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ST. JOHN AMBULANCE BRIGADE OVERSEAS.

OUT.EX MARY'S NEEDLFAYORK GUILD. The Depulv Commissioner (Lieutenantcjoncl G. Barclay. Auckland) announce* that the following additional work has loon perform*-*! by units:—lf ok iti k a AmLi lance Division: 26 Nightingale jackets. 27 pans bed socks. Guyinouth Nursing Division : 20 Nightingale jackets iS pairs bod socks, 11 roller bandages. ‘ Christchurch Nursing Division; 25 Nightingale jackets, 15 pairs bed socks. Seluyn Nursing Division: 44 Nightingale jackets, 54 pairs bed socks, 2 chj>o, 1 pared linen. Hamilton Nursing Division: 232 cholera belts. 55 undershirts, 68 Balaclava caps, 9 pair socks 106 handkerchiefs, 24 pairs underpants. 0 pair trousers, 5 coats, 15 vests, 15 overcoats, also 180 articles of women's apparel and 85 articles of children's clothing, Auckland Nursing Division ; 23 suit? pyjamas, 2 pyjama coats, 61 shirts. 6 nightshirts, 105 pillow slips, 4 rugs. 8 part rugs, 26 cholera belts, 87 pairs mittens. 56 caps, 19 pairs soclw, 4 bundles old linen. 1 pair blankets, 21 pairs bed socks, 244 roller bandage. 24 main - tail bandages, 57 T bandages. 9 nightingales. 4 bed jackets, 5 macintosh sheets. 6 towels. 24 sheets, 6 mufflers, 1 dressing gown, and 579 garments for the poor. Hampden Nursing Division: £l6 Os 9d. collected by nursing sisters and lemitted to St John's Gate. Oainaru Ambulance Division : £2B 10s 6d, codeiT’d , by fi vends and sympathiser in Kurow i district a.nd remitted to St. John's Gale. i Auckland Turps Auckland Ambulance i IVtvwion, and Auckland Nursing Division: j /jls (£5 from each), voted from the funds ( and remitted to St. Johns Gate. Mor-j rirtsville Nursing Division; £l2 l&N col- [ lected by members and remitted to Si. John’s Gate A DUNEDIN VISITOR ABROAD.

TRADE CONDITIONS DISCUSSED. Mr John Lethbridge, a gentleman well known in Dunedin commercial life. who lias been cm a visit to Great Britain and th) Continent of Europe, returned to Dunedin on Wednesday last and, when seen by a ‘Star’ reporter, briefly gave a vo’sumo of his impressions. Mr Lethbridge said he was in Scotland when war broke out. At that time the hotels in Scotland were full of visitors, principally tourists, and the anxiety to return was so great that in a short time the hotels were nearly oMpty, the holidaymakers, principally business men, being desirous of returning to their respective businesses. The one matter which struck Mr Lethbridge was the absolute calm which pervaded the country. There was, however, a period of intense anxiety wnetv “ conversations ” were proceeding with the foreign Governments after Franco and Russia had declared war. There was uneasiness lest the British Government should waver, and there was an underlying current of fear lest Great Britain would not go to the assistance of her ally, Franco. One conld almost feel the pressure lieing relieved when Britain announced her intention to stand by and step / into tlie* fray. Tt was felt that England 1 was duty bound to assist France, and many people would have felt themselves i disgraced if England had failed U> carry

out her obligations. Kvon then there was no jubilation. hut an apparent, quiei riotermination that the honors of the momentous struggle would go to the Allied Forces. The general opinion at. Home was that the war would he of long duration. From a. business point of view there was considerable anxiety during the early stages of the el niggle. The monetary ditheulty was very amite at one stage, tint was quickly got over. He did not presume to say that matters were normal yet, but there was nothing of a serious nature to contend with at present. There was a pronounced slackness of tiade during the first two weeks in August, hut conditions improved before tiie end of that mouth. People seemed to go about their business as usual, and the principal thoroughfares

