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TAKING PRECAUTIONS. [Newspaper Article] — The Leader — 20 December 1918
TAKING PRECAUTIONS. A Scotsman was on his deathbed and his. friends persuaded him to forgive a neighbour with whom he had a standing feud for years. The neighbour came to the dying man's bedside. , After they had shaken hands and mado peace, the Scotsman exclaimed — 'If I' get better, Donald, remember all this goes .for naught.'1
DUG-OUT CAKES. [Newspaper Article] — The Leader — 20 December 1918
DUG-OUT CAKES. Amongst the Xmas parcels sent by the Townsville and Ayr Masons to their boys at the front were thirty large 'Dug-out' cakes. There need be no hesitation in sending a 'Dug-out' cake across the seas — they have been voted 'second to none.' Rich, fruity, containing only the very choicest materials — they will keep for a year.
THEY MADE HIM TIRED. [Newspaper Article] — The Leader — 20 December 1918
THEY MADE HIM TIRED. A good story is credited to Sir- Auck« land Geddes, the director of national ser vice. It appears that a certain young Irish man, domiciled in London, was appealing for exemption from army service on the grounds that he was a skilled cabinet maker, whose services, consequently, could be more profitably utilised in the construction of aeroplane parts. Toward the close of a somewhat lengthy examination, in the course of which he had to answer all sorts of queries regarding his trade, ohe member ?of the committee' suddenly asked: 'How would you make a Venetian blind?' 'I'd poke him . in the ~ eye wid me screwdriver,' answered the tired appli cant.
Anzac's Children's Day. [Newspaper Article] — The Leader — 20 December 1918
Anzac's Children's Day. The happy thought of giving a plea surable holiday to the children of Anzacs, the men who have served their country so splendidly at the Front, has borne good fruit, thanks chiefly to the ladies and thos,e who aided them in the good work. Tilings are all in train for a good time for the children to-morrow and as the dona tions collected on 'Kiddies' Day', last Monday, were generous, more than £100 being collected, there is every prospect that to-morrow the little ones will' be made very happy, the rally round those who are seeking to give the young folks a good time being very cheering. ' The children will be conveyed at re duced rates by tram and train to the Ex hibition Grounds, where games and sports will be' engaged in and doubtless greatly enjoyed by the children. A notable feature of the Anzacs' child ren's day will be distribution of presents to the young people, for each child will receive a gift in honour of the day. .. The distribution of gifts begi...
THIRDLY AND LASTLY. [Newspaper Article] — The Leader — 20 December 1918
THIRDLY AND LASTLY. -Village Doctor (to the old elder, who is paying a' call) : 'But surely, Saunders, you'll have a drop of something before you go?' Saunders : 'No, thank ye, doctor. I've ?three good reasons for refusing your hospitality. First, I'm chairman o'_ the local temperance society; second, I'm just gae'ng tae a kirk meeting; and third, I've just had one.' . The Girl: 'I think I ought to tell you before we get married. I am a somnam bulist.' .. The Soldier: 'That's ail right. I'm a Baptist myself, but I can go ' to your . church one Sunday and you can 6ome to mine the next.' rj.
Advertising [Newspaper Article] — The Leader — 20 December 1918
RETURNED SOLDIERS SPECIAL CONCESSION. Nine miles from Brisbane, on Railway, near school, store and station, 8 Blocks, 5 to 12 acres. PRICE: £10 per acre. TERMS: £1 deposit, £1 per month, 'No Interest. * Government Poultry Expert has in spected this land, and .will give a report. Apply—- ? 'LEADER' OFFICE, 331 Queen Street.
Tales of Travel and Nature [Newspaper Article] — The Leader — 20 December 1918
Tales of Travel and Nature I [Under this heading1 we shall publish | , from- time to time stories of Nature and S Travel sent in by our readers. — Ed.] !? ' ' ' I THE DEVIL'S DRUM. ? ? In the Friendly Islands, opposite the ! island of Tongatabu, is a small uninhabi- j ted island remarkable only- for one thing: 'The Devil's Drum.' We heard \ a lot about this queer phenomenon, and so made up a party to go out and in vestigate. The night was perfect, lit up by the full tropical moon, the sea calm like the proverbial millpond and the peace of these islands of the Blessed broken only by the murmur of the breeze among the palm trees and the booming of the breakers on the distant reefs. From where we sat around our camp fire we could survey almost every inch of the small atoll. There were a few natives withour party, who started a queer half plaintive, half mournful melody, yet endowed with the full power Tongan male bass voices can instill into a song. Once heard, who can ever for get the...
