US troops in Britain

 Lake Hayes, a pretty sheet of water, passed by the traveller en route from Queenstown to...
Lake Hayes, a pretty sheet of water, passed by the traveller en route from Queenstown to Arrowtown. — Otago Witness, 23.5.1917.
The announcement of the arrival in Great Britain of the first military contingent from the United States will be read with wide interest.

Such an event brings America appreciably closer to the day when she will be represented in the fighting line with her Allies on the western front, and when, by her sacrifices in the field, she will be strengthening that bond which links her to them in resistance to the aggression of a common foe. It is probably only a small force that has been despatched across the Atlantic so far, doubtless to undergo training in England before being sent to the front. But, however small in numbers, such a contingent bulks largely in the imagination as an earnest of the determination of the United States to assist the Allies, both speedily and to the utmost. The War Department at Washington has announced that a division from the United States will be despatched to France as soon as practicable under  General Pershing, who commanded the American troops last year against Mexico. Presumably this first division will be followed by others at intervals regulated by the exigencies of military preparation, until the United States is represented at the front by a force of respectable and growing dimensions.

Hunt Club commitment

Captain Free (military representative with the No. 1 Military Service Board), who is an active member of the Christchurch Hunt, informed a Daily Times representative on Saturday that every eligible member of the club had joined the colours, and during the time the Expeditionary Force was in Egypt, members of the hunt on service subscribed £25 and sent it back to be added to the hunt’s funds. With this subscription came a special request that every effort be made to keep the club going, as the men wanted to be able to take part in the sport when they returned. Captain Free said that, according to their numbers, the hunting enthusiasts of the dominion had played a very creditable part in the war.

Furlough deserved

Sir,— I was very pleased to read in  the Daily Times the letter of ‘‘Father’’, suggesting that the few remaining boys of the Main Body should be sent home on furlough about September or October next if the war is not to be over this year. I also think with him that it would be only fair to these boys to allow them to escape the rigours of the trenches during the next Home winter. In fact, I would go further, and suggest that the men who went right through Gallipoli, came off at the evacuation, and have been fighting in France ever since should be sent home then for good, for they certainly have done their share. My son is one of them, and, with the exception of about six weeks in the hospital, when he was recovering from shrapnel wounds received while on the Gallipoli Peninsula, he has had only 12 days holiday (in November last) since he went into camp at Tahuna Park in August, 1914. Trusting others will support this, and have the matter brought before the Minister of Defence.— I am, etc., Anxious Father.

Resilient totara

During the course of some excavations in Wellington it was found that totara buried nearly half a century ago was in almost as perfect a state of preservation as when first placed in the ground. The visit which the Hon. W. D. S. MacDonald, New Zealand Minister of Agriculture, has just made to Sydney was the first for 34 years. He is a native of Victoria, and in his younger days he was overlanding stock in Australia. —  ODT, 21.5.1917.



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