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Although there is always a wonderful spirit of cheerfulness and good humour about the wards of a military hospital, even among the serious cases, yet existence naturally becomes wearisome at times, especially for men who may have to remain for weeks or months either in bed or. within the hospital precincts. They welcome visitors who can entertain them cheerfully, and music is a never-failing source of pleasure. Our drawing shows a typical scene in a hospital ward at Christmas-time, when some ladies have arrived to sing and play to the patients while they are having tea. Seasonable decorations give an added touch of brightness to the room, and form a pleasant reminder of home. Busy nurses
are going about their afternoon work, dispensing tea and bread and butter, taking pulses, or attending to the adjustment of a bandage. Some of the men who are able to be up and about, to the envy of bed-ridden comrades, are returning from a stroll outside, while others sit and enjoy a cigarette, or propel themselves in an invalid-chair. All listen attentively to the singer, and join vigorously in the chorus of any song they know. Many ladies have been doing somewhat similiar kindly work to this throughout the War, and it is always most cordially welcomed. To the wounded, the charm and solace of music and song are exceptionally sympathetic and enjoyable.-lDraine Copyrighdt in the United Stte and C,nd,,.