TO THE EDITOR
Sir —Mv advice to “ Father of Two Boys at the Front” is to read again very carefully my letter of the 4th insrt. If he does so*thoroughly ho will find that every word in that letter is the truth. Then I am sure he will feel sorry that ho wrote the letter which appeared last night. It makes me feel sad to think that the father of those two brave boys, who will shortly fight for their country' and may die for it, should deliver such an unjust criticism.
I would again like to emphasise the fact that if the young men of this country fully realised" the seriousness of this war, and that up to the present time wo have been barely holding our own, there would be no lack of recruits. How can they realise this if it is not stated boldly and clearly in our cables? Tiro result of the fall of Antwerp acted on the men of England like a spur to a fiery horse, and wo read how thousands flocked to the recruiting offices all over the country. If bid news like that acted in such a way on the people of England, is it not reasonable to suppose that it would act in a simlar manner on the men of New Zealand, if, instead of being told that all is going well with the Allies, wo were given some at least of the truth ; for instance, that the Allies, far from gaining, have, in fact, lost ground, having had to retire from both ; Thielt and Courtrai. This did not ap--1 pear in the cables, but is very plain to | anybody who follows events closely. That j it "is the duty of the Government to proi vide adequately for tho.-e disabled in the 1 war, no one can deny. That I stated I that the young men of this country would i not enlist because the Home authorities | would not give fuller information as to the progress of the war is a misquotation from my letter. But until they do get that information they will not be able to realise how nearlv it is a death struggle for the Empire. When they do realise that there will be no lack of reel tilts. —I am, etc., Si’IUGITTI.V. November 5.
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WAR NEWS., Evening Star, Issue 15645, 9 November 1914
WAR NEWS. Evening Star, Issue 15645, 9 November 1914
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