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THE REINFORCEMENTS.

There is no special anxiety on tho part of young men to enlist in the Expeditionary Forces if one may judge from the paucity of applications for enrolment at the Dunedin Defence, Office. The facilities for enrolling leave very little to be desired, as all the county centres of any importance have their recruiting officers. For the third reinforcement Otago's quota is still 447 men short. The mounted rifle regiment is 180 short of tho required number, the infantry 260 short, and the field artillery 7. The local Defence Office do not anticipate that there will be any difficulty in getting the required number of men fur the Samoan force, although no particulars as to enrolment have yet been received from headquarters. Meantime, however, names of all who come along are noted. PATRIOTIC AND RECRUITING MEETING. A patriotic and recruiting meeting will be held in the Town Hall, -South Dunedin, on Thursday evening, when a cordial invitation is extended to all interested, especially young men. An excellent musical and instrumental programme is being arranged, offers of assistance having already been received from Misses Helen Gard'ncr, Vida Waters, and Mr J. B. -M‘Connell, and .several well-known performers have been communicated with. Earl Kitchener is calling for more men. Tho larger the. force we have available tho sooner this terrible war will be terminated. Otago can he relied upon to do her share, as she has in the past, but it is necessary for cur young men to come forward at once, as the Empire requires more men immediately. The meeting last Thursday was a most successful one. South Dunedin will ; no bout, havo just as successful a meeting this Thursday. FRENCH GENERAL’S VOW. A wounded officer relates that on September 8 Lieutenant Gerald Do Castlcnau, who was seriously wounded, was brought to his fat her. General De Castlcnau. The lieutenant died in the camp where the general was stationed with his staff. The father leaned over the body of his sou, and embracing him, said ; “My son. you havo had tho finest death that one could wish. J. swear that our armies shall avenge you by avenging all families of Franco.’ Then General Do, Castlcnau left the body alter covering the taco with his handkerchief. All those who were present and heard the vow vero deeply moved. A FRANK LETTER. A young officer of the Army Service Corps contrasts tho actual conditions of war with tho pictures ho had formed during peace lime. lie. writes : ” 1 had my first experience of shell fire on Monday last. One burst practically at my horse’s lu-oU as I was galloping across an open space. I was glad when if was over, as they sent six into myself and my two waggons within 45 seconds. I'm pony to hear you havo abandoned tho pin no and tango teas. The women of England mustn’t lore heart.

“ Tho people here cannot do enough for you. Incidentally, 1 brought in a spy myself about two weeks ago. He was in a most wretched funk, mid 1 lelt a perfect swine for having to keep a revolver on him dm whole time. I am quartered in a very comfortable farmhouse. I shall be utterly spoilt for sleeping with my feet in a ditch and my head on my cap, as we did almost every time we halted during the first three weeks. I used to wonder what active service would be like, but the. picture I drew was entirely wrong. It has shown me things I’d like to force! —pictures of the suffering of the civilian population and soldiers. However, it ims its humorous #!de as well, and 1 havo howled with laughter at some, of the extremely funny things that have occurred. “On the whole, itb; most interesting, and an experience that one remembers for the rest of one's life. The conduct of the women and children in there villages is wonderful. Yesterday, when 1 was in , the Germans bombarded the town. I only saw ore woman and tw children running. The rest wore as cool ns we were in what was undoubtedly <a

of the tightest corners Unit f, at any rate, have ever hern in. 'Hie. noice of the shells is devilish. IPs a long drawnmi t whistling whim*, a pause, and then ban.:;. 1 The worst is that, you hear them corning and do not know when or where they will hurst. Still, like everything else, wo gel nvd to them. No amount of dodging could do the slightest good, so why try? We agtually have a poor, at this place, which, as there are two of ns who play. £«;.« a goo 1 deal of use—and abuse. One Mowing of a long war is that wlien J do ,o:i;c heme I fdiall have lots of filthy lucre, as <ve cannot spend much. I’m afraid rny coif handicap v.d! be .about 48 when I nevr play. We had a slightly exciting nr-mant the other dry. when a T.aube monoplane drooped a bomb on one of my waggons about, 50 yards trem me, and set it, on tire, ft, wr.s full of ammunition, too. However, v.c got it out O.K."—'Daily Express.’ MSSCEP.LANEOUS. Tile fact that a Frenchman may be preparing for prie'thood dors not cxernnt him from MTving his three years as a conscript. Indeed, even after ordination, if liable to he called upon ns a iv-ervi-t, he must comply with the order. That is why 'says trio ‘Echo de Paris’) a largo number of Roman Catholic, priests arc taking part in (he present war ns combatants.

The Dunedin branch of tic' Overseas Club arknowledce the foil •■win t donations to the Otago school Christmas fund for the Belgian children, frcui the srlr-o' -

Glenore Ss 6*l. Blacks 9\ Wetherstone 85 3d. Purakauni 5- 3d. T.ow'.vrn' F> v 16 s Id. Wan a ha- 6s. Mount Ptunrt 2s, Etirh'k 12s 6d, _\>npara 26* : and 1 t-i •

Belgian r-*'lix fund, from the staff of the Public Library. £l3 ]os. Then* arc .'till n few schools to respond, and i ]to committee would I' l pi Msec} to receive the donations as early as possible, in order to close the Christmas fund. “Our Own” writes from Cromwell;— Enthusiasm locally in regard to the patriotic fund app'-avs to Lave subsided, but it is rjuile evident that additional (subscriptions will be talien up at an early date, ns many have already offered further donations. In most of the outlying districts periodical appeals are meeting with a gratifying response. Tlio Vincent County Council, at their meeting last we*!:, undertook a proposal to eur-ourave recruiting for the reserve Expeditionary Force.

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THE REINFORCEMENTS., Evening Star, Issue 15664, 1 December 1914

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