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LITTLE RIVER VOLUNTEER'S EXPERIENCES.

Gunner A. Skipper, Ammunition Column, Field Artillery Biigade, a Maori from Little River, writing to the "Lyttelton Times," describes a collision between two offjthe transports, when sailing between Albany and Cocos Islands, ■ The vessel be was on ran into the Maunganui. Ha was standing on guard on the top of the mess-room and was feeline very sleepy, when he was suddenly fully awakened by tha noise and impact. "Didn't I get a fright." he writes, "I thought that we bad struck a submarine. Our yea el began to roll awfwlly. Then there was a rush by the men to get on to deck, but the batches were closed down. The result of the collision was merely the knocking eff of [a little paint, and no damage was done." Dealing with other subjects, the gunnsr sayß: "You have heard of course of |the affair of the Emden. It was our vessel that received the wireless oall and all the other vessels were busy calling one another up to disoover if they were on the proper course. The Sydney was trying to make the Aus kalians put out their lights, but it was use less to do so. As soon as the lights were put out, the troopers set them going again. Ultimately, the, call was received, and was sent on to the Maunganui by means of a morse lamp, The Maunganui in her turn fent it on to tho Sydney. Some hours later we heard that the Emden had been sunk. We were at Colombo for two days. Nearly everybody on our vessel went a=hore. but it wan just like my luck to lend my boots to a mate, who stayed over his time, and co I had to remain on the vessel. At Colombo we took some German prisoners on board, but as they could not 6peak English we could not understand them, and they were taken off at Port Suez. We stopped fiere about two hours, and then began the journey through the canal. Suez is a very pretty place, but nothing like Cuiro or Port Said. The cinal is a fine piece of work I cannot really desoribe it. Work is continued on it night and day. "Labour is very oheap here, The native earns about 3d a day. The natives are a miserable lot of people, and nothing like the Maoris of New Zealand. They do not know what to think of me. They believe that I am an Arab or a Japanese, and nothing will convince them that I am anything else. We have to treat them like dogs. As far as tbieviDg is ooncerned, they are the limit."

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LITTLE RIVER VOLUNTEER'S EXPERIENCES., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3408, 23 February 1915

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LITTLE RIVER VOLUNTEER'S EXPERIENCES. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3408, 23 February 1915

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