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Two German prisoners, who escaped from the camp on Saturday, were unable to get more than a mile away, and were caught by a portion of the guard close to the village.
A rat and sparrow club was formed by the Parish Council on Tuesday. Messrs T. Beavington and F. W. Barnwell were appointed to act, the latter to checking and paying for rats' tails at 2s per dozen, and sparrows; also eggs at a lower rate, one evening a week. The club will be run, if possible, on a voluntary basis.
A valuable milking cow, belonging to Mr. Geo Harris, was suffocated in the boggy portion of the Moors last Friday. It is supposed that while making for the brook for drink, the animal slipped in the mire and tumbled head first.
Favourable comments are being made upon the improvement in the appearance of the road from the village to Ridgemount. The long grass has been nicely cut and carted for hay. A local tradesman is responsible for this war-time incident, and, in addition to the public improvement, he has the personal advantage of a nice little rick of hay.
The lifting of early and second early potatoes is revealing some fine crops. The most prolific plot one hears about (and it has caused some talk) is one that has yielded 11 bushels of fine healthy potatoes from a single peck of seed. The Scotch seed procured from the Agricultural War Committee has done well, too, and promise extraordinary yields. The continued heavy rains it is feared, however, may encourage disease, and some gardeners appear rather anxious to dig somewhat earlier than usual with a view, if possible, to prevention.