Inured to war horrors

French troops crossing the Anizy canal on a pontoon bridge under fire. — Otago Witness, 21.8.1918.
French troops crossing the Anizy canal on a pontoon bridge under fire. — Otago Witness, 21.8.1918.
A private in the New Zealand Field Ambulance provides this report: We are running a dressing station not many miles from the fighting line.

We collect sick and wounded, minister to their immediate wants and send them on to clearing stations further back from the line for disposal either still further back to "Blighty" or cured to their units. Today I glanced through the window to the village where pass in endless stream the men and material of war, and at the moment a battery with its horses, limbers and guns was returning from the front for a rest. On one of the horses rode a rosy-faced lad with crisp curly hair, blue eyes, and smiling boyish lips. He had been through heart-rending, nerve-racking experiences, and yet he, who probably never harmed a mouse in the days of peace, was calm and happy after having helped to deal out swift death to many fellow humans during the past week or two. The fact of his comrades having in many cases met death or wounds beside him had left no apparent trace.

UFO in Taranaki

A strange occurrence is reported by Mr C. Rawlison, who lives at Carrington road (a suburb of New Plymouth), states the Taranaki Herald. Mr Rawlison was cycling to a dance at Carrington road recently, and noticed what he took to be a bright star in the direction of the ranges (about six miles away). Suddenly the light seemed to shake, and flashing alternately red and white, it swooped forwards and downward. The light then rose 400 or 500 feet, then falling again and describing various other movements. Mr Rawlison hastened back to his home and told his sisters of the occurrence, and they also saw the light swinging about until finally, at about half past 8, they saw it going to the westward (the direction of the sea). The  watchers are quite positive about the spectacle, and declare that at one stage during the half-hour they were watching the light disappeared behind the ranges and then rose again.

Sound of mouth

An old man of over 90 summers strolled into the dentist’s room the other day (says the Akaroa correspondent of the Press) to have an offending stump removed. It interfered, so he asserted, with the processes of mastication. Reference to the teeth reminds one that it is not uncommon to  find in this district men of over 60 and 70 years still in possession of comparatively sound sets. One old farmer, born near Akaroa, prides himself on the fact that he was 65 before he had tooth drawn. And a certain veteran of three score years and ten, whose fresh looks and erect, sturdy figure would be the envy of many men of 50, used to amuse himself, not too long ago, by displaying the strength and the soundness of his molars in this way: He would pick up 56lb bag of sugar with his teeth.

Mine accident

A miner named William Miller met with an accident at Kaitangata on Tuesday afternoon, resulting in severe bruises to the back and cuts about the head and face. He was working among "proud" coal — that is, coal which flies out with force from the solid under the pressure. A quantity of the coal thus burst out and struck Miller with great force, throwing him back against the box he was filling. The latest reports show he is making good progress, there being no bones broken . — ODT, 19.8.1918.



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