WÆn SKETCHES. I THE MESSAGE THAT MATTERED. Private William Henrv Brown, runner for C Company of the Crimson Crusher?, turned sharply to his left at the blasted oak-it was an elm, really, but in musketry all broken trees are blasted oaks -slid iiicontlneptlv down a dark bank into the railway cutting below, and ran slap bang into the arms of a Prussian patrol. The Crimson Crushers had only that IDcrning won half a mile of ground from the Boche, and had dug in an outpost. line. It was strange territory, and it was quite J in the nature of things that a hostile patrol should be prowling about just on the edge of our lines. The outposts of both sides, in fact, were in No Man s Land. Private Brown's first sensation was an unpleasant one—that perhaps he should have turned to the right at the blasted oak instead of the left. Then he remem- bered that, anyway, the railway cutting came into his scheme, and so was slightly reassured. He did something to his mouth with his right hand, and then, in his best Cockney, asked his captors wot in 'ell they was a-playing at." But his cap/tors c-ither could or would speak no English, and he was hauled with all the gentleness of a she-bear deprived of her young to a little dug-out half a mile down the cutting, where Private Brown saw an ofifcer eating a. sausage and black bread by the light of j a carefully shaded slush-lamp. The N.C.O. in charge stated wh-at afterwards appeared to be an explanation of the capture; but. as Private Brown said, at the time he thought he was simply going to be sick at the sight of the sausage. When he had heard what the X.C.O. had to say, the officer came cut; and started tc bully Brown in pretty periect English. You have a messare," he said. Give it to me at once "I s-.in't got no bloomin' rsessage," said Brown. You lie, pig: And the Boche hit him in the with a heavy hand. You have a message. Give it to me, at once < Private Brown spat the blood out of his mouth. I ain't got no message, you blarsted he repeated. The Boche hit him agzin, twice— heavier blows still. Search him/' he cried. While two held him, a, third went through all his pockets very diligently. They tore the jacket from his back. They left no part of his clothing or person un- explored. They even opened his mouth, and one slid a grimy finger between the cheeks and the gurus. But lliev found no message. Tie him up, said the cSlccr, when he was satisned that there Was nothing to be found. "Tie him up tight, and leave him cut in the cold. He has destroyed the message, but he knows what was in it. To-Eiorrow he will talk They tied him up so tightly that he had to bite his lip to keep back the cries of pain. They laid him across the rails, which bit into his back and sides. There thev left him. Presently it began to rai, and, as the cords got wet, they tightened. The pain was unbearable. It was then that an idea came to Private Brown. He looked towards the sentry, and saw that he was asleep. He turned over cautiously, got his wrist-ropes against the edge of a rail, and began to saw back- wards and forwards. f "It was slow work. The first tinge of dawn was already in the sky when the last strand parted, and his arms were free. Feverishly lie untied the ropes about his ankles and knees, and rubbed his legs to restore the circulation. The sentry still slept. Brown got. to his feet and made off clown the cutting as hard as his throbbing legs would carrv him. Each step was torture. His wrists were bleed- ing where the rope had rasped them in the eawing. He was wet through and frozen to the bone and, moreover, he was faint with hunger. It was more a dead man than a live one who staggered into Battalion Head- quarters and weakly mumbled something that the sentry eventually took to be: Tak6 me to the Colonel." i The C.O. was just having breakfast j before ins morning tour of the line, and, beui £ an understanding man, lie gave I Private Brown coffee and rum before- he j let him sav a word. Now." he said, when the runner had j somewhat recovered, "Tell me all about it, my i And Private William Henry Brown told. Well done! said the C.O. And now, what was the message ? T suppose yon had it off bv heart be f ore you swallowed the paner?" Yes. sir. C Company relief com- p-lete,' sir. Good Lord Po you mean to say you wfmt through all that for such a message? Whv. it wouldn't have mattered if you had told them I dunno, sir," said Private William Henry B: own, sleepily. Seemed to me as 'ow it wos my message, no marrer wot it wos, an' I wosn't ,gDin' tor give it tor no "bloomin' Boche, any way Then lie swayed. "Catch him," said the Colonel and Private William Brown was carried away to sleep off the rffect of his nisdit in Hun- Land.
