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President Wilson’s reply to the recent proposals threw upon Germany the onus of further action. This the German Government is taking. We now learn that its reply has been already received in Washington, and that it states that Germany and Austria are ready to comply with President Wilson’s stipulations regarding the evacuation of the occupied territory. The appointment of a mixed commission to make the necessary arrangements for the evacuation is suggested. It is affirmed, however, in German semi-official messages that the question of evacuation depends upon two or three considerations, which include the High Command’s opinion on the subject, the willingness of the Allies as a whole not to overstep the frontier, and the willingness of France to evacuate Upper Alsace.
Among the many very important duties that devolve upon the authorities in connection with men who have suffered in the cause of Empire is the evolving of the most efficacious means of bringing round to a state of mental and physical normality those poor fellows who are suffering from shell-shock. Many such cases have been landed in New Zealand, and it is understood that the special treatment being given them is in a great many cases effective. The greatest care must always be taken to keep such men free of anything in the way of excitement, yet at the same time there should be placed in their way the means of cultivating certain healthful distractions which are likely to ‘‘take a man out of himself’’, so to speak, and revive new interests in life. The subject cropped up in an interesting manner at the meeting of the Wellington Bowling Centre.
Hotel bars closed
The precaution taken by the Defence Department in Auckland on Monday in closing all hotel bars on account of the arrival of a transport with a large draft of sick and wounded soldiers was effective within a radius of 15 miles from the Chief Post Office. A number of the soldiers, however, hired motor cars and were taken to Papakura and Drury. Some of the soldiers became rather noisy and boisterous, and several people, including a clergyman and some ladies, endeavoured to persuade them to return to Auckland. One of the cars containing some of the more noisy men was driven to Papatoetoe, where another disturbance was created. It is expected that as a result of the day’s experience at Papatoetoe and Drury the local authorities of these two places will take steps to have the hotels in the townships placed out of bounds whenever the order is put in force in Auckland on account of returning drafts.
Influenza in Auckland
Influenza in a rather virulent form is prevalent in Auckland, and the staffs of many business firms are more or less disorganised as a result of the epidemic. The attacks are said to be extremely rapid in action, and are frequently accompanied by gastric disturbance. Other features of the trouble are swollen neck glands, violent headache, and a high temperature. — ODT, 14.10.1918.
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