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RECRUITS WANTED

TO THIS EDITOR. Sir, —It is to lie sincerely hoped that eomo good will eventuate front tile interview the deputation had with the May or on Saturday morning. There i* no doubt there arc quite a number oi eligible young men who, through ignorance of. the true position of the present very grave crisis, and for tho lack of someone to give a lend, aiv hanging hack from cnlietiug. I would not say these young men are shirking, but it is simply that they do not grasp the seriousness of the situation. The Alayor, 1 think, has taken up an altogether wrong attitude in regard l<> the meaning of the deputation, and, as one speaker pointed out, they (the deputation) called on him first out pf courtesy to the office of Chief Magistrate of this City which he holds When tho Imperial Government cable that they want more recruits, they do not say that and expect their dependencies to reply: “lt'» big guns you need, not horeos.” Nor is it for its to 'say : “Well, if wo enlist and never return, will the Now Zealand Government take care of the dependent*?” The citizens of Belgium did not hesitate and arrange terms before taking up arms. Let ns, then, in Otago at least emulate those brave people, and in doing so not allow tho slur that, is gradually descending upon us to alight and remain. It Ls pleasing to note there are still a- few of those who helped to make Otago renowned for He patriotism in the days of the Boer Max trying to arouse the necessary patriotic sentiment that will lead more, of our trained young men to enlist. It is certainly the Mayor's dutv to give tho lead, and if he docs not have the time, then let him say so, and there will arise out of the ranks of tho National Reserve men who will start things moving. Let us wake up, and for the sake of the grand old Flag get busy and respond to the call of the Empire.—l am, etc.. N.R. November 23.

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RECRUITS WANTED, Issue 15657, 23 November 1914

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RECRUITS WANTED Issue 15657, 23 November 1914

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