LITTLE RIVER NEWS.
FAREWELL TO VOLUNTEERS,
A farewell social was held in tbe Town Hail, JM'tle River, on Thursday, to bid farewell to Privates T. Feather, A. Reynish and J. Topp, who left with the Seventh Reiuforoements. There was a large attendancp, Mr J. O. Coop, chairman of the Patriotic Committee, presiding. The chairman presented Troopers Feather and Reynisb with a set of brashes and money belt, and Trooper Topp w th a set of brushes.
Mr H. Chapman, on behalf of the Taraweia (Puaha) pecple, then presented Tronper I Topp w.th a m ney It. which had been filled by subscribers from the old residents d Puaha Troopers John Topp and T. Feather, he mentioned, were only sons | Trooper Feather had made previous efforts Ito join the forces, but was under age. Tro per Reynish was the fourth of his i family to volunteer.
Mr G. Breitmeyer. on behalf of tbe Loyal Wairewa Lodge, bid the men Godspeed on behalf of the Lodge.
A very pleasant evening was spent, the company dispersing after singing Auld Lang Syne and the National Anthem.
Trooper Fea'ber was presented earlier in the we k with a fins wristlet watoh as a token of tbe esteem in whioh he was held by tbe people of Te Oka, where he has lived all his life.
Troopers Carl and Chas. Ericksen, of Port Levy, were also down on final leave, but in their case there was some doubt
about getting leave, and even the troopers themselves did not know that they could'get leave until Thursday last. However, though there was not a big crowd to give them a farewell they know that tbe whole of Banks Peninsula takes a keSn interest in their doii g3. The two brothers "wer9 presented with a fine set of pipes each by Mr J. Mc Queen and Mr H French.
A euchre tournament was played, the winners being being Mr Jock Reynish and Mrs T. Williams, and booby winners Mr S. Barclay and Miss E. Gilbert. Dancing was kept up till 2 am, when thoss present sang Auld Lang Syne.
A considerable number of Little River lads are ooing into camp now with tbe next reinforcements.
WAIREWA CHEESE FACTORY.
The Wairewa Cheese Factory started with 3 500 gallons of milk. The supply, previohs B to rain, wa3 1100 gallons, two vats being used; There is also another spare vat, so that anything up to 2500 gallons of milk • might be put through daily without any 3 additions being required. Mr Bacon, who j bad the misfortune to have a steel splinter from the stamping machine enter the pupil of one of his eves the other day, considers tha' the state of affairs U most satisfactory, and is all that he could hive expected. The rain that has just fallen will, of course, materially increase the quantity of milk to ,be put through. Only Cheddar cheese will be made at the factory. Mr Bacon says it takes about 2000 gallons of milk to praduoe a ton of cheese, so ihat the present output will be a little over half a ton a day. FISHING There seems to be some very good fishing in the Little River trout streams. True the first day or two brought reports of small 'catches and ennll fish, but since then we have learned of one oatoh of thirty four fish and several close on twenty, One eatoh of eight fish weighed twenty seven pounds, averaging 3Jlbs, the biggest being 61bs and the next 51bs. The biggest fish caught yet, as far as we know, was an eight pounder by Mr H D Wilson, who, also the same day, caught one of seven pounds. The red tipped Governor and Hardy's Favourite seem to be tbe two premier flies just at present. Some of the bigger catches, though, have been made with worm bait. DOCTORS' GUARANTEE. At a meeting of the Doctors' Committee, bold on Monday last, it was decided to re new ths subsidy thiß year, Bnd. if possible, to make a special effort to increase it. The members reported progress, which was satisfactory, but it was noticed that some part 3of the districts gave far more in proportion to otherß, and the Maoris, who bad guaranteed i?SO a yoar, had not contributed a penny sinca tbe first £50 had been sent. OBITUARY j NURSE RURU, PORT LEVY J It is with great regret that we learn of the [ death of Nurse Ruru, Bfter a short illness. ! fcfursa Rnru was only 18 years of age, and j liad, ft gome months pasji, been nursing at ! tbe Ct-ristehu'ch Sanatorium, Cashmere ' Hills Many natives jiurnayed from Litfl.-: ! II set to attend tbe tang', in spite of the i rain whichhad been falling Nurse Rnru died i on Wed nefday Igst. and her funeral look pace on Saturday WELCOME RAIN. Tne rain registered was 8 inch wijb < more op tbe higher level I The rain ceased aj 6 a.m on Sunday | Tbe light showers we have been experiencing have been of infinitely more benefit than a solid downpour of the same quantity. 1 Even as it is, the ground has almost dried 1 up already, but the greenness of tbe hills > is in striking contrast to the colour before | the rain. The rain has had a marvellous ' (fleet for the short time we had it, and should be the mea-e of saving a good many t cattle that would otherwise have besn t destroyed. ,
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LITTLE RIVER NEWS., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3495, 12 October 1915