The Midnight Sun - 17.08.1940, Blaðsíða 3

The Midnight Sun - 17.08.1940, Blaðsíða 3
THE MIDNIGHT SUN 3 and public hygienists. He was 58. Kingston. —- Bill Cook, one of Canada’s greatest riglit wing hockeyites, now manager of Cleveland Barons, has enlisted in the Non-Permanent Militia. Ottawa. — Wednesdaj was 21st anniversary of Mackenzie King’s selection as leader of the Liberal Party. Vancouver. — Gracie Fields sang during the week to thous- ands of enthusiastic Canadians and told them, that in spite of criticisms of herself in London the would continue her „War Work tour“. * New York. — Alice Marble beat Helen Jacobs 6/1, 6/0 in Womens singles at Eastern Grass Courts Lawn Tennis Championship. MY DEAB DUCE. Inview of the tension in the Near East it is of interest to note an open letter sent recent- ly by the Editor of an Egyp- tian newspaper to Mussolini. ”It Would be unwise for you to let Egypt figure in your plans.....If certain Western countries are apt to look on treaties as scraps of paper, Eastern nations are n’t in tlie habit of repudiating oblig'- ations, nor of stabbing a friend in the back. Be sure, my dear Duce, any idea of disloyalty towards Britain lias never crossed our minds. . . . Bome promises liappiness only to tliose submitting to Fascist rule.“ The matter of this is notable. The manner in which the mess- age reached us provides a good example of cable-ese. “Editor writes colon quote twould unwise proyou let eg- ypt infigure your plans . .. if certain western countries apt onlook treaties as scraps paper eastern nations aren’t h'abit- wise repudiating obligations stop instabbing friend back stop be sure my dear duce idea disloyalty britainwards never crossed our minds stop rome promises happiness those- wards submitting facists rule- wards.” AIR BLITZKRIEG? On Thursday August 8, be- ginning before dawn, the Ger- mans made continuous attacks on shipping in the English channel in which they wrecked 3 out of 20 small ships. In the second stage of their attack they had about 400 planes in EGGS, „The shooting, snaring and the collecting of eggs of any wild fowl is strictly forbidden to all ranlts.“ Routine Order No. 152. It must be understood from the outset that this is not written in any critical spirit. Discipline is discipline, if one may coin a phrase, and if the General Staff consider that the eggs of wildfowl should be allowed to wander free, doing wliat damage they may, doubt- less there is some good and sufficient reason for a decision that superficially appears hasty and precipitate. Rather it is intended to suggest that the whole question needs further investigation. At the outset, as one can well appreciate, otlier matters con- nected with tlie possible appearance of enemy aliens needed attention and the sub- ject of mobile eg'gs was no doubt superficially dealt with and quietly shelved. The time has come to un-earth it. After all, these eggs are not a action. They lost 60 aircraft against our 16. On the following Sunday a strong attack was made on Portsmouth in which soine damage was done. 66 enemy planes wrere destroyed while we lost 26. On Monday and Tuesday the South-east coast and the Tham- es estuary were specially attack- ed. At midday on Monday the sky was black with some 500 german planes in action. 79 were brought down. Out of 79 aircraft destroved during air battles along English Coast on Tuesday 29 were brought down during two hours sliarp fighting in afternoon. At one time, enemy bombers and fig'hters were falling out of the sky at the rate of one a min- ute. In all about five hundred enemy aircraft believed to have l)een engaged. T^iey camie in three wraves directed at South- ampton area and Kentish Coast. They wrere tackled hy patrols of Spitfires and Hurricanes of R. A. F. Fighter Command as well as hy A. A. fire. In Southampton area alone fighter patrols destroyed 22 of enemy. Since June 18, 454 enemy planes have been destroyed to our 107. MOBILE. commonplace of nature. In the absence of Wliitakers Alman- ack or other text-books, it is impossible to verify if they are extinct in the British Isles but certainly they are not fre- quently encountered. Nor it is easy to glean information as to their habits here. They have been occasionally seen near tlie Hotel Borg late at night, usually accompanied by a couple of pink elephants and a small squad of leering hob- goblins, but not one has been actually captured. In short wliat are the habits of these predatory objects? Nor is that the only point. Identification is easy. Any moving egg is, one supposes, to be assumed to be hostile. Pres- umably it is not expected to give the usual responses to the challenges of sentries and all ranks are being issued with Amendment No. 237, to the Standing Orders for Guards. Nor does snaring present any difficulties. Those men who have experience of that rely upon the old fashioned noose, and clearly no noose will be effective on an egg, particul- arly once it starts to struggle. But instructions are needed on what defensive steps are permissible. No information has been given as to the size of egg one may expect to meet. What action can one take if one finds a largish egg, say about the size of a football, snapping fiercely at one’s ankles, particularly if one happens to be without Anklets, Web (in eamps and with the C.O’s. permission, of course) ? May one act in selfdefence and if a well-placed kick fails, as a last resort may one not fire, say, one warning shot over its head (or upper section, to be accurate) ? The question of attack has been raised. What if any egg voluntarily gives itself up? Is it to he ignored, or handed over to the guard, the military l^olice, the quartermaster or the sanitary orderly? What steps should be taken with eggs which, while not attacking humans, are destroying govern- ment property? Can they be arrested or just driven away with non-lethal weapons. And finally to put an end to this menace, cannot the Icelandic Government be requested to remove or intern all wildfowl wlio permit their eggs to wander in tliis careless way. There may be Fifth Columnist even tliere. It is respectfully submitted that the surface of tliis subject has been no more than scratch- ed, an abviously ineffective way of dealing witli an egg. Nothing' short of an exhaustive enquiry will meet tlie situation, and if all units were ordered to submit tlieir recommend- ations by lst April 1941 the danger that faces us next year will be well on tlie way to complete liquidation. OMLI RIIIOIIBN The Medical Corps has been refused permission to hang dirty washing on the wireless masts. * Near the harbour yesterday we saw a soldier salute a naval officer. * A local resident told us he thought the Duke of Welling- tons were a chain of public houses. The O.C. has expressed the opinion that squihs, not rock- ets, would make for more effi- ciency in a General Alarm. * It is quite true that Colonel McBride mended the sump of his car with cheese and blan- ket, when it broke down in the desert, but there is no truth in the rumour that the R.A.S.C. Officers’ Mess had Welsh Rare- bit on his return. -k The chaplain who was arr- ested by the Military Police for not being recognisable as such has been ordered to wear an Elizabethan ruff like a Luther- an pastor. * The Salvation Army has been placed out of bounds. Verse. Unna Skollogrunnnssondottir Thought the Heebejees had got lier Yet t’was only Soldier lonely Trying to sing: „I got a motter“. G. R. S-G.


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