ELLESMERE QUEEN OF CARNIVAL.
MI3S MASEFIELD LEADS
It was a pleasant surprise to Fee Miss Masefieid top tbe poll yesteviay, and we hope she will stay at tb.9 head, She rose from the bottom to the seventh place on Wednesday, thanks to a generous donation from the " 7 ai rewa County Council and tbe people of Ktitunaand Motukarara. If wesue caed in kenpmg our candidate at the top and she is crowned Queen, it will be reroembe'-pd that she goUier first good start fro'n Little, River, Kaituna and Motnkaraiti. On Wednesday the of the fete held at Akaroa were to be devoted to tickets. Several private donations have been received. Tbe most donation by a private ha 3 been that of Me 1 ,, . Hay, of Pigeon Bay, who gave a cheque fur £73. The Okain'e Bay people donated the proceeds of their sports held yesterday towards tbe candidature of Mis 3 Masefield. The school children of Wainui and French Farm gave £7 and £3 respectively, and a number of pr'vate donations have also been made.
At the French Farm sebcol treat on Wednesday and ai Akaroa on Tues day, tbe Mayor, Mr G. Armstrong, said that a number of people from other parts of the electorate had stated that they bad not been con suited about the nomination of tbe cindidate- He explained that Mr Alpera had suggested that Ellesmere should nominate a queen, and as it was tbe last day for nominations, he bad to decide at once. He thought of Hiss Masefield, and nominated her on condition she agreed. Miss Mase field had agreed, and tbe nomination was scut in at the eleventh hour. Personally, ,he believed they had chosen- the right candidate, as Miss Masefield'fl brother (Major Masefield), was tbe .first boy born on tbe Peninsula to give bis life for the Empire in the war. He sincerely hoped he would be the last, but he was sure their beys would be willing to sacrifice* them selves . for their country. He made this explanatian to show people in other parts of tbe electorate that he bad bad do time to consult them.
Iα connection with the amounts collected for tbe Belgian Fund, some people have objected because their amounts have not beed acknowledged in the "Akaroa Mail." We msy say that we have published every list that has been handed to us, and are willing to do so.
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ELLESMERE QUEEN OF CARNIVAL., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3451, 16 April 1915