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THE CALL TO ARMS.

TO THE EDITOK. Sir, —In your loader of yesterday you have something pregnant to say concerning the medical test imposed upon those who have hitherto offered their services to the King and Empire. It will therefore not be out of place if again I protest against the inoculation of our soldjefs with anti-typhoid vaccine. During the Boer campaign the utter worthiness of the abominable stuff was more than demonstrated. Wh>r, then, should our enlisted men be cajoled or persuaded into submitting their healthy bodies to the vaccinator, who to-day injects anti-typhoid vaccine, to-morrow vaccinates against smallpox, and on the third day injects anti-malaria vaccine, indeed, as one Australian contingentor put it, “if the doctors can only find something else to inject” A fourth day would bo devoted to the process. In a letter to a friend (not your present correspondent) ono of our own troopers, now on the water, says: “The antityphoid vaccine makes a gdod few crook for a time, and a fow have had to go to the hospital. Wo are to get a double dose in tho right breast in a short time.” In this connection, I .voJild inquire who among your numerous readers over hoard of a solitary individual contracting ptomaine poisoning whilst hundreds of others who ate the same food got off scot free? Tho suggestion is that a certain contingenfer died from tho effects of anti-typhoid vaccine and not from ptomaine poisoning. Right hero some will say: hut the doctor’s deatli certificate snows that it was a case of ptomaine poisoning. It might as well he argued that because tho doctors in attendance certified that England’s only “ Bobs ” died of pneumonia, his death was tho direct result of the disease. Reading between the lines of the cablegrams it is very evident that “ Bobs ” died from the effects of an overdose of morphia or some other narcotic injected to relieve tho pain that accompanies acute inflammation of the lungs—and there you are.—l am, etc., D. Wishart. November 2-1. TO THE EDITOR. .“sir, —What has come over the young men of this City that they are not ofrering in hundreds to fight for their country : Arc we to' brand them as cowards, and shirkers ? Walk along the fit reels, any day or night, and yon will meet hundreds of young men, fit and strong, who, I think, should he ashamed at this time of the Empire's crisis to be seen in (lie streets, for by so doing they proclaim themselves shirkers. 1 write as a father of a lad who is already away to the front, and I thank God every day of my life that he so willingly ami voluntarily responded to the cal lof duty. Young men. what will your people think of you? Are you willing that we older men take up your duty and privilege?—l am,' etc., | _ Disgustkd. ■ November 23.

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THE CALL TO ARMS., Evening Star, Issue 15659, 25 November 1914

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THE CALL TO ARMS. Evening Star, Issue 15659, 25 November 1914

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