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There seems every likelihood that the hours of attendance at the Rakaia Telephone Exchange will shortly be increased by two hours per day. , A subscriber recently took tlae matter up and ascertained that the postal authorities would grant tho privilege on payment by each subscriber of an additional 5s per half-year. A canvass of subscribers was accordingly begun, and, though not yet complete, gives everj' promise of a successful issue.

I The newly-formed Rakaia Football Club is eagerly awaiting the opening of the season. A practice is to be held this week, but the ground is as yet fairly hard for the winter game. Though the delegates', meeting has not yet been held at Ashburton, it is expected that the Rakaia Club will decide to enter, only one team —a senior.

It seems unfortunate that the Rakaia shopkeepers cannot agree among themselves as to the course to follow re closing at times when the matter is optional with them. Some were open and others closed last Wednesday, the usual half-holiday. Most of them desired to close on Easter Saturday, and sent a document to that effect to the Road Board, but the board had no power in the matter. As one storekeeper would not close, the others decided to remain open also. The matter of changing the weekly half-holiday to Saturday is to come before the " Road Board at its next meeting, with a-re-quest that' a public meeting bs called to consider the question. Rakaia stock-owners have not been backward in seizing opportunities to improve the quality of their flocks. At the sale of Messrs Douthwaite and Sutherland's Border Leicester rams at Waimate. purchases were made by Mr I}, Muckle at 230 guineas. Mr P. Dolan at 150 guineas,- and Mr T. Blackley at 74 guineas.

The Rakaia. Public Library has received !a i grant of £11 17s 6d from the Government for the purchase of new books.

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RAKAIA., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9592, 23 April 1919

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RAKAIA. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9592, 23 April 1919

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