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BRITISH WAR OFFICE METHODS.

The enforced dwelling in enforced darkness to which 1 referred in a previous lei tor isj.v- < Sir Henry Lucy, in one of his chatty letters to the. '"Sydney Morning Herald ') is only ono of the minor discomiorts in private life -j arising out, of the. war. I paid a. week-end j visit to a friend in Kent, He was a might'.' <a hunter, the chief pride, of his lar-rcndiing estate in the loveliest district in the country being his stables. Here, regardless ol expense, he homed a stud it, would be hard to beat. They were the pride 01 his life, next to his children his most cherished possession. lie told mo that within twenty-four hours ol fho declaration of war he was wailed upon by an officer of the Government, who commandeered half his stud. Thoir monovalue per head was at least £SOO. " Out. ''•'• the eight," sa.id the sorrowing master, with something suspiciously like t»ars m his fyi >. "there were six 1 would not have beet) ;, remptcd to eel! bv an offer of £1.01)0 caen. They gave we £230 for the four, £7O a head being the maximum price allowed by the : War Office. Tliat 1 didn't mind, lint they took awav my horses, my daily companions ; who would feed out of my hand, and [ turned round when 1 entered the stables to look at me with biir, loving eyes.'' r J his ; was bad enough. But four days later tho ■ ! emissary of the War Office paid a. serond ,; visit, -and carried off, on the. same, terms, j g the remainder of the stud. if It is obvious, from the promptitude with ' f which this individual ca«e was deal;, with. that in the archives of the War Office were : j documents in which the possession of every : » n>an in town or country owning horses was ' *j carefully scheduled. At. the time of the Hoor | War the Government bad a useful resource , fl m the stables of (be London fiencnl Omm- ; E bus Company. At a small fee per head the . | horses were "registered, and when war broke ; | out the War Office exercised the option of : G purchasing them at a sum considerably less ' K than my friend's hunters fetched. It was a ■ ft well-worn joke, in South Africa, happily vary- , hj ing the monotony of ill-hick, inevitably i'oj- , i| lowing on faulty administration, tli.it the : L only way to get\a trooper's horse to.start <hj was to ring a bell m closest- possible imim- ! f? tion of the omnibus signal to resume an in- ; $ ttrrupted journry. At the time Lord Kit- , u ehener reached the War Office the omnibus : {•> horse, in London, a* in other centres of big ! j| population, was a thing of the past. He, ; L however, found an admirable, substitute in || motor ea-rs, which have been commandeered ! *A as cheerily as if they had four legs instead j w of as many wheels. j U

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BRITISH WAR OFFICE METHODS., Issue 15688, 30 December 1914

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BRITISH WAR OFFICE METHODS. Issue 15688, 30 December 1914

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