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A MAN OF MANY PARTS.

BTRANGE ADVENTURES OF A

BRITISH SOLDIER.

The JJnew British Array includes men drawn from every class and clime within our far flung Empire, but few have -bad a more varied experience than the soldier whom an Exchange Telegraph Company's representative met at a soldiers' tea gathering the o'her day (saya the "Daily News") A small orchestra wa3 composed of soldiers, and the first violinist attractfd attention by the indifference with which he regarded the snapping of bi3 E string and the easy manner in which he went calmly on playing the solo part on the second string, but the man's history, though per fecrly authentic sounds stranger than fiction.

He was a Manchester lad at King Edward's Grammar Sohool, which he left in order to complete bis violin course at Stuttgart, under a German professor who, in common with the other students, cordially bated bim, whilst hfl returned the compliment wirb interest. He was expelled for smashing the vioiin over the bead of professor, and returned to bis home. T-Tis father gave him £20 and a ticket to Canada, and tbere a delight ful series of adventures befel him in the many capabilities in which he was engaged, which included that of Actor . Chauffeur Trick rider Valet Lion tamer's as- Canadian Mounted sist ant Police Buffalo Bill's cow Big gamehunter

boy A Guide He was with Sfcefansson'a last expedi tion in 1914.

Now that be is a member oi the new British Army he is anxious to have "a go" at the Hung. Being an expert gunner, although be joined the forces only a month ago, be expects to go to the front shortly as a sharp shooter. He heard of the war for the first time when he got to Fort Nor man, and immediately set out on a two months' track, quite alone, to get to the railway station, where he spent £88 on a ticket for England.

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A MAN OF MANY PARTS., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3539, 26 April 1916

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A MAN OF MANY PARTS. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3539, 26 April 1916

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