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NEARER HOME

In regard to the volunteer system 111 New Zealand, it was not any bettor than in England or Australia. When he became Minister of Defence ho wasoae of those who believed that with our volunteer system wo did not require universal military training, but it had been forced upon him that we could not carry on the system and get anything like good results from it. We were paying £200,000 per annum for defence, and for that we had a permanent force of 400 men alone costing £45,010 a year. In 1906, when the InspectorGeneral went round the colony and visited all the volunteer companies from tho North Cape right down to the Bin ft, paraded the men on their own ground, had arranged the most reasonable time with the commanding officers of the districts, and did his level best to come into touch with tho volunteer question, what did he find 9 And ho would lemind them that Colonel Davies was n trained volunteer, who \^ont out to South Africa with the first New Zealand contingent with the rank of captain, and rose from that position until he got to a position accorded to no other rolunteer officer, the command of a column. ( What did Colonel Davies find? The country was paying capitation in that >ear — 1006 — on i:!.(M9 men in tho volunteer forces, and \et when tho men were called to parade he had only been able to find 7100 At tho Easter camp, wh« n onh mi" ol the four days on winch the ino?i \.';i away was not a holiday, and when they got nearest sor\ ice conditions the\ found that only /j°3."> tinned mil. In' every 100 men paid for und< r tln> volunteer system the inspector-general

only found 54 when he inspected the <oips, and only 45 at tho Easter camp.

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NEARER HOME, Taranaki Herald, Volume LV, Issue 13929, 12 June 1909

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NEARER HOME Taranaki Herald, Volume LV, Issue 13929, 12 June 1909

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