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NEW NECKWEAR AT BEATH'S In addition to tne two Collars detailed bare, we have in stock numerous other equally smart styles in new Neckwear, and on request we will Tie pleased to send , a selection on approval. Black Velvet Collar, wita — tartan effects. A vary " fashionable Collar. 3/6 each. POST FREE. SlUe Collar, in Assorted Roman Stripes. 2/3 and 2/6 each. BEATH & CO. LTD. JAMES MITCHELL. Managing Director CHBISTCHTJRCH

NOTICE TO ADVERTISERS ALL alterations to standing advertisel ments for Insertion in first following issue (blocks excluded) must reach the office of this paper by 10 a.m. on Saturday for insertion on I jeeday, and by 10 a.m. on Wednes ays fcr insertion in Friday's issue. THE THIRD REINFORCEMENTS. ■■-_ * —. — A DESCRIPTION OF COLOMBO. Mr E. P. Williams, writing to his brother, Mr Arthur Williams, of Robinson's Bay, gives a description of his voyage to tbe Red Sea with the Third Reinforoements. The letter is aa follows:— "/La you may imagine the main events of the voyage have been the arrival at Albany and Colombo, though the one naturally eolipses the other. We saw a good .deal of the latter place, both by means of rickshaws and of the railway. It is a difficult matter to convey a clear picture of the place. You must imagine us leaving a magnificent pier and stepping from the dark, a< it were, into a blaze of light. The first thing we saw was a native waggon being drawn by a pretty little steer which was not an inoh taller than three feet. Rickshaws crowd around, and soon we go down the main street, A host of salesmen pester us to buy their wares. We chose the rickshaw, and started on a highly interesting trip to view a Buddhist temple and the cinnamon garden. We may have been disappointed with both if the route had not proved so interesting All the bungalows ! along the main routs are furrounded with trees, mangos, palm, kia-palms, cedars, co. coanuts, and a host of others. We passed along the edge of several pools, in the waters of which the natives bathe and wash their clothes', and although the pools are often of a green and stagnant appearance they get their linen beautifully white. At we neared the temple urchins hovered round offering to Rive us ''Buddha's flower." Any sort to flower appears to be Buddha's -sufficient if it gives n pretest for begging. Arriving at the temple a boy showed us Buddha's lamp and a prayer house in which we saw two priests praying in a low monotonous tone. At this point the boy wanted a tip, others found their voioes, and the whole crowd of natives became so loud and threatening that I thought for the moment we were in for trouble. However, we had been told that this sort of thing would happen, co we went out through the gates again without giving a cent. As beautiful a lot of villians and beg' gars as one could Bee congregate outside the gates of tha-temples. The cinnamon garden was reached half an hour laler, and we had the satisfaction of smelling the trees. I had a couple of whiskies whilst in Co.lombo, the first of which was in a tavern which had a combination o£ squalid and vil • lainous features They were quite presentable, but cost half rupee (about 7d), Beer is Is 6d a bottle. The ladies of Ceylon are not by any means beautiful, with exceptions. Tbe people are very small, but judging from tbe work done by the coal cooließ and rickshaw men, have an unlimited supply of en-> duranco and energy. The railway, which we took to Mt Lavinia fifteen miles froth Colombo, is a grand affair running upon a gauge of sft Gin. Tbe return fare was one rupee (1/4), and Sergeant | Hayman and myself had a firstrclass compartment to ourselves. It was fine and roomy, and had a |sofa, a lounge, and a couple of arm chairs. At Mt, Lavinia (the mountain part is a plateau about SOOft high) tbe Boer prisoners of 1900-2 were imprisoned At this place we saw r Aive women making lace; also saw a diminutive native scale a pal-n tree over 50ft high and get us two coooanuts. We had to pay so muoh for both exhibitions. That I understand is why Cm. galese laoe and cocoanuts can be. sold so cheaply. We got 5 dozen bananas'for Is, and when we had eaten as many as we wanted we gave the remainder lo a poor old tottering native» A orowd of urchins imme. diaiely surrounded him, and despoiled him of almost the whole bunch. When he attempted to save them by holding the bunoh above hie head, the kids hit him in the stom ach causing him to bend far enough for them to grab the fruit. We spent a verypleaßant two hours in the Gordon gardens. They contain specimens of trees from all tropical countries, A native, band played some good music, and we saw the European ladies and children for the first time during the day (this was in the cool of the evening). On fhe way to the pardens we passed a banyan tree, the roots of which cover a square chain Also saw a native funeral. A white and gold coffin was borne upon a bier. The mourners, clad in white, kept up a continual dirge I noticed that the cortege always moved out of the way of European traffic. When we were going ashore in the evening we saw a mar vellous display of lightning: If fairly made your hair creep. Two deaths .have ocourred on the transports sinoe leaving Wellington— a Maori on the "Warrimoo" and Bugler McKay of H Company on the "Tahiti." The latter was buried on Sunday, 14th, with full military honours, and the event, as jou may imagine, cast a gloom over the ship, On the 19th we passed an Arabian dhow, and two days later, having passed Aden at 3 a.m., we er'ered tho Red Sea at noon. ' Tbe African mast was steeped in mist with the exception < f two or three hillocks arising apparently from tbe sea, but wo had a fairly clear view of the coast upon the Arabian side. On the summit of some low . hills one sees to the north a lighthouse which marks the place where a big P. and O. steamer went ashore. Near the headr |

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Page 2 Advertisements Column 5, Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3460, 18 May 1915

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Page 2 Advertisements Column 5 Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3460, 18 May 1915

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