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A movement is on foot among the University .student* and ex-students of the tour largo centres to organise as many of their number as am able to volunteer into a force to be sent with the second reinforcement to the Expeditionary Force leaving New Zealand about the end of tho present year. A number of students have already gone to the front, but many who would willingly have volunteered before have, until now, been debarred from doing so by the University courses and examinations. It is hoped that a large number will offer, for men of tho calibre of 'Varsity men should bo welcome in any force, bringing into il .is tiny do special knowledge of many things. mu-Ii as electricity, medicine, engineering, construction work, and modem languages. Tbe force will not be distinct in any way from other reinforcements being sent to the front. Tho men will boon precisely the, same footing, and will receive the pay of their respective ranks. Enrolment lists have been opened with the lb-gist car of each University Council. FOOL FOR BRITISH POWDER. The new Octniau battle-cruiser Derfflingcr commenced her trials late in July, and io expected to be ready for commissioning during the autumn. £he is 688 ft long on the water-line, and 95ft in beam, with a displacement of 26,600 tons, the designed speed is 26.5 knots, with Parsons turbines of 63,000 h.p. Tho armament is eight 12in guns in four centre-line turrets, twelve 5.9 m and twelve 3.4 in, also four submerged 19Jiu torpedo tubes. The officers and men number 1.125, or 545 more than the British ships of the Invincih'e class, which have the sumo main armament. The Greek Government should now bo in possession of the battleships Idaho and Mississippi (now the Kilkis). purchased from the United States on the Bth July. Though not modern (being authorised in 1903), they arc 575 ft long, displacement 15.000 tons; armament, four 12in. eight Sin. eight 7 in, and twelve 14-pounder guns ; and should prove, useful in the present juncture if Greece takes part, which seems inevitable, against Turkey.

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TO UNIVERSITY STUDENTS., Issue 15644, 7 November 1914

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TO UNIVERSITY STUDENTS. Issue 15644, 7 November 1914

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