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MOTOR CARS IN WAR TIME.

How the motor car is proving invaluable ia the European War is to]d" by Mr R. G. Merry, who is driving for General Gournad, of the French arniy. Mr Merry jays : " I am pleased to think that 1 am doing my share for my own country .and for France. I have long been waiting for the opportunity, and now it has come. M.v 15 vears -is racing manager for the Dunlop Tyro Company on the Continent is now very useful to me, as I know Fnropo, will, and speak quite a, few languages. Mv first dav of service, totalled 600 kilometres (equal to 372 miles), in about. 10 hours; then 1,100 kilometres (equal to 687) miles) without a stop. My total mi lea so up to the present (October 21) is 12,000 kilometres (equal to 7.452 miles). The motor service, plays a most important part in this war. Armies and towns are moved by motor oar. The French have, no fewer than 45,000 motor vehicles. so many with each army corps, each with" its supplies and travelling repair slions. and staffs almost readv to build a new car, if neces?ary~. Tt is a new arm of the sorvice, but it will be quite believed f hatin. this respect the, French are right up to date. The repair trains are always full of work, for th*>. service is much too severe for manv cars. 'Take my own -car, for instance. Without consideration of the distance covered. I have run my engine for days and nights practically without a. stop of anv importance, and frequently over roads "so frightfully cut tip that. T have had to cover miles and miles upon fivst and «vond speede. and pis times m two days I had to be hauled out of morasses bv horses. We have noir received cots" of hauling rope and sets of parsons chains, together with a .supply of glycerine for the" radiators. This looks as" if wa were ir; it for the winter. 1 am more than lucky to be driving _ General Gournad, as I have to take him into the very thick of it. Sometimes it is a little too" thick. One night.—T shall not forget it in a. hurry—-I spent most of it driving through a huge forest, without any lieht, as the Germans were about. In addition to much road obetrrefcion, we axe. frequently held up by the pi one bodies of the dead and wounded lying all over the. road, to ?av nothing of artillery train?, troops, and'transport. Dead horses, too, are, not nice at night. The poor animals are having a very bad time of it, but. thanks to" motor cars, they are spared a lot. Motor oars surply us with light, post, telegraph, food, etc.. and, indeed, the proiinw of the war would be still slower without them, but- (sometimes they are ton fast. One night the. German.* brought a, few thousand troops _42 miles by means of motor ears. We. have, captured manv German ears. but. they now find it. very hard to get any of our,*, as we are advancing all the lime. now. "titeven when we were retreating we carried the broken-down cars with up. lam more pi eased than I can tell you to be in the French armv and to \»oai- the, French uniform, as 1 get a. b'g reception everywhere. Mv French, comrades always offer to share, any thin s thev have, to eat or drink, or half their straw when they are resting: but in addition I have strongly acquired the art of getting quite a refreshing sleep in a car. lam beginning to feel that. T have almost seen enough of the horrors of this war, and, like, many others, I shall be. more glad when we arrive atthe finish, which must, be at Berlin Destruction reigns, everywhere the. Germans have. , ri w f l and 'we have shot many of their rri'-s that thev left, behind. The German jhelh are terrible enou-h, but- from what. I ] iavP w> r . our French sheik are even more, effective. 1 will not give anydetads. ■is thev are w> honible to mention. It i~ a, fearful thing to see. your officers ami friends struck down all round you. bu. notwithstanding all these trials evervWv ii as bright and happy as possible. V-.fn'f.e. up bv the che-ring thought, ot attaining in due course the great, er.ci wo have in view."

WAR WIT. Latest, from the FJoet.-Officer's servant (to be commander of H M.S. —-.before he Mnkinec of the four German ships off Helgoland*: "Will you have cjr "before or after the encraf-cment? ' ' Pr.iri.4ic Teacher: '''England oxpecsy o w' l ' one of von lmvs finish the <rn- "' V. norland" Ki'igM pupil : '''To win, of course. ' Officer ifillincr in form): "What is your vcip'ion'f Hermit (anxious to join. but. determined to ;ircommodate himself to conditions as they arise! » "Well, what you are short of."

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MOTOR CARS IN WAR TIME., Evening Star, Issue 15691, 4 January 1915

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MOTOR CARS IN WAR TIME. Evening Star, Issue 15691, 4 January 1915

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