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“OUR PART.”

AN ELOQUENT APPEAL. “It i.s a far cry. from this peaceful spot to the tieiiclu'vS,” said Air J. PFirth, -president of the AMiramar Golf Cluh Phe headmaster of Wellington College;, when opening the - new clubhouse on Saturday. Thirty-seven members of the club, he continued, had played the game; one. Air N. Pokes on, had paid the supreme sacrifice. Dr Agnes Dennett and Aliss ALiller, of the Ladies’ Club, were with the Red Cross; and .‘54 other club members were either ■at the front or in training; “AVo live here in peace and comfort while the safety of the Km pi re and its peace are being defended with noble devotion by our .soldiers in battle line afar. Our men are lighting for everything that is worth "having-—liberty, justice, honor, 'rimy are fighting for us here, for our property, for our lives, and for that which, we value more than our lives. Too‘often. T think, we New Zealanders talk complacently about what Ave are doing and what we have done as our share in the war. Tlio.sc who have gone to the heart of the battle have done tlic utmost possible. Are we who have staved at home doing the utmost- possible ? Tins house, the theatre, the picture palaces prove that avo are not. Are we even doing our little bit?-‘ I suggest that we are . not.. . I suggest that this club mark its patriotism -by raising a sum of money among members to be devoted to -one of the Avar funds. There has been much said lately about begging. Begging, quotha!

“What have I given, Bold 'sailor of the sea. In -earth or heaven'. That von should die for -mr?

What can I give. Oh, soldier, leal and brave X/ang as I live. To pay the life you gave?

What toll or boon can I,return to thee, O .stricken heart. That ih-mi shouldst break for me? The wind of- death for thee hath slain life’s dowers. It wit-hereth. God grant, all weeds in ours.”

Tlie resn-onse to Air Firth .s appeal was immediate and hearty. The president himself onened tlie list With a cheque for £3O. and before tlm day dosed close on £2OO had been raised.

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“OUR PART.”, Mataura Ensign, 6 October 1915

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“OUR PART.” Mataura Ensign, 6 October 1915

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