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(Faoii Onn Special Cobkespoxdekt.] AUSTRALIAN TRADE WITH GERMANY 1 . Quite a fair amount of Germany's money. Which is a factor which will go a very lon<j way in deciding the issue of the present war, conies from tha pockets of Außtralians. Jhe ladies of Use Commonwealth have be?u specially good friends of Germany in this respect- By far ihs greater number; of corsets sold ;:i Australia are from the hands of German firms and their agents. Cotton and thread, as well as socks and stockings, come from the same country Glove* are almost exclusively supplied from there. "\Vool!e;. and cotton underwear fair men, women, and children has also provided huge profits for German manufacturers, while it is "said that women's oats and skirts and overcoats, a!! (German-made, go .mi. la Australia by tens of thousands every year. THE STORY OF THE "PHANTOM ARMY. - ' Tht-re lms hewn a very persistent rumor -"e the past three weeks all over England that ;t huge body of Russian troops are being' transported from Archangel to the north of sjcollaiid and to Wales,"and thence across England by rail, en route, for France, to join (he Allies against the Germans in the western scat, of war. The moat circumstantial details of this progress have been repeated from mouth to mouth, but the Press Bureau has declared ilio report to be ridiculoW Still ihe rumor grows Perhaps the wish is lather io the thought, or perhaps there is really something in it a;ter all. The newspaper?, however, still contradict it. But '-we have almost grown in disregard the reports in the newspapers. Almost everything- that is published is with such reserve and qualification, and expressed unwillingness to vouch ■for same, thai wc hardly care to believe anything we are told. FUTURE EFFECTS OF THE WAR OX j OUR NEWSPAPERS. We may expect by the time the war Is over to read item-; of news like Ibis: "The sun rose yesterday morning and <set in the •evening-. (The above is reported with the utmost, reserve. The Press Bureau doe* not object to its publication, but takes no responsibility, having received no official confirmation of the fact.]" Great complaints are still being- in England that while the German Government are feeding; the whole world's Press, with extraordinary zeal, the news fa great deal of which is absurdly and maliciously false, and calculated to a dangerous feeling against Great Britain), the British Government are steadily and consistently suppressing news. Almost all we hear is sent us from Paris, from Italy, or from Holland, and is only published with the strictest reserve. Even the important speeches- in (lie House cf Commons by Mr Asquith and Sir Edward Grey are said to have been delayed for days before being cabled abroad, and Then only after being striotly censored. •• The censorship is worked in an entirely wron{r spirit,'' is the outspoken complaint of the Press. The public find it impossible to understand it, and the effect produced in England is decidedly unfortunate. All that wo really do know from the Home authorities is that they arc clamoring for hundreds of thousands of fresh troops and millions more money. ' THE WONDERS OP RECRUITING. While tha war authorities in England are clamoring for men, and the suffragettes a-ro offering white feathers to men who for rea-Bi-us of their own have not enlisted, several men who have presented themselves are most indignant at not being accepted. One of these hod been practically born with a rifle in his hand and had devoted his life to rifle-shooting, having written several books on the fcubject. But he was refused because hj» was a few months beyond the age. Another really within the age for enlistment, but in his enthusiasm to tske part in a iprevicus war, when lie was only 16 years old, !:o then overstated his age, and tutce.cdcd in seeing a goocl deal of active .service. But. now, although actually he is not to.i old to seive, his official record as a soldier is against him, fcr his papers sho-.v that he beyond the age, and they mufet ho " taken as correct." So a practised ioldicr i« going- to waste. Another man who for the pistil years has been timber-felling .in (lie wilds of ihe colonics, aiid has learnt to put up wiili all kinds of hardship and fatigue, w.:r, refused because his. constitution wes reported to be unfit to stand the hardships of soldiering! DON'T FORGET AUSTRALIA. yesterday wo heard that the Canadian confimrenf had arrived in Englaud, and tilf't 70.000 Indians were on their way- We. hav« heard and rejoiced that the Australian troops ere coming too, but ihere is not a Jittls danger of the Canadian spirit absolutely fwainpmer the Australian. One. can buy (ho British, "Belgian, French, Russian, Montenegrin, -Servian and Japanese flags for a penny eac!) by the thousand at every street cornar in Louden, but the Australian national flag is o-ilv occasionally procurable in -thn shop? at a'higher figure. A great National Ballet: just been produced at the Empire in London, which giorifie* the other nations joining with Great Britain in the war, bu. quite ignores the heVp of ihe Overseas Dominions. It is only fair to my ilin.t J lia v o seen in at least three of London* daily newspapers a. pretest against (Ins action. Now i.l eettaiuh- ihe fiino to rrniin.l the. Homeland that Australia is a worth'.- psrt of t'.ii Empire, :-nd that, *h? is actin* wcrthily. September 11.

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A LONDON LETTER, Evening Star, Issue 15633, 26 October 1914

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A LONDON LETTER Evening Star, Issue 15633, 26 October 1914