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A steamer has been chartered, says an Auckland paper, to tow pimis insignis logs, estimated at between three and four million feet of timber, from Cambridge to Mercer. It is considered that it will take- three years to finish the contract.

The Intelligence Department of the British Army is not so unintelligent as many "Diggers" at first believed. The trouble was that they were always experiencing the results of the other chap's espionage, and not always informed as to the effect of their own. When several coops of homing pigeons arrived at the front, to be used mainly for intelligence work, a romancing Australian remarked to the official in charge. "Why do you bother about these fooling things?" We -use only cockatoos in Australia. You don't need to write cipher messages for them. They talk." "The deuce they do 1" said the official. "Well, we have no use for anything that can talk. What we require is something that can see and hear and think in several languages, but not talk intelligibly in any of them."

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9588, 16 April 1919

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