The Akaroa Mail. TUESDAY, DECEMBER 16, 1913 LOCAL AND GENERAL.
Mid Monthly Stock Sam.-A nnd monthly atook sale will be held at the Duvauohelle yards on Friday nrx', December 19. Trhnis.-A match arranged to be played between lbs Akaroa and Domain tennis clubs on Batnrday had to be abandoned on account of the wat weather. A matoh wns also arranged for to-day between Linwood and nn Akaroa team, but thia has been postponed on account of tha wet state of the looal tennis courts. The matoh will probably be p'syed on January Ist. Cbiokkt.—The following team will repre»<>nt Akarr a Cricket Club in ft matoh against . the Barry* Boy Club at Duvaucbelio on Thursday next:— Donnell, Forster, Perrin, Banning (2), Wilkins, S, C Lelievre, Wedderail, Mora, V. Armstrong, Bruce. Tbe launch leaves at 9 o'olook sharp All players unable to take part are asked to notify the tha leoretnry. Sah.iko.~A sailing race wi'l take place Bt Akaroa to day, when five yachts belonging to members of the Akaroa Hailing Club will compete. The race will commence at 11 n.rn. The prizes are four pairs of white trousers for first, and one tin of wine blsoui'.o for second. Fallowing ore Ihe handicaps* ;--Dotteroll, Rona and fparetime gcratoh, Wate*beetle and Rover 7 minute?. SOJ'J'LKMENTABX ESTIMATE 1 ). — It'OlUtle '■ Among tbe supplementary eßlimatds nrp three whioh effect Banks Peninsula, viz., Knituna Pceni- Reserve £100 lobinson'iB»y wharf *t?lSO, and Robinson* Bay whaf road £100. These make the total grant f->r thiß district £5*150 exclu ive of Akaroa and Little Biver Pr-st Office grants of £2000. Oiblb in Schools.—Bible in Schools Sunday was observed throughout the whole of the Dominion on Sunday. On the Peninsula special services were held by the Rev. Fos at ] Akaroa and Duvauchelle, at Akaroa and WfiDui by tbo Rev. J. W, Haywavd, at Little River by the Rev. A. H. Julius and at Okain'a, Le Bon's and Chorlton by the Rev. Wilkinson. There were fair congregations, although tbe weather prevented many attending. Recent Heavt Bain.—Tho recent heavy rains, which oame chiefly from the north east quarter, resulted in a very heavy downpour in the Eastern Pays. About ten inohes of rain were registered at Gough's Bay. where there were Beveral lOipß on the road, which completely blocked the outlet. The rainfall at Akaroa for last week was about Beten Inches. The streams were higher during tha recent rain than they have been during the.wUlt winter. Akaroa Hoimcurvruiur. Society.—A meeting ofthe Akaroa Horticultural Sooiety wbp held in the Akaroa Borough Council Chambers last evening. Present—Archdeacon Stooker (In the chair), and Messrs T. Lewitt, H, Mottram, 0. W. Leete, F. Taylor, Jacob' son, G. W. Thomas, and F. Armstrong (hon. secretary). The hon. treasurer (Mr Leet<) reported that tbe credit balance from the la : t show was £2 5b Gd. It waa decided to hold the Bummar Show on Thursday, January Ist, Hayward's Picture management kindly waiving th<ir right to the hall fir New Year's night, Mr W. Jacobson gave notice of motion to move at tho annual mce'ing of ibs Society that every member of the Society should pay an annual subscription of ss, The schedule waß then revised. Motor Cyclk Tiuam.—The Motor Cycli ts' Club will bold a reliability trial to Akaroa and return to*>day, starting from Christ onurob at 9 a.m. The trial is for side cars only, there being ten 3| h.p, si gle cylinders, two iff h p. singles, and eight twins entered Pimkßui,a Technical School—A meeting of the Board of Managers was held at the Akaroa Borough Council Chambers last evening. Present—Messrs J. D. Brnce (in tbe chair), G. Armstrong, G. Cheokley, A. R, Monro, A. Gray (hon, sec.) nnd J. S. Dodds (hon. treasurer.). Accounts amount ing to £48 odd were passed for payment. The receipts amounted to over £70, so that the balance in band is nearly £30. A vote of thanks Was passed to the hon. secretary and hon. treasurer. They returned thanks, and ft vote ot thanks was passed to the teachers Of tbe school. The chairman stated that the children's classes had been especially well patronised, and tha other clarses also were well filled. Cocksfoot,—The oooksfoot paddocks are now showing out prominently on the landscape, nnd the growth is well up and on the point of flowering. Tares are prominent in many of tho paddocks, and it is expeoted will ruin many acres of the Peninsula crop this year. The heavy rain and hail, though »hey have beaten down the crops, should not be very harmful, as the spell of fine weather, which seems to have set in, points to a good flowering season. If the flowering season is successful, the 1914 crop should result in a g-od average, eamplo of seed being har* VCBted. Tho harvesting should be at least a week later than usual thiß year, and reaping should not on present prospects start much before l'ilh or 15th January even in the earliest paddocks. As a consequence of the drop in prices, the contractors are not able to stoura suoh good terms as heretofore, and as A inle paddocks are being let for harvesting nt ]§d per lb. Thia will mean that the wages paid to the harvesters will range from Is 3d to 1b iid per hour for skilled labour, I Hkany TnuNDKHSToroi,—At about 3 p.m. on Saturday a thunderstorm broke over the the watershed of tbe harbour, and in thirty minutes about an inch of rain fell, Tbe itorm travelled slowly from the south, and lasted for nearly two hours, changing its dlrefltion and locality frequently. The storm wae first seen a lit le after 2 p.m , advancing np the harbour from the Akaroa Heads. It neerea" over towards Wainui and French Farm, where there was a deluge with heavy hail. The storm then extended over towards Akaroa, but only went north as far as Ger. man Bay and as far as tbe hills on the Akaroa side of the harbour. The roads between German Bay and Duvauohelle were 1 quite dry, while from German Boy into Aka- . roa the flood maika of tho deluge were very : notioenble. The downpour at Akaioa lasted About thirty minutes, and was deafening with repeated loud peels 0! thunder, whioh • Vera very close. Large hai'stones fell, which pitted the fruit and destroyed tbe Sowers. The damage dona is not, however, bo ex j tunolvs as with the storm ll.a! rassed over[ Ifkjtfba at Xinan tirrc . bo'- I '.wo years ngo.