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KINMEL CAMP NOTES. Gum-boots and chin-straps are again the order of the day. The deluge of last week- end converted the camp into a veritable quagmire. Cataracts and water-falls made their appearanüe on the slopes and formed lakes in the low-lying areas. One orderly room owes its escape from flooding to. the iu- geiiuity of the regimental gardener. In lay- ing out the "grounds" he introduced an ar- tificial bank into hie scheme, and this efleetu- ally dammed the rush of water which reached the depth of a couple of feet. Water and mud, however, have now become common- place factors in our daily Iir., so that an in- crease of a few inches in depth does not alarm us, but rather affords the irrepressible jokers, of whom we have many, additional scope. One of the so ncedle-tongued "Tommiiee," on be- ing asked the whereabouts of a certain cor- poral, replied, "I don't know, sir, but I think he js gone ashore." < The patrons of the Y. A. in No. 13 Camp enjoyed another entertaining concert last weeK. Tho programme on tnis occasion was provided by out.sido taient, and I regret that notice of it reached me too late, as i am told that it was another red-letter night. Mrs Stone and her friends are to be congratulated upon the excellence of the entertainment pro- vided at this hut. That its reputation is rapidly spreading is not to bo wondered at. • • • • Have we a poet at Kinmel? I believe we have, and that a paragraph of mine ha6 been the means of drawing him out. You will re- member my reference to the "knut" in whose tresses the regimental barber discovered -a curling paper. Now, long hair and poetry usually go together, and shortly after the incident was related in this column, the fol- lowing appeared in a contemporary under the title of a "Khaki Lament," though, knowing the circumstances as I do, "A Hymn of Hate, would have been a more suitable heading:— I do not mind the Irish stew W ith which they dose us dailv; I'll drink their tea (a fearsome brew) With patience—if net gaily. Route-inarching shall not leave me tad, Nor cause undue dejection, For Swedish drill I'e always had A sneaking half-affection. Fatigues I never care to "strafe," though others freely curse 'em. At grievances I only laugh W hilo others freely nurse 'em. Against my sergeant I can state No thoughts of ill I harbour, But flesh and blood can't tolerate The regimental barber. » » There's temper for you Luckily, the bar- ber is not with us now, but he wili rt-ad thib, and I'm sure he will smile. # • • One day last week I was chatting to a member of the G.M.P., whose brogue pro- claimed him a son of Erin, when an officer approached and gave him instructions that his motor car be sent on to a certain house which boasted a terribly Welsh name. The man received his orders with innumerable "Yes, sors," and the officer rode away on his bicycle. Shortly afterwards the car arrived and the chauffeur was directed to the "Bobby" for orders. Poor Pat was beside himself with anguish. His attempts at Cymraeg Were piti- ful to hear. Fortunately, I happened to over- hear the officer's instructions, and was able to direct the chauffeur—to the great relief of the policeman. Don't mention it, Captain, quite a pleasure, I assure you, though I would advise you to write those horrid names in future. W I saw you on the return journey. Very nice. Monday was St. Valentine's Day, and many of us can reanember the time when this was a fixture of importance. Latterly, however, it has faded into obscurity, but war works won- ders, and Monday last saw the issue of the most momentous "Valentine" yet invented, namely, the ultimatum to thoee young men who are too proud to fight, to come or be fetched. AVhethe-r the date of publication was decided upon by design or coincidence, I do not know, but of its appropriateness there can be no doubt. • • • a The flowers that bloom in the spring are making their appearance about the, various orderly r<->owi? and offices rind irniiiii fli,, flaw p ies. There is every ir-dication of the pre- sence of gardeners V;Ilo Know a thing or c.. o, in our ranks. I should like to see a garden- ing competition arranged between the various battalions; I am 6ure it would be exceedingly popular and interesting. Already what was once a wilderness is now gradually assuming the appearance of a garden of Eden, and I look forward with much pleasure to the sum- mer, when I expect to see Kinmel ranking as one of the attractions of the district, and worthy the name of Park. » <* My hearty congratulations to the Rugby team of the 21st Welsh. They are indeed hot stuff," and their performance on Sat- urday last was one of the finest of the season. Their success is no doubt largely due to the genius of the outside half, whose name is mentioned on the field in bated breath. Though playing out of hit3 usual position on Saturday, he got in a tremendous amount of work, and was ably supported by the right inside three-quarter, who also possesses a name to conjure with in the rugger world. « « It was very ha;d lii.es for their opponents, the 18th R. U.F., who were unable to place their usually strong team in the field, some of their best men being away on courses, while others were "crocked." They put up a game light, however, ancl had their tackling been lower their opponents' score might have been lower also. S^rgt.-Inst. Dowdney brought off the tackle of the afternoon, and saved a cer- tain try, but he missed several men through "going too high," and on one occasion was left with nothing but a piece of his opponent's shirt in his possession. We lud the somewhat unusual spectacle of two men playiug in their bare skin I should like to suggest that those pieces of wood doing duty for touch-flags be replaced bv something less substantial. I saw a man brought down within a yard of one of these things on Saturday, and, believe me, he was just that yard on the right side of a nasty accident. • • » • "Our Office" is still with us, at least, for the time being. During the week the "A s you were was received from headquarters, and at present the matter stands in abeyance. Manv of us were glad to hear of this, and I know a few of the clerical staff who arc not a. bit sorry. o l ly. I-Ilef-0 ays Tommy in the pu1pit! ReaHy. thecc days we are rapidiy losing our eeu?G of J.oveky. On Sunday morning Mr II. J. Higgins, B.A., a graduate of the Welsh University, attired in a private's iiiiiforni, conducted the service at the Pensarn English Presbyterian Chapel, and de- livered a very eloquent eermon from the text "Be strong and of good courage." At the tmno of his enlistment in the 21st Royal Welsh h u.si- lieirs, Mr Higgins, whose homo is at Buckley, was a student in the Aberystwyth Theological College, where he had passed his first examina- tion for the B.D. degree. lie was preparing to take hio fina.1 next June, but gave up his col- lege career to enlist. Mr lligguis also preached in the owning to a crowded congregation, which included many soldiers. He has a fluent deliv- ery. R. E. CRUIT.


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