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PROSPECTS OF A SECOND CONTINGENT. AN OFfICLAL~STATEMENT. [From Gun Parliamentary Reporter.] WELLINGTON, October 19. It has bean stated freely in Wellington, where, like in many other places, there are hundreds of experts who know all about the war, that New Zealand will send a second contingent almost as numerically strong as the first Expeditionary Force. This statement is mere speculation. I am informed officially that the. arrangements at present only provide tor the despatch within the near future of reinforcements, numbering about 2,000, in order to keep our army at full fighting strength in the field. If circumstances on the Continent, however, become such as to render necessary a further call upon the sturdy men of the Far South (and these circumstances may arise), the Government and Parliament will give an opportunity to young New Zealanders to volunteer for active service at the front. It is recognised that the establishment, equipment, and despatch of a second Expeditionary Force would entail a formidable >,* am on the Dominion in different directions, hut it is felt by the administrative authorities that it the situation in Europe should create the necessity for further sacrifice the people of the Dominion would, with characteristic spontaneity and thoroughnes, meet it, and respond effectively to the call of Empire. That necessity has not yet arisen, and meanwhile arrangements are only being made for sending reinforcements. The cost of the Expeditionary Force is estimated to run into £3,000,000.

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NEW ZEALAND AND THE WAR, Evening Star, Issue 15627, 19 October 1914

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NEW ZEALAND AND THE WAR Evening Star, Issue 15627, 19 October 1914