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NEW ZEALAND'S RESPONSIBILITY IN THE WAR.

BY THE PRIME

MINISTER

'W To the People of New Zealand —

Haa not a leading Berlin paper told as with the approval of the German ■A official world, tbat ''MANKIND £■■ NEEDS GERMAN METHODS" and "MUST MAKE USE OF THEM FOB ITB SPIRITUAL PREBER iW VATION?" And baa not the Berlin m "DeutsGbe Tagepzetung" declared Wif tbat we must aIBO accept "tbe blessing * of the German toDgue"? "On all men" %■>' it arrogantly writes, "not those be •? longing to the more cultured iaces I only, but on men of all nationaities! and colours, the German language acta,as a blessing, which, coming direct from tbe hand of God, einka into the heart like a precious balm and ennobles it." And so "English," tbe journal proceeds, "tbe bastard tongue of tbe canting island pirates, must be swept from tbe place it bas usurped and foroed back into tbs remotest corners of Britain until it baa returned to its original elements of an instgnifioant pirate dialect." Tbe dangera we have to guard against are very real, but if we are true to ourselves, true to the traditions of our race, and truthful stewards of tbe sacred heritage committed to us by oar forefathers, we need not fear tbe result. Only by disunion .disloyalty and halffaeartedness can victory pass from our grasp. We New Zea landets pride ourselves most of all upon our loyalty to our Empire, our country and our flag. We have made sacrifices on tbeir bebalf, but the call < is for greater sacrifices still. We are proud to think tbat tens of thousands of New Zealand's sona count it an honour to take up arms on bebalf of tbe Empire and tbat ber heroic daughters have willingly braved the perils Of tbe battlefield and of service in strange lands in order to minister tp the Buffering and to succour the fjrrjMntted,

Duty oalls us to battle on behalf of the right. Failure to defeat the damnable doctrine that "might is right" will land the world into the abysmal depths of savagery.

Honour demands tbat we should make sacrifices - for the good of our fellow men, for the protection of our women and children and for the sane tity of our home life.

Belgium—crushed, torn, cruelly violated, wickedly betrayed, as surely no other country shall ba despoiled again, if the men of our Empire are true to tbe traditions of their race— Belgium and the other martyr nations appeal to us for succour and sym 1 patby. I

We nepd not wait to have the whole record of Germany's infamies, "scientifically proved" to realise tbe cn.il of duty here British people will never forget the sinking of the Lusitania, tbe Arabic, and tbe Persia, the drowning of our nurses, tbe mur der of Miss Cavell and tbe other attooities revealed to us by the inquiries which have taken place, and from which civilisation shrinks in horror. For Britian's sake, we have sent our sons, our brotbets and our kinsmen to war For ber sake and our own protection, and for the safety and happiness of our women folk and children, we must continue to reinforce tbem and to strengthen their hands in every possible way. We must fight on un til a durable peace becomes possible, and tbe sword must not be sheathed until Belgium's wrongs have been righted, until Russian Poland and Serbia are again freed from tbe yoke of the oppressor, and until ample guarantees are available for tbe safety of the smaller nationalities of tbe world. In this way we can all play our part,

But to this end we must be prepared to make sacrifices, and I am satisfied tbat tbe people of New Zealand who have already done so much in this direction will continue steadfast to the last and bear themselves worthily and well in this war of wars, and in the hour of tbe Empire's greatest need. THE CALL IS STILL FOR VOLUNTEERS. Many wbo read this appeal should enlist right away. Duty reminds them of their obligations. From the trenches their comrades call to them; The cry of "To the front" rings out more insistently. WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT IT. Men of New Zealand, WE MUST KEEP THE GERMANS OUT OF OLD •NGLAND AND OUT OF NEW ZEALAND AND EVERY OTHER BRITISH POSSESSION.

What is wanted now is the spirit of the Lancashire man of whom I read recently. His two sons had gone to tbe war and word came that tbe younger had been killed Tbe father was not content, although he was con siderably above military age, until he was able to take his boy's place, and one day found himself in tbe firing line by his eldest son's side "somewhere in France." Gripping the boy by the band tbe father said, "I'VE COME TO TAKE ANDY'S PLACE. WHEN WORD CAME ABOUT THY BROTHER THY MOTHER BADE ME COOM TO THEE AND I'D BE A SHAMED MAN IF I FAILED TO DO SOMETHING TO hEEP THE BACHES OUT OF OLD ENGLAND, AND WE'VE GOT TO DO IT, LAD FOR THE 3AKE OF THY MOTHER AND THY SISTERS

By keeping the Bosches out of British territory we shall save Civilisation, wn shall save tbe Empire, and shall be io a better position to efficiently assist our gallant Allies and redeem Belgium, Poland and Serbia

It is our privilege to act to day. A duty deferred or neglected may cause us lifelong tribulation and anguish of mind. Let us, then, "act in tbe liv ing present." Every man able to bear arms is needed at the front.

You know if you come within that category. If you do, ENLIST AT ONCE, and, like a certain soldier of Kitchener's Army, you will be able to say, "I was not among tne first to go, but I went—thank God, I went."

W. F. MABSEY

Primo Minister and Chairman of

Recruiting Board.

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NEW ZEALAND'S RESPONSIBILITY IN THE WAR., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3515, 21 January 1916

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NEW ZEALAND'S RESPONSIBILITY IN THE WAR. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3515, 21 January 1916

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