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Next Issue,—Owing to the New Year holi days, the nest issue of the Akaroa Mail wil appear on Saturday, January 3rd. Held Over. —Owing to lack of space a re< port of the cricket match, Little River Vete fans v.-Kahuna, is held over till next issue Kaittma won by an innings and 45 runs Some particulars about the Little River Braes Band and corres jondence is also unavoidably held over. Personal.—Mr W. F. Alexander, editor of the "Timaru Herald," is spending a week at Akaroa, and is staying at the Gherry Tea Gardens. Duvauchelle Sports —Good entries have been received for these sports. There are thirteen enlries for the 100 yds, ten for the 220 yds, 7 lor the 440 yds, 10 for the 880 yds, and 6 for the 220yd3 hurdles. No leßs than B3ven teams have been entered for the 6chool relay rao >~ Little River school entering two teams. Duvauchelle Sale Postponed,—Owing to the Holidays, tUe Duvauchelle sale will be postponed fro-n Friday next to Friday, January 9. The spec al meetiug to have I been held on Friday will also be postponed lo January 9. Weight Guebsihct Competition'.—ln the weight guessing competition for Mr L, Wrigt's four-tooth ewe, Messrs 13. Wilkin, W, \V. Williams and Archie Narbey guessed I the correct weight, 1351b5, while Mr O. W. j Thomas was next with 135£ ib . There were '(i 4 guesses in all, and the Akaroa Regatta i obtain3l6s from the competition.

Cocksfoot.—The cocksfoot is having ' ideal weather for germination purposes, and 1 with a continuation of this sun heat with ! light winds, the 1913 14 crop should be a I good heavy one, A much smaller area of j land has "been shut up this year, as the labour trouble is becoming so acute, but in ' all probability some excellent taliies will be made iv the paddocks where the tares s re no Summer Show.—The Peninsula Horti cultural Society is holding its summer show in the Oddfellows' Hall, Akaroa, on Thursday (New Year's Day). The hot sun has brought on the flowers nicely in the last week, and a good show is expected. Exhibitora are reminded that entries will be taken in the hall on Wednesday evening between 7 and 9 pm. and on ihe morning of the Show. All local gardeners are asked to make as many exhibitr a= possible, Mr R, Nairn, of Christehurch, will act as judge of the flower and decorative section of the show. Akaboa Baths.—The spell of hot weather during the last few days has caused the hatha to be filled, and the dressing accom . modation' have been taxed to its uttermost. Tbore is no doubt that more dressing boxes a-e required, and another great / improvement would be a small platform at tbo side of the baths used by the ladies. A small piece of boarding would not be a costly affair, and would be much appreciated by the lad es who patronize the baths very con siderably. The records of the depth of water are very useful, and except for the small dressing accommodation, the baths may be considered moot satisfactory in every way. New Year Excursion.—Weather permitting, the s.B. Wahine is running an excursion from Lyttelton to Akaroa on New Year's Day (Thursday), leaving Lyttelton shortly after 8 a.m. Hay Fever,—The heavy flowering of the cocksfoot and the quantity of pollen has lead to a good deal of bay fever. Clouds of pol len are being blown off the cocksfoot pad docks, and sufferers from this complaint arc more troubled than usual this year. Wainui Sunday School Treat,—The Wainui Sunday School treat was held in the Raoreation Grounds on Tuesday, December 23rd, in ideal weather. There was a splendidly decorated Christmas tree dressed by the members of the Bible Class, and eecb child received a present from Father Xmas. During the afternoon the Ray. J. W. Hay ward presented the prizes gained by the scholars during the year. Xmas in Akaroa.—All the shops were decorated on Xmas Eve, and there was a good attendance people, trade being brisk in all places of business. The cracker nuisance was in evidence, and some children who were in front of Messrs X. B. Taylor & Co. threw one right into a lady's face. There is no harm in the setting off of crackers, but the youngsters should throw them cleat of Ihe crowd.


The Weather —After a long spell of cold, uiEeasonable weather summer has come in the last week with some very hot days. On Snt'irday, the sun heat was very great. Wt believe one resident had a ther> mometer in the sun, and it registered 120 degrees and then brjko. The temperature in a vary «hady. spot was 8G degrees, On Saturday ar d yesterday there was more of a breeze, though the sun heat again v as very strong.

