NSW Rail­way cards cause great strike

Benalla Ensign - - News -

Billy Hughes to try a sec­ond con­scrip­tion ref­er­en­dum.

This week Haig again re­quested the Sec­re­tary of State for the Colonies to pres­sure the Australian Gov­ern­ment to be­gin ex­e­cu­tion of Australian de­sert­ers.

De­ser­tion rates among Australian troops were up to 10 times that of other Em­pire units.

Haig claimed that Australia’s fight­ing ef­fi­ciency was de­te­ri­o­rat­ing.

How­ever, the im­pli­ca­tion of his ca­ble­gram was fail­ure to ex­e­cute Aus­tralians set a bad ex­am­ple to Bri­tish and other Em­pire troops.

Dur­ing the War, 133 Australian sol­diers would be sen­tenced to death for de­ser­tion or mutiny.

The Australian Cab­i­net com­muted all such death sen­tences.

Mean­while, an 18-year-old youth ap­peared be­fore Be­nalla Mag­is­trates Court this week.

He was charged with steal­ing an ex­er­cise book val­ued at one cent from the Emu Bridge State School. He claimed re­spectabil­ity. How­ever, po­lice claimed he loi­tered around bil­liard halls.

The mag­is­trate told the boy that loi­ter­ing was not the way to re­spectabil­ity.

He was con­victed of theft and fined $30 with 25c in costs.

An­other youth ap­peared be­fore the Chil­dren’s Court charged with steal­ing a purse and money at the re­cent Ja­panese Fair.

The mat­ter was ad­journed for three months to see if the boy be­haved him­self.

This week Be­nalla res­i­dents could see a crim­son Aurora Aus­tralis or Southern Lights dur­ing the early part of the nights.

The trus­tees of the late Alexan­der Miller, who died in 1914, an­nounced that they held be­tween $160 000 and $180 000 to build houses for the poor in Gee­long, Shep­par­ton, Nu­murkah, Be­nalla and Rush­worth.

— John Barry, An­zac Com­mem­o­ra­tive Work­ing Party, Coo-ee — Hon­our­ing our


Un­happy: This time in 1917 strikes were break­ing out over ris­ing costs and drop­ping wages, to fund the war.

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