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Sam DAT-Fr'day is Snle Day at Duvau chelle's,

Dominion Day—Yesterday being Domin'on Day was observed as a Bank holiday. The schools also were dosed.

Banks Peninsula Parish—At a meeting of the Christehurch Diocesan Committee Hwas agreed to recommend the trustees to make the usual grant of £250 towards the building of a vicarage at Okain'a Bay. Spkcial Church Collection".--Sunday next October 4th, is being observed as a day for Rpecial collection by the chnrches in aid of the Poor of Groat Britain and Belgium Fund An attempt is being send a goodiy cum to help alleviate the distress of many unfortunates in Europe. It is expected there will be a generous response to the oall for help.

The Weatheb.—A welcome rain fell on Saturday evening, but the weather cleared np ngnin on Sunday morning. The rain has freshened everything up considerably, but a good deal mors is required, On Sunday the hills were oovered with a light of snow, and thera was a frost on Monday morning.

Rifle Clubs a? Companies—The members of the various Rifle Clubs on the Peninsula have offered their services te the Denartmont as a home defnnoe company. The President of ih'e Diivnnfihell Rifle Club received the following note from the Military Depart, ment:- ,, Please note that your Rifle Club is No 4 Platoon B Company and your head,quartern at Littta River.

Duvauchelle Rangk—Mr R. A Pettigrew. President of the Duvonnhelle Bay Hifle nnge has received the foliowing com', mnnicatino from the Military Department: "I am tn inform you that the sum of £130 is approved for erec'ing a new range The l"ase f n r ten vpars at 10s per annum with right ot renewnl is also approved—Sarsfield CoLciyOtJGH, Captain N.Z Staff Corps." It will be remembered that the Club's previous range was condemned as un-afe.

Oub National Anthem—The Britisher on Thursday evening could not, fail to be struck by the careless manner in whioh the Akaroa audience received the National Anthem. It would have been only fitting had the pro j ceedings opened with our National ADthem. Tbfi "Marseillaise" was sung twice standing, find we think (bat was perfectly right and proper. At the end of the concert the Mayor had to stop the people to make them sing the National Anthem, and then many sat, and others pushed out of the hall. Aftsr all our talk about the Empire, the flag, etc. it seems absurd that we cannot honour our king and country by standiug a few minutes while our National Antbem is sung. A few weeks ago when Mr F. Taylor gave a special pioture night for the war funds many in. tbe audi flnce did not stand when the National Anthem opened proceedings. These omissions only come from carelessness, but they would impress outsiders with ft false idea of Akaroa people's lack of patriotism.

Akaroa Patriotic Concert,—The patriotic concert given in Akaroa on Thursday even* ing resulted in a net sum of £18 15s being obtained for the fund in aid of the poor of Great Britain, Ireland and Belgium. In our report of the conoert there were several errors. We omitted to mention that Mr G. H. O'Callaghnn, of Duvaucbelle, sang two songs, an Irish ballad and "The Trumpeter," both of which wpre heartily applauded. If; may be added that the recitations given by Mrg F. Lellevro were, much appreciated by the , Budinnee. She recited "The Ballad of Splendid Silence," and as a recall "Peter at the Golden Gate." Later- she recited "The Obstructive iHat," and ag an encore "The Queen's Letter." Mrs Lelievre is a decided acquisition to the Akavoa talent, pnd she met with a great reception from all.. Both pieces she gave were heartily encored, her manner of delivery showing that she had thoroughly mastered the art of elocution. It is hoped that the Ak»roa people will have many more opportunities of hearing Mrs Lelievre.

Elkctric Light Pipe Link.—Cr Lewitt, Chairman of the Lighting Committee, has reefiived word from Me&ers Laurenson and Le Crsn that the pipes for the electric light pipe line, to the Greban Valley creek will arrive in Akaroa on Wednesday. The pipe line has been surveyed in readiness, but the work of ereotion of the sumph has not been started yet. It will bo some months yet before t&e people will have the benefit of tbe extra water. Balgueri mek is very low indeed for this time of the year, and* there seems every likelihood of trouble with the electric light plant, as«so much day power is being used that the plant cannot be turned off during the day, as was done during a previous dry season, j

Afforestation.—The need for syetematio aff relation becomes more pressing "every year, as the bush is being burnt and cut down. /?part from the netd for timber, the value to tha Government which these acres of forest will mean, there is the effeot npon the climate and reduction of rainfall due to the hills being denuded of bush. The report of the Government on tbe afforststion for the year Ending December, 1913, has the following paragraph : -"During the year in the nine plantations in which operations are now being carried on an area of 1,825 acres was planted, making a total 22.458 acres planted since 1896> ~ The average cost per acre planted during the year was £5 17a 63. whi.-h is a satisfactory reduction on previous yearf. The total expenditure (inclusive of the estimated value of prison labour) since 1896 amounts to £186,041, of which .£29,225 was on permanent works such as buildings, format'on fencing roads, &o."

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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 3441, 29 September 1914

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 3441, 29 September 1914

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