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A PROTEST.

n tii^iujx* MOTHERS TREATED LIKE CATTLE. 16 THE EDITOR. Sir, —I read yesterday in tlie papers an interesting acoount of the public farewell in Auckland accorded to the troops. To-day I see columns describing the public farewell in. Wellington to the Wellington section—all the notabilities, as well as some 40,000 of the public being present;. This is all most commendable; but what about the farewell to our own Canterbury boys ? There is a tremendous amount of dissatisfaction expressed on all sides at the treatment of the Canterbury Expeditionary Force- Thoy were not even allowed to march through the streets that their mothers and fathers and those near and dear might get a farewell look. Into the train at Sockburn Camp and out again at Lvttelton (they might have been prisoners in a huge Black Maria from the treatment), their relatives not being allowed even on the wharf till the very last moment. As one mother remarked, " We were kept for hours, like cattle behind a barrier, and could not then call out a greeting to our dear ones, whom we had given to fight for our country." Eventuallyas the ships were moving off, the barriers were removed, and helter skelter rushed the mothers and fathers of our hoys •to try and wave a last good-bve. What treatment is this? Is it befitting that those who have gone away, for (rod knows how long, should carry with them feelings of anger and disappointment? Surely an aching heart at leaving dear ores behind was enough without any. addition. Of the feelings of those mothers and wives who so generously gave their boys I need say nothing. I know of several who came tip by the express in hones of seeing their only sons, but reached Lyttelton too late. The troopships had gone. I hope soiro explanation of the secretive departure of our own contingent is forthcoming. and also an assurance that we shall in future strevd on an equality with Auckland and Wellington —-T nm, etc.. JUSTICE. Christchurch, September 25.

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A PROTEST., Star, Issue 11192, 25 September 1914

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A PROTEST. Star, Issue 11192, 25 September 1914

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