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ADVERTISING POSTERS., Issue 15628, 20 October 1914
REALLY SECRET GERMAN SIGNALS. A Paris cable of August 7 says: —"It was discovered to-day that the thousands of posters supposedly advertising a product of a German firm, which dotted the French countryside, weio intended to bo of use to an invading German army by giving information of a military character through the varying sizes of the posters and the colors employed. For instanoe, a military commander seeing a square yellow poster would know that " food is abundant around here." If he saw a round red poster he would deduce the fact that " the ground is mined around here." Every geometrical figure and all the plain colors were utilised in this scheme to give military information by means of innocent-looking advertisements placed in strategical position by German billposters several months ago. Flowers and other decorations and animal forms were used on the posters. One of the signs conveying information to an invader was a flaring representation of the Stars and Stripes. The Germans- will, however, look in vain for these " signal posters." The Minister of the Interior telegraphed orders all over France this morning to have them torn down at once." PERSONAL. Mr W. H. Grey, foreman in the jobbing department of the ' Evening Star' Company is off to the war, and before his departure to join the first reinforcement unit his co-workers met together in the composing room to wish him Godspeed and a safe return. His comrades in the news and jobbing rooms presented him with a pipe, a wristlet watch, and a wristlet compass, and in acknowledging the gifts Mr Grey thanked the givers for the kindly spirit that actuated them in thus honoring him, and for the encouraging words addressed to him on their behalf bv the manager. He assured them he would do his duty as a man and a sou of the Empire. Mr J. T. Rainham, who has been in the employ of the Drainage Board for some time, has joined the reinforcements for the Expeditionary Force. Yesterday he was presented by the board's employees with whom he was associated (Chapman's gang) with a wristlet watch and a pipe. Mr William Russ, in making the presentation, wished Mr Rainham all success and a safe return.
The employees of Messrs A. and T. Inglis met at the Waratah Tea Rooms last evening to say au revoir to two members of the staff—Messrs W. Lindsay and G. Lockhart—who are leaving with the reinforcements of the Expeditionary Force. The social, which was attended by fully 100 persons, was given by the chairman of directors (Mr W. Emery). Mr Wilson presided. In presenting the guests, on behalf of the directors and staff, with a wristlet embossed silver watch and combination knife each, the Chairman said he felt sure that Privates Lindsay and Lockhart would acquit themselves well and help to uphold the honor of the Dominion and of the great flag under which they were serving. Those assembled all joined in the earnest wish that the departing- comrades would have a safe voyage to the Continent and return illustriously to this fair land of their birth. The speaker stated that the last occasion on which a gathering of a like nature took place was when the staff met and decided to make a presentation of horses, at the time of the South African War. He concluded by heartily wishing the guests God-speed on their gallant mission. Mr Sims organised an interesting programme, features of which were violin and piano solos by Miss D. Emery, recitations by Miss Clayton and Mr Paterson, songs by Miss Guy, and conjuring tricks by Mr Duncan. Other excellent items were given by Misses Gale, Peart, Millar, Murray, and by Messrs Sims, Spiro, Nash, Woodfield, Mason, and M'Hutchon. Miss Gale was accompanist. At the corporation tramway car house last evening Mr Claude Ingle, motorman, and Mr Andrew Reekie, conductor, who are both proceeding to Wellington to join the Expeditionary Reinforcements, were each presented with a wristlet watch and cigarette case as mementoes and marks of esteem from their fellow-employees. Mr C. F. Alexander, the tramways manager, in making' the presentation, spoke in commendatory terms of the recipients' collection with the service, and eulogised their attitude in volunteering to take up arms for their country. Representatives of the inspectors, motormen, and conductors supplemented the manager's remarks, which were suitably responded to by Mr Ingle. GENERAL ITEMS. The following is a copy of a cablegram of the 18th inst. received by the Department of Agriculture from the GovernorGeneral of the Soudan :—" Owing to the outbreak of the war Soudan exporters need new markets for ivory, ostrich feathers, mother-o'-pearl shell, cotton and sesame seed, earthnute, gum arabic, and senna. I venture to request that publicity may be given to <tne above statement, and will gladly facilitate inquiries iioxa New 3eshuid merchants."*
ADVERTISING POSTERS., Issue 15628, 20 October 1914
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