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A CALL TO THE FRONT.
Appeal From The Trenches To Australian Young Men.
A stirnng appeal to the stay at homes is contained in a lettet just received In a gentleman m Melbourne from his nephew, who is .1 pnvitc m the 14th Battalion nt (Jalhpoli He says -
At the prchtnt tune no ire hourlj ex pecting i great cfiort on the pnrt of the Turks to drive us into the beautiful .Hgcin, and sse are rendí at in) moment to fall m and march oil in üve minutes iiith two das,!,' rations on out backs Onr General has eireiihtcd 1 letter to his "hoirs," as he calls us, telling us to expect to be out numbered three to one Well, we've beaten back greater odds than thit before, and tho t, too, v, hen we v, ere less prepared than now Wi are lonemg for them to come on, feeling sure that this will prose to be the last kick of the "sick man of Europe," and will bo glad is hen IIils ittack is over, for then j sunny Australia is ill be much nearer for most of us, let us hope
According to the latest mad (June 16) re- cruiting seems to be rather slick, and we wondci n hit is wrong with Australia's yonng men Do they want awakening, or
-("mustraled Sportint* and Dramatic \cssss ) EVEN THE HORSES HAVE THEIR DUG-OUTS AT THE DARDANELLES, THOUGH THEY ARE OPEN TO
fdo they prefer case and luxury whife their
. brothers endure, hardships and danger that
their peace be- not disturbed? I am per- suaded that the former is the cate.
In the illustrated weeklies we see photo- graphs of crowds of well-dressed and smil- ing young men parading Melbourne's fair streets, or enjoying the excitement of a i close iinish at a football match; and all
carry their heads high, too. Arc they hard- ' hearted and callous, or simply thoughtless? Surely the death or wounds of their mates should arouse the manliness dormant in (hem.
I Perhaps they think they «-ill no1 'be
needed. Surely the ever-increasing casualty lists must convince them that they are
«-anted. When .they read that in tue at-
tacks on Moy 10 and 29 we successfully re-, polled .the Turks, though five to our one,
it must have struck'them that a few more Australians in the trenches by our side would have been welcome. Or do Uley want the disunity lists to increase thousand' by thousand, till it gets over ten thousand, be- fore they think that they might be needed to (ill the places,of those whose names are written on Australia's roll of honour? Ac- cording lo our last mail, the total is nearly seven thousand, and we know here that it is not going lo stop at that. I sometimes
wonder if those young men who have no1
-("Tlie Times límlory of the War.")
FIGHTING THE MUD IN WESTERN GALICIA : AN AUSTRIAN GUN DETACHMENT NEGOTIATING A SHALLOW TRIBUTARY OF THE DANUBE, HARASSED BY THE
RUSSIANS ON THE RIGHT.
tics ind are phisically ht conld sec us For
quill lu of an hour, Mould the) linke up
Suppose thal the 'links those ila into the stn tonight and we lose tin» pobition, and it became knots n in Australia that through lick ot adequate rcinforccliunts ne tieie annihilated and our hard sion position lost, lion would the shirkers feel then' ¡surely those ease lovers who ought to be w curing khaki would have troubled consciences'
t sum a photo of the* students grouped round the professors the oilier da), lind it cime home to me how much the file happ) s ears of University life and companionship had meant to mc I gritted my l«cth ii bit,
I can tell you, tq see them all so comfort* I able and JMkp. y wJien tbsjjr Mo_hi bo (jus* I
as happy) here They are sons of wealthy parents and most of them prominent in sport and it seemed to me most of them bhould be here Hut of course everyone is
at liberty to decide for himself whether he is sitislicd lo live for 49 or 50 years more m the peace won by others for rum at the cost of their jives 1 think that in years to come their consciences will pnek them ii Ihci do not now What is lame wealth position if pc-iee fnd righteousness are not
world « ide'
I do hope dur boys will wal e up and come here of their own volition and no1 conscrip- tion Tlicy will miss their home comforts of which the' think so little now but isn t it worth while w he i on their return they will vii i them "-o much ihes will have to sleep on the ground in then clothes and feed pi mils and none too well "-orne ntghts there will he no steep fot them ind whin tired they will not be iblc to rest, but the consciousness Uni tiley n-e doing their duty foi then Kini, md eOJUtrv and help- ing to ensure for their loved ones Heit peace
without which hfci is unendunblc out wilgin, a hundredfold all discontent at hard ships and monotony endured as it seems right out of the sight of those foi whom it is borne tor we do seem hen light apart from the rest of the tvorll
I m ifnid 1 vc said some hnrsh things
ibout oin joutiL. men m Australia but what I hive said is iiothinc to the out-
spokenness ot my mates and it does make i i fellow h gorge rnv* i bit to feel that young Australia is still asleep I am glad Ashmoad Bartlett s description of the first day of the battle has aroused some of our boys to do
their duty. (I landed on the second morn- ing.) we do all wish that those who hast no ties and are fit would wilke up. Aus- tralia has begun well, and we do waul lo do even belter. We want to sec the thim* through to a glorious conclusion, which will mean that we musl have continual leinfoiee ments. It would be terribly disappointing if, through being under strength, we had to give up our hard-won position to the Eng- lish or French, but I don't.think it will ever come to that.