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THE SOLDIERS' GUIDE

WELLINGTON, This Day

When the tide of voi/untary recruiting was at its height, the Defence [Department and the National Recruiting Jioarcl received constant inquiries from intending soldiers as to their pay, the conditions of enlisting, physical standard, output, etc. 'Owing to the subdivision of the various activities, so as to enable them to be efficiently carried out on-a. large scale, it was necessary to inquire or several Government 01----iices before the soldier could get all the information he often required. To meet this position, the Hon. James Allen directed the preparation of "The .Recruits' Handbook," which gave succmtly, in clear language, the necessary details desired by most recruits. Now the war is over, the Minister of Defence has made the same provision for the returned soldier, i'rom all departments of the- State a journalist has collected information regarding the privileges and concessions available to soldiers and their dependents. They have been set out carefully,; so as to cover the, three important"-stages of demobilisation—Overseas,- Before Discharge; arid 'After Discharge. In a carefully indexed booklet of handy size there are 60. pages detailing the "order of return from abroad, the assistance given to - soldiers' wives, fiancees and children in the way of passage-money grants and advice upon arrival; the educational scheme in England, and concessions to scholars wishing to complete their education abroad; the procedure on. disembarkation in New Zealand; travelling, concessions'; 1 provision of artificial limbs and other appliances; medical treatment'before and after discharge (with description of the treatments at 20 hospitals directly under Defence control); the- curative and vocational training system in hospitals; pay and allowances, including retrospective separation allowance; the Soldiers' Financial Assistance scheme, which has been made spective for men who were serving abroad when the scheme was initiated; war. pensions; the Reparation Board's organisation and facilities given by it to returned soldiers; particulars of courses at State farms, and expert advice on agricultural siibjects available to soldier settlers; land settlement opportunities including the financing of land purchases and the buying and building of dwellings; educational bursaries for soldiers desiring technical or other education; the conditions affecting soldiers who are members ■ of the public service ; issue of war medals ; protection from, legal action; and a number of other matters of importance to the returned soldier. A clearly written outline of all concessions is given, and the booklet contains directions for obtaining further details when they are ■tlfsire.cl, , I . "When the whole of those activities are realised," states the introduction, '.'it is to.-be., hoped that a perusal 'of this necessarily brief -summary will •lead to a realisation tliat a tremendous amount of work has.-been done to lighten the material sacrifices of our men, and that the end of the war does not by any means mark the cessation of the State's interest in the welfare of its soldiers. Every returning soldier from the present date will receive a copy of the Guide on the transport, and aW others will be able to obtain it gratis from Defence Offices and Base Records, Wellington. . ■

The woman wore a worried look. Her brow was creased with care, The chemist's store by storm she took Ami hailed a salesman there. "O Sir," she said. "I'm ill with dread, My child will die, I'm sure; With croup lie's sick, please serve me quick I With Woods' Great Peppermint Cure.

"Mother needed not experience to be kind."—Stanus.

Tt jusfc came to her naturally. That's wny there is always on the home shelf a big bottle of Baxter's Lung Preserver, ready for Tommy's little sneezes and sniffles—Nature's signs that a cold is approaching. And sneezes and sniffles are pretty frequent at this time of the year.

The woatlier *s so changeable that it behoves all motnei^ to have Baxter's handy. 2s 6d per largo bottle All Chemist* nnd Stores.

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THE SOLDIERS' GUIDE, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9605, 9 May 1919

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THE SOLDIERS' GUIDE Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9605, 9 May 1919

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