TO TBS EDITOR. Sir,—While sympathising with tho object sought by the deputation to tho Mayor anent recruiting, one must recognise the truth of the points set forward by that gentleman. Instead of emptying vials of wrath upon the head of our chief magistrate the community should soberly studv the facts of the position, and allot the blame where it rightly belongs. If our manhood requires to be run after to secure their enlistment, and cannot volunteer tinless under the stimulus of public meetings, brass bands, etc., one can have but tittle faith in their moral sense of duty or In the principles and obligations of manhood recognised by them. The Government are largely to blame in this matter. For weeks past it lias been known that the Government were not only discouraging their employees from volunteering, but in your editorial columns an instance of penalising one who had gone was given. One cannot hold the Government members of our City blameless in this matter, and when they speak to their constituents it is to ho hoped they will explain their inaction.
Mr Massey at South Dunedin spoke of his desire that the Government should set an example to private employers. lam sorry for the volunteers if private employers follow the Government’s example. Read the attached circulars, citizens, and remember that “ actions speak loader than words ” : Those casuals who desire to join uu Expeditionary _ Force should tender their resignation, and on conclusion of the war they will be considered for re-employment, provided they are not incapacitated and vacancies exist. It mnst be made quite clear that no'guarantee can be given that work will bo available on their return to the Dominion. Another notice read: The general manager directs that owing to the serious depletion of staff duo to the number of applicants who have been granted leave to join the Expeditionary Force, the department has _ been reluctantly coni|>clled to decline all further applications for leave. No eleventh hour repentance resulting from the Mayor's exposure of the Government policy can remove this redaction upon the patriotism of our professed leaders and those who keep them in power. Contrast their action with that of the Union Steam Ship Company, and how poor and paltry it appears. The latter have guaranteed full pay while on service and reinstatement on return to those of their staff who go to the front. I have heard of generous treatment accorded by a Gorman firm in this City in regard to one of their employees ; hut it has been loft to the Government of our Dominion to show the way in discouraging enlistment. Their action Vin this matter ii of a piece with their muddling policy throughout, and one can only come to the conclusion that neither'they nor their supporters are worthy of being entrusted with the guidance of affairs in this critical hour of need.—l am, etc., National Resehyist. November 23.
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SATURDAY'S DEPUTATION., Evening Star, Issue 15657, 23 November 1914
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