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MINN FOR THE FRONT.

TO THE EDITOR. Sit. -For the benefit of ‘‘Father of Two Boys lor die Front" I might slate that my first toply to his letter wasr'written on November 5 Finding that it did not appear in either Friday or .Saturday night's paper, and tearing that there was a possibility fit" it having gone, astray, I rewrote it on Monday. By misadventure the explanatory note to the. editor wasi not enclosed. J fence the two replies. Your correspondent thinks tliat lie fairly reflected the. tenor of mv remarks —“unfairly” is the word ho sliould have used. Ho also docs not acknowledge that at the present time we are barely holding our own. Well, although your correspondent savs that he and others have the, same opportunity of obtaining news as ] have, if ho reads and ponders on the following ho will note, bow differently two people, can interpret the same cables:—When the outflanking movement of tho Allies was stopped by tho sea their line was approximately Middlekerke, Dixmude, Thourout, Thick, Courtrai, cast of T A lie, Douai, Cambrai, St. Quentin, ami Soissons. Today it stretches front the mouth of tho Yscr. Dixmude, slightly south-west of Roulers, Ypres. Le Quc.-noy, Armentiercs, La Basse, Lens, Arras, Peronno, and Soissons. If he compares these two lino?, carefully ho will find that the Allies have progressed, as an Irishman would say, backwards. I hope ho will not try to dodge the issue by comparing tho relative strength of tho armies, because if he admits that tho Allies are much inferior in numbers and armament ho at once admits a grave lack of foresight on the part of our leaders, which 1 believe no one in justice could do. The result of the,' fall of Antwerp was counteracted in our cables almost to the vanishing point, one message even going so far as to say that the guns of the large forts were easily outranged by the Germans, being only able to carry two miles. This was only one of the many messages received, in this country minimising the disaster. Your correspondent says that his only dosiro is to impress on those young men who have no serious claims on them that there is a serious rail to anus jii defence of the Empire, yet, he clearly states a. little further up in his letter that if the young men do not realise the seriousness of the War, it is little credit, to their intelligence, since they have the same means of obtaining information as ho or 1. No doubt he thinks he is a better judge of events than tho editor oC tho London ‘Times,’ who attributes the. falling off of recruiting to tho curt, cold official news, and continues: “The Allies must take (heir choice. They can give ns news and get men, or suppress news and do without men. Above ail the Government must instantly make up their minds on the sub jeet of pay. separation allowance, and pensions.” The same statements are quite applicable to New Zealand. For myself—and I think also that the public will endorse my opinion—l prefer to trust to the statements of that world-famed journal than to those of your correspondent “ Father of Two Boys for the Front.” —1 am, etc., Kphieiit.lv. November 13.

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MINN FOR THE FRONT., Issue 15649, 13 November 1914

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MINN FOR THE FRONT. Issue 15649, 13 November 1914

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