"NEARER THE POINT."
TO TIIE EDITOR. Sir,—l saw an advertisement in the columns of your issue of the 12th. inst. which appears to me to be a very feeble attempt to bit at the " (wo)men" in our mid6t. This, I presume, is the outcome of a letter appearing in your paper some time ago over the nom de plume " Too Old Myeelf." Well, I have the misfortune to be one of the young men apparently referred to, and I would like to have an opportunity of saying a. little from our point of view. At the first call, I and about a dozen of jny comrades who have never had anything seriously wrong with them in their lives applied to be enrolled. Now, let us consider the case of one, a first-class athlete and a first grade footballer. The doctor discovered he had an ingrowing toenail, which was, however, unknown to the applicant himself, and which had never given the least trouble—rejected, unfit. The next was only 19, but had his parents' consent, and handed in 'his resignation to his employers (who would not give him leave) on the official assurance that he should soon be on the way to the front. He has been put off many times, but at last (joyou6 news), ho is to go "definitely" on the 14th inst. Then, about two days ago he gets an intimation that he is too young. Now, the next is a r/üblie servant aged 19, who has his parents' consent, and has passed the doctor. He applies for leave, which is refused. Ho hands in his resignation to the Government, mind you! Then he is informed by the Defence Department that a mistake has been made. As an afterthought, he is then told he may withdraw Ins resignation. Now, sir, considering these examples, do you really think the Government "want" men; they certainly "need" them, but do they sincerely "want" them. The Defence Department, as far as I can see. is doing wonderful work, which is nullified by our Government. As for "Tod Old Myself," I think he would do well if lie devoted his spare cash to a patriotic or a relief fund, instead of carping at those who would gladly go to the front if given naif an opportunity. No doubt there are shirkers, but they are not worth troubling about. Wo want no half-hearted recruits. As for calling them " (wo)men■"), your correspondent should be ashamed of himself for casting a slur on those glorious types of heroic womanhood, our Red Cross nurses, of whom so many are now toiling at the front. Our women, who have one and all, since the outbreak of the war, acted as true Britishers, should not on any account bo associated with " shirkers."— I am, etc., Think Before You Rush Into Print. December 14.
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"NEARER THE POINT.", Evening Star, Issue 15677, 16 December 1914