Gas and Gas Helmets. [Newspaper Article] — The Leader — 20 December 1918
Gas and Gas Helmets. - .The story as told by .'LieuL-G.pl,. M'Kenzie, M.C. in 'The War Cry' It was in April, 1915, that the first gas attack was launched, and it was aimed at the- place in Ypres salient where the French and... British lines met. On the, French rigl^t was a regiment of Turcos ; ?on the British left were the Canadians.. What they 'saw coming was a vast cloud of greenish yellow gas. They wondered what it was. It was something new. But when the coloured troops felt its horrible effects they broke in panic. Of the Cana. ?dians, thousands were suffocated and died; others, it is on record, with mufflers and handkerchiefs tied over their mouths, ?continued to engage the Qermans, and a number actually charged back through the gas cloud to reach the enemy. What became of. them is not known, but the . German advance ' was halted. The pro fessor of chemistry that: invented this horror was made a count for his 'notable ?services.' . Effects of Gas. The gases used at various time...
Advertising [Newspaper Article] — The Leader — 20 December 1918
A Hixeo Bargain. American Lever Railway Watch, 7/11 each — worth every penny of half a guinea. Why not make a gift of one of these watches this Xmas? Nothing could be more useful, more pleasing. John Hicks & Coy, Ltd., GEORGE and ANN STREETS, BRISBANE.
Bills First Trip to Town. [Newspaper Article] — The Leader — 20 December 1918
Bill's First Trip to Town. By ' Victim.' William Joseph Dawson (commonly known as Bill) rolled over in his bed, slowly opened his eyes, lay still for a . moment and then sat bolt upright. 'Hoo bloomin'- ray!' he yelled and sprang out of bed and into his clothes like lightning. He didn't wait to walk rlown the three steps out of tlie barn, but covered them in a jump. On arriv ing at the house he possessed himself of a bucket and set out to look for the two cows. As he drove them into the yard the sun was just peeping over the dis tant mountains. This was the day for which Bill had been anxiously waiting for the last three months. It was 20th December and he was to leave that day for Brisbane to spend Christmas at the seaside. He had counted the days ever since he was sure of going; now the glorious day had come. The farthest Bill had been was to the little township ten miles away, except when he had gone out mustering with some of the neighbours. Ten o'clock saw him and his father on...
Canadian Soldier Settlements. [Newspaper Article] — The Leader — 20 December 1918
Canadian Soldier Settlements. The following communication in the 'B.C. Veteran' from the pen of Mr. A. Mackenzie Forbes on soldiers' settle ments in Canada will be read with in terest as it contains some valuable thoughts on the subject as may. be in Australia : — May I draw your attention to the fact that unless the Government of Canada is prepared to amplify the present Soldiers' Land Settlement Act, and bring under one head all efforts being made to create op portunities for education in practical tfarming for returned soldiers, another year will have been passed by those sol dier-citizens 'Of Canada who are now re turned from active service and to whom . this government has pledged itself. I feel that the Union Government is sincerely desirous of helping returned soldiers0 out, but I cannot see that they have ever taken a broad and national view of the subject. Nor can I discern that - they have ever shown any desire-ito help 'Canada in a useful way by helping its soldier-citize...
How the News came to Rabaul. Rabaul, Nov. 18, 1918. To the Editor of the "National Leader." [Newspaper Article] — The Leader — 20 December 1918
How the News came to Rahaul. Rabaul, Nov. 18, 1918. To the Editor of the 'National Leader.' Dear Sir,— I thought it would he inter esting to the readers of the 'Leader' to hear how the hoys in this garrison re ceived and enjoyed the welcome news of the breakdown of our enemy in this long and fearful war. In the first place I must inform you that it was not really a surprise to us,, as we were looking for the news. We had been receiving aerial messages very frequently since the surrender of Aus tria. On the night of the 4th inst. when we received this news the boys rushed out of their quarters and got hold of tin cans, drums and all sorts of noises, making instruments and paraded the town shouting, yelling, hurrahing, etc., and waking every one around for a few hours. i' We considered this as a beginning of the end, but when on the night of the 11th inst., at about 12.30, we had all turned in and Rabaul was steeped in quietness and the Last Post had sounded 'lights out,' a big drum s...
