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MORE MEN., Issue 15652, 17 November 1914
TO THE KDITOn. Sir.— I have read from time to time in vour column!; letters re the above for the "Expeditionary Vovce. There have been manv and varied reasons out forth as to why our young men of Otago have not volunteered. It ha* Ixeu :-aid in more quarters than one by members of the Territorial Force that their oilicers have not shown them the way by volunteering. ; am!, again, that ox-soldiers of South Africa ; have not had the encouragement which . should have boon extended to them, which 1 believe to be th- case. Rut, in my j opinion, the real reason is that from the ! very start of the war there has been a lack of enthusiasm in New Zealand, and in Dunedin in particular. What happened . when the Roer War broke out? On the , first news of it being ic-ivci the late Mr '. Seddon grasped the Munition, and 10.-tic , time in stirring up the people of the whole ; of New Zealand, with the result that there j v. as no lack of volunteers. J/Ocally the ; late Mi Robert Chisholm (when Mayor; left no stone unturned to induce our young j men to enlist, with the result that Nov. | Zealand sent out to .South Africa 10 fully- j equipped contingents. Further than that. ! manv lads who were debarred from getting : away with contingents went as far as to pay'their own fares to South Africa, and j there joined diil'crent regiments. The same i spirit still prevails in Otago, and only | wants stirring up. Rut ho'.v are we to stir ! it no when we have not got a leader? i Vour paper has done a lot in that direr : lion, but more than that is required. . Why does not our Mayor come to light. , and'gel hold of the pulse of ihe people? , He would soon tiud that they _ were aswarm and as keen as ever. What's wrong': Wliv, even the other day. when the. news , cam'e that the F.in.len had been engaged ; and run ashore, by tho Sydney, nothing j was done—not even a. Hag run up to the ilagsiulf oi the Town Hall; nothing to J show that something out of the ordinary I had happened. | When such things as those come tn pass. ; and our City lopivs.-ntativo.s simply take it ; for granted"" that that's a.s It ought to be. ' , you will bud that as long as that state ot , tilings lasts the hardei it will be. to gel i reintoreenionts. It was stated very plainly i by the Hon. Mr Massoy in the House thai had it not been lor the Australian squad run it was quite possible that we would ■ have had an unwelcome visit fiom German warships. 1 wonder if that would have i aroused some of our City Fathers;- -1 am. j etc., J- -\I- - M '-' IR - j November 16. j
MORE MEN., Issue 15652, 17 November 1914
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