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Notwithstanding the efforts being made to stimulate recruiting, considerable difficulty is being experienced in securing applications for enrolment in the Expeditionary Forces There is practically no hope of Otago's quota being completed in time to admit of mobilisation by the middle of the present month. In fact, ore will be quite safe in asserting that 500 men will be required to complete Otago's complement. it must not bo assumed, however, that the indifferent response to the call for more, men is confined to Otago, as advices from Canterbury show conclusively that the Canterbury military district will be 50 per cent, short of its number.

■Special arrangements have been made with the Union Steam Ship Company to convey tire Southern members of the third reinforcements from Lyttelton to Wellington, and in order to interfere as little as possible with the ordinary boat traffic, and to avoid having the men hanging about the towns, the southern portion of the Otago quota will leave earlier than wrm at first arranged. The men, however, will get ample notice of the train and steamer thev will be, required to travel bv.

Inquiry at the local office of the Defence Department shows that every effort is being made to induce men to enrol. At to-night’s recruiting meeting at South Dunedin an officer will be in attendance to take the, names of all applicants for enrolment. It may be noted, too, that applications are not being restricted to men who are eligible for service abroad, but the names of all willing to bear arms will be accepted, regardless of age.

Tho Patriotic and General Welfare -Association have received a. contribution of £3 3s as a donation to the. Belgian fund from tho children attending the Waipnri Falls School. Tho amount was collected for school prizes, but the children attending the school, wishing to make, some sacrifice for tho poor of Belgium, resolved to send the money to the fund and to forgo their school prizes this year.

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REINFORCEMENTS., Issue 15666, 3 December 1914

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REINFORCEMENTS. Issue 15666, 3 December 1914

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