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O Little Bivkr Hai.e. —A : ; ale will be held at Messrs H, Matson & Co , ?, yards to day. Ababoa VicAHACiR —Tenders for the St. " Peter's Chureli Vicarage, Akaroa, wilh stables and trap h< use close wiih the archil test, Mr' C, Wood, at 4 p.m. to-morrow a (Wednesday),

Fruit growing-- Several members of Ihe Fruitgrowers' Assiciation are uniting Akaroa on ' aturday nest to visit the members of the Assoaiation in this district, and to inspect the orchards there and discusa tho possibilities of the district as a fruit growirg centre.

Additions to Baths.■— The date for re' ceiving tho designs of the new dressing rooms for the bath has been extended from to-morrow at 4 p.m. to the same hour on Wednesday, February 25,

Daly's Wiiarf.—Most of the piles of the new wharf have been driven home, and the contractor and bis men are now demolishing the old platform at tbe end of Ihe wharf, getting everything in readiness to drive in the final piles.

Akaroa County Races.—Owners of horses are reminded entries for the above races close with the secretary of the Canterbury Jockey Club today at 5 p.m. The date of acceptances has been extended from February 20 to February 27, in order that the handicappcr may have the benefit of the results of the Dunedin races Tenders for the privilege? of publican's booth, band, re* freshment stall, etc, co c with Mc T. Qaealy, Ataahua, on Saturday next.

Akaroa Recreation Ground —The season ia becoming well advanced, and there is still no attempt on the part of the Council to carry out the long authorised work of draining the Akaroa Recreation Ground. Tho pipes are all on the spot, and have been there for some months. Several have been smashed already, probabij- by children climb ing over the pile. It is to be hoped the Council will not leave tho ground for another winter, It is true that the Council has always a good deal of work on hand, but this drainage was authorised early in I'JO7.

The New Paper —The new evening paper, tbe "Sun," made its first up** pearance on Priday afternoon. Tho first issue c ntains sixteen pages, and tho make up cf the paper in many respects resembles tbe "Presi." In the first leading article tbe Edi'or states tbat on political aud social queptin-s tho policy of his paper will be "broadnrnded and imlependtnt," The Editor i° Mr F. C Huie, formerly Edi'or (f the Chri 'church "Evening News," and the chairman of cjirfclors is Mr Henry D. Acland, Reform candidate for Avon, while another member of the Board is Mr D. D. MaeFarlane, who at the last e'ections unsuoosssfully contested Hurunui as a Ik-form candidate.

Cocksfoot.—The weather remained cloudy and unfavourable for threshing up to yesterday afternoon. Only a low of the latest crops remain standing, In fonic of the earlier paddocks, which lay towards th 6 sun, the seed wa- diy enough to be threshed on Sunday au'l yesterday. The yield is good, and tho seed threshed out very readily, The sample of 5..-*'! ih ikiiikj amen is very fair considering the week of dull wet weather, though it ia discoloured and in many cases dirty. One sale wan nporlnd lo us of 110 sacks at id per lb oil' thu llnor, bought by Mr B G, Mora. Messrs VV. I), Wilkins & Sons report sales at .Mil, Hjjil and 3£d. " I

Electric Light. ■-The eloelric light reservoir was full cf water on fciuncLy morning, though there had been the usual exda demand for light on Saturday night, and Mr Powrio,. the contractor for Daly's wbarf had been using the ebctric current all the week for driving piles for Daly's wbarf. This is a proof of tbe large supply of water in the creeks this year, and shows how secure the Council will be when the Grelmn Valley creek is harnessed up. The machine con carry up to 48 hors" pownr, and the rnaxL mum load now on is only 28 borse-power. Thu Council lms granted Mr Powrio very J Wtso abio terms 'or his power, and should meet all ratepayers as much ns possible in their demands for the uue of the electric current. The scheme is one for ratepayers essentially, and as the Council has tha power to tell, every effort 6hou d be made to 'give ratepayers as fair a price as can bo arranged. We believe that the revenue by pale of the electric ouircnt will be increased very much during the current year, now that ratepayers feel sure there is ample water,

Chbistciiurch Wool Sale—The final wool sale of tha season will be held in Christchurch on Thursday next, Ftbiuary 12.

"Wellington ; Wool Pale.—The outstanding feature of the wool ?a!e held >n the Town Hall in Friday was the * iigeintss displayed by tbe large number of buyers to secure the staple, Tha catalogue comprised over 20,000 bales, and the brokers were busy from S) o'clook in the morning until well on into the evening. The demand was not confined to anyone consuming centre, for Continental operators were as keen as the representatives i from Yorkshire to secure wool wanted. The American section was not so active, as the I American manufacturers have still to find out whether they compete on their own market with other countries with colonial or foreign wools. The sales witdessed an advance on the January rates by a farthing to a haHpenny per lb, and the higher price was odtained mainly because the wool was lighter in grease.

Incorrect Touri?t Information—We be.lieve Akaroa suffers a great deal from faulty | information at the various Tourist Departments. In many cases it is reported that the town is full when plenty of accommodation is to be had. It is hard to say who is to blame. Probably one person who is rung up cannot take any more visitors, but he should pass his overflow to other hotels or boardinghouses. Akaroa is by no means full now, and yet the following paragraph, which we have taken from the new Christ--

church evening paper, the "Sun." infers that no accommodation is to ba had :—" Mr G. VV. C, Moon, officer in .charge of the Tourist Bureau Bays tbat many New Zea landers are still on the road in search ol pita ure. Hanmer and Akaroa are full practically, many are going down to Mount Cook, the Southern Lakes are as popular as they were at Christmas time, and two-day journeys to the Franz Josef glacur are being arranged for regularly. Already this year, despite the strike, tha local office has done sufficient business to assure that the annual returns will show an improvement on the last, the previous best,"

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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4370, 10 February 1914

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4370, 10 February 1914

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