Transcription of extract from an article titled ‘The Route March : Growth of the “Snowball”’ in The Farmer and Settler, 22 October, 1915, p. 3 [part 2 of 3]
‘Lunch at Mumbil.
An early start was made on Tuesday for the next halting point on the itinerary, which was a seven-mile stretch to Mumbil. Arrived there, the local school children sang for the “Coo-ees,” and their mothers and sisters provided a most acceptable lunch in a paddock adjacent to the queer old school house. Cheers were given, and the people assured the recruits of their good will, but they furnished no additions to the force. Mumbil was warmly thanked by the spokesmen of the party, then a move forward was made to the night camp at Stuart Town.
The Stuart Town Function.
After a swim, a mile or so out of town, column of route was once more formed, and the boys marched in, headed by the school children, and took up their quarters in the local hall. As there was no suitable accommodation available for entertainment, the townspeople arranged to give the men tea in McAtamney’s Hotel, but, of course, the “follow the King” rule held good, even there. The usual recruiting meeting was held after tea in the hall, resulting in four names being handed in. All were not able to go at once; two will follow in a day or two, and the others, as usual, will be carried on with the column until the next doctor is found. Supper was dispensed as usual by the good-hearted womenfolk, who furnished mountains of beautiful cake and pastry —though the recruits are beginning to wonder if sweets constitute quite the best ration for marching men. The boys sometimes sigh for red meat.’
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