Main­tain­ing stan­dards

Otago Daily Times - - EDITORIAL -

The Lon­don Daily News quotes the fol­low­ing from Search­light, a view that is, one should imag­ine, very general. Lieu­tenant C. M’Cart­ley says: ‘‘In his trav­els the soldier from New Zealand has seen many coun­tries, and the more he has seen of these the more he has re­alised how his own coun­try — in the jus­tice of its laws, the viril­ity of its men, the virtue of its women, the pros­per­ous

con­di­tion of its work­ing classes, and the grandeur of its scenery — far ex­cels them all. He has been dis­gusted at the vices of for­eign peo­ple, amazed at the con­di­tions in which large num­bers of his fel­low­men live, and sur­prised at the lax­ity of morals pre­vail­ing among all classes in even highly civilised coun­tries. And in his pride of his na­tive land, will he not fight to keep it free from the vices and de­plorable con­di­tions which ex­ist else­where? He has been will­ing to die for his coun­try; will he not be will­ing to live purely for her?’’

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