gave. no indication that, the Kmpiio was engaged in a life and death struggle. In tha parks in and about London them was a military activity, which reminded one oi a Continental city. Large bodies of men were being drilled in the. parks, in preparation for active service. Sports of all kinds in which young men engage were practically suspended, this being attributed principally In the absence of players on active service. Mr Lethbridge noticed that trade in Australia and Xew Zealand mno nearly approached normal conditions, than hj ili 1 in the Old Country. The prims lor cross-bred wool, meat, and dairy produce were likely to remain good, and Xew Zealand was in an excellent position to supply outside reqniiemcnts. So far ns Australia was concerned, the prospects were not so good. The drought there had had a prejudicial effect on exportable commodities. The rains were too late in coming, and the damage resulting from the prolonged spe'l of excessive dryness was in some cases irreparable. The wheat, crops were bound t ) bo light, and little more than semi would bo got in many districts. Xew Zealand, he rrmsidored, was bound | to be affected by tbo conditions prevailing : actofs the Tnsn an Sea. ne banks and other | ftnameial institutions would feel compelled j to oome to the assistance of those who had suffered by the drought in the Common- ; wealth, and the accommodation to Xew j Zealand, produce: s would consequently) have to be curtailed. i Mr Lethbridge was struck with the j apparent normal state of the money mar- | ket in the Donr’ninn. and that it seemed j to be anticipated by the public that j money for public works and other pn;-j poses would be forthcoming as usual, j It would be certainly strange if Xew Zea- j land was to be the only country in the j world not to suffer commercially and finan- j dally. I t was recognised in F.ngland that) economy should be practised individually I and collectively, and this example might ) bo wisely followed here. There can be i no doubt that our Kmpire lias to faiej the most critical time in her history, I and it behoves ns to ace that we assist ' to the utmost by men and money to | bring the war to a successful termination, j and meantime help to relieve those on | whom the brunt of t tin distress falls. 1

GERMANY’S DIET OF LIES. Speaking at Edinburgh last month, Lord Rosobery said : ‘‘ Even out of the horror of war wo can, 1 thud;, ho aware of two great compensations. The first, is the Empire. Mr Asuuith has alluded, i think, in his powerful speech, to the belief which our enemy fondly hugged to himself that the Empire was a looselycompacted structure which would fall to pieces at the first touch of the antagonist. ‘Lies! Lies!! Lies!!'.' iLourl and prolonged cheering.) A nation whose persistent diet has been lies for the lad. of) years cannot hope to thrive in any enter prise. What has been the result of this unfortunate miscalculation, as. I think, ilic Prime Minister railed it? Nothing hut. to far from dislocating our Empiic. to combine it far more closely together. 'I his war is the fine on the renewal of the lease of the British Empire. It is n war that must he fought out to the hitter end. It is. I admit, a. war for .supremacy-—supre-macy of all that wo hold saered—even as a. war {( conducted hy our Christian faith against a nido and barbarous paganism. It is a fight for the supremacy of thc-e great principles. Being so. we cannot afford to 10-.e. All that \v« have in the world is staked on this war- -Empire, country, honor, our placet in history and in the nations of the world - and vet, so placed as we at e. we can neither flinch nor come to any patched-up truce. That thine against which wp are fighting must come to an end for ever. Standing fast in prineiple. firm and brave and bold, we mav j say with Luther: 'Hero we stand and I can do no other.’ ” ;Loud cheers, i

A PROPHECY. 1 “ Christianity—ami this is its highest )' merit—has in some decree softened, but ; it conld not destroy. that hnita] German 1 jov of battle. When once die laming j talisman, the Cross, breaks iVr two, the | savagery of the old fighters, tho senseless, j Berserker fury of which the northern | poets sine and say so much, will gush up j anew. That talisman is decayed, and the 1 day will come when it will piteously col- j lapse. Then tho old stone gods wifi rise from the silent ruins, ana nib tho dust of ) a thousand years from their eves. Thor, with his giant's hammer, will at last spring up, and shatter to bits the Gothio cathedrals." So wrote Heine 80 years ago. Following are copies of cables -which passed between the Mayor of the City ond the Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of .Australia with reference to the SydneyEmden fight: —"The Premier, Commonwealth, Melbourne, —City of Dunedin sends hearty congratulations on result of Sydney-Emc'ien fight.— J. B. Sh.vcki.ock, Mayor.” “ The Mayor, Dunedin, —Congratulations heartily appreciated.— Fishes."

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ST. JOHN AMBULANCE BRIGADE OVERSEAS., Evening Star, Issue 15650, 14 November 1914

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