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Sale Day.—Friday is sale day at Duvauchello. Mid-Monthlt Pales.-On Friday next, a meeting of the Peninsula Saleyards Company will be held to decide whether midmonthly sales should be held all the year round or not. Tin-: Weatheh— The weather haß been perfect for the holidays. On Saturday afternoon and Sunday there was a cool northeast wind blowiDg, but yesterday it was very hot and close with a dull sky. fc ii baring .—Owing to the prolonged wet weather, a great many farmers spent their Christmas and New Year holidays shearing, 1 ha bulk of the shearing is over, and farmers are getting ready for cocksfoot cutting. CunisTCHURCH Wool Sale—Catalogues closed yesterday for the Christchuroh wool sale to be held on Monday next, January 12th. Sailing —The sailing race for Mr E. E Lelievre's trophy on Thursday will start a' 2 p.m. round short course. The handicaps are; Dotterell scr., Bona 3min, Sparetime 3}min, Water Beetle lOtnin, Rover 20miu,

Pluxkex' Shield—Cantei bury defeated Wellington by 243 ..run5, 'and retain the Plucket Shteld.

Tourist Traffic—Ycs'enlny morning a 'arge number of visitors loft, Akuon, A car lr>ad met the 7.40 train from Little Eiver, and the cars bad to mike two trip:-- over the Barry's Bay hill to take Ibe visitor to the II o'clock train, A large number < f visitors came down from C> ristchnreh yesterday, and the cars had to make wo trips,

Daly's Wharf,—All the timber and requisites for tbe wharf are in readiness by the Akaroa Borrugh Council Chambers for the rebuilding nf Daly's « hnrf. Mr R. Powrie was the successful oontractor for the work, and it was anticipated that a s'art would have been mndfi wiih the dismantling of the old wharf before this. Wo believe that the contractor hopes to pull down the old. wharf and put up the new one in six weeks' time ef :ct starting.

Akaroa Baths,—There is no doubt about the need for more dressing rooms at the Akaroa baths, It has been pointed out to us also that the dressing rooms have no ventila lion whatever. Tbe baths are a financial drag upon the Akaroa Borcugh Council, 'he revenue beiag exceedingly smell while the rxpenses aie large ; but the baths are a pen eral benefi', and as tha Council have spejt nothing on the batbs this year, a few of the most urgent needs might be attended to.

Shipbuilding at Ajtarpa — The "Lyttelton Times" of January, 1864. published the fol lowing paragraph:— "We are pleased to learn from our correspondent thnt this branch of trade is securely establishing itself at Akaroa. Eight shipwrights arrived in Akaroa by the City of Dunedin, and immedi ately found employment at the yard of Mr Jamo3 Wilson. Mr Wilson ha 3 two vessels on the st cks, and a large pant nearly ready to launch. At the yard of Mr Close a schooner will be launched in a few days."

A Peculiar Epidemic —A resident of Okain's Bay tells us that recentiy a rather troublesome illness has been going the rounds of familes in the Bays. The malady | 'akes the form of a sore throat and slight j illuess, similar tr> influenza, a d lasts three 1 or four days. The unknown epidemic is thought to have arisen from the fact that there has been so much water lying about the flats of the Bay after the heavy rains and tbe hot weather bas resulted in it bo looming stagnant, and therefore dangerous from a health point of view. The illne: c I has found its way into mosc houses in the j Bay, and is very unpleasant while it lasts

The Deadly Mosquito —Captain H. V

i Barclay, who returned to Melbourno last I week from the Northern Territory af »er three I years' exploration work, in (T-eussing the mosquitoes of the district, told of one perI sistent variety which measures an inch long, ; with a boring plant designed to make a way j th.3ounh any tropical attire, It has a habit iof settling on the middle of the back just out ,of reach, and drilling a way to the Hash tLi 1 | the victim cries out in pain, and obtains . relief by rubbing against I ho nearest tree I There are over 100 distinct mo-qu'to speci- ! mens in Captain Barclay's c Election, and a I large percentile of them are deadly foes of htimanily, They are responsible for almost all of ths tropical disease!?, and their infection produces practically all the ill health of tbe empfy north.

Personal. -■ A Ires < Association telegram from Wellirg'o:t announces tha death after a long illnes j ■ f Mrs Sarah Anne Rhodes, relict of tbe Hon. W. B. Ithod-s, M.L.C., aged seventy eight years./ The deceased lady was a sister of William Sefton Moorhonse, of Canterbury, of pioneering and political fame, and was Mr Rhodes's second wife She had been prominent for many years in c nnectien with charituble and philanthropic movements, and not long ago was made La r ly of (be Oder of St John of J rusalem, a distinction no often conferred on women. The 'ate Mr W 13 Rhodes was intimately conn cted with the early history of tbe Peninsula, and imported the first lot of cattl" Itndpd in Canterbury. Mrs Rhodes is an annt of our Member, Hon. It H, Rhodes,

PENinsui.A Daiky FACTonms.—The wet season was responsible for a considerable falling off in milk supplied to tho Peninsula rla ; ry factories, but since the advent of the w inn weather tbe supply increased and is h ldini fairly steadily. At Okain's Bay the cows are milking well, and their supply is keeping up well, although the herds were put back very considerably with the rain. 1 The sutput of the factory should be a record, In Le Bon's the cows have not been milking nearly so well, although there has been more feed this year than for years past. Only one vat has been used all the season, and the year's output will be a fairly small one. The Pigeon Bay Factory is keeping up well in its milk supply, and the output for the year should beat last year's production. At Wainui the cows are going off a good deal, and the daily supply is about 800 gal- ) lous—an improvement on last month during I the wet weather. All the other Peninsula factories are keeping up well, and Barry's Bay will again establish a record for tbe Peninsula factories this year.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4362, 6 January 1914

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4362, 6 January 1914

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