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AVAR NOTES

[By Ex-Yeoman.] • LONDON. November 27. One of the most striking features about the war is the absolute confidence of the British Tommv that victory will fmally crown the efforts of our soldiers ami sailors. A eorrespondent nf the 'lslegraph" has just pointed out an incident which shows how this confident spirit prevails in all circles. Passing Buckingham Palace he was impressed by the fact that some -workmen were busy erecting; a statue reoresentint: Peace, which will lie part of the Queen Victoria Memorial. It rertainlv seems strange to erect a statue of such a nature at the present time, but, as the correspondent referred lo points out. it signifies that English people count mi the world going on just the same as formerly when the present war is oven The whole situation was Fitly summed up by one af the workmen, who remarked to his mate : '' Bit early for that old ;«ic<e. but what's the odds." A Nice Action,— The manner the kindly people are befriending the Belgian refugees is earning the greatest appreciation from these unfortunate victims of Oernran •'kulture.** Our own soldiers are among the n\«va.t <i*\viii-t.ui. --it\ci man.;-- iustaueos miijlit be. civen to show this. * One will suffice, however, as it illustrates the gratefulness :■!' the Belgians at the same time. A Belgian soldier (wounded] was being wheeled through a park in an invalid's "hair,- and he'passed where a squad of soldiers were being drilled. He had net i;nne far when a soldier ran tip and asked him to acrept a small collection they hiul made for him. The Belgian was greatly torn lied with the incident. and accepted the sum, but as ho is not actually in need of fch»» money, he has sent it* on to the 'Daily Telegraph' Belgian relief fund, with a few lines explaining the incident. —A Patriotic Radical. — How the war has upset many theories is well shown by a re.tl 'iii'itinz speech which Mr ,1. Wedgwood made in the House of Commons this week. The question of the correct attitude for civilians to adopt in the event of a raid on the English const v:j» being discussed, and the member for New-castle-under-Lynie. said he quite- approved of the action of one Minister, who had served out etins and buckshot to Pis tenants and servants. He contended that every man and woman ought to tight with any weapon they could lay hands on in the event of the enemy effecting a landing here. There was a time when, like many of his party, he constantly helped the Herman cause by opposing all movements to strengthen our Navy and Army. In his case it was trrtainly due to a wrong idem of Germany's policy, and he has shown himself a real patriot by donning khaki and soi'iil.- to France u> tijrht the enemy. —A Brave Family. Most sportsmen have heard of Louis Trousselier. winner nf many big road yiding races in France, tie is serving in the French army as a- motor cyclist, md no fewer than six of his brothers nnrl two brothers-in-law are also serving. That i.» indeed a family record to fee! proud about. One brother, the youngest, has been killed, but Louis and another brother managed to hring in his body. Another instance nf a gallant family is that of Harry P. Masked (of Ourmesbury. London) and his sons. Ho is in the Middlesex Imperial Yeomanry, two nf his sons are in the London Rifle Brigade, a third in the 17th Lancers, and another in the loth Battalion TAoyal Fusil'iers. —Good Old Devon?.— Until very recently the authorities thought fit to withhold the names of the regiment? which have been distinguishing themselves particularly. Now. however, wc occasionally <jet this information. The Devons appear to have, been in it as usual. The Ist Battalion took up a nositiou on the night of October 22. and. having dug themselves in, held on to their ground until relieved on the ?sth. They never had a moment for sleep during the whole period, being constantly ensaged in repelling attacks of til.' enemy. Some of these were pressed right home. the. Devon bayonets finally =1 priding the issue. As a result of tho fighting the Ist Devons had 154 casualties, but there wore over 1,000 dead (;«r----nans in front of their trenches, besides :he creat number of wounded who were carried away by the enemy. Writing ibout this one of the officers says the battalion has made a great name, and r.ther reginvnts greet, them with "Good ;<id Devons" as thsy pass. 1 —A Brave Zouave. One nf Router's correspondents relates * story about a Zouave, which illustrates what self-sacrifice means. It appears that a German force attacked a position held by a Zonave regiment, and, after beint; repulsed, came on again, but pushing a Zouave they had captured before them. At tiie same time they shouted out 'Don't fire" in French! Momentarily the Zouaves ceased firing, but their captured comrade> called out " Fire, don't mind me." The Zouaves thereupon sent in a volley, killing nearly a!! the Germans, as well as the prisoner, whose selfsacrifice was the means of foiling the Germans' m?e. —The Bantams.We have heard a lot of grumbling from little men, who have been rejected because of their height. They certainly nave a good case when they ([note Lords Nelson and Roberts as examples of little a:en who have done well for their lounU'v. The ,: little tins" may yet have a chance, for Mr A. Bigland, *M.P., has obtained permission to raise a "Bantam" Battalion, which will be open to men between sft and sft 3in in height, and therefore below the regulation standard. •• Bigland's Bantams" V.ili certainly attract attention. .—« '-I-

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AVAR NOTES, Issue 15700, 14 January 1915

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AVAR NOTES Issue 15700, 14 January 1915

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