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[From Ocr Parliamentary Retortbr.] WELLINGTON, October 30. '■ There have been several rumors going about as to the number of desertions from the New Zealand Expeditionary Force." said tlie Hon. J. Allen in the House last evening. Ho proposed to inform members of the exact position. The force left with one officer and 62 non-commissioned officers and men short of the establishment. It had been rumored that there, were 250 deserters. That was quite incorrect. Ail but 17 were sent ashore suffering from measles and other troubles. There were other absentees, hut whether that was due to accident or not had not yet been ascertained, Mr Wilford : One man said he got drunk and was locked up tor 48 hours. That accounts for one. Hon. J. Allen : That is one out of 17, and I have no doubt that the whole of the 17 ran be accounted for. 1 think it is highly creditable to the Expeditionary Force that so few men have been found wanting at the last moment. I believe the whole 17 have boon accidents, and not deserters. 1 would not like to think that any New Zealander deserted his post. OTAGO PATRIOTIC AND GENERAL WF.LFA RE ASSOCIATION. The lion, treasurers of tho Otago Patriotic and tenoral Welfare Association acknowledge tiie receipt of the following donations to the fund:—

THE ONE BRIGHT SPOT. Everyone was pleased to hear that the Prince'of Wales, keenly anxious to prove his patriotism by serving his King and country in the present crisis, had been given ' a commission in the- Grenadier Guards. He was chatting tlie other day with one of his brother officers on the subject of the war, and quietly remarked ; “ Well, there s one really good thing that will come from this war.” “ Whatever? that ?” asked the rather astonished officer. *• Well,” replied tlie Prince, with rather a pathetic little smile, “ I suppose I shan't have to marry one of those German princesses now !” EMU FEATHERS FOR SOLDIER?. Members of the Australian Expeditionary Force keenly desire a distinctive ornament. Mr Fisher, the Commonwealth Prime Minister, has arranged that the Queensland Light Horse shall be permitted to wear emu feathers, and the same privilege will be extended to all Australian troops. The Queenslanders surreptitiously took boxes of feathers to Melbourne, and their joy at being granted this privilege is said to have been intense.

Previously acknowledged £15.359 2 6 Car and wagon inspetor s Staff. Dunedin railways (fourth instalment) ... 1 12 0 “ Widow's Mite " 1 0 0 Dunedin branch, “ Order of tiie Star in the. T£ast " in 10 0 "D, A.” 5 0 0 Mrs James Gray 5 0 0 G. S. Simpson O 2 0 R. M'Kinlav 1 0 0 J. W. Todd 1 0 0 T. J, Wright 1 0 0 Jean D. Ra relay 1 0 0 Tims. Black 5 0 0 Amount received on Trafalgar Day and previouslv acknowledged ... 100 0 0 Dunedin City CouncilValley * Ward employees (fourth eontributionl 0 a 0 Caversham Ward employees (fifth eontrihntion) 1 9 n William Curtis 1 0 0 Total to date £13,496 3 6

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"NO DESERTERS.", Issue 15637, 30 October 1914

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"NO DESERTERS." Issue 15637, 30 October 1914

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