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MEN FOR THE FRONT.

10 iiu: Kiiiro'.L. Sir, —Your torrespondent "Sprightly" evidently is not satisfied with making a single reply to my criticism of his letter ot thc"*lth iust., but must write a second time. ILs chief complaint now appear* to bo that I misquoted him, and apparently he •locs not realise that, although 1 did not quote his exa:t word*. J fan Jv- reflected the tenor of his remarks. This time 1 will not similarly offend. He says in the first of his last two letters: " 1 would again emphasise tho fact that ii the young men of this country fully realised the serioupness of this "war, and that up to the present lime we have been barely holding our own. there would be no lack of i< emits." My reply to this is: (1) 1 don't acknowledge thttt wa ;<re barely holding our own, but contend that wc are doing wonderfully more, considering our _ comparatively small army; and [2) that if our young men don't realise the seriousness of the war quite as well as " Sprightly " claims to do, it is little, to the credit of their intelligence, for they have the same means of obtaining information as he has. Ho adds: "The result of the fall of Antwerp acted on tho men of England like a. spur to a fiery hor*e, and we read how thousands flocked to the recruiting offices all over the country." Jtot so; but I afek To what extent did the same, news influence the young men of Otago? " Kpriuhtlv" argues: "If bad news like that acted in Mich a way on the people of England, is it not reasonable t:> suppose that it would act in a. similar manner ou the men of New Zealand?" Certainly, very reasonable indeed ; but has if: 'llv desire in my last letter (and it is li'.o same witli this one) ib to iinpre.fi on " Sprightlv" and all of his way oi thinking, "particularly the young men who have no serious claims upon them, that, news or no news, pensions or no pensions, good pay or poor pay, there is a serious call to arms hi defence of the Empiie, and of all that a democratic people holds dear, and there is no pcesihle excuse for ignorance of the vital issues at stake. Surely the 'Star,' in its leading articles, has made tho position clear enough. The young men who are already away did not stop to haggle about such questions as ••Spriubuy," and others like him. are now raising; and it. can be depended upon that

thcee who return safely after the war, or the dependents of those who do not return, will not bo found amongtt those who will raiso an outcry at the taxation which hotter pensions than those already provided for will involve. There aro suiro to 1)0 objectora, however, and of a certainty they will be those who disapprove of eelfsaiTifico. •' Sprightly " may plums himself because ho finds that the London 'limes' makes the same excuses for "Cold Feet" as he does, but I am . u ti!l pleased to *%n inyrelf Fatueii of Two Roys for thk Front. Novoinl"?!' ]l.

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MEN FOR THE FRONT., Issue 15647, 11 November 1914

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MEN FOR THE FRONT. Issue 15647, 11 November 1914

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