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DEPARTURE OF A TROOP-SHIP. By One Who Witnes:ed It. A SKITCH WITi A TOUCH OU HEAR T 1- IT. umm I At six o'clock in the morning my little daughter and myself ar. rived n.t the Port Melbourne Town pier. It was a. cold, raw, foggy morning, and was scarcely day. light at -that hour. We provedt be the advance" gard of thouands upon thousands of people who as. scnbled thee. later in the day We knew the- troops were coming but did not know the exact time so e got .there- early. Wel, at about eight'.ocloclk, the edvance. guard of the" 21st :battalion ar. rived (the other, advance guanri came in on Friday.) The crowds commenced to gather, and ever train that arrived at the station brought full loads of passengers, came in previously. The crowds At ten o'clock the first troop train arrived. It was taken down onto the railway pier and unloaded. Two troopers, on magnificent   white horses, tried to keep away clear. They succeeded for awhile, and the soldiers came on four   abreast, but- wihen anyone in t14 waiting crowd caught sight of their own particular .'soldiers they just rushed in. and- clung to th aiar. ohing along with them to hebar. riers.: at the end of the pier. They could get - no: farther, and had to let their loved ones go, mid tears o and: sobs. As each train arrived e the crowd closed in again until - the soldiers could only. get three - abreast. - This kept on till 12 o'clock, when a kindly policeman (who had noticed my girl andm self there since early morning, came to me and told me that thoer would be no- more troop trainsia r, until 2 o'clock. I .was very thank. y ful to that policeman, as I then . felt at liberty to go and hard te some dinner (we had hha no break. r- fast.) At 2 o'clock the train ar. L rived -:bringing the 21st battalion Lt (in which were tle Euroa boys, >f or most of them). My boy was oe in B Company, and after waiting eight, hours I missed seeing him, Is and was terribly disappointe o- The only Euroa boys I saw were: 0 Arthur Morgan, Bert Bradford & Leo Leonard. Of course I had ; farewell word or two withl'i it. The people by this time nresse r. in so ,close that the soldiers wer ae coming in only: .in couples, and p- later.r on -they could only get along in -single file, as the police wen n powerless to keep the crowd back ; I saw a policeman's horse lash out and .a man. and two womia were kicked. I "heard that the man and -one .of the women were killed, buit I :cannot vouch for th truth of ait. They were taken h an -' mbulance. The last 200 a Ie 300 soldiers had to run to gelt :h. before the gates closed on thi h. crowd .who rushed the pier. T' n- mounted ..police and armed gnar he with' fixed bayonets were alia in powerless to keep them back but g they- were stopped at the gate? eir We 'went . on to the sand abi >n- watched the boats. We waitedtil Swe could scarcely see; then, at ss- about :6 o'clock,- the gates wee of opened, and we were allowed cn in the pier. We called out the name of the Euroa boys and calledlnt g ':Euroa,': but .could not hear for Sthe noise. The boys were singing tor 'Good-bye- Melbourne Town, 'A. tralia will : be :;There,. 'Soldierie . the King,' - aid the world.famed v. w- ipperary.--. As : the boat morev ni out from the pier the big papil hy streamers .snapped, and it seemcd he as if the .last links were brokea ing -hen it.' was. that we felt the ble pangs of parting, and man-y, >ur not all of us, prayed that Ga Ily would :protect' our dear brave lad Son the watert and those at th m_ front, and. bring, them safely to ow the hearts and homes of those wh love6 and are proud of them. O0 In- pooi mother, who had a cataer te- 'act in one eye, was eagerly watch ter ing for- her son.. She just cai is sight of him, when she wentqi is. blind.' It i:tobe hoped that?rt ,et. blindness iill not be permaneiL S'The 'scenes all alonh from thest' the tion to'-the .pier. were heartrea iot ing. Mothers, sisters, sweethe?al in and even , fathers and brothe .te. were sobbing (and no shamo for them for it.)-; Girls and womsi uit were fainting .evryery e. Nad St. every .soldier had some loved a clinging to them (sometimes thi eld on. four), and it was pitiful hi eot see the-soldier fathers, with tel ion in their own' eyes, carrying th ed babies, as well as their id heavy loads. - It is such scee as these- that bring this al ill war close to our homes, when have to let- our loved ones a but we -are proud of the name boys havo.e made, which no. can take from them-one that od go .doiwn? through history- s sly honored- name of Austia sons,': re God bless them all.I

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