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EXPEDITIONARY FORCE.

PRIME MINISTERS FAREWELL TO AUCKLAND .MEN. CITE"? ASSOCIATION TTJ.EGFAMS.) .AUCKLAND, September 23. Opportunity was taken to-day by the Prime Minister to say farewell to the Auckland section of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force- The troops to the number of :£OO marched to the Domain, where a crowd of about 14.000 people collected, and addresses were delivered by the Kt. Hon. W. F. Maesey and llr *G. J. Parr (Mayor of Auckland). Owing to the rain the speeches wore very short. After tho ceremony, the troops marched through the main streets, where they were cheered by great crowds. In the course of his speech. Mr Maseeysaid:—"New Zealand may be only a small country, with a comparatively small population, but nevertheless it is not an unimportant part of the British Empire. In this crisis—the most serious ever experienced in the history of Great Britain—New Zealand has made up its mind to do its duty to the Empire, just as the Empire is doing its duty to humanity by protecting the weaker nations of the world against tyranny. In a short time from now there, will leave our shores far the scenes of the war the very pick of our male population —young New Zealanders who will proceed to tho other side of the world to meet Britain's enemies in. battle in countries whep centuries ago the ancestors of New Zealanders held their own in many a fierce struggle.. That you will do as well as your forefathers I have not tho very least doubt; that you will do your country credit wherever you are, I feel sure. I have no doubt that by and by you will find yourselves with English* Scotch, and Irisn troops, and with forces representing the other Dominions of the British Empire, and with men who during the last few weeks have flung back the enemy from the very gates of Paris, everyone of them willing to risk his lil<? for his country and for humanity. , You will find men there from sun-scorched India, from the plains of Canada, fro?v> the great Australian bush, from the wide spaces of South Africa, as well as yon r fellows from these islands of New Zealand. You will see what the world has never seen before: men of almost every clime, language, race, and creed bound together by one idea, one belief —that within the British Empire and under the flag there is more justice, morality, and freedom than has ever been, granted by any o£her nation. In consequence of that belief scores of millions of men have made up their minds to keep the empire intact, to resist tyranny and oppression to the uttermost, and to keep flying the flag that has "braved a thousand years the battle and the breeze," the emblem of truth, and right, and justice, and et'erything that makes for the betterment of humanity.

"You will encounter many hardships," continued the Prime Minister, "not only on tho scene of operations, but dn tho way thereto, but remember thatiyou are enjoying the privileges.-of making history- In ages to come xtiillions of people will read with interest of the great events that are taking place to-day, and I hope that they will also read of how New Zealanders distinguished themselves. You will have the privilege of striking hard for right and liberty, and against tyranny, and we know that that privilege is safe in your hands. We commend you to the protection of Him without whose knowledge not even a sparrow can fall to the ground. I hope that this cruel war will soon come to an end. but it must be peace with honour or no peace at all. I hope that in the not far distant future we shall have the pleasure of welcoming you back home ajrain. On behalf of the oeoplo of New Zealand I wish you 'God-speed.'—Slay God bless you."

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EXPEDITIONARY FORCE., Press, Volume L, Issue 15081, 24 September 1914

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EXPEDITIONARY FORCE. Press, Volume L, Issue 15081, 24 September 1914

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