The Akaroa Mail. FRIDAY, MAY 7 1915. THE CALL TO ARMS.
Theke ;is no' doubt that recruits are badly needed and. that New Zealand will have to do her part in sending as many able bodied men as she can. Vlauy authorities that convtription should be resorted to ; bub seems far better to show the Ger , mns that; tba young men of the " ttisb Empire will offer their services voluntarily toupholdtheflag.anddonot deed to be coerced to join the colours As Mr Alpers, of Obribtcburob, paid when speaking in Akaroa in Marcb, the Kaiser snys to his subjects "Go," while our King simply says " Come. , ' The response to fbat appeal from our Sovereign has been very good; but events show that our Empire is in more urgent need of volunteers than was anticipated at first. AH single men who oan possibly offer their services should do so, In some cases whore perhaps a widowed mother is dependant on a young man or be i as other helpless people whom be runsfc consider, tho sacrifice should not be required ; but there is no able bodied woman who would require n, brotbir to withhold his services on ber ac* count. In the case of married men it ' is different, though many married men have volunteered in England, and their wives have bad to go to their old homes. These same men have often given up good prospects for the cause, realising the urgent need of, the Empire, Many yonng married men huve felt very keenly the retort of the single man who has been told he ought, to go, to effect that he was sheltering himself behind his marriiige certificate. Many officers in the Main Expeditionary Forces wore murriiid, unu" the example of Lieutenn.nl , Colonel J Mcßwih• Stew art, wbo ba* given his life for his country, crtu be quoted, as he has left a wift- ami chrne •mail children. One of tan members of the Main Expcditi >miry Force; , ., in writing out to his fiieuds, states that be knows muuy who remained behind in Now Zealand would ba>e opportunities of getting on financially which be and others who barl enlisted had missed. In pito of that the writer did not regie: his action in the least, and would never envy the man who did not respond to the call of arms, The fighting at tho Dardanelles hag shown that our colonial troops are of groat assistanc9 to the Mother- Country. All those men who can possibly go I should offer their services. Iα some cases it may mean a slight financial sacrifice, but those considering this point should remember what the Belgians gave in the cauge o! liberty, and send in their names at once aa volunteers to wage war against Germany and tyranny.