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PRIME MINISTER'S APPEAL.

VOLUNTEERS WANTED

TO IITND THE WAR

Speaking at Auckland last evening, tn .e Prime Minister douit . with the- r-cspousi-biiity of New Zealand to place its resources of men and material at the disposal of Etui Kitchener in order to bring the war to an early termination. In commenting upon tho present position in Europe-. Mr Massey declared that the Dominion must give all tho help within its power, and give that help promptly. •' Messages from London during the past few days show," ho said, " that Great Britain ie making'a supreme effort to put hvr maximum force in the hold by *pring—a few months hence —and the .Mother Country looks to the dominions overseas for all possible aid. Germany has a knowledge of Britain's resolution, and therefore tho Kaiser is making hugo forces in the western theatre. The Gorman attack Js specially vigorous against the British. Germany's desperate ambition is to roll up the British armies and so injure tho morale of the French, and thus the Germans hope to influence neutral countries to favor tho side of might. Who doubts," asked Mr Massey, "that Britain's expectation of adequate help from the Dominums will be properly fulfilled? Britain expects that every dominion will do its duty to the Empire, and I am sure that New Zealand will not be left lagging. 1 am not at all puttine: this country's patriotism in front of the patriotism of any sister State, but it no happened that New Zealand's was tho first olfcr of an expeditionary force, and by tho splendid aid of Australia's navy New Zealand had a body of 1,400 troops en route for .Samoa eight days after the declaration of war between Germany and Britain. Xew Zealand'* prompt and hearty recognition of the Empire's need of loyal aid was wuimly pruined in Canada, where the Press us».-d New Zealand's e.v-a-mpjo to quicken the preparations for similar eiiterprsie in that big dominion. Equally as Prime -Minister and asa citizen of New Zealand I am proud of this country's eagerness to help the Motherland in the preservation of our common heritage. Gifts of men and money and material make a bright page for New Zealand in the Empire's history, and there are other panes to come. The Minister of Defence (the Hon. James Alien) has staled that heavy reinfoi cements will be sent to Europe, and I have every conlidenee that the volunteering will continue to exceed the number of [daces to be tilled. As 1 have already paid, at Dunedin. the number of men offering themselves at present surpasses tho quota required, and this creat self-sacrificing spirit of sendee Xtif-ttres tho Motherland that New Zealand will be equal to every call. The' position of the Allies is strong to-day, and the fil-ctors all point to a full her strengthening; but the British plan of the quick concentration of strength needs the vigorous help of all members of tho Imperial family. It is her plan to hasten the end of tho war, and thus correspondingly reduce the cost to the Alhes, who must conquer Germany. Therefore New Ze-alnnd'n liberality with men and material nntet not slacken. Self-interest, alone, apart from that Imperial patriotic sentiment which has inspired the whole public, should induce N-w Zealand to give all possible help to Great

Britain, which has so long guarded the eoas and enabled the Dominion to have a prosperous place in tho world's system of trade and coimnenc. This is a time when effective, patriotism is the best possible policy from every viewpoint. 'litis is a time when all ehtssfca jcoo-gni&o that all strengths will have to bs one strength, fa secure ai*bmaintain that place which British courage, endurance, and perseverance have- won m the world to the advantage of the whole world, as well as to all Britain's patties—which differ on, matters of domestic policy, but join with the object of defeating Iha Empire's challengers- br o-ivi-v the MotheT Country nib the help wilhH fhoir power and giving that help promptly." BRETON EVANGELICAL MISSION. Mr M. E. Golby, 143 Albert placo Mansions, Battersea Park, London. S.W.. Hon. secretary of the above Mission, makes an appeal "for funds to carry on the work. Tho war has had a serious effect on the finances of tho organisation. All their colporteurs were immediately called to the front when war broke out. and while their pay from tho French military authorities only amounts to about id a day, their wives and families are left behind to bo looked after and fed. The help which was received from tho Trinitarian Bible Society (£l2O per annum for colportago) ceased at tho end of .September. The French Government have also made heavy requisitions on tho Mission farm. The need is urgent, and it is requested that donations should be sent to tho address given above. MISCELLANEOUS. A social gathering to bid farewell to several volunteers for the front was held at Mornington last evening in tho Methodist Hall. A large gathering assembled, and the. Rev. W. Grccnslade presided. The local school drum and fife band attended, and played several selections. Somrs were contributed by Misses A. Guy, E. Payne, Harvey, Brinsley, T. and G. Harvey, and G. Lamb, and appropriate speeches wero delivered by the chairman, Messrs J. Lowden, W. Davidson. .T. W. Bolt (Mavor), A.shcroft. Skene, and by the Rev. F. T. Reid (Territorial chaplain'). It was stated that no less than six past or present memhers of the chuir had volunteered for the war. Refreshments were handed round during the evening, and a collection for the patriotic fund was not overlooked. We have received from the ' Evening Star' chapel their second contribution of £5 for the relief of local distress occasioned by the war. Tho refrigerating portion of the s.s. VerdaJa and Knight uf the Garter troopships was contracted for by Mr R. B. Grange. M.1.M.1"., consulting engineer, of Wellington. The machine supplied was from «!v Vilter Manufacturing Company. Mr Thos. Steel is local agent. t'aoiitin Odc'ine. of the well-known Svdnev f.-imilv of Osborne..-, who is at present -* t l i- '-■ <>••'■ ' • '

bv the French Government with the Oroix He Chevalier ..t , .

distinguished work and bravery in the field under lire at Neiv.

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PRIME MINISTER'S APPEAL., Evening Star, Issue 15667, 4 December 1914

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PRIME MINISTER'S APPEAL. Evening Star, Issue 15667, 4 December 1914

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