The Akaroa Mail. FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 1916 OUR VOLUNTARY SYSTEM
T«a effort pi tbs Naiiooal Govern aeoi to retain the voluntary eyatem of reoruiting in New Zealand by means of a personal appeal to those eligible men who have not already offered tbsir services is praottoally » fasoimile of Lord Derby's reoruiting scheme, whioh proceeded the com pnteion Bill ak Home. The National Qovfrntaent'fl endeavours to retain the volaniery system should be taken advantage of, as it is plainly as much ft l»at reeenrie aa Lord Derby's aflbime wan in the Old Country, and Wβ hope it will be generally appreoia tad. For soma moothe past tho Can tarbury qaotae have been secured with the greatest difficulty, and al ready there are many organisations snob ac the Citizen's Defence Corps in Ohrietoboroh and others who are hotly in favour of oompuleion. That this ie a laet appeal to the eligible •ingle men there cannot be the Blight oak doubt. jAe the Prime Minister etitee''the Dominion mnat, to fulfill her obligations to the Erepire, pi nOO 2850 men in the firing line every (our week*. We have already deipatobed 84 000 rann, nn d there are 12,000 fo oainp reedy to go, but even this fine response is not sufficient for our part in the great etraggle. The end of the war is by no means yet in view, and as they are doing in the Western Front today, Wβ must gird our loin? «nd do our beet to beat the Huns baok apainst the wall Aβ Home speaker enid on Wednesday evening at the Mayor's nattieg we an sow preparing for the grMt »•!• forward, and we need
every shell, gun an d man to corqne «o prepared and powerful au f.nemy. New Zealand must, therefore, nobly bear her portion of tbe burden and every eligible man must do his part even at a saorifioe. In many cases where men are holding back sacrifices have to be made, but we are sure if these men put their case before tbe recruiting committees thsy will be assisted to the utmost. Ifc is incomprehensible that a man wou'd refuse to go forward for petty quibbling and selfish reasons, but there appear to be many holding back for such reasons. We hope these men will not shame 4ha Dominion into compulsion, when there are still many thousands eligible for servioe. Wβ hope sincerely then that the personal appeal will briug bring many men, who are holding back, to the colours There are many who are not sure of their positions?, but the committees will be able to do good work in making their task easier. The National Recruiting Committee, tbe Prime Minister, the Hon Jap Allen and Sir Joseph Ward ask those acting on these committees to use the utmost tact in their canvas, and thi 3 oannofc be too much emphasised. There are still a number of men in our town and district who appear to have no reason for holding back, and the commutes should carefully invesgate their positions before hurriedly rushing to conclusions, or serious harm will be done. The men should be made to realise that if they will not come forward they will soon have to come under the hateful system of compulsion, and then even valid ex cusea will not be considered for a moment. We hope then that this new effort to fill the ranks of our reinforcements will be most successful, and be the means of making compulsion in this Dominion unnecessary.