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LIFE ON SALISBURY" PLAIN

WITH THF- NEW ZKALAXDF.RS. SCHOLARSHIPS AND RUGBY FOOTBALL. (By the Special Correspondent of ‘The Times.’ of Deer in her Sth.i

i When n series of military league game.: i at. Rugby football get* properly started, i it is to be hoped that, the New Zealanders i now on Salisbury Plain will be given an '■ c-erlv ebnnce to alio'v what they can do. It is true that, the detachment, is small, but it includes live members of the '‘All Black " team, besides one English international player. It can put a (cam in the field that, would do credit to any firstrla s dub; and a match between the New Zealand Expeditionary Force and. let. ns snv. the London Scottish, for the benefit of a wav Fund, could hardly fr.i! to lie very popular. Jn many wavs the little New Zealand contingent is an extraordinary body of men, 'it contains three Rhodes' scholars, besides a regimental poet, and an artist of established reputation. 'Flic artist has turned his talent to account as scene painter in the regimental identic; for the force has no Y.M.C.A. tent at its present croup, and has arranged its own amusement hall. The proscenium is painted in imitation of the entrance to a Maori dwelling, the central ornament being a larjpj and capable Maud god chewing np. with evident, relish, a. Herman eagle. The force, composed, as has been said, of fairlv well-trained men to start with, having * made itself nearly mechanically perfect in ordinary drill, has had time to turn its attention to all sorts of special courses, sich as range-finding, rnachincgun practice, signalling, telegraphy, tick! sketching, and the like. And lim men are so keen tint trie officers complain that

■‘you .simply can't atop cm.” At ben volunteers wen' nailer] for for a field.rkelching class 59 men immediately responded, ami among them .were so many licensed surveyors ami others of practical experience that the instructor found he hart quite n. joh to prevent himself from being instructed. Everything new that is presented to them the men seize up-.ni as if it were the latest ant! most fascinating kind of a game, and give, all their leisure time to it. The consequence is that there is being developed here a corps of experts and specialists in various auxiliary services which ought to prove of immense value to a commanding officer in the field. There has also been time to give to studying various details of equipment. At Sling Plantation the detachment finds itself in friendly proximity to considerablebodies of Kitchener's Army, as well as to the permanent Engineering and Artillery Camp at Bulford. Even closer at hand are certain Canadian battalions, which now occupy the greater pai-t of the, actual camp which was originally set aside for the whole New Zealand force, the extreme northerly lines of which aro all that the, present detachment uses. There has been abundant opportunity, then, for comparing notes; and tho weather of the last month has been excellent for testing the serviceability of tilings. As a result, after some disagreeable experiences, the detachment is satisfied—more than satisfied—-even with its boots, and besides being the “ happiest,” it believes itself also to be the bestequipped contingent on the Plain,

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LIFE ON SALISBURY" PLAIN, Issue 15702, 16 January 1915

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LIFE ON SALISBURY" PLAIN Issue 15702, 16 January 1915

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