THE CALL FOR MEN.
to the r.nn-oT!. Sir, —Your indy < nn-pspuivdcirt ‘'ls It Cowardice?' 1 s.ivs “mm " arc wanted for the greet work of lighting the Germans, and every sane person will endorse her statement. Unfortunately for oureelves and the Empire to which we belong, many of the New Zealand eontingenters, now- on the water, arc mere boys, who, instead of sfrengthoning the lighting line, are more likely to'iiil the Held hospitals and bring endless work on the nurses. There is oiw way only to find " men,” and that is by the compulsory enrolment of every' man 24 years of ago and upwards, say, to 40. From the ranks -if these “ men" those who are single should Ivt asked first to volunteer, and if the required number is not forthcoming, then by ballot the number required sh mid be compelled to join, the whole quota sent oft to Twiithain, and drilled morning, noon, and night until such time as limy embark lot Europe or elsewhere. When tlieie aie no more single “ men ” this cliildk-ss married " inr. n should fellow- in the same way. Af.onwards married "men" with one thild, and
so on as long as this hellish. war shall last. The scheme might entail depriving (temporarily) our youthful Tei rituria-ls of their rifles arid bayonets, hut, if tJie call for “men” is not to tail on deaf eats, ».j ;;i----ternativo in this perilous hour is left to i:».
To objectors lei me say that war is war, and that by no stretch of imagination can it be aught else. Wo who are living at tin's end of the earth cannot, measure ili.> length and the breadth of tho desolation and unnainahle horrors wrought and perpetrated by brutish and drunken soldiers. In older to destroy the German war machine of brute force, another organisation of goad and true “men'’ is essential. Of tho latter it may be .said those win) fight and fail must instantly be replaced by .others of equal health and strengthAnd in conclusion allow me to add that, just as this Dominion voted for compulsory training, so now, in the very nature of things," must the people, through their representatives at Wellington, veto for compulsory military and naval service beyond New Zealand, or elect to have their hen tago taken from them.—l am, etc., Ex-Volusteer. November 2. TO IHE EDITOR. Sir, —Allow me to congratulate the "Sister of a Man” for her spirited and cleverly painted word picture in answ.r to my "paltry" letter. J, quite sac twit isdom of her remarks, but is she u-.i hyt-lerii a] in imagining that a. man is prevented by .-in urns toners quite unknown to herself fiom immediately ar. swering to the cal! (this, by the way, w.i-, my so;-.' reason (nr replying to the It' Bryan King), lie must be branded red damned as unpatriotic—a waster hiding his "funk” behind "weak excuse*”? Sorely tint. is a, case of patriotism drgenerating into jingoism. The writer of these lines is not a constant frequenter < i Dunedin picUir-a shows, having i>oen l.rt twice within the last 12 mouths.—l am, etc., Britok. November 2.
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THE CALL FOR MEN., Evening Star, Issue 15639, 2 November 1914