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N.Z. EXPEDITIONARY FORCE.

THE PENINSULA. SECTION.

The following letter from, a Peninsula mounted man is of interest:—

"Wβ struck camp on Tuesday morning at 6.30 and rode through to Lyttelton via Sumner, the South Canterbury Mounted Regiment going with us. The infantry came down on Wednesday at 2,30. Wβ spent half 'amhour on the Sumnor beach, gave our horses a sand bath and a walk in tho sea. then came on to Lyttelton. We embarked praotically straight away without any excitement or fusa of any sort. Out horses and ourselves were on board in a very short time, and we were all well settled down by the time night came. The 0.V.0. have good quarters for their horses. There are 90 men all packed in one big room. Goodness knows what it will be like in hot weather. ADyhow, we all managed to sleep well on board the first night. On' Wednesday, "we were busy all day getting luggage on board and making things comfortable. No visitors were allowed on the wharf. People were waiting all day to get in to see us. There were about 700 people to see us off. They came on the wharf at 5 o'clock, and we sailed at 5.15, bo they did not have much time to say good bye. It was a very stirring send'off I can tell you. Mr C. Hay, BDd party from Jfigeon Bay, came with us out to the Heads. I suppose they were going baok to the Bay. I have been learning the Big. nailing for a while now, and am getting on well. I was on duty from four till eight on Thursday morning, I went to bed early after having a good tea, I got up at four, and took my post on the signalling deck. It was blowing a strong northerly. Wβ were just tfl Kaikoura, and my word it was rough.' I was very ill for a bit, soon got over it. I came off duty at eight o'clock, but oould not eat any breakfaet. I went to bad and had a good sleep. We have four hours on and four off at signalling. We have no other duties, so have rather a good time. Of course, we go on duty at alt hours, but it is intensely interesting work. When I woke up wo were in Wellington Harbour. A lot of the men were ill I believe, Tom Warner and the Waghorn twins were the worst Wβ were not allowed to go on chore at all. We anchored oat in the stream. I forgot to Eay that the trip up from Lyttelton took us twenty-two hours. Wβ steamed slowly all the way, and arrived at 230 on Thursday afternoon. We can get plenty of hot and cold water to bath in, but practically no fresh. The Ist Canterbury Infantry Kegiment is with us, co all Christchurch boys are together. They are all in excellent spirits today. We have all been supplied with dungarees and tennis chocs. It is much more comfortable than wearing the uniforms. So far the horses are doing well, but I expect they will fare badly in | rough weather. The Peninsula boys are all together, and are quite well,"

Ceoqdet,—The annual meeting of the Wai Iti Croquet Club will be held in the Akaroa Borough Couaoil Chambers at 3.30 p m. on Friday. Personal—Miss Thaoker, of Okain's Bay, spent the week end at the Hotel Metropole, returning to Okain's Bay yesterday evening, Huntia' Mihk Disaster Fond.—A number of Akaroa residents feel they would like to contribute towards the unfortunate women and children who have been left destitute through the sad disaster to the Huntly mine. The town ohtk (Mr G. W. Thomas), is willing to receive money in aid of this deserviDg object, aod it is suggested that a shilliDg fund be opened. Nearly every resident in Akaroa could give a shilling without feeling it at all, and the object is certainly most deserving. Peninsula Fale Yards Co —There is no donbt that Peninsula farmers do not patro* nise the Duvaucbelle's yards as much as they might. Considering everything, only, & small proportion of the stock goes through the yards. If farmers stood out they couid make the Duvauohelle market a really im portant one. However, there has been a marked improvement in the last year. Whereas the total fees last year were £80, the fees up to date total £120, and the year does not close till November, War Conditions im England.—Letters from England now arriving in New Zealand show the way in which prices of foodstuffs jumped up after the declaration of war, According to a private letter received in Abaroe, tea was sold at 43 3d per lb, sugar at 5d per lb, and meat was so dear that it was prohibitive Cor most residents Owin£ to the high seas betnst open to commerce, the price of all these commodities has fallen again , but it oan easily be imagine J what a time of anxiety it was to all householders. To show how men were enlisting, in one small place, whore the population was only 219, fifty men enlisted for service. There were not left even enough men to play in a cricket match, The volunteers included a father and three sons. That hard racking cough at night can be wonderfully relieved with a few drops of "NAZOL" on a pieoo of loaf sugar, and allowed to dissolve between tbe cheeks and gum?, ttepeat frequently.

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N.Z. EXPEDITIONARY FORCE., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 3441, 29 September 1914

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N.Z. EXPEDITIONARY FORCE. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 3441, 29 September 1914

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