TO TIOS EDITOR. Sir,—lt strikes me forcibly that the so-called want of patriotism in Otago is entirely tho fault of the powers that be. In tho first place, why do tho authorities keep tho men waiting eo long for a definite answer as to whether their services aro required at once or not? Few of those volunteering can afford to wait, being out of employment, and consequently out of funds. Witness) the young fellow'who has gone shearing. Secondly, why is there such a reluctance to assist wives, sisters, and mothers of accepted ..volunteers to obtain steady employment? Of course, no one will object to them going out charing or washing by tho_day. hut perhaps they aro not physically fitted for finch work. 1 hope .sincerely the girls who havo urged mothers (is it a misprint for brothers'?) to let their sons go, and given up their lovers, will not have cans© to. regret it when they find their efforts to earn money for the, keep of their relatives openly or secretly hampered. "Your husband had no right to volunteer and expect us to find employment for you," was said to a friend of mine tho other day bv ono of those in " high places. - ' "Wo 'hzvo plenty of younger, brisker women than you'wor this work." The friend was seeking employment for which she was qualified, not for charity, or oven favors. " Now-Zealanders " letter is excellent. I commend its perusal to the Hon. .Tames Allen and other members of the Government. —I am, etc. Onk Who Knows. 3.
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PATRIOTISM., Evening Star, Issue 15641, 4 November 1914