Otagos at Rossignol Wood

The congested interior of a dug-out below ground, somewhere in France. — Otago Witness, 31.7.1918.
The congested interior of a dug-out below ground, somewhere in France. — Otago Witness, 31.7.1918.
This evening in broad daylight, by an attack that gave them the high ground in front of Rossignol Wood, the New Zealanders put the coping-stone upon the arch that, since they re-entered the line,  they have gradually been extending into the enemy arc.

The attack was carried out by a small force of Otago men, who, after a short trench-mortar bombardment, went over the top with great dash and captured their objectives south-east of that famous shattered wood. The attack had been planned for the day before, but torrential rains caused it to be deferred. This afternoon the weather cleared, and soon after the attack had finished the sun shone brilliantly. The ground gained denies observation to the enemy on an important part of the line. Our casualties in the attack were very light, but 50 of the enemy were killed and many wounded, and three prisoners and five machine guns were captured. Heavy artillery co-operated on our flanks. The enemy retaliatory bombardment was heavy, especially on Rossignol Wood, which was temporarily turned into a smoking inferno, but fortunately it was ineffective.

Allied raids

Mr Philip Gibbs writes: British Australian, Canadian, and New Zealand troops are sharing in raids, with a view to discovering the enemy dispositions and damaging their lines. We are taking numerous prisoners, and find that the Germans are being doped with stories of the brutal way in which the British treat prisoners. Even Germans of normal intelligence believed fantastic allegations. As an example, the New Zealanders brought prisoners from a raid, and were amazed at the terror of the Germans, which only happened when they were well fed and kindly treated, as is the invariable custom. The Germans then confessed that their officers said the New Zealanders were cannibals, who would first offer cigarettes and then eat the prisoners. The New Zealanders noticed that the Germans at first refused the cigarettes. The New Zealanders hugely enjoyed the joke.

Prohibition vote proposed

The very interesting statement by the Minister of Internal Affairs in reply to a deputation yesterday places the whole position in relation to the National Efficiency Board’s proposal for a poll on the issue of prohibition in a much clearer light than any in which it has previously been presented to the public. In general terms, the proposal is that the question of national prohibition shall be submitted to a vote of the people at the earliest possible moment upon the basis that prohibition should be immediate and accompanied by "reasonable compensation" to the interests affected. In the opinion of the Efficiency Board "reasonable compensation" would represent "the difference between the market value of the assets at present, taking into consideration the present licensing laws and all other circumstances and conditions associated with the trade, and the value of such assets without a license".

Hair remover

Two Barkly residents, Messrs Lindsay and Finn, recently read in the papers that instead of scalding pigs after killing, the hair was more easily removed by sprinkling petrol over it and putting a match to it (says the Winton Record). They decided to try the experiment. They hoisted the porker on to a beam, applied the petrol, then the lucifer. In an instance the hair was off. — ODT, 30.7.1918



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