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NATIONAL RESERVE

TO TIITS EDITOR. Sir, —1 heartily endorse '" Enthusiast's " letter of tho 16th, in which ho refers to tho inadvisablenoss of ceasing drill during the summer months. Surely this is (taking the present crisis into account, when war is in the air in ether than a figurative souse) far too long an interval for temporary disbandnient. As suggested by your 'correspondent, tho Christmas and' New Year season would bo amply sufficient for a spell. There never was ;i time in the history of the Empire when the late Lord Roberts's call to arms was more urgently in need or hearty attention than now. \\ ould that his words hod received that regard which was due to such a soldier and man while the late commander was amongst us! But since, unhappily, such was not the case, the next best thing wo can do is, by regular work, for every member to make himself as efficient'as possible. And ho would be a Daniel, indeed, who could predict how long the European crisis will remain. This being so, is there not urgent noed why every opportunity should be taken for drill, especially when one takes into account the fact that little more than an hour or so weekly is all the time that the members spend in drill." The contemplated long recess, when the Reserve have been in existence for so short a time, seems little short of suicide. Even tho suggestion of such a step would imply that the National Reserve was a superfluous movement. So far from that being true, one may venture to affirm that the personnel of the Reserve in general warrants the conclusion that its members would be quite capable, given more and regular drill, of joining the Expeditionary Forces should tho Government accept their services. And older men may yet bo needed ; t younger ones are hanging back.—l am, 'etc.. Another Enthusiast. November 10.

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NATIONAL RESERVE, Issue 15654, 19 November 1914

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NATIONAL RESERVE Issue 15654, 19 November 1914

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