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Pensions. —Instalments of pensions failing due on Ist January next, may bo paid on any date between Tuesday, 22nd December, 1913, and Mondiy, 2nd February, 1914.

Fourth Page.—A report of the Okain's Bay Road Board, and the special meeting of (ho Akaroa Borough Council appear on our fourth page.

Electrical Engineer.—Mr W. J. Lane, of Dunedin, has been appointed engineer in charge ,of the Akaroa Borough electrical plant in place of Mr Kbearwood resigned. Mr Lane takes up his duties on January Ist,

HAywAitD's Pictures.—On Friday last Mr F, Taylor gave the pupils of both the secondary and primary departments of the Akaroa District Hipjh School and the Akavoa Convent School a free pass to the pictures at the Oddfellows' Hall that evening.

Akaroa Disteict High School. —Owing to the fact tbat the plastering of the new echool will not be sufficiently dry, the pupils of the Akaroa School will have to assemble in the old building next term, though it h hoped an adjournment will Boon be made to the new school; .

Motor Traffic—Mr G. Pi'kiijjtn has | put a new car on theroads, The cay i 3 am> !i p. Cadillac, capable of seating nino pecp'e, and is well equipped in every way. Ho f'n\ owing to the strike and bad weather, the passi n .er traffic hut n .t be" r> so heaw rs U3U8.1, but no douH fu-in tli-! New War onwards all the cars will be pressed to tbjj visitors over the hill from Little l>i?cr.

Rig Hill Road Grant,—lα the Publ'c Estimates there was a grant to Big Bi 1 road (£ for £) of £200 in tbe ML Herbert County. We believe that !hi3 was an error, and tnat it referred to Big Hiil road, Okain's Bay, which is in the Akaroa County.

Sheaiung -Farmers are getting desperate about their shearing. Broken weather has delayed everybody, witli the result that , the shearers can make no headway at all, nr.d the varions gangs cannot get round to the different sheds as usual. Not only will the farmers be shearing up to grass seed, but none ol tbo shearers will be able to make any good tallies. The cold weather is very Lad also for the shorn sheep.

Cocksfoot Hahvest— Farmers arc getting anxious about the cocksfoot crop. It is feared that the continuous rain will have washed away the pollen from all tho ep.vly crops v hich have flowered, and that ttipne crops will be light in consequence. Cutting will be difficult on account of the immense growth, and the presence of tares is another serious drawback. This pest is due !o the warm wet weather, and hinders cutting and threshing very much. A few warm still dnys would ensure a good heavy in the bulk of tho paddock?, and it is to be hoped that the wea ther will be more propitious. Presentation-Yesterday, the lady members cf St. Peter'a S6wing Guild and the Associates the Ministering Children's League presented Mrs Julius with an easy chair in r cognition of the work done by Mrs Juliu3 in connection with the sale of worV t Thf ladies made the presentation also a small return for the entertainment of the seeing guild and children's league at the

Vioarage. Banks Peninsula Paki=u— The building of the Vicarage at Okain's is still delayed, It was decide-d to build on the original site chosen, as (he Education Boari's reserve was found very unsuitable. The cause of the dolay h a proposition from the Bishop that the residents should collect another £100 to arrange rbout buying feed for ths Vicar's j horses, and Ihe residents have not agreed to the conditions imposed. At proent, the vicar, Eev, H. A. Wilkinson, is re iding at Little Alcaic a.

This Weather—A very heavy ttorm of rain set in on Friday evening, lasting all night. A good ifa.ii of damage was dono to the roads. Owing to the marvollou3 growth oE th« grass, all t!ia side channels are choked up, and the storm water has consequently scoured the roads considerably. Small slips had fallen on the old Akaroa and German Bay road, causing the metal to be washed off the road by the side channels being blocked. The road was repaired on Sa'urday. f everal sraall falls of earth were on tho main coach

I road, and the roads were baily washed, but ■ otherwise tbe damage dr-ne was slight. On Saturday a strong gale of wind blew with fio • (juent showers of rain and a cold temperature Sunday was a fine day, but rain fell a,?run early yesterday morning. The weather locked like clearing altogether yesterday, and there was a strong southerly bretze n , ! clay

with bright sunshine, Sailinci.—At a meeting of the Akaro.i Sailing Club held oq Saturday evening to decide about re sailing the Anniversary D-\y race, as the Wnterbeetle went to the assistance of the liona's crew when capsized, on the motion of Mr W. Pool it was decided that the race be re-sailed on Boxing D;iy, and that the Eona be allowed to sail; also that letters of thanks be written to the cap. tain (Mr G A Hammond) and crew of the '•* aterbeetle for their prompt assistance to

the crew of the Bona in distress

and io

Messrs J. Newbcgin and Howell, cf thn Hover, fov their kind in straightening up the Bona after the mii-lrp. The handicaps will be the same rs on December 16th, and the first priza four pairs of while trousers and the second pr za a tin ol biscuits.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXI, Issue 4359, 23 December 1913

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXI, Issue 4359, 23 December 1913

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