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MEN MUST NOT LEAVE WORK. A statement was made in tin Livercargi'l paper that 30 men who had volunteered for Southland reinforcements had been in town for three weeks, ami had been living on the generosity of the Patriotic. Committee. It was further added that by red tape procedure they had been prevented from leaving for ihe 'JVentliam training camp, and that the regulations were responsible for the trouble. These statements were brought under tin- notice, of the Hon. J. Allen this morning by a, member of our staff, and the Minister explained the position very clearly. " The statements." .said the Minister. " are entirely misleading', and if anybody is to blame at all it. is the men themselves. The position is perfectly clear so far as the department is concerned. Every man is told not to leave his work- until advised to do so. We are now making provision for another 600 infantry going into camp at Trent ham, anil if these, men pass the medical test and are willint; to go to Trenthaui they should so advise the local Defence Office. As a matter of fact. what, we intend doing is to have a, double lot in camp at Trentham—third and fourth reinforcements-—at the one time. We should 5,600 men there before long. Half of these reinforcements will leave the Dominion probably in February. Once they leave we will'get another lot to keep the strength up to 3,600. Men must not leave their work. If they do so, then we cannot be held responsible. We have gone into the whole question of recruiting, and are issuing cards containing specific instructions for the men to sign." A Bi;r/;u\x romance. A remarkable story, which would do justice to the pag.s of many a. popular novelist, comes from Abej-ovrion iC.lamorgan), and concerns the "adoption" of two Belgian icfugee children, a buy and hie little sister, by a married couple livinr. in the Welsh' village. The eliildreii were accommodated at Swansea., wlmn the Aboroynon couple, who at that time did not even luiow their namoe, offered to "adopt" them. A few days afterwards it was discovered that the refugees were tho children of the Abercynou wife's sister, who went to Belgium several years ago as a. governess and died in that country. Tho chi'dren'e aunt and uncle, did r.of. know fhat the sister had been married, and it was only a, locket worn by tbe litflo girl whieh led to the discovery UvM. th-o (;ciwroas e<mnio bad "adopted" th"ir own nephew and Yiieee. UNCLE SAM. What do you think of Uncle Sam, and what do you think he, means? Yesl What- do you think of Unci© Sam, in life's oft changing scenes? My answer is this : that Uncle Sam from the path of virtue's strayed ! His motto in life " the -eternal sham," his mind "commercial trade." Will he share the glories of this same war, and the U.S.A. embroil ? He will (on condition that it will pay) lie would love to share the .spoil. J. TIIOHNTON STKU'AKT. Dunedin. January 2.

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REINFORCEMENTS., Evening Star, Issue 15691, 4 January 1915

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REINFORCEMENTS. Evening Star, Issue 15691, 4 January 1915