AT PKJEON BAY,
A Pigeon Bay correspondent who witnessed tbe trial gives us the fol lowing interesting account: —"To en oourage his men to make and lay their sheaves well and to provide an object lesson for other cocksfoot cutters, Mr Goodwin conceived the idea of offering money prizes for a sheave laying competition amongst his own men, Sixteen strips of uncut seed at tbe top end of Menzies' Bay, as far as possible uniform in character, were pegged out and duly docketed with a number. Each competitor wai thus known by numbsr. and not by name, this to ensure the judges should not be accused of favouritism.
Within twenty four of the stripg bein cut, the judges (Mews Hunt and Pettigrew), were called on to decide, and their task proved a most difficult one. The whole of the competitors had made good work, and a few of them were almost faultless.
A great many things have to be con sidered in laying a sheave, that it may dry readily, that the wind may not disturb it, that under heavy rains it may not flatten on the ground, that it may be easily picked up without shedding the seed, and many other points ail more or less important. The judges, who work-id indepen dently of each other, agreed in tbe main on the merits of the different plots, but disagreed on tbe relative merits of plots Nos. 10 and 11 for second place, and had to call in an umpire, who g*ve his verdict for No. 10.
The plot that ranked first in the judges' estimation was plot No. 1, but as this was cut by one of ibe bosses of a gang who were not allowed to com pete, this fine exhibition of sheave laying could not rank for a prize It transpired afterwards that plot No. 10 referred to above had been cut by Mr Goodwin himself, who, of course, was not competing for the prize except to settle a challenge given by one his men, a Mr Baker. Mr Goodwin proved the viotor, but his opponent had no need to feel ashamed of his performance.
The final result of the competition was :—Mr Smith Ist, Mr Puddle 2nd, Mr Baker 3rd, Mr Burns 4th.
The judges complimented the competitors on the excellence of their work, which was really good.
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SHEAVE-LAYING COMPETITION., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4373, 20 February 1914
SHEAVE-LAYING COMPETITION. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4373, 20 February 1914
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