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F. here to every paper in Great Britain. I know it has had some effect in Australia because we have had a telegram from the Defence Minister there (which has been published in Orders) congratulating the troops on the report. I have seen that this also got into the [Cairo English-language newspaper] Egyptian Mail . .

The association organised a ballot of members which Bean, then writing for the Sydney Morning Herald, won narrowly. It had been intended that the Australian contingent, named the Australian Imperial Force, with its New Zealand counterpart of 8000 men, would sail for England in early October. Bean and Arthur Bazley, his eighteen-year-old assistant, were to board the convoy in Melbourne. Bean travelled down from Sydney in late September to prepare for embarkation and took a room in the ‘Northampton’ boarding house, St Kilda, where his brother Monty was residing.

They called out to the policeman to stop, and really their temper began to be worked up to a pretty high pitch . . It seems almost the only way of dealing with the rabble here. They have no restraint and no morality of our sort; and although they have considerable virtues of their own you are apt to get disaster when people with their morality meet with people of our morality unless the two are kept apart by a hard and fast division. The two moralities overlap as it were; they are slack in some things where we are strict.

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