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The Evening Star MONDAY, DECEMBER 7, 1914.

Tin: Empire needs men—not men for Civil Service sinecures, but men The Cry for to fijit, and if need be More Men. to die, in order that the Empire, and therefore the sinecures, mar jemain. Mi- Massey, who has talked mors deplorable nonsense evet since he began to talk about tlio war than we should havo imagined it possible for a Responsible Minister to indulge in, is said to have. stated that "it "would never do to deplete our Go"vernmeut services by encouraging "our men to enrol for active- ser"viee.-' "Wo olfer two comments upon this Ministerial utterance. One j 6 that the Empire should tako precedence over the Civil Service, whoso occupation, would be gone if that Empire ceased to exist; and the oth-ci- that the. Civil Service of this Dominion eould bo considerably reduced and tt ; ll Ik* beyond the needs and capacity of the little over one million men. women, and children who make up it.? population. It is a reflection upon the Ma.wy Government that they have shown m, more con rage than their predecessors in their treatment of the Civil Service. Tlii ß apart, Mr Money's statement and the spirit behind it (which is more important) indicate a regrettable narrowness of vision. The. Prime Minister's speech-js fail to resell that high levei which we look fcr faun our public men in limes of erfs;s. Of what avail is it, as Mr J. A. Park said at .South Dunedin, for a. county council, or any other body or individual for that matter, to fight over tho q'K-stiou of a culvert when ibo ve-y <-.\i.<t«-iu-fi of the Empire is at stake'' What tec-lions, of people in thus Dominion as elsewhere, after foui- months of the most sanguinary w;rf in history, have failed to realise is that we arc at war. They talk and arrange and prepare as ttiough this Empire of ours is to go on from everla.-ting until everlasting, wi;at-;vei- may happen to Belgium or France or Germany, it is this apathy and dullness that constitute the empire's greatest enemy. We . must remain, (say these, though, they are incapable (if giving a reason why wc should contiuuj while others disappear. It almost appears as though, there is a ditlV'-.eiit spirit abroad in the great Dominion of Canada,. The Prime Minister's [■Sir It. Borden) utterances are characterised by a greater depth of vision and a clearer insight into the heart and meaning of the stupendous struggle in. which we are- engaged. Canada, says Sir 11. Borden, will, with unflinching determination, see- the war through. The Empire's existence depends on the outcome, and " we shall fight to tho last man." This, too, is the Australian spirit. . "The last man and the last shilling," eays Mr Fisher. But Mr Massey, who has never ceased lamenting that he had nut a Bristol cruiser in 2Cc\v Zealand waters to protect "'our ocean routes" from tho Gnicsenau and Scharnhorst, is more cautious; ''it would never "do to deplete our Government services by " encouraging our young men to enrol P Wc are among those who believe that the matter cf recruiting, in common with much clco, has been bungled by the Government. There has been a lack of method, an absence of tact, and a condition of things that have discouraged rather than encouraged recruiting. What can bo said in defence of a system that keep 3 young men hanging about the town hunting for the Defence Office, of sending them back home when they are enlisted, there to wait unsettled until they are called upon, or of presenting a dentist's bill for £3 or £4, the payment of which id a condition precedent to acceptance? Tho aim should bo not to create in tho minds of probable recruits excuses not to serve, hut by reasonable arrangements to make them feel that they need never ie- , giet their decision. From the moment of enlistment every recruit should bo under the direct supervision and caro of tho Government up to the- hour of embarkation. Unhappily for New Zealand, its Ministers aro too busy upon matters of infinitely less moment to attend to these-, things, and, unhappily for all of us,- there are thoso who have not yet had brought home to them what this war means. Replying to a Press interviewer a Canadian officer said:

" Bnt you in England do not eeem to be half so enthusiastic as we in Canada." He could not understand that the AngloSaxon is a patient and long-suffering individual before he begins to look dangerous, and he added: "You Englishmen beat ine. You have to get a bayonet stuck right in you, and then you will exclaim: ' Oh, there's a war on, is there!'"

The story is not without its application in our own midst.

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The Evening Star MONDAY, DECEMBER 7, 1914., Evening Star, Issue 15669, 7 December 1914

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The Evening Star MONDAY, DECEMBER 7, 1914. Evening Star, Issue 15669, 7 December 1914

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