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COMPULSORY TRAINING.

(To tie Editor.) i Sir, —The Lord gie us good conceit o' oursels, might, I think, be well applied to the writer of the letter in Wednesday's issue, signed "One of the People." He informs us that he is well able to criticise Colonel Bell's ideas on. "Compulsory Training," because he served in a company of volunteers, and the willingness and enthusiasm .put into that sex--vice to enable him to pose as a critic is shown by hie saying he was glad to leave them as soon as his time was up.- Not for lack of patriotism, " Oh, dear, no," but he •couldn't stand his liberty being under control.;. That last sentence alone would show his capabilities as a soldier. Alas, he is like too many Aueklanders. It is tongue patriotism they believe and indulge in. Give them a little hard work and discomfort such as our Garrison Artillery "Volunteers so willingly put in, night and day, at the forts lately, and their patriotism would ooze out of their boottops. It is for these men that compulsory training is necessary, and if it was in force, as I hope it will be, there would most assuredly be fewer loafing larrikins round' the street corners at night, molesting passers-by, as complained about by another writer in Wednesday's issue. This able critic also informs us, " Our people would light well when it camo to the pinch." They might be willing, but certainly not able. An armed rabble against trained soldiers— what a show they would have! Take one hundred men at haphazard in Auckland to-day, and place a modern rifle in their hands, and I feel sure 90 out of the 100 wouldn't know how to insert the cartridge, and it is bullets, not bayonets, that tell the tale in war nowadays. Therefore training is imperative to use a rillc effectively, and ought to be compulsory on all, rich or poor. The bogy cry of "Infringing the liberty of the subject," is top ■ stale, and dates, I suppose, from tlie time Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the Ten Commandments. —I am, etc., [VETERAN.

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COMPULSORY TRAINING. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 0, 17 April 1909

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