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GERMAN GOODS., Otago Daily Times, Issue 16908, 22 January 1917
Sib,—Why is it that we Britishers in New Zealand are still being outraged by having German goods palmed off on us in shops? When are the people going to rise up and demand that this indignity and offence be ended? Where are the authorities whoso duty it is to see that German goods are not allowed to be offered to the general public? Wo mothers are sending our very best into the,trenches. After wo have seen our best niarch away we go to our homes, and, because we have promised the boys that wo will not put a tear m their way, we shed no tears, but deny ourselves to the utmost, to give them all the pleausrc possible. more than all— spare cash is spent in comforts for the lads. Wo knit and sew for thorn, and finish up our duties day by day with a letter or card to the loved ones far away; and yet we cannot bo sure when we go to purchase comforts for our, soldiers that the goods were not made in Germany. I purchased goods, in Quoenstown to-day, and on getting them to my lodgings I looked each article over carefully, and there was printed in very small letters, " Printed in Germany." I took them back, and told the saleswoman that under existing conditions German goods wore of no ufi" to me and I was ashamed to think they could he ottered for sale ;n Now Zealand. Her remark was: "Well, wo cannot afford to burn them." My retort being, " Nor can I afford to buy them." I left them on the counter and came away minus the money. However, a happy thought came to me". Why not get the Government to call m all German goods and store thorn until after the war, and then- send them back to Germany? Many would rather pay an additional war tax to indemnify tradespeople than bo constantly on the alert to see that they are not dealing in German goods. I was under the impression that no such goods were to be offered for sale in New Zealand after last September.—l am etc January 18. e. Pinfold."
MARRIED MEN: SECOND DIVISION Sip.,—ln your issue of Saturday last is a letter signed by. H. H. Pattle, commending to all those m the Second Division a suggestion that the members of that division might, without waiting until the actual call comes, band themselves together and offer their services, stipulating that they be enrolled, if passed fit, in the same "company or regiment. It is an excellent suggestion, and as chairman of the Otago Recruiting Committee, I feel quite sure that I am voicing the feelings of all our members when I offer to Mr Pattlo- and others with him, all the assistance possible to call and hold any necessary meetings in order to carry out the .project. The value of enlistments under such circumstances cannot be overvalued. With th o knowledge that the lists of the First Division must bo cleared in some six or seven months, every thoughtful man must recognise that the time is now ripe for the men of the Second Division to begin to put their houses in order, and thus save some of tho sacrifice necessary if left to the last moment. We all hope the services of the men in tho Second Division may not be required, but, with the experience of the past two years and a-half almost, wo will not be justified in taking it for granted that the war will be over in six months, nor in leaving our preparations over until that time elapses. Numbers of men in tho Second Division have already approached me with a view to their enlistment later on, and the best wav of preparing for it, r.nj Mr Pattie's letter is most timely. Wo all recognise that the utilisation of tho Second Division is going to cause sacrifices to be mado greater than those of the past, and wo all know what the sacrifices already made have meant to those concerned. But none better than the man in tho Second Division realises that the sacrifice has got to bo made if the war continues, and if we are to retain the .great freedom and privileges held by our Empire to-day, and I fool confident that when the time arrives for calling up tho men of the Second Division there will he a response from them—great as their sacrifices will Have to be—that will be in keeping with that spirit displayed bv the 60,000 or 70,000 mon who have already gone forth to do their duty. Tf Mr Pattie's suggestion is carried it will open a new avenue of recruiting, and will create a new spirit even stronger than thn); of the past, which will makf for an earlier and successful ending of the war. I feel sure the Minister of Defence will welcome the proposal, and will assist ii in any way po?«ihle. and no doubt ho would, if at all possible with his many duties in Wellington, do his best to attend and address any public mooting in Dunodin called for (he purpose, if requested to do so. Tlir- Ot:i<ro Recruiting Conynittoc, I know, will iissist- in any way possible.—l am, etc., A Stoneham. Chairman Otago "Vomiting Committee. Dunodin. January 20.
GERMAN GOODS., Otago Daily Times, Issue 16908, 22 January 1917
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