The Akaroa Mail. TUESDAY, DECEMBER 30, 1913. THE YEAR 1913
The superstitious who believe that the number 13 is unlucky will attribute tbe full sheet of disasters recorded this year fco the number. It would be wisi to have faith in the old superstition, bociuse it follows that in a few day's the ushering in of 1911 will mean a peaceful settlement of all present troubles and a stoppage of further calamities. Tbe year 1913 opened in a very unpropitious manner. Tbe Balkan- War was being carried on with horrible carnage, though the Powers were attempting to settle matters, and the settling up of that terrible war has been prolonged up to'tho present time, though, fortunately, the actual fight ing ceased some six months ago. One of tbe great disasters which will by asaooiated with this year, though it really occurred in March, 1912, was the death of Captain Scott and bis party at the Antarotic. The news of the disaster only reached the world on March 16, and caused the greatest Sensation throughout the entire globe The finding of the Polo by Arnundsoo was reported in 1912, but it was in 1918 that the news of the death of t -ie British party came to hand. The response fco Captain Scott's appeal for, help to those dependent on the dead mon was some indication of the world's sympathy with the bereaved. On March 19 King George of Greece Wai assassinated at Salonika by a Greek degenerate, and the tragedy affected nearly overy reigning house of Europe and our own sovereign and his family, the murdered King being Queen Alexandra's brother. In England itself there has been little peace. British politic* have been most turbulent, tbe chief bone of contention being tbe Home Rule question, Ireland has been torn asunder by the conflicting parties, and it is to be hoped that she will be more united later. Tbe terrible loss of life by the mining dimeters of 1918 has been a record, which we hope will not be repeated for man; a year. Now at this &ta Bfcasre of tbe year the LoncLu
police are causing a good deal of j anxiefcVj but there seems no doubt that they deserve higher wages. China has seen a terrible upheaval this year—an upheaval that will pro- ; bibly lead to the improvement of conditions throughout the vast empire, China has been borrowing extensively fco exploit tbe country, and seem! fiirly on tho way to become a great power in the future. Mexico is in a state of violent unrest, and appears to bj getting from bad to worse. The Opening of the Panama, Canal ia an event of immense importance to the world in general, and is, perhaps, the most striking event of tbe year in the way of commercial progress , There have been a great many disas , ters in connection with icroplanes, , that of Colonel Cody's being perhaps , tbe most important The importance of the reroplane becomes more evident i each day, and it is significant that .
j attempts are being made now to form aviation corps in New Zealand to be under the control of the Defence Department. Generally speaking, the ; year has been one of great business enterprise, and this fact is said to ac count for tbe tightness of tbe money nvirket, investors having so maoy Vintures in which to lay out their money. Tbe war in the Balkans and the Chinese loan have taken up vast sums. Now that the war is over, it is hoped that money will be cheaper, and we baliove the money market already shows a weakening tendency. To come to our New Zealand itself, the year has been a disastrous one. It opened well with good harvests and excellent weather in which to gather crops The firemen struck early in January, and for a week the Wellington ferry service waa disorganised, after which tbe dispute was settled, ad February the slaughtermen struck
or higher wage?, and caused a loss tr .he frozen meat companies Tbe di>' pate was dragged on for some time until other butchers were ob'.iirn"', The visit of the gift ship, H.M.S. N-)v\ Zealand, was the mo jo fie mi l event of 1913, and the memorable voy-ge of lbs Dreaduought round our coars did much tomaki :-tnv Zealanders realise ibaf- ihey were part ol the great Briii-h Empire, This year, 1913, has seen the record session of Parliament, and a session marked by bitter passages of arms. Neva his political strife been carried on with such determination on the side of both Government and Opposition, and the stonewalling of the Opposition has also been a record, The most memorable thing about the year 1918 will be tbo strike only just ended. It has been a year of strikes—firemer, slaughtermen, and miners' strikes, and finally the big waterside workerstrike, which threatened to paralyst the country's business. The strike was fought to a finish, and caused hrfftvy loss to every section of tbe community. Disastrous as it has been, no doubt the 1913 strike will do a great deal towards settling labour troubles for many years fcojeome, The small-pox scare was another event of some consequence to New Zealand, especially to the Auckland district* which was preparing for the Exhibi tion. This opened on December 1, and suffered much from the smallpox scare and the strike. I; is to be hoped 1914 will fin.l the promoters of the Exhibition mere successful than they have been in 1913. Oj the Fenir.