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LOCAL AND GENERAL

New Yeae Show.—ln spite of the unsea- ] fonable weather, the flowers have been good this year, and a fine show of blooms is expected for the Summer Show to be held in the Oddfellows' Hall, Akaroa, on New Year's Day. t-chedules may be obtained on application to Mr F, Armstrong, Mr Nairn, of Cbrisichurch, will judge the flowers.

Dam's Wdatif.—The contractor, Mr II Powrie, has all the timber for the new Daly's wharf to hand, and will make an early start with the work No doubt he will wait till after the Christinas holidays to start the work, and we believe he hopes to have the wharf up ready for use in six wesks' time after starting.

Cocksfoot.—Round about Akaroa the cocksfoot grass is in full bloom, and the flower is very plentiful on each head. The j weather tha last few days has been favourable, and it looks as though there will be a good heavy crop if all goes well. The labour question will be somewhat acute this season, and. growers and contractors are already anxious about the harvesting of tbe c op. It is not expected that cutting will be started till the third week in January. Church Decorations,—St, Petet's Church, Akaroa, was beautifully decorated on Xmas Eva by a large number of willing helpers. The chancel was dene with white and red, the flowers being Chiistmas lilies and red gladioli, and the same effecu was carried out throughout the Church,—St. Patrick's Church, Akaroa, was also decorated most tastefully for tbe Christmfls services. SToubist Traffic—Owing to the strike, tha bad weather, and the Auckland Exhibition, there have not been the usual number of visitors to Akaioa so far. On Xmas Eve over seventy people applied for seats and the ears brought eighty tourists over from Little River to Barry's Bay, where the launohes brought them to Akaroa. In many cases people do not travel till after Xmas, and no doubt Akaroa will have her full share of tourists after Christmas provided the weather is good. We belie ye unfavourable weather is the greatest militant against a rool tourist season, Barry's Bay School.—On Saturday night, the 20th int., a Christmas tree evening was held ij tha Barry's Bay School, when a large

gathering of children from far and near, with

their parents, enjoyed a visit from Santa i Claus, who distributed gifts to the expectant little ones, Duiing the evening numerous items were rendered by the Sunday School pupils, and Mrs Latter presented the special pri/Ms to the successful ones. Great praise

is due to Miss Latter, who has worked for I v eeks with untiring energy, and all join in pronouncing her efforts a success,

Borough Ranging,—There is no doub;

that a good borough ranger is i enquired, j Every night horses and cows are roaming (the streets, and as it is no one's business

to impound them the nuisance gets from bad to worse. In a dry season residents are to be excused somewhat for turning out their starved cattle to crop the grass off the roads, but in a season like this when there is plenty of grass everywhere there is no excuse. A good ranger is urgently required.

Akaroa Experimental Orchard.—Mr W. J Courtier, of the Agricultural Department, was in Akaroa on Tuesday, and paid a visit to the experimental orchard in Mrs Porter's land just above the Ayhner reserve, Mr Courtier says that the trees seem to be pro° gressiug very well, though they are young yet to give any idea of how tbey will do. The trees are all dug round, and the ground is to be planted in potatoes. The cultiva' tion of the ground is a great help to tbe

trees,

Duvauchelle Sports. —In connection with the above sports, which will be held on Thursday, January Bth, a number of extra prizes have bean donated, Messrs H. Matson and Co. have given a special prize of 10s Gd to be added to the prize for the hunters' competition, and the New Zealand Fanners' Co operative Association has given a prize of 10s Gd for the ladies' thread the needle race. Mr E. Latter has also given £2 2s to be distributed in prizes as the Committee thinks fit. There will be a sheepguessing competition at the sports.

Akaroa BECREATion Ground,—The Akaroa Tennis courts are much patronised all the year round, but the approach to them is often wet and muddy, as the Recreation Ground is frequently covered with long grass. The Council should put up a small gate just opposite the courts in place of the large cumbersome gate which is always kept pad* locked. It is only a small matter, but the change would be much appreciated by the tennis and croquet players and their friends. There is a style there, but for elderly peojle , it is somewhat difficult to negotiate, j

I Landslips.—Not fcr many years have ! there been such a large number of landslips as are to be seen in the eastern bays of the Peninsula during tbis December. The con. tinuousrain has made the ground like a sponge and there are slips in nearly every paddock. There was a much larger fall of rain in tho .bays from Le Bon's to the North Head of Akaroa Harbour, as the north east weather, of which we had such a great deal, always brings heavy rain on this side of the Penim sula, while in the watershed of tha harbo ir there is only a small drizzle. With a spell of heat tbo cocksfoot crops on that side of the hill should be a record this year.

Accidents.—On Tuesday morning, Mr It' Wakelin, of Barry's Bay, who is renting Mr Chatfield's farm, met with a very nasty' accident. He was driving the milk-cart to' tho Barry's Bay Factory, and had got as far! as the post office, when the back band of the harness broke. The cart tipped up and cap a sized, and the milk, cans and all fell on Mr J Wakelin. Fortunately the horse got loose. or it would have kicfad him to death. When Mr Wakelin was rescued, he was found to hive Gevere injuries to one of his legs and also to his head, He was removed by launch to the Akaroa Hospita', where Dr Cantrell found he bad fraotured tho leg above the ankle. The injuries to the head were not serious, though they were bad enough to make the patient feel very uncomfortable. We heard on Wednesday that Mr Wakelin was progressing very favourably and feeling much more easy.—Mr D. Fyfe also had an accident to his milk-cart on Tuesday morn ing. As he was-yoking up at his home up Aylmer's Valley, Akaroa, the horee becime restive, and managed to smash the cart up. The horse and driver were quite uninjured.

N.Z. War Medal,—As will be seen elsewhere, applications for N.Z. w.ir nud.ils wih cbse on March 31st next, after which date no claim will be considered,

Akaroa Recreation Ground,—Owng to the unusual growth this season, the grass on the Akaroa Recreation Ground i 3 long, though there have bean sheep feeding it down. Yesterday Mr W. Kearney, of Gar man Bay, started to mow the gras for Akaroa Cricket Club, who intended playing a match against Duvauchelle at Akaroa today (Boxing Day). The grass, however, was so hard to out that it was decided to play the match at Duvauchelle.

Loyal Good Intent Lodge.—A meeting of tho Loyal Good Intent Lodge was held on Monday evening in the lodge room, Akaroa, the N.G., Brother C. Rhodes, presiding over a good attendance. The following officers were elected:—N G„ Brother L, Haylock; VG„ Brother G. M. Kearney; Warden. Brother C.Dierck; Guardian, Brotler T. McGuira; Minute Secretary, Brother R. Bruce (re-elected). The receipts for the evening amounted to £19 14s 3d.

Guessing Competition.- A fine 4 tooth ewe was displayed outside Mr B. G. Mora's butchery on Xmas Eva for a weight guessing competition. The ewa lad been bred End fattened by Mr I . Wright, of Wakamoa, Island Bay, and she was in really p-ime tion. Half the proceeds of the guesting went to the person who guessed the correct weight and half to the Regatta funds. The sheep weighed 135!bs, and tho correct weight waß guessed by several.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL, Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXI, Issue 4360, 26 December 1913

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