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The Akaroa Mail. TUESDAY, JANUARY 4, 1916 CONSCRIPTION

OfiHtOßuraiON is tbe most absorbing topic of conversation just nor?. Tbe Imperial Government is considering ihe position most seriously, and there seems every likelihood tbat New Zealand will adopt tbe gohenay aiao. Tbe general of opinioa is in favour of conscription. It ia tbe fairest way for all. Taking our own country into consideration, New Zealand ia to produce 80,000 more ibldiors dnring tbe next year. Of tbe unmarried men, most of the willing ones have gone, and tbe breach is being filled by too many married men. It it? trail that many married men of means are better able to go than single men who have dependents, bat there are numerous oases where married men of small means have gone and left a huavy burden on their woman folk, No doubt tba women in question are quite willing and ploaaed"to make tbe sacrifice, but it seems unfair that many single men who oonld go are holding baofc and letting others bear their burden. Another section of single men in New Zealand would he righted also by conscription, and these ar« the numbers of willing ones wbo art medically unfit. Many have tried again and again to join the ranks, and were consoiptton in force everyone would know that these men vere stopped by no fault of tbeir own As to the single men who are stopped from going through having depen dents, tba State should provide for them and no doubt some arrangement will be made. Tbe country at targe quite realizes these men's re Bponsibility, and no doubt if oonsorip tion comes in force they will be receg sized. It is true that the voluntary system ia better, but tbe exigencies of the time demand peculiar conditions. Conscription is tbe fairest for all parties, and as tbe war will be ended sooner if mora troops are put into tbe field, conscription seems to be quickest as veil as the fairest system In the old country, it is said that tbe rich, upper middle class baa been repre treated very poorly indeed, and liter ally thousands are idly at homo who should be with tbeir comrades in France and Belgium. If tbe needs of tbtir country cannot be brought home to them, in any other way, these idlers sho-ld be oblige, to do tbeir bit in soma way, and conscription seems tbe only way open.

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The Akaroa Mail. TUESDAY, JANUARY 4, 1916 CONSCRIPTION, Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3510, 4 January 1916

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The Akaroa Mail. TUESDAY, JANUARY 4, 1916 CONSCRIPTION Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3510, 4 January 1916

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