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PESsoNiii—Mr H. C. Dierck, of Akaroa, hae received word from his eon. Trooper Cyril Dierck, that ho is still in Egypt. Trooper Diurofe is a Baddler, and has to stay with the horses in Egypt.

Grass Seed Case - The Magistrate T A; B. Baily, E°q , S.M., gave judgment in tha S.M. Court, Cbristohur h, on Wednesday, July 21 in the grass seed case, McUtrry of Wainui v W D Wilkiae and sone of Akaroa, olaim £111 10 9d. The judgment was for the plaintiff, MaGarry for full ameunt claimed and coeta.

Bed Cuobs Wosk.—A branch o{ the Red Cross Associations has beeu formed at Chprlton and Little Akaloa. To raise funds for the purchase of material, two very Bucoeeful socials and gift auctions have been held, which realised £20—The ladies have taken up the work most enthusiastically, and now almost every household ia busy, either sewing tf knittiog for our wooded soldiers.

Akaroa County Council—This Come meet at the usual hour and placo to moirow (Saturday). Pj3r:-onal— Jensen, now in charge of the Akaroa Hospital, has been appointed matron of the Kaikoura Hospital, and Nuree M'Dooald Bssistant nurse.

Departing Little Biveb Troopers.— The residents of Little Biver held a sooiel in the Town Hal! last evening to farewell Troopers Walter Birdling and F W Joblin- The evnning was devoted to euchre and dancing, nr.d a presentation was made to the two departing men. Presbyterian—The Altaroa Preebylerian Church has secured for use throughout the obajge a specially selected Ifet of "Hymne for use in Time of War." The list inoludee John Oxenham's hymn, "O Lord of Hosts whose sovereign hand" (probably more widely used than any other at the preeent time); Kipling's wel , known "Rficeseional." and the "BuFßian National Anthem;" At the servioe at Akaroa laat Sunday evening, special intercession was offered for Bussia, and the "Euesian National Anthem" was impressively »une by the congregation. Fire —A very narrow eso&pe from fire took pUoe in the section ot the old Criterion buildings at the comer of ' avaud and BalRuerie streele at 5,30 p m. yesterday, occupied by Mr A. Whitely. The ourtains in the dining room caught fire, and the blind and curtaine were coon blazing merrily. A bucket of water, however, put ont the bloza, though it was only just in time, as the woodwork of the window had started. The alarm , was given, and the fire brigade turned out smartiy but were not required.

Little Riv«R—A meeting of the Social Committee of the Patriotic Committee was held on Monday. Present Messrs G. Brietmeyer, F Fabey, T Thompson (in the chair), W. Aitken (treasurer), and H Lewthwaite (secreta y). Mr Breitmeyer proposed, and Mr Fahey seconded—"That the action of the secretaries in arranging (at short notice) for 'a to Privates Swaddle and Milligan, without consulting the committee, be ap. proved." The motion wae carried. Mr Thompson proposed: "That a euchre tourna ment end dance be held in the Town Ball on ) Thursday evening in honour cf Troopers Walter Birdling and F. W. Joblin," Agreed

Obohakd Demonstration. —Mr W. J gourtier, the Government orchard expert, gave a pcunning demonstration at the Government plot, at Little Biver, on Mr Geo. Barclay's property on Tuesday last. Tnere was only a small attendance. Mr Courtier explained the best methods for modelling a young' tree, by prunning to prodnoe a good growth, and to give a certain supply of fruit at the same time. Mr Archer also gave a de' monetration of spraying. The trees in h 1 orchard have done remaikably well, and Mr Baro'ay bas kept the soil in a state of cultivation Some of the treee have made very rapid growth, especially the stone fruit, and by New Year should bear a heavy crop of fruit of all kinds.

Parcels for our Boys:—A great many Penineula people who have been sending parcels to the front have been greatly dissap pointed by their non receipt, whileotbers have been fortunate enough to receive everything that has been Bent. The surmise is that tne parcels have been lost tnrougb the. address being torn off. as no doubt the mail bags have a rough handling One Peninsula lady has heard from Christcburch Post Office, that to make the receipt of parcels absolutely safe, the best way to forward them, is in canvas bags tied or eewn up with the address written on the bags. The Pest Office say that if thie is done,' no parcel can possibly go astray. Litixe River Cheese Factory—The erection of the new cheese factory at Cooptown is now being pushed on as speedily as possible, and by the end of the week the whole of the cement foundations should be in. As the seotion on which the factory is being erected is some feet below tbe level of tbe roadline, the foundation is high, and will absorb a large amount of concrete. The factory is being erecled with a view to its extension, when the supply grows. The making room provides for three vates at present, and the curing room is included in tbe front of the building. By knocking out the par tition, however, at anytime the curing room cau be taken into the making room, giving space for five vats, and by addiog a new : curing room, the capacity of the faotory can be almost doubled. Mr Bacon has all. the machinery of the new factory ready for installation as soon as the foundations are rpady Ihe factory-should be finished by September let. Presentation to Akaboa Troopers.—A. very successful social and dance was held at St. Patrick's schoolroom, Akarso, on Tuesday, there bein» a large attendance. Tbe Mayor, Mr G. Armstrong, spoke a few words He alluded to three Troopers present, and said it was rather miserable to see nil the young fellowE going way, but everyone honoured them much for their action in going. Mr T Lawitt, Deputy Mayor then presented Trooper Yeron Armstrong with a wristlet watab. Be spoke of the need of the Empire at the present crisis, and said that all tbe young men with a sense of the if duty felt they ought to offer their services. Hβ wished Trooper V Armstrong a successful voyage and safe return. Trooper V Armstrong briefly thanked Mr Lewitt, m.d said he hoped he would do his best, and In with them again before long. A presenta ion was then made to Trooper McGuire of a purse of silver by the members of Sc Patrick-; choir. Mr M Daly made tbe presentatii n, and eaid that Trooper McGuire had been n member of the choir for six years. Hie aervioes had been much appeoi&ted, and the members could not let him go away without some small tokan of their regard. Trc per T. McGuire briefly thanked them for tie gift. He was taken by surprise, and did nt think he had done anything to deserve the gift. Danoing was kept up till a late hour,

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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3479, 30 July 1915

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3479, 30 July 1915

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