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:FEBRUARY COMPETITION.

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ASTONISHING MEMORY.

GIVE THE FOOD PROVIDER A CHANCE.

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GIVE THE FOOD PROVIDER A CHANCE. Sir,—Yesterday I read two conflicting statements. In one paper the writer says unless plenty of land is tilled we shall probably have a famine. Farm work cannot be done without men who can manage horses, and in hilly Wales ploughing is hard work, and cannot be done by a novice. In another paper giving a report- of a county tribunal, one would think some of the members had temporarily parted with their common sense, as we read of a. grudgingly given exemption till 1st Mav to the only son of an old man of 78. In fact more than one old man had to sue for the help of the boy he had brought up, who is doing work of most vital national importance. One farmer of 73 being so nervous, he could not remember his correct age. Now these old men have worked hard all their lives, often with very little return, just enough in many cases to bring up their families, on the plainest food and clothing; but work must be done bpth on Sundays and week-days, and now if the son goes, ^how can he raise extra food? In one of to-day's papers, we are told "food comes only second to men and munitions!" I wonder what men and muni- tions we should have unless food came a good first? And what substitute can be as good as the boy who knows the work at home, not to mention the fact that a stranger would have to be paid very high wages these days. There are still a good many men in uncertified occupations—offices, shops, breweries, etc., who ought to respond to their country's call, before we think of taking the sons of widows and old men who are tr.ing to keep the wolf of starvation from our doors." We may picture to ourselves their feelings, with the sword of Damocles hanging over their heads. No encourage- ment is given to cultivators of the land, when exempt, ion is only doled out bit by bit. How can a farm r prepare his land when he never knows the day his c v man will be called away? The Minister of Agricult • knows this, but often tribunals forget it; not alw;, some tribunals understand. In most other oecupati, a certain duty can be done on a certain day, but fann- ing is dependent on the weather. Last spring the sea- son was wet, this will probably he backward owing to the continued frost. If the food the country needs is to be grown, there must be men left on the farms to do the work. Yours, etc.. n_, ROOIEFRO.N.

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