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LETTERS FROM THE FRONT

"My jaw is getting on fine, and 1 am able to chew a. bit now. You know jt is no joke to be hit in the jaw by a lump of sheik We call their guns 'Jack Johnsons,' but I think that the piece that hit me would have dropped Jack Johneon himself. I hardly remember being hit. When I came round I h*ard someone say 'Andy's tone west,' but I said * Oh, has he?' The ret tiling I thought of was that box of "Woodbines that you sent me ; it was in my valise. I got if, and then one of our fellows helped me to shelter. "We had a German prisoner, n;.ul he wanted to know

how we -cut them off so quick. We gave him a, tin of bully and a bisctiil, and he !x\-ii all words in' eating it I think this fight will, have a. lot to do with seltiing the war, for it is impossible to k«p up what the liennnns are doing. -All along our front, was strewn v.-ith d<-ad Germans, and when wo got. to their trendies they were full ton, I was o?> days nn the Aisna, but I inr-vor asv: anything like Ypres."—l*y Private Anderson, of the 2nd Kiim's lloval I! i lies.

"' It wr..s a ved-!cttt-r day. , As regards the smokes. I think we nearly made ourselves bad. t»o overjoynd weio we after having blistered long ou tea-! erven and ck>vfr biossojnf. Nearly -ill tin:' ehaj* I know kept the address and yonr port card. I brought mine home, but as ilr-fr-' wore a. lot of our poor chaps killed. and we were under heavy lire, we hadn't time to sort o*lll the names, but each one got n, parcel. I myself had first-aid bandars on instead of socks, so I. was in need of a palA Wo did our share, being in ."even bayo-iet chn.rge.s, with success each time; but, 1 am sorrv to sav, our battalion whs onlv 200 Btioni- out of the 1.200 when I L-ft, - By Private Conway, of the 2nd Durhams. "The Germans have no respect for the Red Cross hospitals, public bttildinas, or anything that can bo destroyed. I s&vr myself a deliberate attempt on the part of a, Gcsnnai. aeroplane to destroy the hospital .it Ypres. I naw .'even bombs dropped in ae few minntte. One fell on the. hospital and killed seven wounded men ; another dropped within a few yards of the .same place and did not stiike the buiidiiif,'. but killed two tran.spojt horses and killed several men, and another killed two 'women in a. cottage in the town, I received my wounds by a bomb thrown from an aeroplane while- we were advance ing.—By Spr-fCant-major Crawford, of the Northumberland Yeomanry.

" W*> have now had three days of Bcrap[iing. and have covered ourselves vritii glory. Yesterday Ave managed to eiien.ee the (jprmaii cutis on four occasions, and in tire afternoon the Belgians signalled to tall PS chat Herman troops -waie msaaing at say we did >o rhuch. damages that we acci muted for 1.600 Germans killed and wounded in h'j'f an hour. Good work J Wo also wiped out a battery of rix Qtefrnan guns, killing all tru crews and smashing two gfuns to bits. This afternoon, just afler hrixli, the Germans had another go at us. hut their lire was vr-ry vild and th-Mr IHJV-ei- hit, h<m:e she-is parsing 1,000 yartft over and some SGO yards short. Tiiree of n« and five destroyers -jpenwi the on them with ■ev«ry avaihii-le ;;nn. It was a fine sight :>.vA tho i'oi-e nhsolutely droa.ti'ulj •but I think lie must have blown them to sinittvereeiu*. £'.£>. LaU*r t ~J«ftt hesjd