Little River Smoke Conceut.—On December 22 the members of the Wairewa Football Ciub b< Id a smoke concert in I o lour of the marriage of Mr aenry Reid, who has been an active and playing member since the club's inception some nine years ago. During tbe evening, on behalf of the members, Mr George Honejbone, the club cap tain, presented Mr Reid with an armchair. Musical items were given by Messrs Honeybone, T. Skipper, Forsytbe, J. Swadell, A. 8, Watson and others.

i CmtmcHURCH Regatta,—lt has been decided 0 hold the Christchuroh R'gatta at } Port Levy this year some time in FebruaryThe Port Levy course is a good one, and given fine weather the regatta should be a successful one. Port Levy is a very pretty spot, and no doubt numbers of excursionists will como down from Lyttelton and Christ chi-r h that d«y. As will be remembered, the Christehurch Regatta Commit:ee had many postporements when the regattas were held at Lake Forsyth, and last year, wen it was held at C< rtair Bay. t! c regatta had to ha postponed for a week On committee visited Port Levy and made a cartful inspection of the whole harbour, which offers one of the fioest regatta cmrseß in New Zealand so far as water is concerned Port Levy is sheltered from all winds except north easterlies, and, although it blew strong from this di on Sunday outi side the heads, the water where the course would be laid was all that could be desired. The chief difficulty here is the lauding of the bats and people. 'Ihe spot most suitable for regatta purposes has no jetty, and the place where the jetty stands offers no way of gett-ng the boats into the water. However, the Rogatta Committee is delighted with the course, and, if the difficulty of landing boats and people can be overcome, it will bo able to invite all olubs to enter crews and be practically able to guarantee that there will be no postponement.

N Z Railways.—Train arrang?mei t3 lot Key Year's Dty appear elsewhere.

Shearing.- Shearing is now in full swing everywhere on the Peninsula, and good greps is being made, The sheep are feeling their heavy fleeces very much this h t weather, and a large number are being cist. In tbe larger paddocks there are several cast each day of the unshorn sheep.

Sinner:—The strike appears to be enflint* with the year, and the speoial constables at Lyttelton are being reduced daily. On Fri' day about forty special constable l ! were paid off, and a further batc't of thirty was re leased on Saturday. Yesterday the re, mainder of the mounted men were paid off, and the remainder will be reduced to thirty foot men. It is expected that tbe whole of the men will be away by Wednesday. bAiLiNO—A very fresh breeze waß blowing on Boxing Day for the Bailing race. The M lowing boats competed :—Dotterell sor Rona EOr, Ppatetime scr, Waterbeetle 7mins. The Dotterell won rather easily, and the Water beetle won tbe second prize on time allow< ance On New Year's Day, a race will be sailed for Mr Parkin's trophy, and the second prize will be a tin of biscuits. The race starts at 11 o'clock.

Presentation.—On Christmas morning Mn Harry Field, tbe postmistress at Port Levy, was waited on by Messrs John Flem. ing. Wilson and Basil Ware, and on behalf of the residents was presented with a purse of sovereigns. Mrs Field has held the pot-

ion of postmi tress for eighteen years, an

during that period, at all times and seasons, in and out of hours, Bhe has ungrudpingly devoted hprself to the duties of her office. Mr Fleming, in making the presentation, stated that on bis own account, and also on behalf of the residents of the bay, he wished to thank Mrs Field for the wholehearted

way in which she had carried out her duties as postmistress, sometimes under the roost trying circumstances. Whoever called, said Mr Fleming, no matter what the tima might be, night or dsy, wa9 sure of a pleasant greeting in addition to getting the mai 1 . Vt Wilfon endorsed the sentiments by Mr Flfming, and sad that Mr* Field's unvarying kindness and unassuming manner had endeared her to all the >-fisi<l<>nts. Mr | Field briefly thanked the deputation on behalf of his wife.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL, Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXI, Issue 4360, 30 December 1913

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LOCAL AND GENERAL Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXI, Issue 4360, 30 December 1913

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