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The Kia ora coo-ee : the magazine for the ANZACS in the Middle East, 1918

['Nemo': Man is an imitative animal...]

"Nemo": Man is an imitative animal. I could produce a wagon load of proof, but will give only one example. Out Beersheba way, a Taube Came over our camp, and next minute it was hailing bombs. A big "Crow-eater," who had read a lot of stuff about the ostrich sticking its head in the sand when danger threatened, made for a hole (the burrow of some animal) and Shoved his head in. He wasn't hit, and I guess he reckons that the ostrich stunt is not too bad.

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"Waipune": Ever heard the full strength of the message which was sent to Headquarters after the supposed bones of St. George were found under the Mosaic at Shellal? Here it is: A certain Padre, well known to the Anzacs, wired that he had found the bones of the Saint. A Staff Officer on Headquarters, who was about fed up with the discovery of the ancient church, immediately wired back to the Padre as follows: "Cannot trace Saint on the official casualty list. Send fuller particulars from identification disc, or other property on deceased." The Padre replied: "No trace identification disc. Have found pay book, which shows that Saint is Considerably overdrawn."