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78   DAYS OF PREPARATION

No. 13 have over their share more than offsets the 3,419 which District No. 10 still lacks. In the aggregate the three Districts have contributed 138,377 as against 137,758 required, as their share of the 500,000. . . . Up to October, 1915, the units which had been and were being raised for overseas service in Military District No. 10 had been authorized at the larger centres. In order to stimulate recruiting in the rural parts of the District, the Militia Department, early in November, divided the Province of Manitoba and Saskatchewan into four `areas' which were designated as follows: `Area A,' Southern Manitoba; `Area B,' Northern Manitoba; `Area C,' Northern Saskatchewan; and `Area D,' Southern Saskatchewan. The military authorities undertook to billet and train recruits for the winter in any town or village which could raise twenty-five men or more. This undertaking proved to be a popular one and resulted in the securing of a great many men during the winter; these men formed the nucleus of five battalions. . . . The fall of 1915 witnessed the real beginning of an active campaign for recruits. The streets of the cities were alive with recruiting officers and everywhere throughout the towns, villages, and rural districts were found men in the King's uniform looking for men and inviting every man met `to come and do his bit' . . . The success which had attended the efforts of the Commanding Officers of the units authorized previous to the first of the year, in the way of securing men, supplemented by the decision of the Dominion Government, in December, to raise Canada's contribution in defence of the Empire to 500,000 men, resulted in the authorizing of some twenty-three additional overseas battalions between the 10th of January and the 10th of March of this year in Military District No. 10.

"Private citizens all over the West have co-operated most heartily with the military in gaining recruits. At first no difficulty was experienced in filling the ranks of every unit authorized, but little by little the supply of


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