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RECRUITING.—DRASTIC MEASURES.

TO THK EDITOR. Sir, —Many letters ami suggestions Tuw< appeared in" your columns. Tho Miniete: of Defence has given it out that the Terri tariak have been called upon to furnisl the. great bulk of the fore© now on lh< j road to and iu camp .at Trentham I According to last week's 4 Auckland Weeklj I X*ws,' two-thirds of the nten away, anc who enlisted in Auckland, came fron outside the Territorials. Tha Legion ol Frontiersmen were told that no men out side the Territorials would be required. Perhaps the Minister of Defence at one of his meetings will try to throw more light on the subject. What do you think ol" my suggestion? Let a compul son- parade of Otago Territorials be ordered. We have heard of British troops beinz paraded on many occasions when volunteers for " a forlorn hope " have been required The custom was to ask all men ii. th*i regiments on parade who were willing to take part in "a forlorn hope" to step forward so many paces, and the result has usually been that every man stepped forward " with alacrity. Parade our battalion in Dunedin on tho Oval, :\«-k those willing to serve their country to su-p forward, ami I think it will he found l.hat not on« mai. will fail to respond. The names of those who fail to parade should be made public If tlip parade is v. failure, then wo will know that all the men iu our army are not descended from the heroi..' Scotsmen referred to by Mr W. TV M'Ewan m hi? recent stirring nddrvss. The disgrace of raiding a committee to appeal to men would thus be avoided.—l am, etc., KxnusiiMAN-. November 25. P.S.-Puling the visit oi (Jcneral Sir Tan Hamilton, quite a large crop of officers seemed to sun'rig into existence. Where are these men now? They should bo setting their men a good example.—T\. TO THE EDITOR. Sir.—There is much talk iu your columns just now re recruits for the front. If oome of those who are so anxious to see their own letters and voice their opinions so loudlv were to act instead of telling others what to do it would he better for our City. How many young men have offered their services in Dunedin and been j rejected for absolutely nothing—some small defect, eueh as one." or two bad teeth or something they had never known of before. Then, again, they have been so j rnanv times disappointed with tho way j they" have been treated by the Defence De- | par'tmont that they are "full up." One, for instance, who eniifited i<s a grand j sample of manhood, fit in every wny. 110 . has been itsrd to horses. and understands how to get the best out of them—a thing which the authorities eeem to think of little importance when accepting mounted men. This voung chap passed iu everything until lie was asked to pick" some .-hades of different colors. and was unable t> do so, although he could tell the main ones; yet he was dismissed. What sort of encouragement is j that for the officials to give? And that is onlv one instance cut of many. Ihen people are asked to believe we are shirkers.—l am, etc., Awake. November 24.

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RECRUITING.—DRASTIC MEASURES., Issue 15660, 26 November 1914

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RECRUITING.—DRASTIC MEASURES. Issue 15660, 26 November 1914

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