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I The starvation of Germany is fcbe j main topic of a letter which an Bng lien clergyman has received from a neice living at The Hague. She begins with a few words about the Ford peace cranks: — ' "The remnantß of the Ford expedi I tionary peace corps are still here; ' 110 in all, and a sorry bunch. They ! are all living on Ford's money, and taking cab rides and drinks at his expense. They each say that in Stookbolm some o£ the 'ladies' or dered gown 3at his expend, and any one who bad sympathetic ideas could get a free meal. The' Journalists are mighty Pick of the whole party. "A. friend of ours has just come hack from Germany, where she has a woundfid husband, and came in contact with the people and with the soldiers, as her husband was re coveriDg, and had easy work in a i small garrisop town. Our blockade is really beginning to tell at last and the people are beginning to feel the pinch dreadfully, WOMEN SICK OF WAR. "They really do not get enough to eat, as there is nothing they can buy but X bread and potatoes, and often one cannot get the latter. There is really nothing inexpensive now. Id a family we know, where there are two children (one very ill), they can only get half a litre of milk a day (i.e., less than a pint). Butter is 8/- a pound, and one has to to wait in a queue for two hours sometimes to get Jib. "The women have enough of it. and say they will not hold out much lODger. Thousands of them demon Htratedin the Unter den Lindun re cently. 0! course, the tbing was hushed up, even in Germany. Re~ cently a lot of women out pide a butter shop maltreated a policemen, and threw him into the shop through the window, and among the cheeses. Oao you imagine a Berlin Schutzman in <ueh a dignified position.? They are getting afraid of the women now. "The soldiers are nick of it all, and coHjplain bitterly of their troarment. and pf their tood. They none of them want to return to the front, where they have a dog's life and dog's food. Every one is talking of pe»ce. and no one talks of viotories any more, al though the majority think they will not be defeated.

"One is sorry for the people end for the children. So many women complain that and the children wail in the night of hunger, a3 they can not get enough to eat. "We are asked to a Ford banqueHo night, 'but are not going. We dined last night with Sir Francis Oppen heimer, the man who created tbe NO.T. (Netherlands Oversea Trust), and tbe man who, I suppose, ia doing the mo9t to !?eep things out of Ger many. He is tremendously clever, and works like a dog."

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AFRAID OF THE WOMEN., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3535, 11 April 1916

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AFRAID OF THE WOMEN. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3535, 11 April 1916

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