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BRECONSHIRE'S LADY DOCTOR. Has High Praise for our Wounded. How she Met a Brecon Borderer at Malta. A representative of the Brecon County 0 Times had the privilege of a few miontes' conversation the other morning with Dr. Mary Phillips, who has bi-en staying at Brecon for a few days. Dr. Phillips was making hurried preparations for a journey to Scotland, findinu herself in a Huddt-ia difficulty owing to the breakdown of the telegraphic service. Delivered by post she had jost received an argent invi tation -tartt,ti from Scotland as a tdpgrarn- three dflY" b, fore, to join a hospital unit ab at to proofed to the Mediterranean to work amongst Serbian refugees. Finding it ÎmpoA- wihle to selId any quicker answer than an "express/' letter,Dr. Phillips, with characteristic energy, sent tbis and backed it op by b"" own departure, her one anxiety being that she might he too lete for tbo new opportunity of usefulness offered to her. Whet; the war broke out, Dr. Phillips was amongst the firs to take up miliiary hospital work, and was engaged for some time in this country. Then she was given a doctor's post in a hospital at RouPt;, where Rho had a good d >al of experience of typhoid oases, and there she remained till the work of that particolar uait was practically finished. Next hh joined h hospital unit for S-ri)i., and went 'here in April last yaar. She had I some exciting and tiring experiences in that country, when the G-rmans and Anstrianr, were ovsr-rnnnine it She esciped the f-t of j capture which befell a number of British, doctors and nurses, through a break-down in health, which necessitated her being invalided I home, after six months' service. Her uuit, in oharge of another lidy doctor (Dr. flutobinson) was tift-erwarde taken prisoner. I Her journey dOl) to the port of Salonika was very slow, and wag made in a. train con- sisting of cattle trucks, in which beds brsrll been placed. Since regaining her health Dr. Phillips has been lecccring for a Serbian hospital fnod, and is gi ateful for the splendid support sha has everywhere recpived. Unlike some of nor doleful "stay-at tomes," whilst j she has seen a!l the horrors and sufferings of I war in two oouniries, she is cheerful an<i COIl- fident and a talk with her is as good as a I tonio. Before reaching Serbia with her hospital unit Dr. Phillips had a fortnight's ^unexpected work at Malta. Just at the time her ship called there a large number of wounded men, inclndi»g many Australians, were sent down froia Gallipoli; and tbe Serbian hospital and from Gallipoli; and the Serbian hospital and its Btaff were pressed into the sprvio for a short time. Amongst the soldiers Dr. PhillipH dressed, was a South Wales Borderer who had broken several ribs in a fall over a cliff. He ,was two weary for conversation that day, but when Dr. Phillips spoke to him tbe next morn- ing his voice at once told her that be carno from South Wales. "Where do yoa come from?" she asked. "Brecon," replied the woonded man. "So do I," was the prompt rejoindtd, which must have surprised bim not a litlld. In the pleasant little chat which followed it transpired that tbis worthy bad been at Brecon Barracks. Dr. Phillips speaks in the highest possible ttrms of the courage and consideration of our wounded, and has a special word of praise for the Australians. Their chivalry she refers to as a thing to be wondered at their patient endurance is almost as wonderful.