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WAR NOTES

' [By Ex-Yeomas fob the ' Stab. 1 ] LONDON, November 6. —A Noble Death.— One of the finest actions related in connection with the-. is told about a . "bravo old priest. Tlkj incident happened at a village l.ecr Francorchamp, occup'ed by the Germans. Sumo of them were tired on «« they enteral tho village one night, presumably by their own cuuntrymen. They acru/c.f tho villagers, however, and five were shot a* a warning. A teimilar incident happened the next night, and for which come of tho villagers ■were no doubt responsible. Tho German officer in charge then picked out 20 of tho roost prominent residents, and made it known that they would be shot. Subsequently he said"iboy v.ould b/> spared if tn« offender who ii;«d v.ould give himself «p for execution. There was a deathly eilence for about ;i :;;:r.utc, and then tho village pric*t stepj ed f.'nward and said "It was I who firivl."' The German otlicor felt convinopd that tho priest was only taking the blame to ;>r.ve others, so he asked him to .-worn- that he was reepon- . Bible. The brave til man maintained his ground, and thv> ..fhVo, /.It forced to keep his word. Tha pr.v.-t <:i:rd, bnt M? life was not thixnni uwry. i«r not only did hftsave tbs £O, but all who read oflute noble r.ctnm mwt ho tilled with eterner detormii)at : on to do their duty and to mako an « U'ori- u> approach nearer the standard set by the gallant pik-at. —Kindly Fe-H!i;.— The manner the genial public is responding to tho ap;t.i! t u behalf of tho thousands of Bdgian i ringers forced to fle* to England for /ai'cty ma k:s one recognise that the fcpint <f < harity widely circulates, in (.pile of the modern struggle for existence. Al! <h«e> eive their bit, and a list before the writer shows that -donations ju\i fiom tho barracks of tho "Army Service Corps, item the members of a repair phi p. and from the Cambridgeshire county police. Tim.-, our soldiers, sailors, and polici-men join bands with the civilian population to help tiie poor and unfortunate Belgians. —Soldhvs' High Spiiits.—-

The authorities Lave felt lit to ordrr thelights of L:ncloa to bo ];,pt low, p.ceumably on account of ,z possible- raid by Zeppelins. Mo-a ] f>lo consider the iv puliation absurd, as ih+» liver Thame* would be quite gor.d enough guVle o:i a clear Eight to show any Cleiman aviator th" •way to the heart of London, whi!-t one of the thousands of fiei-man.-) residing in the metropolis coeld signal any desired Spot. Naturdly tho diirk struct' tends U> make many peo| le gloemy.' particularly tradesmen, wnr«;e trade suffers in consequence. If some of til-- people aie a l>il gloomy, however, the bii>ht ipiiits of (he men in the new army r,tam! out with all the greater contrast. No matter when or where one m'-ets tho varioi:,, regimenton route marches, or when going or returning fron. their training ground—they are singing one of their marching songs. It 33 good to K'o thorn in Mich excellent spirits, ar.d clov coutait shows that this is by no means forced. One and all are full of the joy of life-, and jtist. longing for the chance to emulate the irallant deeds of the L ndon Scottish last Saturday—whose f-pl'-ndid (-barge with the bayonet was a very rat is factory debut for tho first of our V, :niorial regiments to get the chance of showing their mettle. —Cool.— A Temaxkah'.o '.whibition of coolness ie related in conned ioi: with th.' 10.-.s of tho old cruiser Hermes otf tiie Deb-dan coast. After being torprd'>d and cinkine; the sailors throw anything of a buoyant nature overboard, and which they used as makeshift ia.fi3 when forced to jump for their A marine wen 1 coined I'iom an Upturned table .smoking a rigaiettc. ami another who was astride a dining table wfl3 asked by .-ome sailors on .-•, raft if he was training for the next Derby. To remain cool and cheerful under ,'uch Wreu instances speaks well for the men. and indicatfe how they will respond to all calls. —The Gurkhas.- - Tt Is doubtful if any regiment;: will claim m(Ke noiie.- duiing the war than the. Gurkhas. .-V Yoik.-hire soldier invalided home relat. -, how 2CO volunteers were required :o> storm ;>. c-rtain 10.-itir.n, that ah. at 2,000 fought for -the honor. The sele.-ted band crept away Silently in tlie darkness, ami aIL was qui-.-i. {or a while. .Sudd'-mly dieadful yells wore seard, as the Gurkhas got to work with Jheir. long, curved kp.iw.-s, and then after sin interval the little In-own men returned, or eome of ih.-m. with a jvitisfied .<•[.'<;ke volume.--.. —A Neat Trick.— Tho German spies are eeitaiuly ful and dari-ig. as tlie following incident chows: —A Fieech battery v.-as •.:o?eeurely hidden in a wood that the gunners were able to smell tho em-try without, being tired on in return. Th!* went on for some time, and in ih- middle of the cannonade }n old farm hand was *<eu to eim-ige from >. lane, driving a ban,! ]'io;!jh, to which fras hitched one roan nmi one light grey horse. The cnitvast was so marl-.ed that i-ho French artilhvyioen remarked on it. Ttbilst commenting on the < -oolites* of Ibi »ibl man. Ho bad not none very long before tdudlfi comment id to drop anions their battery, and it c:i-no Itnme to them that the old ploughman whs a spy. who had managed to locate their position and signal it to the er.rrty. —To F.omcmber.— A_letto- r.f the lat-_ ( 'eptain Norman Leslie to a friend con'aiiv-d the to 1 lowing passage: —"When we we up against big things, let w i'-rget iodiyimub. aedlet .113 act. A3 ond great I'iTum! unit, united and feaile«>. Some will live and many •will die, but. conn: not. the b ss. It is 'better far to go out wish heimr than survive with shame." The word.; of the late officer are worth .ivm-mlterm-.:, and it !s good to know how many hrave men are acting tip to the spbndid*q.irit- expressed bo well.

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WAR NOTES, Evening Star, Issue 15678, 17 December 1914

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WAR NOTES Evening Star, Issue 15678, 17 December 1914

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