lhat Ve £&>lrare& A isiole 9?3§" and 20 ammunition wagfrona of W» ?**•*s mail?. We thought tre had. eefc a fc«»V on fire, but it J»usi> k* 3611 - Sr* 8 ? gorts.—Bv Lieutwiaat-ooiftniarKder W* .4* Belbjs of"the Mersey, ©re of tlie monitors operating on the- Bdgian coaefc. " Tiip lighting goes on apace. Day ana night they are aing-donging a/ray at each olhei The noise is incessant, arid hardly stops for it» mtmle throng-iiout the whole 24 hoiirs. Since- fte Jbarßlioert Iw-Te night, attacks have p&gn the rale, owing chiefly to vho natipe oi ~ith* cjrantay, but everywhere the enemy !iava i»en thrown bade, and have not baeri successful in one single attack, £ should think that, soin»t!i!i-ir dramatic must happen soon, for, at !■!>•>■ rate, they are going on, they cannot la_-t for long! as tbo enemy are losing men m thousands. Ono prisoner who -nas taken the other night, and who could speak Imh!Msh, exclaimed! 'Thank God, I am in the Bltgllsh lines Jit is hell aver there." Yon may fesfi Issured that thing_s are every-<" •yrhero progressing favorably tor the allied forces, 'and that by all aoc-Tunts the enemy arc, becoming faet exhausted. But, all thflf saniSi Jt is a. very hot shop here. The Aisne was a ragtime battle compared wita, it. Jrjotvever, so far my battery have beefy ! lucky, having received no damage, al« ; though, we must have infiict.-d tremendous _' lo£sc"J on tho enemy."—Bv Corporal , Latham, Heavv Battery of -Artillery, dated ■. October 31. " ;

,l Wo have been in, a few tight corners, ; but we managed to get out of them. Thai I Regulars forget that we arc old 'Terriers* ;■ { and, after helping to save theni. and in. ■ our gallop pact we hear shouts such ®Mj t . 'Welt dene, the Hussars.' and "Three:'! cheers for the Gallant Ai;rthuriibiians.f j Such scenes tend to buck one up. . . «f It's all sport. Two days ago our fcroarf peppered the enemy We killed 700 of i They ■wei"& lying and ;--av&n * (Jeep on the field. Once last Wt we wewjg 43 hours without sleep, and about 25 of 1 ihem in the esddh. "• -Fi om Troopef, Smart, B Squadron .Northnnitkuland l'eo*» manrv.

"We have been in some very tighfc l corner*. We started last Monday and got. verv nearly cut off. but ju.st managed tQ _ gallop back in time. Ijirne then theft _ nave used us to pave the situation twicsj, * and ve hava be»n cloiiu irfantry work f very little riding. Whenever any of thi infantry were in a light t'orner v.e were? sent for. "We then gallop out, and advance up to Or- tmvhes on foot,. Yesterday was the worst . day we eres> had, and bow I am alive I don't kuowy: It's wonderful -what one. can go through* • The shell Are is really awful. We vera '■ iu a wood the other day that they were shelling, and it was more like a scene in a theatre. One wouldn't realise that it, was true."—Lieutenant Blake to hlf* father, Sir Francis Blake. " There have been several gallops after Uhlans, and to-day there has been some scrapping, but no 'casualties. I have not been able to get my gun into action yew Wo have had a- bnsy time marching, though I would not be to say where or why, but our plans—i.e., the division's plans, seem to isave been successfully earned out. I had an anxious time guarding an important bridge the other night. Fortunately 30 Belgian? turned up from Heaven knows where, and my tack was made much safer. A Herman aeroplane hovered over us—at too low a height. Instantly French troops from windows and everyone who could/ collar a rifle seemed to loose off. Ity hovered, and eventually fell gradually tor the ground. Two of its oeenpants werif shot dead, and the other badly wounded.'*, —From Lieutenant Robson, a son of the late Attorney-General (Lord Robson)fJ " Th<> work out here is very stiff; iify fact, the Shop Hours Art don't come any*! way near it. We go out- early in th#. morning:, and about the following week, we think of coming in for * fdeep.'—From" Private Clapinson. of the 3rd Hussar*.

