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Writing from Anzac under date September Btb, Gunner A. R. Jacobson says:—

"Yesterday I went right along the whole front of our holding, and even tually met Button.about 780 p.m. We bad a batbe together, and then went up to bis quarters on a Japanese mortar right in tbe firing line. We had a ,supper of cold rice and con densed milk (a luxury here), and I spent the night witb him among tbe roar of star shells, bullets and bombs. We bad quite a decent night, and I got baok to the guns at 7 45 a.m. after a five mile walk before breakfast, as I was on duty at 8 am. We are only a short distance from the_.beaoh, and can at least keep fairly clean. The Maheno is just off shore here, and one of our fellows wbo was shot through the shoulder last night was sent aboard to-day. This morning Johnny Turk was mean enough to shell round my dugout, but I don't think he did any barm, Fome of our fellows are still digging for one shell which did not burst; but bave got down 6ft or so, and still it is out of sight. One gets quite callous after a bit, and lean now look on sights without a tremor which in anticipation 1 shuddered at Very few, apparently, of the original Canterbury infantry are in tbe trenches now, but I saw Dave Curry, Oedrio Smith, Harold Budd and Cook son from Lincoln, and one or two others the other day. I have in my dug out Wordsworth, Matthew Arnold Tennyson and Emerson's Essays which occupy my time when 1 have read ibrough the advertisements of tbe papers you send. I reokon tbey ought to bring war right up to date, and bave theatres, picture halls, etc, etc., as it is pretty monotonous this rabbit life underground balf the time. I am already beginning to anticipate tbe holiday I intend to bave when I get back, but am afraid I will miss tbe best part of the year after all."

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IN THE FIRING LINE., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3509, 30 November 1915

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IN THE FIRING LINE. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3509, 30 November 1915

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