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WHY NOT HELP THE POLES?, Issue 15702, 16 January 1915
WHY NOT HELP THE POLES?
Mr A. Dnlfns Lnbecki. who will be remembered by old Dunedinites as olheer-m-chargc of the local Telegraph Department l«r a great many yea's, and who during his residence in Dunedin took an active part in the affairs of the Anglican tttocese, in the course of a? chatty ielt'.T. dated London (where he now permanently resides), December 2. sav.s ;
“ Fhc war still drains along. Although the Allies have not made great progress, i think they have gained some ground, and have more than held their own in lire 'vest, which i.-i something, as it gives Russia time to push her advantages, especially iu Austria. 'The late .Russian succcs'os against Germany were, I fear, greatly exaggerated. It was said and repeated several tunes (but never officially confirmed) that tile Russians had 160.000 Germans hummed hi and so surrounded that there was m> possibility of their escape, and that they would ail have to snrrenticr or be killed. k rom the latest accounts it would seem that tin? Dormans must have broken through, hut their losses will doubtless be heavy. I he Holes will be cxcecdinglv grateful to the Tear if he fnliils alMhe hopes that hr? has raised, and gives them the tree use <d their own lan.nage. with a tree Parliament of their own. Hut there is not the .-highest chance of any of t.hr confiscated properties of the Poles ever being restored to the families or descendants of tlte true ounces, a.s most, of it has doubtless changed hands nian.v times since tt was eonf'iM'ii-ed in 1831. i know thatfrum personal knowlod.ge ■-: tis? -sra-as of the Russian Government, 1 was received eery politely in "t. Pet crshui'g when I went there on my own private affairs 31 years ago, but was told firmly, though with tin? utmost po. : t-eness. to abandon ait hope of getting back my tatlur's confiscated property, as such property was never restored, for to do so would constitute a very bad precedent. Wc old Now Zealanders rend with much satisfaction the accounts of the despatch of your E.xped il.-onary Koj-ee under tho command of Genera) Godlev. Ihuf you were able to got so many men together so quickly, ami arrange for transso readilk, speaks volumes for ; l-e mobility of your Dct-cnce scheme and for the rcsonng’i iiincss of ymir military ,-nithorities; \\"e have jus: heard tint the destination of your contingent has been changed, and that, the New Zealander? may not come to England after all. Thev are to go to Egypt to assist in protecting: the Site/. Canal, which the Turks are said t-o be threatening. Meanwhile, the ex- ; -New Zealanders now living in England j have been busy m preparing for the re- I ception of the contingent when they do land ; in England. We have raised a-h-uit .Rh.tOO - for them up to the moment of writing. ! atid my own people, together with, in o' 1 of the ladies of the New Zodand colonv. ; have been working most iinhiwrin.isiy lu j making all sorts of warm garments for I them, iu case they should come here < nr- I ing our winter. Kill in view of the altered j dixst’.iiaStoii—it is whispered that thev ■?, q| , be iu Egypt for some lime these Cotla-s. i
etc., may lie sent to other troop.-: s-ervin at t!n> front.
"loii write coil' -e r ning the largo sum raised in tl" Dominion for the is iief rf the brave P-dgiaus. tint it is very *m,"l v. non compared with the large snnis soihserihed in England lor the vhmo.is rrdb-f funds. 1 hat. in the name of the i’rinee ot Wales alone reaches over four mb. one sterling! Then there is Queen Mary s lum! to hell) wonn-n whose husbands have fallen or may be serving in the war: the Red t toss i 1 mid : tie* Arnbnlama? Fund : the Warm Clothing Fund : the New Zealand aiid Australian Contingent Funds ; tho \ ictoria League, and goodness only knows how many more, with new demands being constantly made. Tim Ildgiaii Relief I‘und has been liberally snhsei'ibcd to. Why not Poland,' t..-r my eounlrvmen have siijfen-d as much hardship and are fpiite as poor as the poorest Relgian. Then t !)•-?■<> are t hmtsauds of refugees ail over England, aml t.hese are being housed and fed with all the liberality for which dear old England is so famous. . tr ‘ the* tenable atrocities committer! by the Germans, if make;; vonr blood almost run edd to read and Imar of them. i know four Belgian ehiidren who arrived in Fngiand with the:'.- hands ent ofr. Ihe Germans were so enra-ed with the Belgians for Idockiim u'-b' march, on Paris that thev took revenge' In making the country a wilderness. 'lire cruelties nm-petrater! arc bevom! I-,.. l!or - acou firmed from indisputable soll r cV: ” • ■ • Fetters from IV,land, mv
native country, contain the same sad ‘click of cruelties on th- part of dm Hermans. 1 noncii they do not appear to have, bem so bad as in Belgium.” ML H. 1L 81.MS'S SU( IHKSTfOX. -Mr H. B. Sinifi, in the ■ iHicroe.' ,m----gests that to stop the libels on Britain".-, treatment of Germans in this country “a ' onsidcrable number of naturalised (b rmati.s, cunspicnou. here for t heir high .msiness or social standing. and veil thought of m the lands of tln-i- ~,-igin. ■■ in !i as Barcii \on Schrodoi, Sir EJ.e,,. bpever, P.C.. Sir Felix Schuster, Sir -Meyer, and Sir Krmi-t ( assel. simnid make ictinn for tl.e ho-pitalily thev have enjoyed on our shores, and nrenare and sign a document in whim' fhe (ruth about the Heimnn prisoner? -hail he plainly set forth, and let them forward it to the Herman HovcrnmrnL" Win IST] HEROISM - NEVER sfi; I’As.si'in." A ‘.limes nies,-age gives liar! hj ul,n-i of severe lighting whiili C ok place las; week to the sooth of \prcs, particularly around the village of -Mecsine.-. Our men were occupying a line ol trenches wrested from (tie Hermans after the attack mi our lines a fortnight before, so that around .Me-, sme.s there was; only about InCvds between the foremoM British and Herman (■ ermine, Sentries in many rases were within .'V.Vvds ct each otlmo .During the night a rcecnnaiesanee in f. rce was made mi ;i scctiou i of the Herman trenches, >:o the enemy ; evai uaterl, the .section of their Dcnchcs and, (led in mime di?order. Having a.coinplished our purpose. () ur men retired to the British lines before the Hermanhad time to recover. They left 15 dead behind them.
WILL CROOKS ON THU KAISMR. Speaking at a Woolwich recruiting meeting. AH’ Crooks, ALP., said lie was net sure whether Britishers had not .spoiled the Kaiser, who for 30 years had been a terror to the civilised nations of the world, there were a. few people who still thought that Ore,-it Britain should not he at war, but ho declared that it was a blessing of Providence that wo were fighting now. We gave (ho Kaiser an island as a freewill offeiing, and bemuse bo was such a good boy. The Kaiser fortified that island, and put his fleet behind it. There never was such a man as the Kaiser, lint like all spoilt children, he had become a bully and a tyrant; he had to be spanked, and the British had to do it. (Cheers, and erics of “We will/’) .Sooner than rn under the Kaiser, he would rather .see every British man and woman blotted om. Thi„ must be a light to a finish, and it was the Kaiser who had to be finished. And the best and quickest way to finklt him was to semi more ami more ami mid more men to the front. tLoud cheers.i
WHY NOT HELP THE POLES?, Issue 15702, 16 January 1915
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