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The Peninsula was well represented at the special constables camp held at Addington during the past few weeks, and, although a great many of the men have returned, there are still about fifty Peni sula men there. The total number of Peninsula men there was about 150, and they were mostly drafted in. with the EUesmere Electorate troop 3. Thf-ir sleeping quarters are in the produce building, where they are comfort ] ably housed. The Penimula men attended well considering the Peninsula is a dairying district, and in many cases t.ey did so to tbe detriment of their farm work,. which was. either left over until their return, or was carried out by their women folk or those left behind.

When it wa3 announced that the s.s. Cyg-> net had been loaded at Wainui by women, the fair sex were given hearty praise for the'r promptness in coming forward in such a trying situ ition, and the constables from all parts had nothing but approbation for their action. There were certainly parts o the Peninsula which were not rapresented in camp at all chief amongst these being Little River, Okain's Bay, and Chorlton. The milking season, of course, was in emit cases accountable for this, and the psople lent i mounts for those who could get away. I

There was one noticeable feature about the camp which deserves mention, and that is the splendid mounts of the specials, In this department the Peninsula horses showed out well, and the fact that they could carry their riders sixty miles in a day, and then arrive in camp quite fresh was a good guarantee of their unfailing stamina. Tin street patrolling and parades were excellent schooling for the horses, and they soon got used to

'helu.z of motor car', and jnsscd tram? without a wir.k.

The life in camp wns a fairly invigorating one, and what with street patrolling, fatigue and guard duty round the grounds at Ad dington camp night and day there was a fauly strenuoua day provided. The inaction was rather tiresome, but the fact that the presence of "specials" et Addington had subdued ail tbe outward fight of the strikers was some justification for their presence there. The behaviour of the men in carap was commendable, and the drill, mounted and dismounted, will stand all who attended in good stead. The drill was picked up with remarkable rapidity, and the squadrons were a well ordered brigade by the time tbe in> Btrrctors had finished with them. Tbe camp will Jong be remembered by those who attended it, nnd the part tbey played in tbe resistance of the strikers.

It is to be hoped that it will not be long .before the necessity of " specials " ia over, so that many of those at present at Adding, ton are able to return to the duties awaiting them at home.

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"SPECIALS" ADDINGTON CAMP., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXI, Issue 4356, 9 December 1913

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"SPECIALS" ADDINGTON CAMP. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXI, Issue 4356, 9 December 1913

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