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WITH THE NEW ZEALAND FORCES

EXPERIENCES PROM PENINSULA VOLUNTEER

THE EMDBN FIGHT. I must tell you of the most exciting day of our trip up till now. I dare say you know of the fate of the Emden by now, but a few lines may be interesting. One of our escort, ,tbe Minotaur, left us on Sunday night, and then all sorts of wild rumours were flying about. On Monday morning at 7 30, when the Australian cruiser Sydney left us, we all felt certain trouble was brewing, and it was

not a very great surprise, at 12 o'c'loci when we heard tbat the Emden wa done for. We got a wireless messagi saying ;that the Sydney had two met killed and thirteen wounded, so wi supposed that she did the deed. Oui flagship, the Manganui, sent off a mes sage of congratulation, and offering £ room as a hospital for the Sydney'i wounded. I have not heard of anj reply yet. The Emden must hay« been very close to us, and I must saj we all felt relieved when we heard the good news The Emden, 1 believe, ran ashore on one of the Cocos Islands to save heißolf from sinking. We have not heard what rs being done with.the German,; KING NEPTUNE. Wednesday, Nov. 12th. To-day was another great-day for us. We crossed the Equator, and were honoured with a visit from his Majesty King Neptune of the Seas. The kiDg was accompanied by bis staff All of those who were Crossing the Equator for tbe first time were presented at the Court of his Majesty and each received the order and freedom of the High Seas. Most of us were pleased and felt hon6ured by the King's reception of us, but there were some who were not pleased and were very indignant. Strange to say those un willing people were the ones sought after by bis Majesty, and I should say that they received higher orders, be cause they were treated to more baths, shaves, etc, than the rest of us. "Offi cers and men were treated alike by his Majesty's servants, and we all felt like one huge family. Being a Mason you will understand when I tell you that King Neptune's is a very secret society and that I cannot divulge anything re lating to the initiation ceremony. However, if you ever have the chance, dotft.be afraid to be keen and to enter this society, as to turn up your nose at King Neptune is on no account what ever tolerated by him. He bas a wonderful way of getting at those who!

••NAZOL" taken on some lumps of sugar and allowed to slowly dissolve in the mouth will probably cure a Cold in tbb Throat or Chest. For colds in the Head it is advisable in addition to use a Nazol Inhaler and in bft'e through the nostrils as directed. "No cold can withstand this treatment—it must succumb,

>.if ri'it, kt'erj, and I c a!w ys receives .them Ot_ b for .pacifU treatment. Some of those treated to day will not re cover their sweet'tempers for some lime to come. However, tbey will SHiva to remind us of one of the bast days of our trip, and I am sure that sooner or lafer tney will CKne to our way rf tkinking Wo expect' to reach Colombo .on Sunday, will write a faw moo lines from there.

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WITH THE NEW ZEALAND FORCES, Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3471, 19 January 1915

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WITH THE NEW ZEALAND FORCES Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3471, 19 January 1915

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