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1 LIKE OLD TIMES. Military Camp at Welshpool. Welcome to Liverpool's Telegraph 'Terriers.' "It reminds me-of old times to have the military amongst us again, especially at Oldford." Thus spoke a veteran councillor last. Thursday, when the Corporation of the an- j cient and military borough of Pool passed a unanimous resolution to welcome the Liverpool Telegraph Terriers." And yes- terday (Sunday) the townsfolk turned out in crowds from chapel and church and no- where to endorse this official welcome. "Who'd have thought there were so many people in Welshpool!" was one comment, inspired by a sig.ht of the multitude, which spread itself from Station-square, along Severn-road, Severn-street, and Berriew- street, towards the encampment. The babe in the arms of mother or father, the little slum-child with tattered .boots, the frock- coated, silk-hatted suburbanite—all classes were represented. And the numbers put even the Mayors Sunday into the shade. Within 200 yards of the town, the camp is situated off the Berriew-road, on the Oldford Portion of Powis Castle Park, to the east of the Red Castle, and overlooking a magnificent stretch of Severn valley and border-mountain scenery. This was the destination of two Western Telegraph Com- panies of the Royal Engineers (Territorial forces) army troops. The Wireless Telegra- phy Company went yesterday to Aldershot, where they will use the regulars' equipment. It is the Air Line" and the Cable Company that will do a fortnight's train- ing in the Paradise of Wales. These Engineers number 230 non-com- missioned officers and men, with seven commissioned officers. Punctually at a quarter past noon the first special train from Edge Hill arrived at Welshpool. The companies have their own band- whose smart-looking drum-major attracted much notice—but they were played from the rail- way station into camp by the band of the Montgomeryshire Yeomanry. The visitors had an excellent first impression of Powys- land hospitality from the welcoming crowds, which included not a few smiling maidens. Half an hour later the second train arrived punctually with 99 horses, eight aif-line waggons, one cable waggon, and the baggage. Lieut.-Colonel F. J. Pilcner, V.D., is ine commanding officer, with Captain R. M. Macrory as adjutant (Captain Macrory is a brother of Mrs ft. Wynne, Lower Garth). The other commissioned officers already in camp are Captains Newell, Robinson, and Whitney, wih Second-Lieutenants Leslie and Mockler. They have their qaurters near the deer park, at a considerable dis- tance from the men, and are also sheltered by a grove of trees,. but telephonic com- munication will be installed throughout the camp. The permanent staff consists of Sergt.-Major W. Glue; Sergts. W. Evans and R. J. Jackson (cable); and Sergts. Bridgeman and Woodhead (air-line). The companies' field work is interesting in character, but not so varied as it was before Mr Haldane's scheme, when they were fortress and bridge-building engineers The air-line and the cable companies work independently, but each can do the work of the other. The cable is worked out first from the base office. It can be laid out at an average speed of three miles per hour. The cable waggon, in addition to the tele- graphic instruments, carries four drums with two miles of wire on each. Mounted men- with a kind of crook-lay the cable to the best advantage for instance, over the con- venient branch of a tree, or along the ground, pegging it down at a bend. The air-line, which is semi-permanent, follows the cable. On these waggons are carried telegraph poles, 13 feet long and 2^ inches in diameter, which are driven into the. ground on the required route about every 80 paces-the same as the post office 'telegraph poles-but the distance may vary according to ttte nature of the ground. Two men work the drums-each of which carries a mile of wire—the one pulling' and the other guiding the. wire with a gloved hand. Then two "strainer" men have a belt around their bodies with a clip, which grips the wire they give it the proper ten- sion, and the wire is received by a slot in the insulator, and turned. Each waggon carries telegraphic instruments by which the clerks receive and dispatch messages as Tequired. Each detachment of the air-line men will wire about a mile of country per hour. During yesterday afternoon the military traffic from the railway station to Oldford proved a serious counter-attraction to the local Sunday Schools. For once in its his- "torv even the annual demonstration of the Anglican Sunday Schools had to take second place in the public eye, especially whilst the Liverpool horses were tackling the task of pulling the waggons up Oldford- 'lane. Last night the Engineers were settling down. They admired the Powysland scenery, they appreciated the town's wel- come. To many a Poolonian the Sabbath Day had been one giddy round of sight- seeing pleasure—" just like old times."

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