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COMPULSORY MILITARY TRAINING

(To the Editor.) Sir, —I read with interest the remarks of Colonel Bell. Allow mc to point out, and I am well qualified to express an opinion on the matter, that his ideas for forming reserves and militias for the protection of our country are useful enough on paper. The only part of his plans that would not succeed is the carrying of them into practicability. I served my time in the volunteer service of this country; and, believe mc, I was only too glad to get quit of them when I could, and also my actions were pretty universally followed by the other members of our corps who had served their time. It was not that the members were not patriotic; but all people pet tired of having their liberty continually under control. Where would the boasted independence of the British nation be' that we are all so proud of if we were put under a military rule greatly resembling that of Germany? Our people would fight well enough whon it came to the pinch, but to put every capable man in the country under training such as he speaks of, for the best part of his life, would do nothing towards increasing his love for his country: rather would it foster a hatred in the heart of every man towards the people who took his independence from him.—l am. etc., ONE OF THE PEOPLE.

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COMPULSORY MILITARY TRAINING Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 88, 14 April 1909

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