TRAFALGAR DAY, OCTOBER 21. Who said Huns?
BY THE WAY I Random Jottings about Men and Things. I A I Warnmg. I A tle over a furtni. g, nt now remains for householders to send in their application forms for their coal ration. Those who have not dene so before Thursday, October 31st, will be unable to obtain coal in crantities of more than 1 cwt. per week. It id estimated that already 75 per cent, of the application forms have been dear; with by Local Fuel Overseers throughout the country, and the Coal Controller appeals 1" the remaining 25 per cent. to help li-I-n by making immediate application to their local coal merchant, or to the gas company or to the electric light company if they do net use coal. Failure to do this means that explana- I tions, causing serious inconvenience L the c?ncumer, will he demanded cj them L3 to *Ll I,e deT,-ian6ed of tl duty t?i to. ir. iort. The vicar of ShiUingtor has a. summary cf the War in his. parish magiome. 11 &r. j.olluws "TANKS YANKS SPANKS i Canada's Recora. October Hu., ".?s the fourth 0(,tol,)er 14",1., iie Auniver-?ry of .i.e ending iL, England, of the first Canadian j contingent sent over for war I sentCc. h¿'e is Canadn,'s ICVC:l :umber of first contingent, 33,000 total number sent over up to end of August lact, 400.000; Canadians killed in action, 50.000 casualties, over 175,000; wounded returned to the front, 40.000; returned to Canada, 50,00b; Cana- dians \vho have rpce?-ed decorations, -0,000 Canadian Y.C.'s, 40. Rairl on Metal Fittings. There is reason to believe that Germany is reduced to desperate straits to obtain certain metalc. For instance, the Berliner Taseblatt" reports, in its issue of September 20th, that the seizure of metal fittings had been extended to the Parliament building [Continued at foot cf next column.]
PLAYING THE GAME j :PLA YINGTHE GAME. Tb Way of the R.A. F. Tb€ Way of the ?. A F. ) ——-» I BY EEO3S"N'aissanoi: # j bY :)c. a;,v.L. I Germs prisoners, shaken, and pake than the chalk of the country, crowded together in the clearing cagec. They were nd" a, nice sight. But, TL? Blighters deserro it," might have been the corrment of the British Tommies who looked into the cages as they passed back to billets. It ir;ight have been: only it was not. On the contrary, it is on recora in every correspondent's story that the in e%-C-- y co- Tommies called heartening thirgs to their prisoners, and did what sportsmanship, j not hatred, would suggest—in the matter ;« of cigarettes, for iinstance. PerhrvJs there are still people m England who do not understand, just as there certainly were people who did not under- S stand wh-ii the Royal Air Forco brought down seme raiding German airmen over England end promptly gave them good breakfast. The Germans were down, and it 3 not the British way to kick a man whec he is down, or to jeer at the losing side. The
German airmen cited were njonly down, but very nastily d:wn in a sudden dive to earth, sfier many hours at a height where- j the cold was Arctic and the Lt.A.P. men who promptly treated them tc a good, hot breakfast were t vei, Lritish thing which htrmonises wi. th the vlolo British ii tradition. And it t here had ever been any | clanger of those l>o~s forgetting the British tradition (which u unlikely) they were reminded of it by the sportsmanlike train- rem i iic l c- Df it b, il I ing whict. they had received in the R.A.F. Cadet Brigade. We Germans will never be gentlemen, and you English will always be fools," is the often quoted remark of a German officer captured early in the war. And the English quoted it with pride. TLey were so incurably nroud of the English quality w-s-ieh the Ge-inan cailod foolishness, and tlity call sportsmanship, that w hen the training of a British pilar;- was under con- sideration, it was positively decided to include training in the British foolishness known otherwise es sportsmanship. Which is only to say that by playing games, under expert coaches, the K.A.F. Cadet Bri??acl e leari-is i,.evef 4,o o lliav t i-ie 'I Brigade learns never to forget to play the j game. The Enylish look are \ViLning the war, and by their foolishness, Ly their habit of playing the game, by having decent thoughts and by acting decently I upon them. To play the game may be a sentiment, but it is also a policy, even though to Britain it is a natural and unealculated policy. It is a policy which is winning the war, and in the youngest, as in the older Services, they play the game in the British way. Britons can be efficient and gentlemen. Germans can only be efficient -up to a point. Then comes Kamerad
SPORTS FOR OUR TROOPS IN ITALY. I ￼ I A general view of a horse show and athletic sports gathering arranged for a British Division In Italy. [British Official. I
