RECRUITING MEETING AT AKAROA.
LOCAL COMMITTEE FORMED.
There was a small attendance ad
tbe Oddfellows' Hall on Wednesday,
when a recruiting meeting was held. iThe Mayor,' Mir G. Armstrong, pre aidad. and Bay. A. H. Juliu3 and J. W Hay ward were also on the platform. The Mayor apologised for Mr J. D. Bruoe, County chairman. The Mayor, in opening the meeting, said be regretted to Bee such a small attendance. Be said that in New Zealand people had not realised the horrors of war, and many comforted themselves with the thought that Germany was done for. That was a false idea, as Germany was out to win. The Allies would beat her, but they must use every device in their power to gain the day. He said that Any single.men who stood back at this time if be could go was, a traitor to tbe bept traditions of our grand Empire. He then read the circular from the Prime Minister, Sir Joseph Ward and Hon.'Jas. Allen, asking him to bold the meeting end form a local recruiting committee. He .spoke of the wonderful example ehown by French Farm which was pending away the last of its eligible men. He only wished Akaroa would show the same spirit.
Rev J W Hayward moved that they form a committee in the interests of reoruiting, Hβ spoke of the even coarse of our lives in New Zealand. Some of them had come to this meet ing from tbe Library, where they had been dieouseing matters affecting books amid peace and security. Ie was bard to realise that daily tens of thousands of their fellow beings were being killed. It would-be an insult to the intelligence of bis hearers to point out the enormous issues at stake in this war, but they all knew that every man wee required. In bis own personal acquaintance be knew at least thirty men who, to outward appearance, should be at the front. In some casea pbysioal causes might binder them, but other reasons such as ar rangercents about managing farms would not be considered if compulsion came in. A 9 to recruiting aotiviry very great taofc would have to be used, but be believed a local committee migbc be the means of persuading some to volunteer. Rev A H Juliu3 seconded tbe motion. He spoke of the urgency of the times, and said that those that
would noi go and could, gave two reasons for hanging back One section considered that we would win allrigbt and rested in this security, and the other seation took a peasitoiatio view and asked what bad been done in the past year. Mr Julius then outlined the year's work ab the various fronts, illustrating the improve ment in the Allies' positions However, if Germany was to be crushed Bbc mußt be crushed by overwhelming gunfire and men, and we wanted to put every ounce of our weight into the struggle. - Mr 0 Hall eaid that be considered the recruiting committee would give an opportunity to many wbose yeare debarred them from active service to do their little bit. " &Tr B B Lelievre said be supported the formation of ft recruiting committee, though be considered the volunteer eyatem unfair in tbe extreme. He wad an out and out compnlsioniat, as be believed tbafc' the willing ones had gone to the f rdofc and tbe Bbirkers bad bung beck and bent-fitted by tbe other men's sacrifices. Ho stood for com-
pulsion of wealth as well as of men, and he firmly believed the adoption of such compulsion was the only thing thnt wip gniog to heat the Hunp.
Mr 0 W Leete moved as an amend menfc that this meeting is ia favour of compulsion. He said their bopb and noblest young fellows were going to the front, and it was only right to make it a fair deal all round.
Mr Lelievre said he would not support Mr Leefce's amendment in spite of his remarks. As the P>ime Minis ter had asked them to give the volun teer system another trial it was the only thing they could do. The Mayor agreed with Mr Lelievre and said be could not go past the Prime Minister's request. He had bad a letter from the Cbristeburch Defence Company in favour of oom , pulsion. The motion to form a recrjiting committee was carried.
The Mayor moved the local recruit ing committee consist of the members of the Akaroa Borough Council. Revs. J W Hayward, and Julius, and Messrs E B Lplievre and C Hall :
Mr Turner moved, aa an amend ment, tbat the committee consist of 'be Mayor, and Revs A H Julius and Hayward with power to add to their number. His reason for moving the amendment was that be did not be lieve in such an unweildy committee as the one proposed
The amendment was not seconded. Mr Hall seconded the Mayor's motion wbioh was carried.
Tbe Mayor, in his final remarks, paid ho could not but allude to some farmers on tbe Peninsula who were holding back their sons and their wealth and making fortunes out of the blood of the brave boys at the front. He hoped that the time would come when all such men were shamed into their duty to tbe Empire The meeting closed with the singing of the National Anthem.
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RECRUITING MEETING AT AKAROA., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3523, 18 February 1916