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CORRESPONDENCE, Issue 15669, 7 December 1914
Every letter must be accompanied by the name and address of the writer, not necessarily for publication, but as a guarantee of (jood faith. Rejected letters cannot be returned under any circumstances whatever. 10 THE KMTOR. Sir, —Not even the fact that his amour propro had been grievously wounded is sufficient excuse for Mr W. 0. MaeGregor's letter in your issue of Saturday. For an uninformed partisan to impute disloyalty or unpatriotic sentiments to opponents at the present time, without the strongest reason, would be highly improper. In Mr MaeGregor's case ifc is inexcusable. The Ilev. E. S. Gray has, by his eloquent speeches and appeals from every platform in city and country, and his unremitting labors on tho executivo of the Patriotic Committee, established a reputation so high as to be unassailable. No other man has so completely established himself as a leader of patriotic feeling in Otago. Other loaders of tho Prohibition party have rendered similar services in lesser degree. Our people have given no occasion for complaints of lack of patriotism. It is surely a shameful thing to impute lack of patriotism to a great party, numbering over a quarter of a million adults, because of a statement by an individual "speaking for himself." What is the flimsy evidence upon which Mr MaeGregor has thought fit to make this charge? A statement by the I'ev. Mr Walker at a small "temperance meeting " that, " speaking for himself," lie would have preferred to havo heard of a disaster to the British arms than of the passing of a Gaming Rill increasing tho number of racing permits. I know of no leader of our party who would agree with this. Further, the Rev. Mr Walker is not a leader of the Prohibition party, and that partyhavo. nothing to do with tho question of gambling or racing permits. Rut, if you please, Mr W. (..'. MacGregor tells us that "Mr Walker's statement proves that earlier in the war the Prohibitionists did put their platform beforo their country, and would rather havo seen our Empire deleattd than a plank of their precious platform injured"! Could unwholesome bias carry one further than that?
Now, sir, since Mr MacGrogor mentions this incident, will you ask him to explain his own conduct nt tho recent recruiting meeting in the Garrison Hall? By what code of ethics will he justify his sneering reference to tho Prohibition party at that mooting,? Would we be justifiefid in imputing tho blame to tho Modorato League, of which ho is the local president? I trow not! Tho last paragraph of Mr MacGregor's letter is positively ludicrous. "If Mr Adams and his friends," says he, "had the power, they would even deprive these bravo men [our heroes in tho trenches] of their daily allowance of rum," etc. This has already been done by a higher authority, who, unfortunately, had not the advantage of Mr MacGregor's advice. Lord Kitchener seems to have erred grievously: may I suggest a cable to put him right? Every soldier at the front carries in his pay book instructions, signed by the great War Lord, containing the following sentence:—"ln this new experience you may find temptations, both in wine and women. Yon must entirely resist both." (' Tho Groat War,' part 7, p. 185). I understand that the rum sent over is only issued to troops on tho recommendation of medical officers.—l am, etc., Alexe. S. Adams. December 7.
CORRESPONDENCE, Issue 15669, 7 December 1914
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