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"We are in this war for no selfish ends; we are in it to recover freedom for a nation which was brutally attacked and despoiled, and to prove that no people, however powerful, can surrender itself to the lawless ambitions of militarism without meeting with retribution, swift, certain, and disastrous, at the hands of the free nations of the world. To stop short of victory for this cause would be to compromise the future of mankind.
"I say ‘Hold fast’, because our prospects of victory were never so bright as they are to-day. Six months ago the rulers of Germany deliberately rejected a just and reasonable settlement proposed by the Allies. Throwing aside the last mask of moderation, they partitioned Russia, enslaved Rumania, and attempted to seize supreme power by overwhelming the Allies in a final desperate attack. Thanks to the invincible bravery of all the Allied armies, it is now evident that all this dream of universal conquest, for the sake of which they wantonly prolonged the war, can never be fulfilled. But the battle is not yet won.
"The great autocracy of Prussia will still endeavour by violence and guile to avoid defeat, and so give militarism a new lease of life. We cannot seek to escape the horrors of war for ourselves by laying them up for our children. Having set our hands to the task, we must see it through till a just and lasting settlement is achieved. In no other way can we ensure a world set free from war. ‘Hold fast’."
Mr Winston Churchill (Minister of Munitions), replying to Lord Lansdowne, says: To enter a struggle like this; to proclaim that vital and sacred issues are at stake; to cast the flower of the nation’s manhood into the furnace for four devastating years, and then to discover that the foe is so stiff that reasonable accommodation should be arranged, is not the way to an honourable peace.
The epidemic of diphtheria in the country districts has claimed several new victims this week (states the New Zealand Herald’s Pukekohe correspondent. An agitation is on foot for the schools in the affected localities to be closed. A warning has also been issued in respect of the regulations prohibiting patients suffering, or supposed to be suffering, from infectious diseases, being conveyed by train to the hospital.
The rare delicacy, the frost fish, has been the object of search by those few seaside residents of Wanganui who are seasoned enough to brave the cold morning. In one case the motor bicycle has been brought into use, a young Maori covering several miles of beach. Seven fish from four to five feet in length were picked up at Castlecliff.
For over a week past (says the Examiner), the Woodville district has been inflicted with an epidemic of earthquakes, scarcely a day having passed without a seismic visitation. As a rule they have been gentle tremors, but one shock was rather sharp and of considerable duration, while another was almost as startling. Their monotonous repetition is becoming rather alarming. — ODT, 6.8.1918.
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