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80   DAYS OF PREPARATION

ing in Winnipeg. Through a Registration Bureau, maintained by the Reserve, many women in the city have indicated their willingness to do work now done solely by men, and thereby enable them to enlist for active service."

After recounting many individual instances of bravery at the front and self-sacrifice at home on the part of Westerners, Chief Justice Mathers goes on to say: "All this is very splendid, but there is the other side of the picture. There are numbers of families well-to-do and otherwise, with from one to five or six eligible sons, not one of whom has enlisted, and who bluntly say they don't intend to do so. Others in order to save their faces attended the Officers' Training Classes and upon receiving a certificate provided themselves with an officer's uniform in which they proudly strutted about. They had no intention of ever becoming connected with the overseas force, and only wore the uniform because they liked that style of dress, and it fooled the public into believing that they were on active service. To put a stop to these poltroons disguising themselves as soldiers a military order was issued.

"Others again have permitted their sons to join the Army, but have at the same time seen to it that they were so placed that their precious hides would never encounter the danger of being punctured by a German bullet. For this latter class it may be said that they are happily not numerous, nor are they confined to one particular party."

These different reports illustrate the risk of calculating the "quota" due from any particular section of the country merely on a basis of census returns of population. A considerable percentage of male Nova Scotians of military age are engaged in iron or steel work, and it is not considered desirable that such should enlist. In Manitoba a considerable percentage of men of military age are foreign-born or of enemy origin, and very few of these will be accepted by the military authorities.


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