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WAR NOTES

[By Ex-Yeoman.] LONDON, October 23. —Historic Ground.— There was 800161111135 very fitting about U*e arrangement for the landing of ttto Canadian troops at Plymouth. Whether it was by design or just chance does not much matter, the effect being the same. Even those with the most hazy recollection of English history will recall the story of how Drake was playing a game of bowls on Plymouth Hoe when an officer approached with the news that th<> Spanish Armada was in eight. The famous Admiral replied that he would finish his game and then go out to liok the enemy—which he did. There i» a deeper tijjuificiincc in ih© landing of the Canadians at, Plymouth. Hundred* of years hare pawl since a few mighty seamen and fighters sot, sail from the little harbors of Clovclly and Westward Ho in quest of tho Western lauds across the Atlantic Ocean. ThGir enterprise played a big part in the policy wheh led up to the great nations now known, as tie United .States and Canada. It ecema, therefore, fitting that tho evolution of time should bring about another great event in history—viz., the arrival of troops from these Western lands in tho county of Devonshire, all imbued with tho resolve to keep th* flag flying.

Tho historical story can be carried further, for tho Canadians were moved on to Salisbury. Who is thero that does not know that Wiltshire (of which Salisbury is the cap!-" tal) was the centre of religion and government among the people of this country long \ prior to the Eoman conquestP The Can*- ! dians will be inspired at having landed on ■ such historic ground, and that their war < training will bo completed among the rp- ,i mains of ancient batt)e£eldo, wliere Ancient Britons met Romans and other foes.

—lnspiring Worde.—It, was good to be in London on the 21«t, ; the 109th*anniversary of Trafalgar. It wm inspiring to note the tbouHUide who "risiswi i I the Kelson monunaeiit, the base of which. | ! was covered with %vreaths, crosses, anchors, > i etc., to tho memory of the brave man who i ! secured the eoa for England in that memo*, ( able battle. A deeper significance was cc% ; vcyed by Kome of the. tributes to the heroes ; who were on tho Hojue, Cressy, Aboukir, Hawke, Pathfinder, and Ampuion. Itbrought home to one that we are again cha!->* lenged for the mastership of the bcm. \ It was tho pleasuro of the writer to hear j Lord Charlos Beresford speak at the Nary j 1.-onzno meeting: in (he evening. Tho bluff r old salt of "Bravo, Condor!" famo tpoko! porno inspiring words. He referred to tho nmch-talked-of German toast, "Zum Taj" ("To tho Day"), and then added: "Well, wo are waiting for them." Lord Charles I nlso assured his audience that the spirit of, 1 Nelson still lived in the Navy, and that.whether we had good or bad luck wo should win. Thero was no idle "boastfulness about his assertion, but one felt convinced thai ho merely stood for the. spirit of tho Navy. —Sea Stories. — Lots of (splendid stories are told about our sailor.-, and the following are typical o.vinpie«:— A youth wrote 10 the 'Daily Impress' of Louden asking that, paper to app.-ftl :<> tl:o , Cii.riuaii fleet lo leave the fcheluu- of it i. li.i bors and eotaei out to fight, lit* rca-c. ' w 'Av.it when his 17-ycar-old brother wi.; on board cue of the English _ battle'hip* atj '. ihf Mart of the war he weijjJK-d Usßib, but, lie now pulled down the sca'.e .it 177ib. _ which ■mode ibe writer urrxiouß, as he shared hi* bus ; with (In brother when tho latter was ">■■: \ short. 1 Another anecdote, reliies that an officer-: servant knocked on the cabin door and said . •JS." pardon, fir; four of tho enemy'-; ships -;re In sight. Will you have your built b-- ; fore or after tho action." There ■:■; eonrI thin" parricvilarly homelike about the latter incident, and it conveys a real "idea cf liov; I on- samni "carry "it." whether in >torm. j fcltiiAVTeck, fire, or action. Thru, coo! cuma.;.: ' r-iu'its for much, and will tell when "lli" i IXtv " rtally comes and the grand halt'.-' tit il--- clash. | —Kindly Women. — j The women of England are dims: tiolenilld I work at thin time, and the mere mat: • •ah I iv.-iiti ftitoitiiu Uglier appreciation of the i oipo'-ite >x:l than "when some of the "' odvii'od" tewalts were burning' routes, de- ' I't-o'-in" V'tosic pictures, eic. The writer ! a nice incident on Wednesday. ' vi'ch is one of hundreds of jike naturs hap- '< icvi-.v.' i.titv dav. As tho b'j," crowd ra '..ritii*-' at "tho df-ooi-a<ions around Ne'n-or.'-i <"u'.imiii, a f .obiter who had been wounded ai t1..: t'rr.nt inu noticed by this crowd. Art <] ,'crly lady put- "• }ow questions to him a;, 1 . 1 --i health, etcr. and, finding out that lie was'inakintj his way to his heme at Hitrhi.,ttc (about fix mills' journey), she called u taxi'and paid th?. driver to take the »olilvr'home. It may not have been much of a" sncrilice for the "lady to niake, hut small as iiie 'attention v,-as. it showed the kindly feeling which women who underbt*nd entertain for our brave soldiers. —Anollwr Incident.— How small thins* are noticed and appr* r , aicied bv the, soldiers in the new army f} il!u--tratcd bv the followinc; incident which } Tomniv told" the writer His battalion wi>e:J ~n roiiu) marches usually pus* the hotKe a] a verv old lady, who faibt to emtill" Union Jack and throw kisses to ta) men n* th«y pss*. Thfy MOW !ook_fcr h«J as a matter of ootutse, and the soldiers fef* thai the dear old white-haired lady is a re»! lriaiu. —The Itight Spirit 'fae .inimating our soldiers is wel illustrated by the following:—One poor t'el, iow, who in" addition to other wounds ha< { Ice', both arms, remarked: " What a pit;' boxh inv anna aro off, otherwise wc mjgh' have ittul a, Rame of cards." The bravo ixu • dit-r died an hotir latar, anfl his general bs haviotir and undaunted spirit, in «pite of hi ii.jttrier, represent tho conduct of r.ur so.dien and railors generally. It is no idle cry whei thev shout: "Arc we dowa-hearted ? No!

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WAR NOTES, Evening Star, Issue 15669, 7 December 1914

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WAR NOTES Evening Star, Issue 15669, 7 December 1914

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