TO THB EDITOR. Sib, —ln your issue of last night I notice that some friend of our soldiers writes complaining of the order which compels the men to wear uniform at all times. I am informed on good authority that the order does not compel them to wear uniform at all times, as they are allowed plain clothes on Sundays or when proceeding on leave of absence outside the district in which they are stationed—a concession, by the way, not granted to the private soldier of any other country. Previous to the order complained of being issued, the men were given to posing before people (who did not understand military matters) as paymasters, lieutenants, etc. ; and their having to appear now as plain gunners has given them a pill they find hard to swallow. The only fault I find with the authorities ig in not issuing the order sooner than they did. The men arc paid to be soldiers, and paid well; then let them be soldiers. If they do not like it the remedy is in their own hands, they can leave, snd they would soon find their places filled up, as I am sure there are a number of good men in the colony who would be only too glad to jump into their shoes. Trusting the authorities will not cancel the order—l am, etc., Uniform. Dunedin, September 21.
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PERMANENT ARTILLERY., Evening Star, Issue 8019, 23 September 1889