HARRY COOKE'S I WIPmSONMENT. PRESENTATION OF SOCIALIST CROSS. A social gathering was held at Christchurch on Thursday of last week by the National Peace and Anti-mili-tarist Council in honour of Harry Cooke. Mr. R. F. Williams presided, and there were present 200 persons. The Chairman having said that Harry Cooke had suffered for his principles, and people were indebted to him, the secretary (Mr. L. P. Christie) read a large number of congratulatory messages from other parts. Mr. C. R. Ford said that he had had ten years' of military law, and his experience showed him that it might be aptly described as humbug. The English Army Act was barbarous and quite out of date. TJnder it if a man spoke to his superior officer in a threatening manner he might bo shot. The result of the discipline in the British Army was that one out of every ten went to gaol, and 22,000 deserted every year. Mr. E. Howard, on behalf of the Socialist Party of N.Z., presented to Plarry Cooko a medal, made in the shape of the Victoria Cross, and bearing an inscription setting forth the incident associated with the gathering. Addresses were given by Messrs Mackie, Ridder, and F. Cooke. Musical items were also given, and Gooke waa loudly cheered. «• . * * * At a public meeting held in Dcnniston a strongly-worded resolution condemning conscription, was moved by P. Callaghaii and seconded by H. Harvey, was unanimously agred to. It was further decided to establish a branch of the Anti-conscription League in Denniston. ' * . * * At a meeting of the Waihi Workers' Union held last week, a, resolution condemning- compulsory military training was agreed to with.but three dissentients. 'FREEDOM'S SOLILOQUY.
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