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ACROSS CANADA, Issue 15627, 19 October 1914
v TRANSPORT OF INDIAN TROOPS. ailazingTecrecy. A Toronto telegram of September 12 to the Chicago ‘Tribune’ says: Ninety trainloads of Sikh and Ghoorta soldiers, numbering 50,000, the flower ol the native Indian army of Great Britain, have been passing through Toronto and North Bay bound for France. A portion of this array, which is merely the vanguard of further troops from India, sailed from Quebec on the Mcgantic on August 29, and landed in Liverpool cn September 6. _ The balance proceeded across the Atlantic on special transports. Some of them are still on the ocean. This remarkable movement, carried out on such a colossal scale, was kept absolutely secret by the Department of Militia and Defence’ ami not a- word beyond a few rumors was allowed to reach the ears of the public. The army entered Canada at Vancouver, took five days to cross the continent on special trams, and departed at Quebec without any but the chief militia and transport officers being the. wiser. The facts of the story ae set forth here were confirmed t-j----ea\ hy British army officers who accompanied the Indian brigades. The blanket oi secrecy would still have been maintained nero not the transports well out of reach ot any German cruisers lurking in Atlantic wafeia. Keep Blinds Down.—. M it a blinds drawn on all trains ae thev o-, , 011g!l -inhabited areas, no less Ua.n „0 long sections of coaches snccessuuiy concealed the identity of their contents over 0,000 miles of "railway track. - he Uoops roacned Vancouver on August t V Oll ,' 1 . *• of transports chartered in tne British Government. Cana-dian-1 acffic trains were drawn up at tho on# newcomers some miles northm th f "' h * r ® th <7 rested for a !->i«spnL f f , ay ' AU re ? freight and EM® W ° ra C^d from the--nd -t V rn• . t ‘ ro °?. trains a right of way, no af ™£ l, ?, Jn A ‘ Wta > reason ern rriK”# the c “adian norththan tM , cks we followed for more eSli’X 1 "; W - r the trains ren the Canadian-Pacific system and « qS°" lta ■« ti»-.hi P .' d3i
-Avoid jLaiiTo Cities.--collstanti y necessitated bv 1 S routes to avoid ohm'. ' 11011 ; jt !a^. a 'ownfi and cities. Tlu« oeeuiTed at Gmnipog, Toronto, and other - i+f i - ori i' tlie way. Ottawa was shunned except for a few odd carloads. tJ . ' ’J 1 '- !■ oemg to avoid the scores of Epeciat correspondents now centring about “ h<i R'aoqnaners of the Canadian Depart, ment .Militia and Defence. Montreal i - V "' as P assed on r ' he north aide, ny between stations, where observers iteio few, were the soldiers allowed outdoor exercise, and even this privilege was reduced when the trains entered the eastern section. tinder these trying circumstances discipline was maintained ac cording to the stoic standards to which the Sikhs and Gurkhas have always adhered ;n Britain's wars. —Britons rn Command.—BriUfe]i officers were invariably in command, witn natives in non-commissioned posts, I ood supplies wore requisitioned iar in advance. consisting of bread, meat, jam, and tobacco, Ko liquor whatever was permitted. As the trains came to towns and cities they were halted well on the outskirts until local arrangements could be Hia,do to pass through them without stopping. This process was acted upon from Vancouver to Quebec, and resulted in cutting oft' nearly a- day from the regular time of the trip', lire co-opera-tion m" the Canadian Militia Department had been assured many days in advance, und orders to facilitate the passage of the 90 trainloads worked out with few hitches. —Charge of Schedule.--The explanation of the sudden cancelling of the White Star liner- Megantjc'a (scheduled sailing a week ago is now, divulged. At that time the Militia Department announced that the Princess Patricia Light Infantry, then aboard the Megantic, bound from Montreal for Liverpool, had been ordered off Die ship at. a point opposite Quebec. Ivi> reason was then given. The general belief was that (Herman cruisers had been reported in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The real reason was that the Indian troops were due to sail the moment they reached Quebec, because of the necessity for secrecy, and the Me.gantic was held for their accommodation. Tie Princess Patricia soldiers are still camping at. Point Levis. Meantime, the Indian regiments are either at Liverpool or within a, short sail ot it. —Announced by Kitchener. — The fact that Indian troops were Up bo sent to France was announced by Earl Kitchener in Lite House of Lords a week a/Tf», How they were to reach there was not, of course, stated, and it was taken for 'planted that the Suez Canal and the Mediterranean would be the route. Owing io the unm-Uiintv of Italy's favor at lha lime of embarkation, end the poswoffity of complications with Turkey, piaue wore W&ed on the T.i - :i.usp<iviho route, ana havA beep carried through with magnificent, ene-r.ir-E ‘ " t;.., .Ti-mv that has already passed through is. it iV said, to be followed by fr.rres’of equal proportions. A portion of the cost of transportation is being lionio l-v rhe people of Indri. ruppieinented by <-if(s of the Indian princes.
ACROSS CANADA, Issue 15627, 19 October 1914
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