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MEN FOR THE FRONT.

. TO THE EDITOR. Sir,—l have seen several letters in your correspondence columns scolding our young aien tor not volunteering for the war in ..irger numbers. What have the writers to complain of It is usual, both in private and public affairs, when men are wanted, ,-u advertise tor them, telling the rate of ,»ay and where to apply, but 1 have not \?«.i a single advertisement- willing for • oluntcers in your paper, nor .Hitve I noticed a'" poster" anywhere. Surely the Uovernment are most biama-bie'—l am, etc.. One of tiik Public. TO THJS EDITOR. Sir,—"Sprightly" in last night's ' .Star ' strikes, in my opinion, about as ignoble a note as can be conceived. According; to nun. our young men will net enlist, until they lui'jw that good fat pensions are guaranteed! Or (as well) unul the Home authorities give fuller information a& to the progress of the prsoent war. Belgian and Freiidli soldiers—not to spe.i-k of Uernians Aus-trnms. Servians, and Russians—arc facing tho enemy without asking for pensions, or information ; because the German sword is at thuir throats. Cannot " Sprightly " awaken euliiciontly to realise that tiro sword is also at the British threat, and, consequently, that now is the time " not to reason why, but to do and die." If England is, through lack of her " Sprightlys," beaten in the field, New Zealand is beaten also, and then, I ask, where are the pensions to oomo from? If England wins it will be because hex patriotic ones rushed to her defence without asking about pay. pension, or authentic news. 1 could naim young fellows now on tho way Home who were- willing to servo had there been no pay at all! They were patriots of the right stamp. All honor to them. They would disdain to stvle themselves mercenaries.

In tho course of one of his great speeches delivered throughout England last year Lord Roberts, in referring to the question of the rights of citizenship in a democratic country; said: "In addition to the right of voting for your country's Parliament, you have also acquired the right and the powei to defend that country in arms, and that right and that power you can exercise yourselves. You may get another man to represent you in Parliament, but in tho hour of danger to your home and your country you must stand in th-e- ranks of battle yourselves; or I affirm, if you send another in your place whilst you still possess your own strength and your own manhood you diminish by that act the freedom of which you aro so justly proud, and tho political independence of which you are so rightly jealous. You become, in a word, the dependents, and, I had almost- said, the slaves of those whom you thrs send forth to tattle in your place, for the most ancient ma.\iin of our- race is a true maxim.—the maxim which in this campaign I have more titan once cited:

'He alone, is a free man who, when his country is attacked, has the- powei nnd the will to defend thait country in arms.' Who and what gave you tho freedom of which as Britons you are so proud? The spirit of the Great Britons of the pa-st—tho readiness of all classes to set honor before life. Will you, the workers of tho nation, accept that liberty like an alms, and yet call yourselves ' froe' ? . . . No man can he free who does not possess within h^Jfifi 1 ' 'V' Vi '-" and ihc powe. to J'.-teiid thai- freedom in his country's cause- as in his own."

Wliat would Lord Roberts have to say to such as " Sprightly," who. at a crisis such as the present, worries his brains in tho endeavor to hatch excuses for palpable cowardice. Now that, all our forefathers bled for is actually at stake is surely not the time to strike for pay or for anything else ; but not- looking for reward, wo should, as worthy sons of such fathers, rush to the fr«nt now, and talk about terms afterwards.—l am, etc., OF TWO BOYS FOR THE FItONT. November 5.

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MEN FOR THE FRONT., Evening Star, Issue 15642, 5 November 1914

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MEN FOR THE FRONT. Evening Star, Issue 15642, 5 November 1914

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