« sula the year has not been a very successful one. '1 here was a. good cocksfoot crop, but the price was low Farm produce was high all tbe year, bit tbe tightness of money affected Peninsula farmers as well as other members of the community. The cheese factories did exceedingly well in the 1912 13 season, and theie seemed prospects of an even bettor gjason when the strike hampered business. The Onawe Fiat road and wharf scheme was at last brought to a completion by Mr it McCartney this year. No works ol any great magni tude was undeitukiU by the Akaroa and Wairewa Counties, mainly owing to the high price of money. An attempt was made by. the Pigeon Bay Road Board to get a new road to Menzies' Bay, but the progress has been slow, and tbe matter is still huug up. The same may be said about the Robinson's Bay wharf and road scheme, and the Robinson's Bay residents will uot be able to ship their cocksfoot from the new wharf aa anticipated The Peninsula was blessed with perfect weather while the New Zealand was in the harbour, and the visit will long be remembered for the success of ali the functions undertaken by the shore people. One event of the year which should be chronicled was the visit of the Prime Minister and the Hon. R, EI. Rhodes in March, when a number of local wants were put before Mr, Massey and received a very favourable hearin Mr Massey spoke at Little River, Duvauchelle and Akaroa, and met a large number of residents at each place. The Peninsula has lost two representatives this year, Mr Colin Cook, who died so tragically when thanking the people for electing him member for the Lyttelton Har hour Board, and Mr Laurenson, M.P. for the Lyttelton Electorate. The two Peninsula shows—the Penin aula Horse Show and Pastoral Association's Show and the Bank} Penin aula A. and P. Association's Showwere held in the midst of tbe strike. The former was a marked success, while the latter was very successful, Considering the number of men who were away in the " specials " camp at Addington. In the field of sport things have been quiet the la3t year. The usual sports gatherings at Okain's and Akaroa were held, and Okain's ! -again won tbo Peninsula Football competition. Interest in football was fairly slack, but, consideiing the number of young playejfa coming on, there should bo good competition next year. In rhe Boiv»ugh there has been a good deal of prog-ojg. A loan was carried for the rebuilding of Daly's wharf, and the work ivill be commenced immediately. The concrete kerbing and channelling loan was thrown out, mainly on account of the high price of the money market. A new school has been put up in Akaroa—a fiuo building which should be sufficient for many years to come. On May 2 the A.B.C. sheds were burned down, and fine sheds have been put up to replace the old ones. The cub added to the long list of championships last year, H. Newton and F. \\ oitenra annexing tho Champion Double Sculls, and being second in the
Champion Pairs. The strike delayed the arrival of the boats for training, but fcho delay did not matter at all, as stiike has prevented any regattas at at all being held, This year has seen I a change* in the Anglican Church of j the Peninsula. Le Bon's, Okain's and Little.Akaloa forming the new Banks Peninsula Cure, with Rev. H. A. Wilkinson as vicar, Another change worthy of note 13 the practical passing away of the old Cobb & 1 o.'s coaches, which did such good services here for many years, The motor car has come to stay, and has reduced the time of the trip considerably. One matter affecting Kaituna should be noted, and that is the attempt by Messrs W F. Parkinson and A. C. Field to preserve a little of the boauti ful Peninsula bush at Kaituna, and Ifc ( is Jo be hoped their efforts will be
successful. A large number of. old. L J en rißula residents have passed away. ■ ic tiding Mesra Scott, Le Bon's; J I'a'b, Akaroa; Dalglisb, Le Bon's ; VV, Kearney, Akaroa f E. L. Lelievre, | Long Bay Road; F, Narbey, Lon 3 r I Bay ;J. Hunt, Pigeon Bay; F. A. I Anson, late of Piraki; and Mesdames Donovan, French Farm; Stanbury, Little River; and Brown, of Akaroa. The year has been a bard one for all, especially the latter part, but we hope that a happy time is in store for all our readers in 1914, and we wish them all
A Happy and Prosperous