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DUNEDIN PATRIOTISM

10 Tim ED1T01!.

Pir.—l notice in your columns that Dunedin has fallen short in its subscription* <•* our patriotic fund, and alto that we cannot raise our quota of volunteers for the front. As a icsider.t of some years and a pretty keen observer of things generally, I am not' a, lot surprised at the above two tarts. X say them is little real patriotism in Dunedin, except among the middle classes. Look up'the published lists, and see what the wealthy have donated. When they have given, see.' if it is in proportion to their actual wealth. Then go lurlher and inquire what they have done since the outbreak of war. You will find ihat some have given a few pound-, then discharged numbers of their employees. or have reduced wage*. Gibers have, eain-c-Ued building contracts and otherwise stopped carrying on their ordinary extensions, noi for "the want of cash, but because of p-miv. How many of our citizens have put any work ill hand to help OlU’ workers hj , ... A sir.'tee at vour file will show what is

eoinc’on. The h licitors are having a very b’.isv time as agents for the wealthy—that is, landlords, merchants, and the largo trader. This work is going on behind 1b« -crass. Peopl o who cannot possibly pay are being summoned. and in some instance* “in Magistrate has been iulmd iu send debtors to 'prison on a. judgment nmimons. Tno ■Magistral p.'s Court. has never boon busier than at present, and it would bo interesting to know knw many distress. warnims have boen extruded during the last two months. Then notice tho auctioneers' aimouncemcnts, axia vov will see such-acd-MKh a sale advertisert under order of the Court’ or bid ot <- V.'• In faH, cvfi come reputable solicitor* me acting as (Mu collectors and aro dunning people for money which they cannot pav . . Maai*t rates me aitnally signing distress wairant; -t« hours after judgment when elsewhere seven dot* has been the, rule. Tim <ievernnteut luvaigin- in the moratorium, but il.u onlv prot-.ts the landed man, whereas p -hoiilil have (in bra red rents and trading accounts. In onr court* a lew days ago tin. holder of a. lull of sale applied or the Judge of the Supremo Court, for an order to sHI in- a man's home.. The Judge made the o „i, r -.-ked, but suspended it so long a* the defendant paid £2 per week off the drill, and at the rime lime allowed £7 ooM* the. imfortuupie debtor, who had to rm-e a loan on hit furniture. This occurs in i iiiio itn<\ u::drr the moratorium Who; (V. inee ha* a man to pay £2 a week and a further sum of £7 to save his home r Vow. sir. in face of the f Oregon g, can rou Ml- l/tinuliii people arc patriotic, when this example is set hv those in good position* Can von wonder why those of wto inasse* who are capable of braving arms do not tec. disposed to risk their lives to protect Ito iiib iTids of those ill better circumstancesr—f am. etc.. 3 etutas. Oc'obcr 51.

THE CALL ECU -MEN -TO TfIK KIUTOR.

Eir, l, i? It Cowardice 7" '■ a. long way nearer tho mini; than many jieople Hunk. If more of our mot hers and waters had the fame spirit, in them T don t Hunk we would have so many shirkers 3 know plenty oi vountr t«vmi ulio 'v«»uld wilunjrn go and enlist, but. they say ••Mother and, Dad” won’t, licnr of it. —I am. etc.. CHLEII I PXovoinher 2.

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DUNEDIN PATRIOTISM, Evening Star, Issue 15639, 2 November 1914

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DUNEDIN PATRIOTISM Evening Star, Issue 15639, 2 November 1914

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