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TO THE EDITOR. Sir,.—J o t v you have- a landing article, dejlorint* the backwardness, of our young ren at voluiiteevict,' for aetivo service. L collider the great portion of die blame Mil be In id at the feet of the Minister w Defence and the methods of the official.'.. I szive an instance. I induced a likely young man in my employ to ajrree thnt 1 should send his name <u, t<> t 1 Defence Ofßce. He -was promptly ad vis to present himself for medical examination, passed .'is fit., but had to liavo his tc-f tli fixed. He frayed in tov.-n for two or three days, and had his teeth attended to at liis own expense, and .straichtway became a recruiting officer for the department, but, strange to say, the department took no more notice of him. flradually hU ardor cooled, and it was only after a de:il of persuasion that I induced him to vivo the Defence Offiee u> a*k their intentions, when he got a, rec'v wire: "Report yemrpelf at once, provided teeth have, been attended to " And all i-he time the* papers were out for more men. Tf that, is. the method generally adopted fay the Defence officers no wonder thero is no enthusiasm, for the average colonial is too independent to run after any official, and I am quite sine that thousands have b&en soured by similar treatment. I conrider that this man should have been given an order to havo his teeth, fixed at the Government's expense, and asked to report himself at onoe, or at. any rate on a definite date. Tf that had been dono he would have had a few mates to join him, but as it was he was just about sick of the job before' ha started. The indifferent methods of the department had killed all his enthusiasm.—l am. etc.. Disgusted. {Taeuary 18.

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RECRUITING., Issue 15703, 18 January 1915

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RECRUITING. Issue 15703, 18 January 1915

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