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CANADIANS IN ENGLAND

MEN FROM THE WEST. An immense camp has been prepared for the Canadian troops in England- It lies in the midst of wide rolling plains, reminding them of parts of Western Canada. The nearest town is 12 miles off. Thus there is little distraction from the steady purpose of preparing for war. At present the men Jive in huts constructed of wood and canvas. These wcio built as rapidly as possible. Already the cold is bleak on the lonely uplands. The fino condition ot the horses has excited great attention. These animals, which are mostly from the western plains, shied violently at tho motor cars. The cavalry regiments include genuine cowboys and broncho-busters. Who showed groat prowess with the fresh horses in the camp. Many nationalities'are represented in the contingent. Russian, Servian, and Montenegrin reservists, who were prevented from joining their own armies, have come over, and also French and Belgians, but tho majority are British-Canadian born. The camp is strictly teetotal, the only licensed house in the neighborhood having been taken over as the official headquarters. Field telephones are connected with different parts of the camp. The men are determined to be ready to go to the front in lese than two months. Owing to the number of ex-service men of the Canadian mitftia their aspirations are likely to be realised —Scenes at Plymouth.— Tremendous enthusiasm marked the welcome given at Plymouth to tho Canadian, contingent (says a special message). It is not merely the first contingent to cross the Atlantic in this world-war, but it is the first to bring Britain an Imperial message from the Overseas Dominions. There have been few parallels to the inspiring scene which was associated with the coming of the Canadians. Never has such a, gathering of great liners been seen in Plymouth Sound. The inhabitants were unaware that tho transports were coming. The secret had been well kept. Although the first ship was sighted early in the morning, none were allowed to pass without a popular demonstration. The news spread luce a prairie fire. People of the Three Towns (Plymouth, Devonport, and Saitash) thronged the public frontages 1 of tho great waterway leading to Devonport dockyard, and throughout the whole day they gazed in admiration as the transports steadily steamed paet to their moor- • ings. They waved hate and flags and j cheered witfr increasing enthusiasm. The I troops crowded the decks and clung to,rig- I ging, crows’ nests and mastheads, cheer-! ing and waving hats. | The flotilla did not have a good crossing, being buffeted by autumn gales in the 19 days’ voyage from Quebec. The men were cheerful in their crowded quarters, and passed their evenings singing and dancing. The debarkation commenced in the evening, hundreds of special trams conveying them to the encampment. Bands, and pipers headed the legimenis. as' they marched through the streets The appearance of the men was excellent. They,

are mostly between 25 and 35 years old, and are of splendid physique, broadchested, tanned, aiy.l muscular. Khaki was the predominant uniform, although a few blue uniforms and plumed hats distinguished Strathcona’s Horse. The roughridors were picturesquely garbed, wearing their wideawake hats and two revolvers in their belts. Many of the men had South African medals.

T'ho spirit of camaraderie between the officers and men aroused wonder, as they left the deck for ah ore leave arm-in-arm. The force is equipped magnificently. The transportation of the immense body of men, houses, guns, and fodder occupied 24 hours.

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CANADIANS IN ENGLAND, Issue 15640, 3 November 1914

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CANADIANS IN ENGLAND Issue 15640, 3 November 1914

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