks Peninsula, at any rate, fcb'ete baa been deeper enthusiasm in tbe last two months as can be judged by the number of men who are volunteer ing. In most cases the young far mers were obliged to Bee their partners or employers through the busy season, and now that autumn has come many are sending in their names as recruits. The feeling of a people is not always to be gauged by outbursts of speech. It is true that more was said and written at tbe commencement of the war; but we believe that more ia felt now when the losses of our army and navy are realised. Tbe outbreak of war caused the most phlegmatic to become slightly hyntei i cat, and it is a fact tbat those who were most excited are probably tbe grumblers to whom the "Press" re fera In New Zealand we cannot feel the nearness of ihu combat ad those in England Tbe writers to tbe various magazines are giving an excellent idea of bow tbe call of the war bus appealed to all classeo. One (=tory describes how a young Ei>g iehimn who bad not intend ed to euliHi is driven to do co by tbe constant refrain which runs through his head. "The Bugle Galls." Mr Alpers, of Christchurcb, on Thurs in.y last at Akaroa, m/ide a vtiry fine

appbal to young men to enlist. He poiQted out bow tbe Kaiser said to bis men "Go," and bow our king simply eaid "Come," Tbat appeal ig being responded to in all pans of this out poat of the British Empire, and if tbe gruuiblere are in evidence, and those who will not feel ihe iMpoonibility o, tbeir duty to tbe Empire are more plentiful tbnn they Bbould be, it is to be hoped cbut the magnificent woik done by all sections of tbu ooiamuniiy eieewbere will eh o run ibtiu idio v proper uenee of tbeir duty as citizens I

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The Akaroa Mail. TUESDAY, MARCH 23 1915. THE WAR AND NEW ZEALANDERS, Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3408, 23 March 1915

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The Akaroa Mail. TUESDAY, MARCH 23 1915. THE WAR AND NEW ZEALANDERS Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3408, 23 March 1915

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