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ODDMENTS.

“ Scotland presents,” says the ‘ Times's ’ correspondent. “ some strange contrasts at this anxious time. Edinburgh is electrical, and, as befits a great military centre, docs not mind displaying its ardent patriotism to the stranger. Glasgow, on the other hand, might bo no nearer to the seat of war than Chicago: the life in its outward show is perfectly natural. Over 200.000 spectators were present at football matches on August 28, and over 5.000 golfers played in the Glasgow municipal courses during the last week in August. If. certainly seems ironical that in the face of Lord Kitchener's appeal for 500,000 men, 10,000 of the finest trained men in the country should he playing games. But the patriotism of the Scottish working men is not in question. Every man of them is ready to shoulder the burden best suited to him.” When the British cruiser Suffolk arrived at Halifax, Nova Scotia, 200 men of the 53rd Regiment volunteered to coal her so that the tars might have a well-earned afternoon off. PORTUGAL'S PART. Portugal is apparently preparing for war. Though she is a small nation, her activity at, this time is important and significant. Few people know that the Portuguese are our Allies. Under a treaty made in the reign of Queen Anne we can call upon them for 12,000 troops—a considerable number as war was waged in those days-. Portugal is pledged to refuse asylum to the vessels ot Great Britain’s enemies, and also to assist to protect British colonies in war time. The mobilisation may result, in an expeditionary force being sent into France, and if this be done Portugal will certainly send troops to piotect her own colonies. Her home ports may require defending against Germany, a.ml as she has but a poor navy and imperfect harbor defences the British and French Mediterranean fleets will he useful in this task. It would suit Germany admirably if she could establish herself in Portuguese ports.—Melbourne ‘ Argus.'

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ODDMENTS., Issue 15641, 4 November 1914

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ODDMENTS. Issue 15641, 4 November 1914

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