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- ■■ » ■ - NO ABLE-BODTED MEN LEFT. An interesting letter from M. Charles Heidseiek, the well-known French vig neron. of Reims, has beet; revived by \|r W. (.'. S. Lev era, of Auckland. Writing in NovemL-T, M. Heidseiek. pays: ""The enemy a,ro still strongly on the, surrounding hills, and continue, to bombard tho oily at intervale." It is art interesting illustration of the philosophic way in wlit it human nature quickly adapts itself to its unavoidable environment that it should b« mentioned merely a.s a cireumetance in parsing that -bells w<* <■•-•■ exploding about the town while the letter was being written. Thk year—all the able-bodied men being at the front—the grapes were- gathered by tlie old men, women, and .•h.iidren. tbi--; being as comj'lished under hazardous cir-ciim.-tances. a-, they were, right, in the firing line. Although the quantity of wjuo made, is comparatively mulul, e-tili J!n* ouaiitv i-s stated to be very good, and ji. any case the " vintage, 1914,"' wiil_ have ;„ singular historic interest inasmuch a« it was made in the midst of battle. M. Cliarlrff Heidseiek explained that, bn own residence, having been de-troved by bunt'tjf.. he, was. living in the suburr.s. but vif.ited. tho city dai!v, owing k* hi- offices, and also to the Town llall in pursuanco of his duties as a municipal councillor or Reims. As a matter of si-cial jnt-erast, uio writer mentioned that his sruv -M. Oliarlo.s Marrel Heidseiek. who is known m Australasia—had been selected as an interpreter to tho British Army, and he expected would be attache,] to trie Australasian Contingent on its arrival at tec fighting line. M. Charles Heidseiek concludes? "We ail live in the expectation (and are <ruit« confident) tnat the enemy will be, driven out cf France, and that glorious peace !be enforced by the

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THE VINEYARDS OF REIMS, Issue 15700, 14 January 1915

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THE VINEYARDS OF REIMS Issue 15700, 14 January 1915

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