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MEN FOR THE FRONT., Issue 15641, 4 November 1914
MEN FOR THE FRONT.
TO THE EDITOR. Sir,~lu Tuesday • night's 'Star* "New Zcalander," writing under tho heading of •Men for the Vrotit, 1 has certainly struck the right note-, •especially when ho says:. ''BJanio the Government —not the man. la-ctv lad who enlists should bo provided tor by ix>n3ion." JDoeid«xJJy .tho Government should take eome steps to provido pensions for those bravo men who will'bo disabled in the, war, and who, alter tufiir re-turn from tho front, will not be able to earn their own living- I hope tho people of this country will be more chaiitablo when the soldiers return from tho front thau they were in regard to tho returned troopers from South Africa. The word " waster" was fieely made use of m reference to them, when in many ca*ea, owing to wounds received" or fovor contracted during tho war, they wore unable to resume their ordinary duties. What was tho result? Instead of being held in high esteem and treated as brave men should he, they were looked dawn on, and in many eases treated with contempt—and by whom? By tho rich and middle classes who had stayed at home with comfortable beds, with warm clothing, with plenty to pat and in a easy positions, and —as your correspondent "Kow Zealsmder" says of a similar type—" had grown fat and lost their cliantz," w'hilst those gallant men had gone to the front, and faced tho enemy's bullets, had starved, had shivered, and had bled for their country. I hope that our Government, will wako up and provido adequate pensions for the men who will bo disabled in this war, and not let them be reduced as many of those heroes of the Light Brigade—whose gallantry 'has been sunt; from ono end of the Umpire to the other—to selling boot laeoa on the streets. I also hope that our Government will soon take off the restriction placed on our war news. I have no doubt that there would bo no Jack of recruits if the people were given some at least of the true facte of the war. For tho last week every day in the papers we read of tho successes of the Allies and of the defeats of tho Germans. We hear that tho Allies havo made great 7>rogress in one position, that the Germans have been driven back with great loss at another, yet if you make a careful study of the map and mark the positions as they .aro won we find that the Allies arc not having it all their own way, and that they arc not making the progress that wo are led to believe. They are, in fact, in just about tho fame position to-day as they were a week or 10 days ago. If tho reported successes aro true nt all, they must ho very local affairs magnified into the_ size of victories, and the Germans must have been regaining the ground as fast as they havo lost it. „,_„,, How can the Government- of Isew Zealand expect to get recruits if tho young men of the country aro fed on such statements as appear in our war news? How can they'expect them to volunteer and give even their very lives for tho Empire if they show suchlack of, .confidence in young New Zealanders as to withhold even f thc most elementary news about the. war. The Censor and those in control must think iiie male population of this country a backbone-loss let, eineo they sst-m frightened to let us know even part of tho true facts of tho way tho war is going. Tho people do not want —aivcl woul.l not a»k—for news that would be of detriment i<> the Empire. As a lot of tho news that we receive is 10 davs old. its military value has ceased loin: before it reaches us. yet even at that dat-e we are not getting what is our juet due.—l am, etc., .Sprightly. 2\'ovemb?r 4.
MEN FOR THE FRONT., Issue 15641, 4 November 1914
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