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WAR NOTES

[By Ex-Yeoman.] LONDON. November 13. —Th<* Stolid Indians.— From all one can learn, our French and Balgian Allies are much impressed by tho stolid behaviour of the gallant "Indian troops. Tt soom.s to be a. cardinal point, among them not to show surprise at anything, .-111(1 ilioiiL'h aeroplanes and big-gtm {ire arc both ;,tr<ii:ge, tiny accept them as a nutter of course. Another noticeable thing is that they make no complaint at | 'hardship?. It is related by a French oflicqv that. he- ovov!ie:ird an English officrr !' asking some Sikhs ii Vhey f t-lt eoW awl wet very much. Naturally it mtift lie u-orso for them than soldiers of a northern I'iioc, but they answered: "We do not mind. i\n<] are prepared for much worse." .Such spirit arousos much admiration, and it is no wonder the British officers arc proud of tho native soldiers under their j command. A Useful Medal.— Private F. ,1. Marshall, of the Royal Fusiliors, probably owes his life to a, medal. .U cording to th;' account given by the 'Daily Telegraph.' the medal is one given by that paper in connection with the annua! shcoting and marching coinpotttion for the 'Dally Telegraph' I'up, in which Regular and Territorial teams in the London division compete. Tho owner of the medal, ptohahly 4l Guardsman, dropped it on the battlefield, and Marshall. j who found it. put it in the pocket of his tunic. Subsequently when on outpost duty j he was hit by bullets in the head and h'i'x, breast, and hut for the medal ono bullet, would have entered his heart. ~-A Contrast.— j Wo are told that no ma-tried men woie allowul to join the Canadian coining....,' without the consent of their wives. Une keen .soldier was already in camp and making good progress- with his training when hi' had to "fall out." as his wife objected to his g.:>ing away. A different spirit was shown by another woman, who took her 16-year-old fi ui to the recruiting officer .arid said : " My husband and brother are going to tight for tho Old Country, and 1 willingly give up my only boy for 'such a cause."

—Our Popular Commander.--

General French has aroused ken admiration among our French Allies, anddttrin- a visit, lie recently paid to a French hospital a yontii; soldier made a request which woll illustrates this. He told the nurse that as he was to have a leg amputated ho recognised that, lie mi-ht not get over it. and it would him so much -ratification t ,> v French's haial. The nu:-.s,> informed, tin* Ktitihsh (Amimatuiei-in.Cliuu of this, and he ivadily at the same time speaking a few eheeiy word.s to the lad. 1 he Artiul Gounan.

| Many devices are. tried bv tie- Ccnnans j for the purposo of bin prising our men. V I recnt .;ca.mple was tb.e case uf an utliccr | wearim: a Gurkha uniform who approached j a section of a trench held bv Gurkha*. I \\h-n near eiio U -h to mako luiumli' he.'id i he called out: " Ihe Gurkhas are to move luruier up the trench, as another Gurkha contingent js adcancii, K t..» suppoa " The oihcer m char--,, w a .s suspicious, in the excellent spoken bv tho sup' Gurkha othcer, and he replied- "if you area (Jurkha, what ship did you come oier on .' .(lu s tioored tho trickv German who s<-e: n< ] M . „. ;1 s doTU>> m;l<ll .'., hl>u fc ' it, but wa-s brought d,wn h\- a. betoro he had gone ninny yards. -Atiothe-r Bowie-d f.iver. - Still another darit.- German was discovered by a_ simple matter. He had procured tho uniform of „. French o!h,or and managed to enter ,-„ to., n . : \ umi ,: tllfl Rarn.s,,u was a man tnun J.o;-ra.„ie. „-),.. had deserted iron, the (inrnian army and joinr.-t tnt. I-ivnch army. Forte of habit n.;ute hi.« salute !n the German Htvle a, he waa about {., the ln .„.. cordanoo w.th rrench when he was stirpnsed to see the u | ti cer return tho salute in tne Gcrmin. style. Thja aroused h:s suspicion. and he me„tior,e,i t | w matter to a pohecnau. 'lhe Litter cuid ho had no authonty lo act. t o the tidier oeliberately jnsiled (lie (I fi K< r, and th•«ceilo ilua followed led to both U-im-marched beinre i!,- ji; ,,pei authontie.-T .' ills . ! Tils " hilt 'oo soidier wanted, and inquiries r-leiwed that th- orlicer was a Gennau .py. Needles :., , ;l v, ),„ ~a (1 „ 0 luitlu'r opportiiuitv of doim; harm to the cmise of the Allies. —SyinpaHiy. ■ One of the twin biothers son, (■I the liis.hop of Liverpool, i.< tervin" as a cluipknii with the fou-e-s in France. ° He recently s.-nt hj .me pa.rtieujars of an incident which illustrates how French women put nnide their own private giief to pay I'oma-e i„ the fallen Fnglish soldiers. O.fe ol our tommies, whr. had died in hospital, v.-a.- b-iiii,' liuik-d iu a Fivnch cemetery', and a* the firm- party and cotlin was a'p' ' pncuhiN- the. K rav*' a Fiench lady, who' had been showin,' -re.it mief a't th", -rave of a talked across and! placed some. beautiful /lowers on the cottlu of the Fn-riish soldier. Many iuci. | ilenta of a lik,' nature, are constantly hap- i penint-, .-ui.l theie. is in. mistaking the fa.-t. .' that the woiet-u of France have unbounded ! c-lmiratio, and icspect for the Fn-li,,h soldierd. , —Pathetic— j One of the patiietic stoiies about \ the war is related by an. otticer, wlio had I to sort <ner |iarc:ds t,, r |),,. soldiei.s. wdiicti J could not, be deliv-u-d for some." reason, i One, ho observd. was ill-addressed, audi lie ope-ned it to seek for a cine. The. contents were a ml of white .heather, a pair of bou-tlaces. a penny piece of chocolate. au<l a card on which was writton. "' [ pray j for you even' nii;ht.'' i Some poor woman had evidently spared j a, few uf her scanty penct* to show that j Her man iras not forgotten, anel no dou!:t I lhe receipt, of the simple yift would have j -iven a> lurch delight as man'.- exj-;-n iw j

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WAR NOTES, Evening Star, Issue 15689, 31 December 1914

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WAR NOTES Evening Star, Issue 15689, 31 December 1914

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