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WAN NOTES, Issue 15636, 29 October 1914
[By Ex-Yeoman.] LONDON, September 4. A Topical Target.— Among the many good stories respecting tho conduct of our soldiers at sthe front the following is a notable example : The Wiltshire Regiment was holding a dangerous position during one of tho ictiring actions, and at a critical nn.m...: tho ammunition ran short. A party at once volunteered to cross a title and gun swept open space to a position held by tho tieaforth Highlanders for the purpose of borrowing ammunition. This was done, and on the return of tho party one of tho “ Moonrakers ” wrote on a piece of tin " Business as usual (a mottc much heard in England now), and turner it towards tho Gormans. They miglu not have been able to appreciate the humor, but tho biscuit tin served a.-, a, target, the joker being twice hit in the armwhen taking down his notice. —A Record-breaker. — Mr Charles H. Sherrill, of New Vm who was arrested by Germans near -B Hairzburg. and, with his family, su jected to much indignity, was once a- f mons athlete. He represented ValoT n versity. and besides winning national, an intercollegiate athletic championships, si up a record of 12|sec for 125 yds. Inc dentally he was the first amateur to aclnj tho down method of starting, now so g<oral. —Recruiting Brisk.— The seriousness of the task confront!:' the Empire was not thoroughly grasp, by many at first, who were prone to say ■‘Olt, the Navy will protect our common and shores, and tho Russian millions wil. overrun Germany.” That it is up tp tin British Empire to ‘‘clip tho wings-" o: Germany L now more fully recognised, and recruiting is brisk. These lines -are being written in an old-world villager in tho West of England, within the. sight of ,m ancient British open-air Parliament, and that the war spirit is abroad is plain to observe. Hundreds of patriot* crowded the village hall last night to listen to the appeal of tho local leader* for recruits. It was inspiring to 100 l into e ’>(* stern faces of the young -mou bred within the influence of thy New Forest and Wiltshire Downs. They may be slow of speech, but their power to "stick it” when in a tight corner is above t!ie average. They listened attentively to the cultured appeal of a retired colonel, and fairly “rose” to a local farmer, who let himself “go’' when saving he hoped no one in his employ would hesitate to ” have a slap at ’em "—meaning the Germans. Ou coming down to this secluded .-pot tho writer was accompanied by a brother sportsman, who is a captain on the reserve of Territorial officers. He was recalled, and a few minutes ago a card arrived from him which read; ”1 have j'.iicd tho battalion, and we have re,iii —1 a second thousand men in two rtays, ere turning dozens away. Nearly all e- foreign service.” All this is good •v ■ 1 >• makes one thrill to recognise In 01 i England is finding herself, and LI th>- ; bib of Drake, Marlborough, Noban 1 Wellington was merely slumbers ft i. iil also please overseas represent: lives of the Empire, and make the proud to do their bit now that “Th Day ” has dawned. —Patriotic Caddies.— Twenty caddies of the Chingford gcourse have enlisted in the new army, member gave them £1 each,, which th are spending in a recruiting campaig: among caddies of other districts. One ■ : them suggests that there should be a ditinctive corps of caddies, with golfers fm their officers. He gave as his reason to. the latter: “We know their ways, and. what is more, we know their language." This is delightful, but all golfers' language is somewhat alike at times, particularly when stymied, or a putt of a foot imissed. This attitude is characteristic of other golf clubs, many having acted in a similar mannet. —The Enemy's Friend— No matter what war wo may he engaged in. there are always a few traitors about. One of the breed, who sports a red tie, was letting himself go in Hyde Park a few evenings ago, when a mildlooking stranger suddenly turned to a gentleman standing near and asked him to assist in upsetting the platform. Before an answer was forthcoming, however, others in the crowd had acted, and the frothy spouter and his friends were soon flying towards tho park gates. —Useful in the Dark The news that native Indian troops are to be given a chance in the firing line has been received with great pleasure. Their bravery is beyond question, and they will follow their English officers anywhere. The Ghurkhas, in particular, are expected to prove their worth. It may riot be widely known outside of military circles that the Gurkhas carry a curved knife (2it long), which is called a kukri, in addition to the rifle and bayonet. Gurkhas excel in night attacks, and as they approach bare-footed they often get to their enemy before being discovered. If, as is likely, they are given a chance to indulge in a night attack, it will be decidedly unhealthy for the Germans who come within reach 'of the kukri. —Bad Manners Punished.—■ During the naval action near Heligoland an English boat picked up a number of Germane, whose ship had been sunk. One of them, an officer, spat in the face of the English officer who was in command of the boat. He was promptly seized bv one of the Jack Tars and thrown back into the sea, a German seaman being taken on board in his place. A West of England bishop proposes the formation of a footballers’ legion, the officers to be footballers. There would be no difficulty in carrying out the idea, and it would certainly please footballers and also stimulate other like movements.
WAN NOTES, Issue 15636, 29 October 1914
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