THE CALL FOR MEN.
TO Tins EDITOR. "Now's the day, and now's the hour, See the front of battle lour.” Sir,—No doubt the call for men for the front is urgent, and is worthy of more attention at present than the 'bickerings .*! party politicians. If the Gormans were to get the upper baud we would have, very little voice in the making of our laws (by the way, it might do soma of us good to ex peri nee German rule for a little). It seems that the Patriotic Committee need not wait for His Worship the Mayor to give them a lead; he has hardly ever been in proper tune for this. I believe that young New Zealanders love their beautiful country, and that many more of them will volunteer to fight to keep her free, hut possibly they would like some better assurance than, is yet given that if they lose their lives, or come back maimed or broken in health, that those who may be dependent on them will net sailer materially. W-hjf
should there be eueh & striking difference between the provision made in that respect lor the dependents of officers and non-coms, end privates! The lives of the latter ore just os valuable to their families, end in mqny oases more so, than the officers. I dkro say this did not weigh much with the majority who have already gone. The Empire was in danger, the causa was joet, men were needed, and they “took their chances,” but I believe many more would follow if closer attention was given to what I ‘have mentioned. It sounds curious to hear somo say they have nothing to fight for. What did “ Edio Ochiltree, the old beggar, say to such people: “What! mo naetning to fight for; I have my country to fight for, the bonnie burnsides where I wander, and the wives and weans who help me.” I would like to be allowed to aay here that you, sir, have done' much to foster true patriotism in Otago, and likely much further afield.—l am, etc., Vktehan. November 25-
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THE CALL FOR MEN., Evening Star, Issue 15657, 23 November 1914