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RECRUITING.

TO THE KDITOK. Sir,- -Colonel Stoneham, in his letter v. hi< hj in this evening's issue of yotiv p:\pct', has a «ood deal to say upon f'n's siiHi'ct. but lie, alonir with many ctheis, lose.- bight of the main factor. He endeavors to explain whv we are 400 short out of 700 ; ,dso. he tells us the committee whom he represents want to assist tho defence force, ;:nd really wishes us to Ivelievo the Defence authorities have failed in their efforts. He deals with those who were returned as medically unfit, and, with Dr Falconer's assistance, intends making "very man so returned "as fit as a fiddle," say, within six months. Your correspondent, at the commencement of his letter, writes: "Many and various reasons are given to try and account for the want of interest and enthusiasm on tho part of those able to fro. and yet. we get no further ahead.'' Just so. Thenare many willing to go to the front or elsewhere when w;mted (the writer con aiders they are wanted) ; but what about those in this City, for example, who for tionie years past have held, and still hold, honorary positions from lieutenant to major, and who, because they belong to some business house or family from which thev '• cannot be spared."' have not yet offered tiui- servk<-s? When such do. awl not till then, will Colonel Stoneham or his committee, recruiting or otherwise trot 'their quota. The Defence authorities should take tho prompt action of asking every man who holds a commission in His Majesty's forces in New Ze.iland be ho married or single, as to what be intends dointf, and onjiis decision, which would bo "Yes" or "No," should he hold his commission. There arc plenty wanting the chance, and it is now. Until' those met; do the necessary thing, I hen. and then only, will recruits come aloiiL'. One has only n> read Mr Lloyd George's speech of the other day. It is sufficient to raise the spirits and blood of every man to tend him to the front; but in England tho incentive has been given by men of a class such as wo have not in the Dominion. In Liverpool the cotton brokers formed themselves into a brigade called the "Palls' Brigade"—every man a fix-footer, every man wealthy, every man a gentleman, every man a patriot. Let come of our business and military men ponder this.—l am, etc, Rkcrcttib. December 22

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RECRUITING., Issue 15683, 23 December 1914

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RECRUITING. Issue 15683, 23 December 1914

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