Weak German resistance

The most southerly post office in the world, at Ulva Island, Paterson's Inlet, Stewart Island. -...
The most southerly post office in the world, at Ulva Island, Paterson's Inlet, Stewart Island. - Otago Witness, 21.8.1918.
London, August 12: Mr Keith Murdoch, writing from the Australian Headquarters on Saturday evenings, says: ``I doubt if more than 200 Germans were killed on the Australian sector during the first two days of our recent attack, so weak has been the resistance, and so complete the surrender when the bayonets became threatening everywhere.

There is evidence of the Boches' flight in booty scattered in all directions, helmets, packs, and rifles thrown aside, also hundreds of minnenwerefers, and there were big stacks of ammunition hidden in the corn crops. By noon yesterday we had taken the new encampments, which are replete with bomb-proof huts and elaborate kitchens, and even a bandstand and biergarten. The first shock of the battle is now over, and organised resistance by fresh troops has developed, so that whatever tactics may be adopted, further large numbers of prisoners are not to be expected for the moment.''

Social hygiene patrols

In a statement regarding the appointment of health patrols under the Social Hygiene Act, the Minister of Public Health ( the Hon. G. W. Russell) says that for the present only women patrols will be appointed. It is intended to convene public meetings soon for the purpose of establishing Social Hygiene Associations in their four centres, where the Act is to be brought into operation. The object of calling these meetings is to enable all classes of the public to be represented in the formation of each appointed. The executive will act in a general way in collecting information that will be of service to district health officers and to health patrols. The patrols will be permitted to attend meetings of the executives, but will not be allowed to give any information to anyone except district health officers.

Saluting enforced

Yesterday one of our reporters who is acquainted with a returned soldier who is at present acting as a military policeman passed the time of day with him, and casually asked him how he was getting on. The soldier, to the surprise of the reporter, replied that he was ``fed up with the game''. This answer naturally promoted a further inquiry as to what was the matter, and the soldier then unburdened himself of the statement that he was getting tired of tailing after officers to see whether the private soldiers they passed saluted them. He said their latest instructions were that if they noticed a soldier pass an officer and not salute him they had to put him under arrest, and convey him to headquarters, where he was interrogated by an officer as to the reason of his lapse. Two or three men have already been arrested and severely reprimanded.

Severe winter

The roads in the Alexandra district are now clear of snow, but the snow still covers the untrodden places to a depth of from two to three inches. During the present fall about 9½in fell, but as it was thawing while snowing, it showed only about 6in in depth. Frost started on Friday night, and has continued very hard since, registering about 21 degrees. The snow on the hills and pasture lands is this frozen hard, causing much anxiety to stock-owners. Rabbitters report that rabbits are to be found by the score dead from starvation. Old residents do not remember experiencing such a long and severe winter. - ODT, 14.8.1918.

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