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"PLAYING THE GAME."

TO THE EDITOn. Sir, —The appearance of the advertisement by "Playing the Game" re "petticoats " has decided mo to unburden myself of eome thoughts of. I imagine, an average young man. "Playing tho Game," no doubt, considers that hi.s advertisement is a masterpiece of humor and biting condemnation. Tho wonder is that ho spends money on those whom he values at nil. The "object-s of his ridicule aro all those young men who have decided that they will not. or cannot, volunteer, and who are so basely unpatriotic as to take part in healthy recreation. Onco a young man has determined not to go, I can peo no earthly reason why he should forgo sport. Should he go to the Fountain and sing 'God Save tho King' all day, or what? I presume, then, that we conic under tho ban of the displeasure of "Playing the Game," not for playing cricket, etc., but for not volunteering. Now, there are many who are in a position to go, but there aro also many who an not. There arc very many unmarried men who are the sole breadwinners in the home. Their going, I submit, shows more covardiee than bravery at the present stage. It is, I hold, a question for each to decide where ins duty lies, and it is not, for nmyono else to class all young men staying at home under on a head and shower down epithets on their heads. '• Coward " ,'s a word which lies pretty heavily where it falls, and it is simply to strive to combat the feeling (which undoubtedly iV. common) that all those young men staying at home <omo within the meaning "of that word that I am writing. Circumstances alter cases, and to pass judgment on anyone without a knowledge of the particular circumstances of his case is an unfair and unworthy action. To pass judgment on all is utter folly, and whoever was responsible for tho christening ot " Playing the Game" made rather a mess of "things. For those who can and will not go I hold no brief, but let me say this: that if the news columns in our papers are not. successful in tousing their dormant lighting blood, then no recruiting meeting savoring of an evangelistic; gathering will succeed. Whether it be natural and proper or not, the fact remains that it gets on a young man's nerves to be harangued and pleaded with by able-bodied men on this subject. The maxim about " people who live in glass houses" naturally occurs to one.—l am, etc., Candidate fop. a Petticoat. December 15.

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"PLAYING THE GAME.", Issue 15677, 16 December 1914

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"PLAYING THE GAME." Issue 15677, 16 December 1914

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