The Akaroa Mail. TUESDAY, MARCH 10, 1915. FOR THE BELGIANS.
1 . ' I In place of pending atock, etc, to iCbrsstchurcb, where the cost of tran- ! sit mil reduce their value, the people i of Aksroa and the Bays have decided i to bold a local baivset festival
of their own, and the fete will be held in the Recreation Ground, Akaroa, on Thursday next. Tbe Mayor ha* declared Thursday a whole holiday, so that the attendance should be assured, Tbe members of tbe committee in Akaroa and the Bays have worked really bard, and a marvellous amount of gifts have been procured. To ensure the success of the function there should be a good attendance ftom all parts of the Peninsula, Everybody will find eometbiDg they want, and if by buying these particular articles they are helping tbe Belgians, it should be an added incentive. The people on the Peninsula have done excellent work in tbe past, and no donbt the results of Thursday's fete will be as good as anticipated. The Little River Band has kindly con seated to play at the fete, and in tbe evening an excellent concert will be given by Mr Alpers, of Christchurch, and bis party It is impossible to realize tbe conditions of tbe Belgians, and their terrible state of poverty. The Ailies owe an irnmAse debt to this plucky nation in stemming the onrush of the Gprman advance, and everyone should be'o liberally to the tiimost of their power.
gramme The pportg programme drew fairly good entrips, and pressing competitions kept tho crowd busy. Dnrr.y's Band gave musical items throughout the day