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Presbyterian.—Next Sunday, Rev. R. H, Blair, of Leeston, will preach morning and evening at Akaroa, and at Wainui at 2.30 p.m.

Croquet Tournament—A croquet tourna. ment for ten was played on the Wai Iti Club's green m Saturday, when Mrs Leete won the priz9—a beautiful Doulton teaipst kindly presented by Mrs E. E. Lelievre,

Personal.—Pvev. J. W. Hayward leaves this morning for a fortnight's holiday. Mr Hayward intends visiting Taranaki, and spendi- g a few days in Wellington.

Pictcrbi of Cocksfoot Industet. —Mr H. Horton, representative of the Natural Colour Kinematogrnph Company, has taken views of work amongst the cocksfoot on Banks Peninsula and of harvesting operations in other parts of Canterbury.

Cock-toot—ldeal threshing weather has been experienced this last week, and a good hole has been made in the crops About hulf the crop ia threshed out now, and a week or ten days fine weather should see the whole crop harvested.

Personal,—Mr Lyons, representing the "Sun," Christchurch, and Mr H, T. Spanjer, of the Chiistchurcb "Press," accompanied the members of the Canterbury Fruitgrowers' As:ociatioa on their visit to Akaroa last week end.

Akaroa Property Sale.—Moesrs W. D Wilkins & Sons offered the house adjoining Mr 11. C. Dierck's saddlery in Akaron, owned_ _by the late Mrs McClure, and comprising a little over a quarter of an acre, by public auction last Thursday. The pro perty was passed in at £490,

Butter Factory,—Ther* is a g)od deal of talk about the establishment of a butter factory in Akaroa. The idea is to receive cream only, so tnat farmers and others with a few cows can separate their m'lk at home and bring it down to the factory from the most out of the way places The idea seems an excellent: onr, and if it eventuates should be a good thing for the dis'rict.

Croquet —A general meeting of the Wa> Iti Croquet Club was held on the lawn on Saturday last, when there wa? a good attenc , , ance, ihe president, Mrs Bruce, in the chair. Seven new members were elected unani mously. Accour.ta amounting to £2 oc"d were passed for payment. The provision 1 appointment of the caretaker was ratified, and the meeting terminated.

The Weather—After a ppell- of warm sunny weather, a henv sea fog rolled up on Sunday evening, enveloping the wbr.le of Banks Peninsula The fog lay abiufc till 10 a.m., when the Eun dispersed it, and thrashing was continued in the afternoon. One odd thine about the fog was that it lay in the watershed of the harbour, and did not travel over to Le Bon's and other eastern bays,

Sporting -Mr E B. Lelievre'a Huia Dillcn ran in the Stewards Hindicap at the New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club's meeting on Saturday, but waa not placed. The horse was not at all well before the race, but it was thought th« run would bo beneficial.—

Lord Dillon, in the same stable, ran second in the Parliamentary Handicap, while Adonis and White House, both of the' Dillon stock, won the Parliamentary Handicap and For. bury Handicap respectively.

New Zealand Sheep for Australia.— Australia ia becoming quite a good market for New Zealand Komneys (says the Christchurch " Sun"), and for some considerable time shipments have been going on on behalf of private breeders and dealers. At present the Komneys in Australia are said to be a middling lot and the Dominion breeders have been discussing the question of sending

over a representative shipment. Tho Council of the Romney Marsh Sheep Breeders' Asso. ciation some time ago set up a sub-committee to consider a proposal Tor the Association to arrange for a shipmrnt of somo really good rams to the Sydney shrep sale at Easter time. The snb committee met on the Field' ing Show Grounds last Tuesday, and decided that, in view of the fac' that there was such a good market in New Zealand for rams this serson, the proposal to ship to Australia be dropped this year. A Bad Example. —A correspondent writes: "Members of a popular Association were recently paying a week-end visit to a wellknown seaside tourist resort under the guidance of a well-known Government official, who shewed the party the chief attractions of the place until the bell rang out for service on the Sunday evening, whan he bethought himself that it was his duty to look after the spiritual needs of those under his care. He thereupon mustered his charges, provided such with the necessary ofisrtory, and marched them off to the nearest church, and saw that each one ws safely inside, but instead of foljowing their example, he, with one kindred ppirit, made a dash through the church fence to escape notice, and found themselves in the arm 3of a qu'et rea"dont smoking the pipe of peace in his garden ad jicent to the church, who we'eomed them in the way usual to men. On returning from the church, the remarks made to the unfortunat- official for leaving his charges in the ebuich cannot be recorded bere "

Pom pry tub Penguin—Pompey the penguin, commonly known as the Akaroa mas< cot, returned yesterday after a three weeks' iMt to the Southern regions, Pompjy's owner, Mr L. J. whose knowledge of bird life is very extensive, informed us that Pompey disappears for three weeks every year at this time, and reippears very fat indeed. He then hangs about and pro> ceeds to molt, hiding himself till tbe lust of the old feathers drop out. Mr Vangioni, who studied the habits of the penguin for years, stateE that thesj birds, who frequent tha Macquarrie and oihar southern islands, come up (o the Pnnin = ula periodically to molt. They frequent tho cave 3 and rocks on. the eastern bays of the Peninsula, They are all in good condition when they arrive, and stay in one place till after molting is over when thny return to thf-ir natural home? Pompey was most considerate, and returned in time to nllow Iho Canterbury Fruitgrowers an opportunity of viewing him, and the members of the party were to delighted that they all b ught some of the well,known Pompey ware as mementos of the Akaroa maseoi.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL, Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4372, 17 February 1914

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LOCAL AND GENERAL Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4372, 17 February 1914

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