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TO TUK KDITOR. Fir.--We have beet, bearing a good deal recently about the lack of patriotism upon the part of out young men. who are said to be no! too .keen to volunteer for active sei vice. There has a If.-, appeared a great deal of coirespon-'ci-re about Otago not doing her share as regards coming forward with the. necessary cash f. aid the want* occnrioii-ed by t In- present crisis. As is well known, on account- of the liberal advertising of the far', sonic of the most generous donore of cash have lieen commercial men in tins I'ity. But what, we did not 1-co advertised was from what source the donors derived the money which they gave so geuei'uu.sly? Did they give it out of :lic profits gained by legitimate business or did they give it as a salve to consciences for tin; manner in n'liich they arc- now exploiting tho consumers of tho goods in which they trade? The war has piovcd a fine excuse for the raising of prices on aJJ foodstuffs. Take re. an example cream of tartar. Before the war this line was being.sold wholesale by the merchants at about )0d ; to-day they ate asking and getting about, 2s 6d for it. Practically no cream of tartar has airived in the town since the war commenced, and any that has did not cost the wholesale people at the outside more than Is per ih Practically every line th© wholeaslo dealers handle in being treated in tl-e same mat,net. Old stocks and lines which they never expected to sell are being cleared out at greatly advanced prices. Another way in which,some of onr employers displayed their patriotism was th© manner in which, almost directly after -lilt outbreak of «tu. thgy paid off if muu-

ber of their employees; although most of the latter, I think.: had to be taken on again to cope with the extra business which ensued a week or so after. And now 1 ask : Is this sort of tilling assisting our menfolk to go and fight in the Empire’s struggle for sirpreniaoy? Would they not go the more readily if they knew that those they leave liehind had not to face this unnecessary advance in the cost of living'' Who are the most lacking in patriotism—tin- men who will not volunteer for service or ‘hnco who airo doing their best to keep them from doing so, and who at the same time are profiting so handsomely by our Empire’s present needs? —I am. etc., Pro Patiua. November 6.

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PATRIOTISM., Issue 15644, 7 November 1914

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PATRIOTISM. Issue 15644, 7 November 1914

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