"The Belgians are the most aeneroua people I have over wen. I. asked one oflj them for a bit of tobacco, and he gave m« half a. pound. 1 think they would giv* t their hearts away."—Private Longwoodj,. of the. Field Artillery. *

"The Army i., in.: <■? <„;-i--u-:a!s, wTmj;are never happ> limes- t :.-■?• r i-~ rising; their live in pout* oxtiavi£«a." '•■<: v. '!«•<»' men cf th» Leni-icr He,rimeni ; - 1 soT, argument about, each other's runn/ntf 1 , ■* - powers. To settle the dispute, they bad; a 100 yds sprint, outwdo the trenches unde*[ porman fire all the way. Hoth had s=om* narrow es< apt.*, but got, through withouijp a scratch. T'nev v«r,t*d to do it oveej again, but an officer stopped them.''—Pri*"] vate Collier, of the Sherwood Foresters/ einoe invalided home. '■■> next day we had breakfast fill comparative peace, and then the sheila? begap, Shell after shell ea-ma pouncing] within 106 yds of our house the whdoj day long, making the most {rightful dhxj and smoke. Most of the fellows cleared*' out to the safer headquarters cottage. Ajj few others cleared down to the cellar, bvM Wright and T, feeling pretty con« - rident that the beggars would miss us/ continued to sit in front of our wood fire and tried to read tho paperg. While we were sitting' there there was an ominous crash, a-nd we were both p&ftially deafened for a moment. Then - "there wa-s * clattering of lumps of earth and :stone«s on the roof, raised by the bursting sh.-I!, but, strange to say. we escaped withuui i scratch or a burn. When we vu-nt- t<i look we found a- shell-hole within 10yd» of the house, Bft in diameter and sft deep, right in the centre of the road: and . so, deeming discretion the 'better part oj valor", we all left the. cottage, taking advantage of the, next lull in the tiling, imd it was found necessary to bridge the. hole with a plank before we could get, our machines to the other,side."— By Pnvata Roggett, of the Royal Engineers' .Signal* ling Corps. Jit one of the late-Rsls of British ties at the battle of the Aisne hj the nam* of Private R. W. Vernon, of the >,or-, tlmmberland Fusilier.*, or the " Fighting Fifth." Private Vernon, whos*» home was, at WilWdcn, went through the terrible'' battle of Mods without a scratch. Hei fought with his regiment until the, Oetv mans made their tUncl at the Aisne. andj here it wae that he is repprted to havjj been *'killed in aoti«v" H « was f m <"9 the picked guard at. the .Delhi grcal honor—and stood well over 6ft itu height. Private Vernon also saw fervicej in South Africa at- the tinif of the Zuluy uprising, and held a silver medal foW shooting, being a wonderfully fkilful,' marksman. He Lad had. among otheiO hairbreadth adventures, three miraculous escapes from drowning, and used to d«K2 clare that i» was never born to bag drowned. Ho had been on the just '» week "before the outbreak of tbs; var, —A Tragic Episode.— «'A little way outside Ghent our slowly* crawling procession had to pause at ad cluster of cottage* that could hardly ba| called a village. There wn.-. a, little chapel in the oentr*, and its doors were closed. Our car had to >top right opposite. It' had a rough old oak door Ui w-Jiicb a couple" of eteps fed from the Ptre-efc a few yards awav, Th« door was closed, and kneelifl*. on the st«ps weie two figure*—a. aiaa with,grey hair, his head bowed oVer gnarled hands clasped, his h#ad almost fouenins the rough" oakj beside him, 4 woman with arms crossed upon tha door/ againat -wliiiSb. her head j-.ested • and| throngh the slit in the door" gleamed the red lamp of the sanctuary, A straggling' efi*aln of weary fugitives kept passingthoni on, tho pathway" which they heeded hoi, tad Jheie two ofd people waited there and pTayed otiteide that church of theirs that tm closed. A dim lamp outside halopcf their -bowed grey heads. * Elo;, - Eloi, lajna Saiaohthani' w-as what thcs« 1 eilent figures f*eerned to say against th» I dosed, door of that littje church." —George I Tajdi<sbV-iiv-the. ' Westminster Gazette.' I

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LETTERS FROM THE FRONT, Issue 15690, 2 January 1915

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