FOOD TOPICS. I Items about Production and I Rationing. [BY "S-IIALLTTOLI)-CR. "] 1 Hay-box Cooking. I Hay-box cooking jo: beina tried in a lew London hospitals with satisfactory resu l ts demonstrating the efficiency of the method alike for institutions and the home. By this means very considerable quantities of coal and gas are being saved, and patients and staff who eat the food express themselves as highly pleased with the cooking. The experi- ence of the matron of a London hospital is typical. She made a hay-box from a tea- chest, a stout and well made piece of wood- work. First, all the crevices were carefully stopped with paper then the inside was care- fully lined with several layers of brown 1 I paper. May was firmiy presseu uown miu the box, covering the bottom to a depth of four or five inches. Then a nest was made among more hay, which three-quarters filled the box-for the reception of the cooking-pot. Above the hot pot, loose hay was strewn, and on the top of that a tightly-fitting cushion was placed, the whole being weighted down with a couple of bricks wrapped in brown paper, so as just to permit of the closing of a tightly-fitting lid. In this case, only a single cooking vessel, a large pot, is used. In it porridge is cooked for; arty persons. The porridge brought to the boil and quite boiling is put into the box at 8 p.m. and served piping hot at half-past six on the following morning. Meat and vegetables, stews, stewed fruits, and stewed rice also have been successfully cooked in the box. The matron is very proud of her handiwork, alike for its convenience in the hospital routine and because of the resulting fuel- saving. 1 Dried Fruit for Christmas. I The most recent developments 01 the war have naturally led many people to wonder whether the coming Christmas will really be a merry one for the Allies', in contrast to the war-weary ones of the past four years. 'Con- sequently, an enquiry has sprung up lor the dried fruits, figs, dates, raisins, currants, candied peels, and so on, which go to furnish forth our usual seasonable festivities. Of all these tempting foodstuffs, there is at present an unprecedented shortage in the United Kingdom. Provision has been made for the Navy and Army, but of any general public distribution there seems to be but little chance. As usual, the whole question boils itself down into one of tonnage. The fruit is available if we can fetch it. Dates, for instance, can be easily bought in Persia, Egypt, Algiers, and Tunis, but, in every case, ships must be found to convey them. The inhabitants of Great Britain will readily resign themselves to the absence of dried fruits from their Christmas tables if they reflect that preference in cargo space is being given to American troops and munitions of war. A little self-denial now may mean abundance in 1919, and, in the meantime, no one will begrudge the sailors and the soldiers their legitimate first call upon such luxuries as are available. It is well to know, more- over, with regard to such shipments of dried fruits as may be obtainable, that the Ministry of Food has taken steps to preclude the pos- sibility of profiteering. It will take over all imports and will supervise their distribution at equitable prices. Our Position and the Enemy's, I The position of affairs may he favourably compared with the position in the Central Empires, where the food shortage brought Lbout by the Allied blockade is playing a very warlike part in producing the peace man- oeuvres which are so conspicuous a feature of the Huns' strategy in j his interesting stage of the hostilities. At the back of the guns there has always been this formidable weapon of starvation. The Germans, by their U-bcats, have attempted to starve Great Britain out of the war. They have signally failed. On the other hand, Great Britain, by the might 01 its great Fleet, seconded by the .smaller Fleets of its brave Allies, has cleared the seas of German and Austrian shipping and has.created, by the introduction of hunger among the enemy peoples, a state .of exhaustion bordering upon collapse. Nations as well as armies fight upon their stomachs, Pnd the stomach of the Hun is to-day suffering from the lack of nec?s'u'y foodstuffs, while delicacies, such as dried I fruits, are far beyond his dreams. Cows and Pigs. The rationing of animals Las had to be Taken seriously in hand by the Ministry of Food, owing to the shortage of concentrated feeding-stuffs in the country, and the almost insuperable difficulties attending the importa- tion of more. Preference in rationing is to be given to milch cows, on account of the value of their product for human food pur- poses. There is no absolute certainty of a supply of concentrated foodstuffs after Christ- mas, and it is, therefore, desirable that pies should be killed before that time. What is lost in the swings may be made up in the rounda bouts, for the necessity of slaughter thus created should afford us, at any rate temporarily, a satisfactory supply of pork and the various other delicacies into which piggy is capable of conversion.
