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Akaboa Railing i,un —The Akaroa • ing Club will hold a sailing race on Po*ing Day. The race will start ai 11 a.m.

Dispatch of Mails—There will be no dispatch of mailß from the Akaroa Post Office on Xmas Day. There will be the usiial dispatch of mails on Boxing Day For further particulars re mails see notice elsewhere.

Struck bt - During the thunder stTro on Monday last the lighting strur-k a totara tree in the German B>y Valley. The tree was about 35 feet in height and 3 feet in diamete-. The tree was split by the light ning into pieces, some 9 feet'by 2 feet. Portions of the tree were found two chains from where the tree had stood previously. The totara waa cut into 40 pieces, besides a number of small splinters.

Duvauciiblle Sports Club—The Duvauchelle Sports Chib hold their annual sports on Mr Pricbard's grounds, Duvauchelle, on Tuesday ri°xt, Dec 29th. A splendid programme has been arranged, and the days' outing fhould be tin excellent one. There ar= a number of post entry events, besides the handicap events. Tbe handicaps for handicap events w:ll be published next Issue, Puratj—A concert was given in the Purau school by the pupils, assisted by friends, on Saturday The proceed*, together with the prize fund, generously presented by the child ren, amounted to £1 (id. A case of scent, given by Mr Barnett, of Christchurch, was auctioned, and realised seven guineas. The total sum is to be given to the fund for destitute Belgian children. The Licensing Question— Although the returns of the prohibition poll are stij 1 incom - plete, it is now possible to make a eompari' eon with the percentages of previous years. Commencing in 189G with a percentage of 37.82 in favour of no license, the proportion of electors in favour of no-license rdse to 42 23 in 1899 ; 48.88 in 1902 ; 51.27 in 1905; and to 53 45 per cent in 1908. 'In 1911 na tional prohibition became the leading issue, and local no license lost interest for many people. At any rate the poll of that year. showed that 55.53 per cent, of the electors favoured prohibition. That is to say 259 943 votes out of 465,604 went for prohibition, nnd 279,363 votes would have carried it. This year the count, so far as it has gone, shows 24.0,540 votes in favour of prohibition out of 487,008, or a percentage of 49.40 in favour of prohibition. In other words, tbe prohibition ists are back where they were in 1902.

■ Akaroa Horticultural Society—At a meeting of the Executive of the 'lw <■« Ho-ticufcu-al Society held on Monday last it was decided to hold the Society's Hummer Show in the Oddfellows' Hall, Akaroa. on, Thursday, January 7th. There bns bsen an exceptionally fine show of bloom in the eardens in this district this year, and the rain of a few days ago will improve the gardens immensely. It is. expected that there will be a very find show pf sweet peas.'nvd hat the vegetable classes will be well filled. The schedule of classes will be issued in a few days', A promenade concert held on the evening of the the hall.

The Hoiibat Tiuffic—Akaroa's popular.

ity for the holiday maker is by no means lessening, and this Reason again tbe Akaroa hotels and boa-ding houses have been well booked up. The weather experienced at Akaroa has been very pleasant, dur*

the last three months, i»nd its sheltered po^'

Mon gives it h chm'te that no ther p=vrt of th° province enjoys When Chris'church is p'agued with a persistent cold'easterly, Aka* roa. snui; behind its sheltering hi'K enjoys a hot sun and bathing weather. The weather has been exceedingly pleasantior boating ar.d bathing, and giv> s every prospect of continu* ing thus for the holidays.

| Loyal Good Intent Lodge,—A summoned | meeting of the Loyal Good Intent Lodge was held in the ledge room, Akaroa, on Monday evening, the N G„ Bi other G. Kearney, pre siding over a fair attendance, The District C.S. wrote, stating that the Government would pay half the ledge f 63 'of those mem ber-t who had left with the Expeditionaiy Force. Several applications for sick pqy wp c i-ranted. Officers for the ensuing term were elected as follows: NG, Brother T. Law, rence; V G Brother T, M'Guire ; lecture master, Brother C. W Leete; minute secre* tary, Brother W. Bhade3; auditors, Brothers Biuce and Leete.

Akaroa Boating Cum —' ! he following ora the' Club's ent-ies for tho Lyttelton Regatta on New Year's Day:—Senior Pairs, H Newi ton str C Walker bow ; Junior Pairs, SHam mond and L Armstrong ; Maiden Pairs, A Sergison and T McGuire ; Youths' Pairs, D Chpckley and E Staples, I Walker and R Walker; Senior Doubles, id Newton and Cyril Walker; Junior Doubles, S Hammond and L Armstrong; Maiden Doubles, A Sergi sou and T McGuire ; Youths' Doubles, D Checkley and E Staples, I Walker and R Walker; Senior Singles, H Newton, Cyril Walker : Maiden Singles, A Sergison ; Youths' Singles, E Staples, I Walker.

Akauoa Distmct High School.—The school o'osed yesterday for six weeks' holiday. The dux medal, presented annually by the Akaroa High School Board to the Secondary Department of tho school, was won by Miss Gladys Youngman, and presented to her by Mr A. Gray yesterday afternoon. In the Primary Departmpru the Mayoress gave a sewing prizs to the bipger girls in iViss Morrison's class, f-d Mrs H W Wilkms gave a sewing priae to the younger girls. The pr zes were won by .\lnud Hemingway and Nancy Monro. The prizes were a handsome antimony toilft box, and a Japanese glove box filled with chooo I ate 3.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL, Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 3464, 24 December 1914

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LOCAL AND GENERAL Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 3464, 24 December 1914

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