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to mark the day except that I received a card of good wishes & a sprig of wattle from one of my old Scouts. The day itself was cold, cloudy & windy. In fact, we have not had a decently fine day for some time & it is getting too cold for swimming. Nevertheless I haven't yet tired of France.
When is the war going to be over? No one knows! The Germans are jolly strong & I think it will last at least another year. When the war started I said it was going to last 3 years.
The French are thinking of emptying their prisons & sending all criminals to the front. It would give them another 15,000 troops.
It is proposed to hold a re-exam of all men who have been declared exempted from military service & the

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