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TO THU KDITOR. Sir, — I am wondering if “Another Trooper’s Wife,” who is urgently calling to “ man ” to join the ranks, is a mother as well as a wife. Hecanso wives who happen to he mothers of growing boys know how much food a growing boy will consume in the course of 24 hours, and how rapidly his usual vigor leaves him when the supply of food is not equal to his demand for i) ; or, again, when he contracts a disease and his healthy appetito fails. Now, those of ns who have boon at, the gaino go a little further, and say that the daily ration on troopships and on active service is not sufficient to sustain the powers of a growing youth. An egregious blunder was therefore made by the New Zealand Government when, without reservation. they accepted the word of General Godlev (and others) to the effect that all the men under his command were fit to go to tfir* front. lam bold enough to remark that not a few. but quite a large number, of these glowing lads ought to have been rejected, and the truth or otherwise of the statement will soon he verified beyond all doubt'. ]ty all means have the men ” called out, and' as soon as possible let them go into the fighting lino. At the same time lot the general public take the necessary steps to ensure that the wives and dependents of the men wdl be amply provided for. I emphasise the need for men, and the extreme expediency of leaving the growing youths at home. I respectfully invite the public to take a hand in the matter of demanding the imposition of ft special war (ax in order to provide pensions, etc. To my mind the Msusscv Government arc simply devoid Of initiative administration. Have they not missed more than one bus. ap illustrated by their procrastination over the wheat business and the turning down of the offer of an equipi>cd regiment of frontiersmen, from whose ranks many men are now being accepted? Indeed, it' simply amounts to tins: that Cabinet Ministers are like so many marionettes, whilst the paid officials puli'(be strings in whichever wav it suits them best, and Democracy in the aggregate looks on. —I ant. etc., Ex-Voluxteeh. November 6

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THE CALL FOR “MEN.”, Evening Star, Issue 15644, 7 November 1914

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THE CALL FOR “MEN.” Evening Star, Issue 15644, 7 November 1914