TO BE NOTED. [Newspaper Article] — The Leader — 20 December 1918
TO BE NOTED. | At the annual meeting of the Scottish ;; | Association at«Ayr (N.Q.) they threw j into the 'hat' a sum sufficient to send \ a 'comforter' to members at the front. J The money was forwarded to a friend in Brisbane, who is experienced in the . i requirements of the soldiers and \ 'smokes' and socks have been sent. - ?»?- Winton Lodge (E.C.) keep their mem bers at the front supplied with 'smokes' -J and this year they added a 'something 'f to keep out the cold' — but it wasn't what you think — it was socks for the march to Berlin. J. A. Stodart, of the 25th Battalion, has been promoted to the rank of Ser geant, and has received the M.M. deco- ft ration. There is much joy in Towns- - ville over the success of this popular j soldier. | Lieut. A. Baxter and Sergt. W. Allen, - representing Northern returned soldiers, were in Brisbane interviewing the State Ministers a fortnight ago— with what re- i suit is not yet officially stated. They j have gone to Melbourne to have a he...
Short Story The Conscription of Bill Green [Newspaper Article] — The Leader — 20 December 1918
Short Story The Conscription of Bill Green (By Lieut. M. Little.) ^ Bill Green was no good. Those who had known him since he was a boy de clared that he had never been anything but 'no good.' If by any unfortunate mistake he ever happened to find a job he lost it again in record time, and per mitted a considerable period to elapse before he made another attempt to find employment. . Bill was not altogether unknown to the pplice, for occasionally he took a short holiday at a well-known penal establishment on the South Side of the Brisbane River. Mrs. Green was the direct opposite of her erring husband, being as industrious as he was lazy. She had, by incessant toil, kept the home together, and found food and cloth ing for herself and five children. It had been a long weary struggle, and many a time the little woman had thought she must give in, but she had fought on bravely and now that the two elder children had lgft school and found em ployment, life seemed a little more bear able....
Complaints Regarding Repatriation. QUESTIONS IN THE FEDERAL PARLIAMENT. [Newspaper Article] — The Leader — 20 December 1918
Complaints Regarding Repatriation. QUESTIONS IN THE FEDERAL '? ' PARLIAMENT. Mr. Mackay, the member for Lilley, asked the Minister -representing the : Min- ister for Repatriation on the 6th ins.ta.nt: 1. Whether the Department of Re patriation has received any complaints ifrom local committees appointed under' the Act in reference to the delay in finally dealing with their recommenda tions. ? ' ? - . Minister answered — Yes. - 2. Is it: a fact that there is consid ? erable delay in dealing with these ?matters. Answer: It Is regretted that delay. has : occurred, but this, has in many cases has been ; contributed to by the fact that Local Committees have not in all cases followed the established procedure or furnished the necessary information. 3. - Has the Minister considered the necessity of extending the -powers of, and removing some of the restrictions, on Local Committees. _ ? Answer: - This matter is now being con sidered. . ' 'Vice is a monster of so frightful mien , ' -AVPhat ...
Peter Johansen's Accident [Newspaper Article] — The Leader — 20 December 1918
Peter Jotiansesis Accident The camp fires were burning brightly in Palestine and the .boys of the A.I.F. -were luxuriating . oncb : more among, the ?orange groves to which many a longing thought had gone out amid the She ol of the Jordan Valley with its putrid climate away, below sea level and. its history- — ; well narratives that speak of Jordan won't find a sympathetic hearing among the A.I.F. men. At one Are there had been, a 'sing-song' .and now Sergeant M'Goldrick was called, ?upon to either sing or spin a yarn. As the gods had withheld the ? gift of tune from the Sergeant, we were all glad that he elected to tell a story with the stipulation that 'it should be about Aussy.' Without further parley, the Sergeant plunged into the middle of things, just as he did in his, attacks on Jacko and his ? German mates: — Some of us were always 'suspicious of Peter J-ohansen, that is after the war started. Of course he said he was a Scandinavian, jbujt (we had, pur doubts and in the end t...