NSW Railway cards cause great strike
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.