The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 79
The willingness of the men of New Zealand to answer the call of Empire has been a great inspiration to us women. Their example gives us the courage to heed to play our part in the bitter struggle for right. I cannot express our appreciation of the heroic men of our land, who have chosen the path of honour, rather than that of selfish page 5 case and comfort. The present is a time for lofty aspiration and high resolution, and the pride of the women and children of Otago, in knowing that our men think we are worth fighting for, is equalled by our determination to justify such unexampled sacrifice. The magnificent devotion and self-sacrifice of our citizen soldiers will claim the heartfelt thanks and loving admiration of our women for all time.
Mary Downie Stewart,President Otago Women's Patriotic Association.