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Sporting-—At the Dunlin Jockey Club's meeting on Thursday, Mr J. F. Buchanan's b g Thrax won the Anniversary Handicap. Fish.—There are plenty of fish about Akaroa harbour jnet now. A party who went out fishing a few d<iys ago at the Akaroa Heads practically, filled a big launch with hnpuka, mokf, barracouta, and butter fi.h. Two sharks also were caught."

The Weather.—The weather remains hot and dry, and the pastures are being burnt up as the fall of milk at the factories demonstrates. In the last week the supply of water in the various creeks hna diminished very rapidly. The weather has bepn most suitable for 'he harvesting of the cocksfoot, and most growers have finished threshing.

Akaroa. Port Office -Good progress is be. ing m°de with the excavation for fbo nr-w post office, and the position which Mie fuildinp will rccnpv can bo c'oarly s i-n. Iγ, will be bstwepn a fortnight atvi thrno weeks be , fore the foundation st'ne can be Ihi:I, when, we understand, the Hon II 11, Bhodes, will be asked to perform the ceremony,

Telephonic —The extra circuit wire for telephonic commutation between Akaroa and Christchureh was joined up on Saturday, Little River has had the double circuit for some years, and has used the second wire almost continuously for communication with Christehurcb. Though Wainui, Liftle River and Motukarara are on the second wire, it will be a big help when there is a pressuro on the wires from here to Christchureh, and a much needed improvement to the telep' onio communication of Banks Peninsula, The re opening of the Akaroa Post Omee between 7 p,ra, and 8 p.m, each evening for telephonic work has been found a great benefit to business peop'e, and if the extension of Hours could be made in all the minor offices about the Bays, the improvement would be much appreciated.

BoßiNSfiN's Bay—The difficulty of procuring j a perron Io take charge of the post office at i Robinson's Bay at the present salary—some £;5 per an:;;;m — has «ivpn rise to a propo-al to remove tic post officp from its position to a Bite Mr Williams' place. The office has been in existeuc? for the past sixty yearp. and the private box fees fimount. to £8 lfavinn only some £7 to be provided lv. the Department, Great indignation is fe> \ by residents at the proposed change of site, and a public meeting is to be held to.morrow (Wednesday) at 1 p.m. to consider the pro posal

BiiiTi.-H ASD Foreign Sailor 3 Focihty,—At the monthly meeting'of (he Sailor's institute Lyttelton, the Rev Edward Mathews, general Bacretary of the SccHy in Lender, w/oie stating that Mr li. A. Dennly had been appointed general secretary for ew Zealand, with a view to creating more i-fciest in the Society's* work throughout he c'orninion, and it was resolvfd—"That we commend Mr Dear-ly for the aclive interest taken in the matter of organising the work for the parent s'oc ; ety throughout New Zealand, and that this Board approves of his nppoinfmmfc by the parent Society, and will be happy to co operate with him."

Akaiioa Boatiso Club — A meeting of the committee of tho Akuroa Club was'held in the boatl.oueo on Tuesday; present—Messrs T. Lewifct captain (ir the chair), Parkin, Henning, Westonra, Kearney, M'Guire, Daly and 1. eeie. Messrs lidwards and Sons, Mol. bourne, wrote, stating that the beet and bes, convertible double pculler had been forwarded The chairman reported that the boat had arrived, and th t two pleasure boats built in Auckland were dun Uhh motnli. It was de , oidt'd to import from En.-Innd a consignment of oars and sculls. The crmirman reported that tha opening ;-ocial hud brun a great success find a henriy voto of thanks was ac. cid d the ladies lot th' ir knid assistance. A special vo'e of thanks was ai;O passed to Mr Park n lor Ins good wor*. It was decided to recommend to the ltegatta Committee the abandonment of tin regatta fnr this saason* The terms of tho Almroa LJorcugh Council for aupplyirg electric light at £8 5s per annum were accepted. Accounts amounting lo £209 15s were pv:Ecd for piymc^t,

/ Kama ViCAKAOU -Tho Vestry of S' IMei'd Church Aknrja, received a <iozei tiiiKHH for die now Vicarage and V. w,.s fl ci 'o I to recommend the aecpptaro n- Mn=srs lla'. lock and Newton tender a £ll7ils<fr,rvicarngeanr:Ri-U s The tenders liiv.. 10 come Mord the (. h ..--i. ."lopertj Trustees for final acceptance, 'i'he h'ghest tiMult-r wa3 £1721 ISj for the vicarage and sables.

Akakoa Batiis.-There is no doubt school' children thould be allowed in free to the Baths, and it is very gratifying to note tnat so many young people can swim well, but some arrangement should be made so that the school children should me school. Yesterday the children took ur e<ery available dressing box, and_ no grown up could get dressing accommodation at the baths. This is a foolish state of affairs, and could be avoided by the children being asked to undress in the school. The platform at the batli3 in preparation for the Carnival during the Fire Brigades Conference at Akaroa is almost completed, and should provide sufficient room for spectators.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4374, 24 February 1914

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4374, 24 February 1914

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