THE WOMAN'S PART, 1 Our Winter Rations. 1 -E. ] II [BY MAEGA-RUT OSBOKXE.] J The Food Controller's regulations L1\ varied from, week to week, as though ins object were, as the Americans say, to keep t. 't 1 t"' us guessins. but. in spite of that, this winter's rations are much the same as last winter's. To begin with meat, the value of coupons has gone up and down again, and is. once more at Is. 4ch for the week, Bllt tbis winter Ave have the advantage ot coupon-free hams and bacon, and, alihonh rumhlers I complain that the price is high and the .« quality inferior to what it was before the war, the chance of getting more meat than the ration, on occasion, is well worth having- I Fats. "j The fat ration is distinctly better than last year, being six ounces of butter and mar- garine as against four ounces last winter; -J with the two ounce ration of lard, it makes 3, full half-pound fat ration for the week. It j is pretty well established that it wa-s the jl shortage of fats in last winter's rations, J rather than the small quantity of meat obtainable, that caused inconvenience. Fat is necessary to everyone in cold weather, and J a suitable vegetarian diet for winter requires even more of it than do the ordinary meat- t eater's meals. The amateur and professional cooks who have found their .pre-war cookery J books useless for so long may now return to y 1 them with caution, although no one can taks ( 1 a pound of butter," as our grandmotners ?,j cooks were advised to do, J Sugar. The sugar ration, despite threats to the contrary, is so far unchanged. Bat it win seem very small now that jam is difficult to -■ come by, and chocolates are a memory of the past. The housekeeper will lament the disappearance of jam puddings, of the bread and jam which made up for lack of ctkes, and the shortage of butter at tea. In this '?? respect, however, country people who had fruit of their own, and obtained an allot- ment of sugar for jam-making, are much more fortunate than the rest of the world. I Jam Rations. The jam rations are to be, it appears, four- ounces weekly for adults and six ounces for children. In this case, the term "children" is applied to persons of the age of from six > >:J to eighteen. These ration allo-vances are, 11 it is satisfactory to hear, not likely to be reduced. Food that is not rationed. Coming to non-rationed foods, we nnd that bread is becoming constantly whiter, and •" i more palatable. The supply of vegetables "J promises to be good. We are promised more 4 cheese, much more than was available even in "? 1916. The price of fish, moreover, is to be somewhat lower. All this is to the good, but, on the other side of the balance, is Ù\e lack of fruit. This is a very real- depl'lyahon, and jp will be keenly felt. Last year there were few oranges, and fewer bananas, while the supply of apples gave out with the new year, but this scarcity followed on a suturner when fruit had been within the reach of everyone. Still, .1 although a scarcity of fruit is unpleasant, it will not be harmful to the national health. Summing-up. ) I ,Ir "W hat does the whole situation come tc when it is summed up? I think we may say that in all essentials we are infinitely better off than hist winter, but that, on th:: other ) hand, we shall feel our deprivations more. j Last year we were in great dangm of a real scarcity of food this year there is no such -J phantom of disaster in the background. Great Britain has become almoRt self-sun'cino- -? in the matter of food, and this very safety ha? ? to be p??l for by the sacrifice of luyury. We have been accustomed to Jiave the whok- world for our larder and store-room, and to chocs:: what we wished from a bill of fare cupplicd from the five continents. Now that our ships are needed for the bringing of soldiers from the United States, and for the carrying of our own men and stores to the Balkans and Egypt and Mesopotamia, we