D. 24/21 15Office of the Minister of Internal Affairs, Wellington,
7th' December 1914.
Your letter of the 3rd instant conveys in entirely satisfactory terms the assurance which I asked for in mine of the 2nd instant.
In the last paragraph of your letter, you fail to recognize that there are in all cases, and among all nations, firstly, some whose word is their bond: secondly, some whose mere word cannot be relied on: and, thirdly, some entirely worthy of all credit who ought not to have, and from their employment would not desire to have, the offer of parole.
You seem to claim that all New Zealanders of German origin should be treated as if no such distinction existed, and I, therefore, to avoid any possibility of question, must inform you that it is not the intention of the Government to recognize the validity of such a claim.
Yours very truly,
(Signed) H.D. Bell.Professor Von Zedlitz,