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I IN THE TRENCHES. Tommy has little hope, if any, of obtaining tobacco and cigarettes once he takes his position in the firing line. He is dependent on the supply that is in his pockets. At the very least he will have forty-eight hours of trench duty to face, devoid of comfort, devoid of warmth, and cheerless enough to make even the happiest spirits gloomy. IN It is a picture which we, sitting before our firesides, often conjure up-the reality we can never know until we take our place by Tommy's side. What we must realise, every one of us, is Tommy's desolation at being without his much-wanted smoke during these hours of hardship and danger. If you are a smoker, you will know what Tommy longs for. You will know the solace it will bring to him you will know that there is no bigger favour you could do him than to give him a plentiful supply. You may have already helped us to cheer some brave Soldier in this historic firing line, but tobacco burns away, so won't you please help us again? You may have refrained from sending us your personal contribution, forgetting, perhaps, the urgent need of Tommy, or not realising the happiness every sixpence you can spare would bring some brave Ld ready to defend your home, your livelihood, your liberty, with his life. One sixpenny parcel of cigarettes and tobacco will bring a loo c oi thInks to his face and more, it will keep him in smokes for several days. I AN EXPLANATION. I A few complaints have been received from subscribers whose personal parcels have been somewhat delayed in delivery, and as the majority of our reader, must always realise the difficulties of distribution which must inevitably occur while movements of large bodies of men are taking place throughout the firing line, we reprint letters showing how RgAL these difficul- ties are. (Copy of letter from Capt. John E. Fowler, 4th Seaforth Highlanders, B.E.F.) 13th Januasy, 1915. I Dear Sirs,âA very large supply of cigarettes and tobacco forwarded through you was dis- tributed to the men to-day, and on behalf of all ranks may I think you most warmly for such an acceptable gift > Some of these were ear-marked for certain men, and we have distributed them to the special d owners as far as practicable. May I, however, point out that when such packages are labelled for particular individuals, the difficulty of distributing them is very great indeed. Men are so scattered, many are away from headquarters on various duties, some are sick, and as distribution usually takes place in a shed or barn, with one candle to light the place, you will see that one has considerable difficulty in carrying out the request. Men SHARE every- thing, and consequently I should like to suggest to you that you (should you be good enough to again send us a supply) do not earmark the 1 packages for individuals. One cannot realise I the difficulty whi?h darkness causes out herec, with 16 ho:jrs' darkness a day, and one's only II light is a candle. Had one dry weather and day- light, one would not have the difficulty. The weather continues to be very wet, out here, but is considerably warmer than we have I had for some time, and the men are very fit and cheery. With very many thanks. Yours faithfully, JOHN li. FOWLER, Capt. and Adjt., 4th Seaforth Highlanders. (Copy of letter from Capt. A. C. Amy, R.A.M.C., O.C. No. 5 Motor Arabulance Convoy, General Headquarters). ntli January, 1915. Sir, beg to acknowledge receipt of a case of cigarettes Mid tobacco for my unit. As the last consignment you sent me had not been all handed this one to a Battalion which was in the trenches at the time. I The Battalion desires to thank you through me for your generous gift. (Signed) A. C. AMY, Capt. D.A.M.C., O.C. No. 5 Motor Ambulance Convoy, General Headquarters. (Copy of letter from Majwr B. R. Kirwan, R.A,. Staff Officer, Royal Artillery, General Head- quarters ) quarters). 10th January, 1915. I Gentlemen,âI am frequently receiving letters of advice through the post for cases of gifts you are so kindly sending to men of the Royal Regi- ment of Artillery serving with the British Ex- peditionary Force, through the Military For- warding Officer. I would like to bring to your notice that only in a few instances have gifts, to which a letter refers, been received by me, and they have been acknowledged accordingly. However, I feel certain that all unacknow- ledged gifts have reached some battery in the firing line. I understand that they are being sent up to various batteries in equal proportion. As batteries of Artillery are scattered over a very wide area, I think you will realise how difficult it is to trace the receipt of each case. The only place at which this would appear possible is the port of unloading, and there the staff may have too much other work to do to inspect every case and acknowledge it. Yours faithfully, B. R. KIRWAST, Major R.A., Staff Officer, Royal Artillery, General Headquarters. The need for more smokes grows every day. More and more men are being drafted into the firing line, and, in the words of an "Eye Witness" our Expeditionary Force has now swelled into a magnificent army. These men have little to smoke, but what friends send them. Are you going to let them go without ? Every sixpence will send some, brave Tommy a few days* happiness. (Copy of a letter received by a Local Subscriber). Monday, Dec. 28, 1914. Dear Friend,âJust a line or two to let you know that I received your gift parcel of cigarettes for which I thank you very much and was very pleased to receive, as it is about the best gift a soldier gets while in the firing line. I hope this letter finds you in the best of health, as it leaves me at present. Wishing you a bright, happy and a prosperous New Year. I remain, yours truly, PTE, A. DAVIS, 7162 B Co., ist Royal Welsh Fus., British Expeditionary Force, France. I (Copy of letter sent to Lieut. Col. Leach). Locomotive Dept., L. & N.W. R. Steam Shed, Abergavenny, Dec. 21, 1914. To Lieut. Col. Leach. Sir,âAt a meeting of our Locomotive Dept. War Fund Committee" held on Sunday, Dec. 13th, it was suggested to the committee that we should appeal to our staff for subscriptions for the Abergavenny Chronicle Tobacco Fund for tobacco and cigarettes for Christmas for the ist Battalion South Wales Borderers, under your command, and I may say the suggestion was taken up at once, and we have handed to the Chronicle Fund the sum of £ 5 8s. for tobacco to be sent to you, to be kindly dis- tributed to the officers, non-commissioned officers and men under your command. We are daily watching the doings of the ist S.W.B., and are glad to see they are upholding the honour and glory of the gallant 24th Regiment, in which I had the honour to serve under you in the South African War. We have sixty men gone from the Locomotive Dept. to join the colours, chiefly the 3rd Mon. Regiment, at Northampton and Grundesburg, and we feel sure they will be a credit to your regiment. I remain, on behalf of the Committee, (Signed) A. G. NORMAN. (Copy of letter received from Lieut.-Col.,Leach). Ashton Court Nursing Home, Maberley Road, Upper Norwood, S.E., 3rd J anuary. Dear Sir, âAs I have been wound ed your letter only reached me yesterday from the Battalion. I should be greatly obliged if you will express to the Committee of the Locomotive Department not only my appreciation, but the appreciation of all ranks of the ist Battalion for the kindly thought. I think it was too splendid of them all to subscribe so generously. I think I can safely say that, in spite of severe losses in officers, non-commissioned officers and men, that the old 24th has greatly enhanced its reputation, and I don't think The Land of our Fathers need feel anything but pride in the gallant behaviour of its sons. Again thanking your committee and all those who have so generously subscribed to the Fund. I am, yours faithfully, B. LEACH, Lt.-Col., Commanding ist 24th Regt., South Wales Borderers. SUBSCRIPTIONS TO TOBACCO FUND. Previously acknowledged /05 2 q This week x 18 o £ 97 o 9 13S. (26 packets) Dill.?Ned and Drip (Nap). 5s. (10 packets) Mr. Brightling Mr T Ss. (10 packets) Mr. Bri?,litlill, Straker E.E.S. 2s' (4 packets) Mr. C. Thomas Mrs A Bath. Is. (2 packets) Mr. Hall Mrs. Jones Mr. D. Morgan Miss Gladys Pliillius Mrs. Griffiths. 6d. (r packet) Mr. j, R. dosser L.G.

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