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THE CRY FOR MEN

•iO Jill: i.LUIOR. Sir.—Yov.r leader m to-day's 'Star' is timely, anil it is a pity that a, few of the other daily papcie in .New Zealand do not fond themselves to audi finely-expressed article* as yams. Daily, since the war commenced, your leader has been of a stirring, patriotic nature, and you, fiir, arc to Lie heartily commended for your spletxiid example. To-day's ariicle hits the nail fair 0:1 the head. .Mr Massey. as head of tlie Government, .has certainly not shown himself in favorable- colors. My experience is (hat t;> the w-onld-be- recruit.-; otatacle after obstacle- is placed in the way, and in the case of at I. act one department leave is absolutely prohibited under pain of dismissal from the service. A line state of affairs, putting our own local conveniences ahead of all other considerations when our Kmpire is engaged in a lifc-and-death «struggio on the 1.-attie-fic-ids of i-!uro|ie. My own opinion i«, from clcso study, that not Russia, not Franc?, not America... not Italy, but (ireat Britain has to be the deciding factor of this war. (I-ermany has contemplated war with our Mother Country for a good many years. This war is not because of the murder of the .Austrian Archduke, but over tlie Persian question and the Bagdad railway. Tlie dispute between fcervia, and At.vtria merely hastened matters. Certainly thero can only Ik- one. end to tlie war; it is simply a c,ut.v.i<jn ol how long Germany can remain in iho lipid, and it is for tliis that Karl Kitchen:-!- is calling for men to liastcn our viet-ory. Vet in tho face of flic appeal we have tlie sorry specta.cb of Xcw Zealand in the throes of an election campaign, m-c.rn'oers of both part.es stumping tli.; country electioneer rig instead of i-ecniiting. " The Government party should giv,x the load. I can ealVly fciy that hundreds of vorng mci in the Civil S.-:\- - will vohiutx-r if (hoy (•••in do so on decent terms, hui unless i'he worst comes, ;liev cannot throw v.:, positions with no prospects when -'nov rcuini A nini cxpe ■ * 10 return: >.e In* a spvirtii.j chance of hi,, life even in . lu f reiulK-s, a>.d le.-> posit i-jii .thould he >•.;(>: open here. Witli tho advance guard is a detachment of soma 2h3 railway men, drawing h;,Jf railway pay, )-.-.ddes eie.'eme pav" and (!<-ii- pos.th ns <jiiara.t!»e\J when t'hev rofirr \\ uy not treat us all al;ke, and not make il---.li of on-e and fish of another.— I am. etc., WOULD-JJE EeCRUIT. l>ecf-mb.;r 0

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THE CRY FOR MEN, Issue 15671, 9 December 1914

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THE CRY FOR MEN Issue 15671, 9 December 1914

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