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1 ' » N.Z BahjWatts.—Train arrangements for th<* Belgian Harvest Festival are given else. I where. Land Returns.—Notice returns of land are advertised elsewhere. Akaroa Tennis Clcb—The closing of th" Akaroa Tennis olub will take place on Tburs. day next, when there will bo general after noon tea. Babbit Shooting.— A rabbit shoot was car ried out on the Tongu?, Waiau, on Eabter Monday, 1000 rabhits and hires falling to six guns. Mr Alt' Snnckell, who was for merly a rpsident of German Bay, gathered and took charge of ttn "bag," which was forwarded to Christchurch for benevolent purposes. j

Little River.—The oharming operetta, •'Prinopps Chrysanthemum," which has been undar rehearsal for some- months by the young ladies of Little River will be performed in the Town Hal!, Littl* River, on Tuesday nest, 13th inst. An orchestra, under the baton of Mr L Joblin, will lend assistance. There are about forty pe> formers ie the east, and rehearsal has b?en under the direction of Miss Jeff. The proceeds are tr> bn givnn to the Belgian Fund. OiiiTCAny.—Last "week there died at the Christchur"h 80-pital Mr W F: Eoohe well known in Akaroa as the licensee for Waeokerle's Hotel. Mr Roche toofe the keenest interest in all public matters durin? the timi he was in Akaroa, and was a mem" her of the Akaroa Borough Council. He leave* a widow, two sons and a daughter Hip health has been causing him a great dtal of trouble for several years, bujt he remained in the ptnpl-v of the Kaiapoi Woollen Factory till within the ]a=t iow months. Mr «oche wao of a mos* k'.nd'.y dinposition, and rainy friends nn the Peninsula will rtgret to fiear of hia deaUi. Mr Roche was a very keen supporter of St Patrick's Churoh, Akaroa, during hie residence here. Robinson's Bat Wham\— The progress of the work of erecting the new Robinson's Bay wharf is marked, and a good start km been made by both contractors for the wharf and wharf road. Messrs Hayward Bros, have all the concrete piles finished at the shore end r>f the wnarf with the exception of one and the timber piles and some of the stringers are stacked on the beach ready for a start of the timber work. Mr R. Powrie hai got the road leadirg to the wharf partly benched

out, and the work is proceeding in a very satisfactory manner. i Loyal Wairbwa Lodge.—A meetina of the Loyal Oood Wairewa Lodge, No 7453 was held in the lodge room, Little Biver on Thursday evening, Brother Russull, N G presiding, Brother French and M'Queen cave their report of the district meeting, held in Akaroa, on March 8. A new member v,as initiated by Aoting-Lecture Master Brother M'Queen. P.S. Brother Swadel, who has joined the sixth Eeinforoements. tendsred his resignationi which was acoepted, and Brother McKey was appointed secretary pro tern. A letter of recommendation was granted to Brother Swadel St. Peter's Ciiorcu, Akaroa On Sunday evening, the vicar (Rev. A, H. JuHup), consecrated a flag which was presented to the ehuroh in confvmity with the oustom which obtains bo much in England of having a flag in each ohuroh during this time of war. The suggestion to have the flag was made by Mr G, W Thomas, who bought all the neces eary silk, eto Miss Westenra made the flag, and Mr J. J. Walker very kindly gave the pole on whioh the flag is hung, Mr S W. Hayward paiDting same white. 4t the evening servioe on Sunday the flag was oonse* crated, and Mr Julius unfurled it. The flag ia suspended over the chancel above the choir seats Ths flag haß been workfd beautifully, and is a dooided ornament to the ehuroh -On Sunday the harvest thanksgiving service was held in the church, the building being decorated with fruit and vegetables. As is usual at the harvest festival service, the offertory was devoted to the hoir fund. Volunteers ion Service.—Two fre h volunteers from the Peninsula for service at the front are G Pidgeon. of Okain's Bay who-e brother, H Pidgeon, went with the Main Expeditionary Force, and Balph Coe who is a member of the C.V C. Two fresh Akaroa volunteers are F. Cobb and J W Beattie. The latter is pupil teacher at the Akaroa District High School, and has been promineit in eport during the past twelve monthn.

! Mutton Birds.—The mutton bilj, whioh is considered one of the greatest delicacies by the Maoris, is found in great quantities on the Mutton Bird Islands) in FoveHUx Strait, where the Government have deolared reserves exclusively for the Maoris. From these islands the Maoris in most parts of New Zealand receive their annual supply. There are, however, a, number of mutton birds on different parts of the Peninsula, and they seem to have increased of Jate. The Maoris know where the young birds are foai tpred by their parents, and get a email sa;y ply for their own use annually,

Cheese Factory at Little Biveu-A movement is on foot to start a cheese faotorv in_ Little Kiver in plaoe of the present cream enes. and on Thursday ni R ht next a meetinc is called at. the main school, Little Bivsr with the oi-ret of considering the formation of a co operative factory. Addresses will be given by Peninsula supplier of cheese factories who have detailed knowledge of factory working No doubt a large looal cheese fao tory worked on cooperative lines would be a great boon to dairyman in Little Kiver The supply for such a. factory would be a very large one, so that the working expenses bornß by ench supplier would be relatively email It is to be hoped that the proposition will bo carried into effect, and trust the new faotory is able to start early next rnilkine season. °

AKAROA CR. QDET Cl-DB - The clOflnß. of tb% Croquet season will be held on the olub'd a reen on Saturday next, when all visitore will be welcome. There will be general ifternoontea

Waibewa County. Council ~Tha monthly meeting of the Wairewa County Council will be held to-day at the Council Chambers, Little Kiver.

Disposal or Carnival funds.—.The Mayor of Afearoa in answer to many requests ha called a meetiug of subscribers to the Bel gium Carnival at Akaroa for this even ing, at 8 o'olook, at the Council Chambers Akaroa, to consider the advisibility of devot. ing the proceeds of the carnival and coneart—eome £760 for the purpose of forward ing the interests of the Peninsu'a candidate of tne Queen of the carnival. A full attend* ! arioe is reques cd.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3414, 13 April 1915

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3414, 13 April 1915

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