Rats in Millions
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Dear Star Man, - I am now taking the greatest pleasure in thanking you and all our "Star" readers on behalf of our ‘Machine Gun Section', for the fine parcel of cigarettes which arrived at a time, after our Xmas ‘orgie’, when our stock was low, and being in the trenches we were unable to replenish it. When I whacked them out we lit up, and such a volume of smoke arose that the rats commenced to cough and wheeze, and their C.O. coming out in protest, as it were, a
These rats are in millions, and are mobilising on the trenches, all well equipped in the way of squeals, and are about to declare war on us for the way we massacre them. Regarding the life out here, you would perhaps be interested to know that Fritz has been very busy shelling us constant, and one shell carried away our dug out chimney, and on its course hit a man literally blowing him to pieces. Our section out here are called
—Workington Star and Harrington Guardian, Published 14 January, 1916.