Australians “not uncivilized” says YMCA’s military secretary

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“IN some undefined way a good many people here seem to think an Australian is an uncivilised sort of being, and get a pleasant surprise when they find out what a wrong impression they have had of our boys.”
Thus writes from France Jas. R. Falconer, military secretary of the Y.M.C.A. “I have been able” he continues, “to get in touch with a large number of the boys, and I never lose an opportunity of doing all I possibly can to help them.
“What has struck visitors to this hut has been the fervent attitude of the men while we are having family prayers in the evening.
“We who work continually among them know the stirling worth of the boys from Down Under, and I deem it an honor to be able to do anything for them.
“During the month we have had rather warm weather, and that has helped us all to be cheerful. I expect to be moving forward to the firing line at any moment now, and I look forward with great pleasure to getting among the boys in the trenches. I keep splendid and fit for anything.”
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DONATIONS have been received by the secretary of the “Wattle” Club of £1 1s from Mr Pearson, and 10s from Mr Mann.
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THE members of the Moorooduc Progress Association intend holding a plain and fancy dress ball in aid of the ball funds on Thursday evening, 30th August.
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FOR Chronic Chest Complaints, Woods’ Great Peppermint Cure. 1s 6d.
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A JUMBLE Fair will be held at Somerville on Saturday afternoon and evening, in aid of the funds of the local Red Cross Society, when a varied program of amusement will be given.
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MESSRS Brody and Mason will hold their usual fortnightly sale of produce, &c., at their mart, Bay street, on Wednesday next, at which some very fine W. L. pullets will be offered.
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MESSRS Alex Scott and Co. Pty. Ltd. will hold a clearing sale on Monday afternoon at Somerville, on account of Mr S. Day, who is leaving the district, consisting of sheep, pigs, farm implements, and household furniture, and on account of other owners, horses, cattle, farm implements and sundries.
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BEV F. Delbride; B A. (Sandringham), will preach at the Frankston Methodist Church on Sunday morning next, and Mr R. T. Barnes (Balaclava) in the evening.
Mr Delbridge will also speak on “Australasian Foreign Missions” in the church on Tuesday evening next. Meeting begins at 8 o’clock.
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WE would like to draw attention to Mr A. W. Taylor’s advertisement in another column.
He is holding an auction sale on Saturday, August 4th, of Plant, Cars, Good will, and Tools, at his garage, corner of Melbourne Road and Wells Street.
We understand that this sale is being held in order to free Mr Taylor for service with the A I.F.
Anyone interested in oils, grease, benzine, motor and cycle accessories, or wanting to buy a car, should make a point of attending.
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FAREWELL TO CPL C. WILSON
The Church was filled on Saturday evening last when a farewell social was tendered to Cp Wilson. Mr Marshall occupied the chair.
An apology was received from Mr W. M. Green, President of the Progress Association owing to the inclement weather and a bad cold.
Mr Marshall in his usual style spoke of the great sacrifice the guest of the evening was making in leaving a wife and family to answer to call of his country and uphold the honor of the British Race.
Mr Dicker spoke on behalf of the Progress Association eulogising Cpl Wilson for the stand he had taken and wished him God speed and a safe return.
A number of items were given by the following–Misses Vines and Marshall, and Messrs Cowan, Harley and Scott, which were greatly appreciated.
Mr Marshall then presented Cpl Wilson with a fountain pen and trusted it would be of some service to him while away.
Cpl Wilson briefly responded, after which tea and cakes were served by the ladies in their usual efficient style.
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TO Our Subscribers. OWING to the abnormal rise in the price of paper since the War we are compelled to raise the price of the STANDARD, and on and after 4th August, 1917, the price for single copy will be 3d; per quarter 3s.
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WASHED out of Boathouse, 3 pieces of wood, parts of boat. 2 painted green, 1 stone color. Finder please communicate with W. KEMP, “Toorango”, Melbourne Road, Frankston.
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An earthquake with its mystery,
Will cause the stoutest heart to pause;
The bravest men in history,
Have trembled at old nature’s laws,
The man who then invokes the saints,
Would rather sickness long endure.
He knows the thing for chest complaints
W. E. Woods’ Great Peppermint Cure.
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From the pages of the Mornington Standard, 28 July 1917

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