The Akaroa Mail. TUESDAY, DECEMBER 29, 1914. AKAROA CITIZENS DEFENCE CORPS.
Tm meeting called for to night in the Oddfellows' Hall at Akaroa should be , well attended. There is no doubt that the general feeling is one of deter mination to help to keep tbe flag of tbe Empire flying, and nothing could be more annoying to'the Germans than to witness the manner in which the British dominions have shown their desire to help the Mother Country at this crisis. Mr Geo. Harper wag one of the prime movers .in the formation of the Christchurch Citizens' Defence Corp3, and he can explain exactly how the company is formed and its objects There are many men who regret that their aga has prevented their joining the colours at the front, but it is per mitted to them to drill at home and show that they are in reserve should their services ever be needed. The willingness displayed by tbe elder men to drill and maroh should be a lesson to the young men who have an opportunity to volunteer for active service, and, no doubt, the sight of the Christchurch Citizens' Defence Corps on tbe march has acted as an incentive to many younger men. Out in New Zealand here we are placed in the mo3t enviable position. We can carry on our business as usual, our produce will be shipped away safely, and we shall get better prices for all our products. It is up to us then to do what we can in the way of helping the sufferers, both with money and gifts in kind. New Zealand has done well when one reckons that tbe Auckland Province gave more than tbe whole of Victoria. In conclusion, we ask all those who have tbe welfare of tbe Empire at heart to attend tonight's meeting, and bear what Mr Harper has to Bay regarding the formation of a 'looal ciiizans' defence corps,
Akaroa Horticultural Society is holding its summer show in the Akaroa Oddfellows' Hall on Thuisdfty, December 7. A schedule of entries is issued with this paper, Anyone desirous of obtaining farther schedules should make application to the faon. sec. (Mr F. Armstrong).
Wmauko in New ZmiiAKd. The offiioal year book just to hand.iays — "In the earlier part of the nineteenth century New Zealand was the centre of an important whal* fishery, many whaling stations being established in the North of Auckland and in Cook Foveaux Straits. The industry gradually declined in mportance until at pressent only two or bree stations remain. At Whangamumu, North Island, ft whaling -steamer, fitted with tbe moat modern appliances for killing and handling whalss, has been placed in c m. mission, and a very serviceable whaling plant has been establifbed. The whales oaogbt in this locality are mostly of the humpback variety, fifty-six of these beta'/ taken laat season These yetlded 270 tons -of oil and 60 tons of honedust. Whaling operations »re also carried on from Kisoara and Tory Channel, in Malbo'ough. A seriou-" attempt ta revive th* the whaling jndu try was mnde loms two or three yearn ago, and a fl*et of •t vessels w»§ sent out from Norway, but their operations did not meet with tbe sucoes anticipated.-
N.Z. BAiLWxys.—Train arrangeaiets for New Years Day, are given elsewhere.
Duvauchei.le Sports— A good programme has been arranged for today's sports at Duvauchelle, and given fine weather the gathering should be a most successful one. The committee and boo s«o. have spared no effort to provide a good day's amusement, and the meeting should be a most enjoyable outing for Peninsula peop'e. The ladies of Duvaurhelle and surrounding Bays, will have a luncheon booth on the ground for visitors to tin sports Mr Whelch's launch will leave Akaroa at 10 a.m and 1.15 p m during tno day running to the sports, which will give the visitors to the town an opportunity of attending.