AFTER THE TRAIN WENT
BELATED VOLUNTEERS OFFER FOR .SAMOA. Yesterday's big demonstration in connection with the" despatch of the 4th rein fon-ements and Samoan relicts would appear to have given a decided impetus to tho recruiting movement locally. Whether it was the skirl of tho pipes at tho head of tho lons column which forced a passage through the densely-packed crowd which lined Cue route and almost blocked the approaches to the railway station, or whether it, was tho enthusiasm which nrcvailed as tho train steamed out is onlv' a- matter of conjecture, but it is neverthdes* a fact that- within a few minutes of the- departure of the troops amidst tumultous cheering a batch of half a dozen men made something m the nature of a rush to tho "tin shed'' at- the defence ofliec and almost implored the recruiting sergeant-major to enroll thorn wit lion t."delav for service m .Samoa. But thev had lingered too long, and the sergeant-major, keen as he was to do busiiwZ, could'onlv offer them a. crumb oi comfort. so to "speak. Fortunately, perhaps thev were not tho only ones who had ' discovered that their clear duty was to wear the khaki uniform of New Zealand's Territorial army. There was a steadv flow of rather doubtful mdias to their chances of ■■Tottiivc «nwav—to tho recruiting office all day, and when tho totals wero made up at."closing time there, were something liko 20 names flown for Samoa. Whether they will bo accepted or not depends upon whether tho deficiency in Ot-ago's quotahas lven made up in tho North. It not. tho men who volunteered yesterday will probablv be accepted. Upwards of a, dozen infantrymen also enrolled. They stand a bettor chance of -acttins away, for infantry and mounted rifles "are wanted up to the middle of February. Indications certainly point, to something of a mild boom in recruiting, and it rnav be that, tho re. will bo no further need to comolaiuof tho regrettable short ace in Otago ouol.as. At any rate, yesterday's enthusiastic. scenes would appeal- to" have had a, stimulating effect upon tho movement.. It is probable that no further artillery men will b-e sent- forward until April. It, is notified for the information of re emits that- medical examinations are. held at tho local defence, office on Tuesday and Friday evenings.
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AFTER THE TRAIN WENT, Evening Star, Issue 15698, 12 January 1915