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MEN FOR THE FRONT.

TO mE EDITOR. Sir, —Lately Von have published several letters bearing on the failure of Otago men to enlist in the Expeditionary Force. Tho statements that

have been published make one wonder what sort of people your correspondents are. Patriotism exists in every man to fi greater or lesser degree, but one may reasonably ask what justification many of your correspondents have for wild statements that ‘‘ picture shows and street corners are more attractive than duty.” it would bo much more to the purpose if your correspondents used a little common -sense. Every true citizen owes a duty to his country, hut tho country equally owes a duty to its defenders. What have the Government done to induce enlistment? Reasonable pay has been granted, considering the circumstances, but no ltenipt whatever has been made, to provide for the soldier who returns a “wreck of tho war.” Tho relatives who may not now depend upon the labors of -some poor fellow killed in action or by disease contracted at the front may later feel that loss, and long for tho help that would have been theirs. Charity, grudgingly given, may bo their lot, while your correspondents have grown fat and lost their charity. Blamo tho Government—not tho men. Every lad who enlists should bo provided for by pension, ami no mere pittance at that. No near relative of those who lose their lives should want. Tho Government have ignobly failed in their duty—they are to blame, not tho people. Let the citizens groan under tho load of taxation to provide pensions. They will not groan as do the wounded, nor suffer as will tho survivors. Every man and woman should pay tho price for tho liberty enjoyed. Let the Government demand, not beg. Thousands would willingly enlist did they know those near and. dear to them would bo adequately provided- for. Prospects would bo sacrificed, also picture shows. street corners, etc. A lot is heard of the generosity of the wealtliv and middle class to the patriotic fund. Pugh! If a summary could ho prepared, it would be found that not. <lO per cent, of those who could afford have given. Some have actually blazoned their names in tho lists and cut down the salaries of thoir staffs.—l am, etc., New Zealander. November 3.

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MEN FOR THE FRONT., Issue 15640, 3 November 1914

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MEN FOR THE FRONT. Issue 15640, 3 November 1914

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