10 THE EDITOK.
Sir, —The public will heartily endorse the action of the Dunedin Municipal Association re the German residents of this Pity. filr Hntton and Dr Maedonold certainly did their duty, and deserve our thanks. The reply of the Mayor shows clearly that Mr shaddock hardly realises his power and influence as chief magistrate of a British city in time of war. New Zealand is suffering to-day for want of men able to do "things," and do them promptly—the "right things," at the right time and place. As one of a "certain section," referred to by His Wosrhip, 1 expect the chief magistrates, iu conjunction with the Government, to see to it that lists are prepared of aliens resident in New Zealand. It is being done in other places outside New Zealand. 1 affirm that at the present time every alien should be compelled to declare his position by taking the oath or tailing the consequences. There is no harshness in thi3. These people are not our "guests." They are here for trade purposes—generally to better themselves, not us. Let us treat them fairly, as circumstances warrant, but at least let 113 give them better treatment than their Government are .riving our people under similar conditions. Fancy Mr Seddon or Sir Joseph Ward acting as Mr Massey is reported to tiave done over the water incident at Sonus Island. Fancy our lads " acting as hewers of wood" and carriers of water, and fancy Mr Massey not stopping it at once. I respectfully to His Worship nqj, to think, but to act. Let the Mayor think of our coast line, our sparse population, our bays, and inlets, and se.vtfirt mountains, and of Ceylon, and try and remove the "means to do ill deeds," that no " ill deeds bo done."—l am, etc., l'. W. Gkotsge. November 11.
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GERMAN RESIDENTS., Evening Star, Issue 15648, 12 November 1914