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Assisting the Banks. Enlistments and call-up for mili tary'service- have halved many bank .*staffs to' such an extent that men remaining are working long hours to cope with - the business.' The manager of one metropolitan branch bank has stated that customers could substantially help overworked offi cers by observing two rules:-(1) To limit as far as possible the num ber of small cheques drawn for per sonal use. (2) Not to endorse a cheque "order" unless necessary. To cross it "not negotiable" ordin Prily provided sufficient protection. 'He :ibinted. out that it was quite un necessary to endorse small cheques "order" in payment of accounts, when a receipt was not required. This gave no extra protectioqn "and quadrppled the amount of work done by paying and receiving banks in handling the cheque. He also sug gested that customers might save the bank work and themselves much inconvenience in the event of a bank building being bombed if they kept a close check on the balance of their accounts. A careful record of pay ments and withdrawals would save much confusion in an emergency. It takes something to upset a sol dier with the experience of General Sir Thomas Glamey, but the day he landed back in Australia he said: "I am staggered to find the young men of Australia do not feel that their place is in the A.I.F. ranks." Two important sales by auction are advertised in this issue by The Australian Estates. See advertise ment for particulars.