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for the fourth time to take a leadership; this time on the unpopular side. The question was: "Should we adopt a policy of reprisals ?" & my side the negative.
Gray, who was with me at Gallipoli (& is also on draft with me) took the a support on my side, & my opponent was my friend Sgt Clerke.
With a strong man & popular opinion against me I stood no chance, but Clerke thinks my first speech splendid, & I think myself that I put up a strong fight for it. Anyhow I like fighting a losing battle & it is real experience to keep the audience quiet.

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