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THE EMPIRE’S CALL.

XI-AV ZEALAND'S EXCELLENT RESPONSE.

Recruiting in .Now Zealand is proceeding quite, satisfactorily, according to Colonel Robin, the Officer Commanding the New Zealand Forces. In an interview with a ‘ Dominion ’ representative on Fj id.-n , he ■raid that if anyone wan under the impression that sufficient men for the department's purposes had not offered their services. a. prong impression was abroad. Thy fact was that, so far. ail the men required had been obtained without difficulty. It had been suggested that New Zealand was not. doing her shaic- in tho matter of providing soldiers. Comparison had been made with Great Britain, and it had been saw! that on a population basis we wore doing far less than the Old Country. Colonel Robin said that it- was quite wrong to allege that New Zealand was not doing her share--became (he fact is that she had done more than her share. The whole affair is run by the Imperial authoritirs. They stipulaiod New Zealand’* requirements. New Zealand' had more than fulfilled them.

_!n a statement the Hon. Jas. Alien, Minister of Defence, traverse<l the. following remarks of Bishop Avcriil at Auckland;—“ England at last scons t<, p<> awakening to a. sense of responsibility, but 1 doubt if New Zealand is. England is giving’ her best to this crusade, and if New Zealand pave in the same proportion as. England is doing of her sons, New Zealand would have to give 50.000.’’ Mr Alien said that the Bishop had stated the case very unfairly for New Zealand. The population of England was 45,C00.000. England had leen called upon by Lord Kitchener to provide 2,000,000 men, but it was not announced whether the 2,000,000 were all offering yet. Some of these must - :, f necessity be retained for home defence. It wa* not in bo expected that all tho 2.000. 000 would go to tho front. New Zealand had already sent to the front 12,400 men, and had now under training for service abroad 2,C00 Europeans and 500 Maoris—l4,9oo in ail. Every two months wo should Ixt sending away *2,000 more, so that by the end of tho year (rom the date of the despatch of tho*first force we should havQ in training in tie Territorial Force approximately 30.000 men, bringing our total quota of trained men , under anus up to 55,000. He, added that Xew Zealand would go on doing more than the I '.ad been ret asked to do. He pointed out. also, that in computing New Zealand’s quota lie had taken no account of the Senior Cadets, of whom there were about 30.000.

Jjy invitation of the president of the Otago Art -.Society, the members of the Lady Liverpool Fund Committee met the council of the society yesterday afternoon, .when the treasurer of the fund' was handed a cheque for £155 6s 4d, tho net result of tho assistance given by the ladies and friends of the committee in connection with the Art. Society’s annual exhibition.

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THE EMPIRE’S CALL., Issue 15682, 22 December 1914

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THE EMPIRE’S CALL. Issue 15682, 22 December 1914

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