must make shift with what we can grow in our own chilly island. V, hen we are asked to do wiihout the butter and the cream, the spices and the tropical fruits, the meat and the wine that used to come to our tables from the ends of tho earth, we shall, perhaps, he inclined to feel a little ill-treated. We are being asked to pay the bill, and few people like paying bills. But just think what we have bought with this price We have bought safety from famine by growing our food at home. We shall help to buy victory by doing without luxuries from abroad. Now that we are certain to have enough, it would be shameful to ask for super- fluities. Our dinner tables this winter will be dull enough; Mr. Clynes leaves us in he doubt about that. But we shall be content. CUT TNr? OUT. ￼ C(II l l I"HTS Or-'I,. MISCELLANEOUS RECIPES. Success Pie.—INGREDIENTS.—2 lb. potatoes, i lb. cooked macaroni, 2 oz. sausage, i pt. thick white sauce, teaspoonful made mustard, pepper, salt, i oz. margarine. • METHOD.—Boil and slice the potatoes. Make the white sauce carefully (remember that war- time flour takes longer to cook than white flour), and then stir in the mustard when the sauce is just off the boil. If mustard is added be boiling sauce, it will curdle. Cut the sausage, which should be previously' cooked, into rings. Lay the macaroni and potatoes in a greased dish, pour the sauce over, lay the sausage rings neatly on the top, and put a few crumbs of mar- garine between them. Bake till brown, or heat under a gas griller, or, if the kitchen fire is out, and gas must be saved, heat and brown in front of the sitting-room fire. If the poker is made red-hot and held over the top of the dish for a minute, the potatoes will be crisp. Fuel restrictions will lead us to provide many boiled and stewed dishes, but where food can be quickly and easily browned, this should be done for the sake of variety. If stew must be the order of i, the day, fingers of toast or brown crumbs, such i, as are served with game, or cubes of fried bread, like those served with clear soupi ma- v be eaten ■ J. with it. J- Rock Buns.—INGREDIENTS.—J- lb. thmy 2 oz. fat, 1 oz. candied peel, 1 teaspoonful baking powder, pinch of salt, li oz. sugar, 2oz. cut dates or finely chopped nuts, .1 teaspoonful nutmeg or ginger, 1 dried egg, 2 tablespoonfuls mill" f METHOD.—Prepare the egg according to directions on packet. Mix the flour, salt, ginger, and baking powder, rub in the fat, add the sugar and currants or dates or nuts. Add the beaten egg with a, teaspoonful of milk, and mix well to a stiff dough, using the second table- spoonful of milk, if necessary. Grease.a frying pan well, put the mixture on it in rough heaps. place the pan on a gas ring turned low, put a saucepan lid over the pan, and cook the cakes, turning them once. These cakes can be equallly well cooked in a pan on the hot plate of a range, or even over a slow red fire in an open grate. They cost very little more than bread and mar- garine for afternoon tea, are quickly made, and 1 do not need an oven for cooking. NC J J
[CoiUiniif,d from previous column.] itself. It says "In the i&eichstag, the <b;r handles and letches, towel rails, radiator ccreens, staircase rods, clothes-pegs, lavatory j chains, umbrella and cloakroom stands, rcofing copper have been removed. In a similar fashion all public buildings in the Eirpire are bcingsystematicallj dismantled." rather Christmas. Father Christmas is helping Ii in the Feed the Guns" cam- paign. His familiar face j appears in. three of the paper bags supplied to shopkeepers by the War Savings Committee. These bags are sold at usual prices to retail shops, and they serve a double purpose-firstly, as receptacles for purchases, and, secondly, as a form of pro- paganda. Half-a-dozen firms are engaged in manufacturing these bags. Apart from the pictures, the bags bear important hints on now to economise. i