LOCAL AND GENERAL
New Vicarage—At a meeting of the Christ-' church Diocesan Stnrling Committe the plans of the Akaroa Vicarage were approved.
Peninsula. Sheep.—A very large number of sheep, mostly fat lambs, have left the Peninsula in the last few weeks, Yesterday two special stock trains left Little Biver, taking 57 trucks of sheep in all.
Accident.—Mr It. G. Black, of Gisborne, who was recently injured by the fall of his horse down a cliff, lies in a dangerous con* ditiou, having practically dislocated his nock,
Tug Weather.—The weather remains very favourable for harvesting the cocksfoot. On Wednesday, the heat was very intense, hardly a breath of wind stirring all day. It was warm again yesterday, with a light breeze.
Fire Brigade OonFERENCE—At the meeting of tbe Sumner Fire Brigade held last night. Superintendent Carter was appointed delegate to the Fire Brigade Association's meeting to bs held at Akaroa, Fireman L. Qill, of the BangioraFire Brigade, was elected to represent tho brigade at the Conference at Akaroa on March 9th,
Motor Traffic—There have been a large number of motor bicycles and cars travelling . the Peninsula roads this summer, and in the . last few weeks the number has been especi" ' ally large. The motor traffic and the herds i of sheep have done much to knock the roads about. Addition to Baths.—The Akaroa Borough Council invites tenders for competitive designs for the addition to the baths. The baths are very picturesque now, and it is : wisdom on the part of the Council to safe' guard against having the original beauty of '. the building marred by a hideous addition. j Dh-.ty Gutters.—Some steps should be I taken to keep the Akaroa gutters clean. At the | cDrner of Lavaud and Balguerie Streets on | Wednesday evening, the stench was most offensive, and unless this nuisance is abited I it will be a decided menace to health. Akaroa Po 3 -r Office. -The work ot excavation for the new office is almost completed, and the framework of the outhouses is ud. Most of the timber for the main building is on the ground. The position of tbe new office can be seen now, and it will occupy a site well off the street as the bank Joes on the opposite corner. Daly's Wiiauf—The final piles of Daly'B wharf were driven yesterday, and a number of the caps have been fixed en the piles. The Borough Council's electric power has proved satisfactory, as may be gathered from tbe fact that it has'driven in all the piles in little over a fortnight, and that the monksj has not been worked at all continuously during that period. The next job will be to remove the old piles, which are still standing. We believe Ihe contractor will saw these off to the level of the mad. Government Aid to Roabs—An intimation of interest to loial bodies of the Dominion was made at the Dannevirke Borough Council meeting on Wednesday evening last when a letter was received from the Secretary of Customs, in reply to representations of the Mayor for a rebate of duty on a road roller the Council is importing i Th? letter stated that the Minister of Customs had decided to place a grant on the I Estimates to enable a refund to be made of I any duty which might be charged upon road I lollers imported fpecially for local bodies. ■ I This dicision means a saving to Dannevirke •■ Borough Council alone of £100.
SroRTiNG —Mr 13. E. Lelievre received word yesterday that his lately imported mure Bertha. Bell, who was in foal to the great racehorse Harvester, has lost her foal. The loss is not only one for Mr Lelievre, but for New Zealand breeders, who would have bent fitted by having some of the renowned Harvester strain in the Dominion We hope Mr Lelievre will have the best of luck with I the re=t of bis late shipment. Bad Characters.—A very undesirable c'ass of men is about the Peninsula just now, and two stories of their having obtained money by fraud have been told us. In one case four men employed by a farmer in a very out-of theway locality, after being been paid c ft', rode back, and by threats of uolence forced the man to give them another £8 In. another ease a man went to t*ie father, and informed him bis son owed him £2 and had told him to get'it from him. The father paid tbe £2, and found out after, wards the son owed the man nothing. O'Kain's Bay,—Our O'Kain's Bay correspondent telephoned us that a few more fine days will eco the cocksfoot harvest all in. With regard to quantity, it was fovnd that there was a big shortage in the crop, and it
was estimated that the crop would be from one-third to one quarter less than that of last year. The seed was only of medium quality, being very dirty. No snles have been reported.—With regard to the O'Kain's Bay cheese factory, the cows were going off fairly rapidly in their milk. Unless a shower
of rain fell fairly soon the supply at the fatcry would drop very low. Taking it alto- ; gether, the factory had had a good season, i though it was by no means a record one Waste of Good Timber—Thousands of feet of "shorts" are burned every day at the bush sawmills. "Shorts" is the name given to planks of about eight feet in length, which it would not pay to send to the towns by rail, owing to t ; c high freights at present in force. Tie Auckland Provincial Industrial Association has taken the matter up, and intends approaching the Railway Department, with strong representations on the matter. If the freight on these short lengths were bought in to line with the freight on the long length a profitable trade could be worked up, The limber is badly needed, especially for the making of fruit cases, and, under the crrcum .stances, it seems senseless (says the Auckland "Star") that sawruillers should be compelled to destroy thousands of p unds' worth.
A BiufiiiT Outlook.—A prediction that the exports of the dominion would reach £25,000,000 for the present producing year was mado by the Prime Minister at Paengaroa en Saturday. As agriculturists New Zealanders were going to be given the oppor. tunity of helpng America out in her food supplies, "In order to show the United States what we can do in this direction," said Mr Massey, " the New Zealand Government has decided to spend £15,000 in making an exhibit nt the Panama Exhibition. The Union Steam Ship Company has offered to take the country's exhibits to l?an Francisco free, and, if necessary, to bring them back without a penny of cost. (Applause), I hope the producers of the dominion will take ad vnntnge of this generous offer."
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LOCAL AND GENERAL, Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4373, 20 February 1914
LOCAL AND GENERAL Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4373, 20 February 1914
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