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WAR NOTES

[Feom Oue Own Coheespondent.]

LONDON, September 18.

The London streets at night now seem strange to the majority of people. Being alive to the possibility of a raid by a German Zeppelin airship, all unnecessary lights are done away with, whilst others are masked at tho top. The object of this is so that any hostile aircraft would have difficulty in picking out particular buildings. In addition to this measure, a, patrol of airships and aeroplanes are constantly making flights, so that an unwelcome visitor will bo "greeted" with considerable attention. The people are now getting quite used to the semi-dark-ness, whilst the children are keenly interested in the searchlights which flash across the sky. —A Champion Kidder. — The writer was in Mafeking soon after the relief of that town, and so knows something about the methods adopted tor the defence. Sir Robert Baden-Powell, who was so largely responsible, has now published a new book, in which he mentions the value of make-believe. One of the paragraphs: "Being short of barbed wire for entanglements, we planted upright stakes in great numbers, and the men were instructed to step high and crawl at certain points on entering and leaving fort*, i-i<\. so ns to deceive the enemy watching through glasses, making them' believe thai, wire entanglements wen: numerous. Carefuily-wurded newspaper reports of tho dci\m;-uve measures were also allowed to reach the enemy." —-Urave Etonian. — It is believed that .Second-Lieut. Julian Martin-Smith was tho first _ volunteer among the British forces to be killed in the present war. During tho battle of the Marue, when Captain Grenfell called for volunteers to save some guns, MartinSmith was the first to step forward, and his gallantry was conspicuous. He was attached to the 9th Lancers as an interpreter, a position eagerly sought for by many who are keen to see fighting. Mar-tin-Smith had a brilliant athletic record at Eton, and en going up to Cambridge represented the Light' Blues at golL Another instance of the "first" i.s that of Captain Bertram! Stewart, of the West Kent Veomanry, who was the first Territorial officer to be killed in action with the Expeditionary Force. It may be j added that Captain Stewart was one of the three officers who were arrested in 1911 ; at Bremen on u charge of spying. He was sentenced to be detained in a fortress for three years and six months. After serving 15 months, however, lie was released. —A Born Fighter.— Lieutenant C. X. Champion Do Crespigny, killed in action, came of a fighting family, imd tho instinct \v::.=» strongly developed in the young officer under notice. On one occasion he was riding a horse in a steeplechase at Hawthorn Hill, and the animal (the favorite) having, jarred itself, was pulled up. Some of | the punters were sore over tho loss of their money, and made some pointed and uncomplimentary remarks to the jockey when he walked his horse back to the paddock. He entirely ignored them at the time, but after taking the horse in he walked quietly back, quite alone, and gave, a good hiding to two of the men he had marked down as being particularly offensive. —Early Doors This Way.— Tommy Atkins has greatly astonished French and Belgian people by some of his quaint doings and sayings. One of the best stories from the front is related of a certain regiment who rushed into action shouting " Early doors this way. Early doors ninepence." To those who do not know what early doors means it may bo pointed out that some theatres and music-halls open certain doors a little earlier than the. regulation time, and for which a. slight ■ extra charge is made. There is always a rush for the.se, so that the cry was somewhat appropriate. Seo the Doctor.— Another story from the front relates that many of the English soldiers are getting so much rilie practice of the real sort that they strongly fancy themselves as marksmen. If tkvy fail to make a bull's-eye nearly every time when firing deliberately they are sure to bo advised'by a pal to " See the doctor, boy; something musv be the- matter with you." —Surprising tho Germans.— When the King and Quoen visited X'etley Hospital a few days ago they paid particular attention to 72 wounded Germans who had been brought there. His Majesty addressing several of them, and expressing tho wish that they should receive the same treatment as the British. Thi** was tactful, as t-lie-ro is oEt-en a tcnI dency to give the woinded enemy extra kindness, which Tommy Atkins cajinot always understand. The Germans .were greatly surprised, and highly gratified at the action of tho King a-nd Quwn. Apropos of treating prisoners better than our owi: men, the wddiers guarding the G-ermans at tho Camberiey camp say that the prisoners gel the same ration© as they do, only that the Germans aro served first, and it it; "Tommy" who poos hungry if there ie any shortage. —Special Corps.—

Many special regiments and corps are beir-g raised for active service. One will be known as the Sportsmen's Battalion, which will be 1,300 strong. It is confined to men up to 45 who are used to outdoor sports —hunting, shooting, *?t-c. —and it is expected that this experience will lead, to the regiment beinj; ready for active service in record time. The Colonial Infantry will he another (special regiment, tho organisation being chiefly undertake>i by Col. Arthur I)u Cros, a famous cyclist and motorist. The regiment is confined to men with association with tho Dominions.

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WAR NOTES, Issue 15631, 23 October 1914

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WAR NOTES Issue 15631, 23 October 1914

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