HOW IT AFFECTS THE PENINSULA.
Apart from causing a loss to farmers by not letting their cheese consignments away at regular intervals as usual, the strike is causing a stoppage of a number of works. In Akaroa all the contract works are at a standstill, The contractor for the Akaroa school has bad to dismiss his men and leave the school building, as he is in want of timber. This is very serious, as it may mean that the children will not be able to go into the new school at the beginning of, the year. The contractor for the Akaroa Boating Club's new shed is very unfortunate as he only wants a little more timber to put in some cupboards and finish off the ceilings, The Akaroa Boating Club is suffering from the strike, as the training boats, which are at Wellington, cannot be brought down, and the result is that the men cannot train for tbe regatta. The club is naturally chary about having valuable boats brought down at thisj doubtful time. Another very neces-: sary work stopped by tho strike is the re building of Daly's wharf. It was hoped that residents would bave tbe benefit this season of a gcod landing at the north end of the town. In the bays things are in the same disorgan ised state. In the Eastern Bays the absence of the regular mail service by boat is being felt keenly, and instead of having a daily mail from Christchurch only the three mails overland from Duvauchelle and a few mails by the Monica are being received.
The most unfortunate thing for the Peninsula farmers is the disorganisation of their ordinary work. Shear ing bands are hard to obtain owing to the number who are in camp as special constables, and tbe ordinary farm work is being done in many cases by a few overworked nien and tbe women. It is to be hoped the trouble will not last long, as it means
■i heavy loss lo the small farmer. Tbe casing for the cheese factories is badly needed, (he Le Bon's factory being very eh'ort indeed, If arrangement? have to be made to obtain tbe casing locally it will be another loss for the factories and spoil what promised to be an excellent season. SPECIAL CONSTABLES. In the last few days a largo con tingent of Peninsula men have left for the camp at Addington, including men of all ages and classes. In numbers of cases, where men were unable to go, tbey have sent horses, and it ib the horses that are especially needed, and men used to riding. From ac-
counts received the Peninsula men are enjoying their stay in camp at Addington, where everything is going well, and all arrangements made to ensure the men's comfort. S.S. MONICA. S.S. Monica is running two trips a] week to Pigeon Bay, Little Akaloa and Okain's, carrying mails, stores, etc. The only commodity of which there is a shortage is sugar. Owing to her not being allowed to take any cheese cargo back to Lyttelton, and only foodstuffs on board, she has cut down her three weekly running to two. as she is conserving her coal.
OKAIN'S BAY. The Okain's Factory is being hard pushed to accommodate all her cheese, and tha Atbenseum will soon have to be put into use as a storeroom for the cheese.
There has only been one man at Okain's Bay so far who ha 3 offered to go as a special constable; and he ia not a local resident. Speaking to an Okain's nan yesterday, we were informed that the contention of tbe Okain's people is that the farmers should not tight the battles of the
Union Company. Whatever the reason is, Okain's i 3 remarkable for its refusal to respond to the call for special constables. The other bajs on the Peninsula have responded readily.
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HOW IT AFFECTS THE PENINSULA., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXI, Issue 4350, 25 November 1913
HOW IT AFFECTS THE PENINSULA. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXI, Issue 4350, 25 November 1913
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