The Akaroa Mail. FRIDAY, OCTOBER 29, 1915. WHITE FEATHER CAMPAIGN.
During the last day or two several men in Akaroa have received white feathers in envelopes with a polite note informing them they are shirkers, ftnd should go to the war. This is probably the poor endeavour of some empty-headed girls, bat at the same time it should ba at once nipped in ibe bud. We have no right to judge for others whether they should go to tbj war or not, though, of course, there are many who could conveniently get away. The demand for these mea, when they are required, Will come not from any Billy bullying motive, euoh ac the white feather move, bat from the Government, which; after the National Register, will, if compulsion is necessary, draw upon the men they require. No one has a right to question a man'd enlisting, because they do not know the reasons for bis not doing so, This they can leave to a reoruiting agent to ascertain, or if they want to satisfy their curiosity they should approach the man themselves and ask him. The forwarding of white feathers without a signature is a despioable and cowardly aot, and should be severely dealt With. The persons carrying it on can be assured that this method of reoruiting will add not one man to the ranks of our reinforcements, which are going forward to fight for us.
LOCAL AND GENERAL.
Ajuboa Couhti CouNoir,.—Thia Council *aee»B at the uau»! hoar and plaos on tiatur. dnj (tomorrow). Akaboa Borough Couscrt..—Mr E, Nonnaa was eleutori unopposed to the extraOouS™" 07 ° n th * AkarOa Borou S h
PsitisetJLA Bscmom —Araon/ those who wer» paeaod aa medically fit at the Woekl ° eiamination in Chrietohuroh are Arthur Gordon Webster, Barnside, Little Elver (inlantry), and George Moxham, Birdllno'q Flat, (mounted). "- B Tbm Wbathbb.-Showery weather oon. tmuei. On Tuesday night heavy rain set in and on Wednesday morning ,26ino were recorded. Everywhere thu gross isi growing rapidly sod there seems every proa-1 s«e» of» good e«»sou (or dairy (ermers. 1
A Fine Clip.—Mr W. W. William?, of "Foothill," Robinson's Bay, haa ehorn his fine little flock of cro?s bre;l ewes. They clipped an average of 121ba of.woo!, which sold for Is per lb.
Property Sale - Messrs W D Wilkins & Sons rcpoit having sold on account of the Public Trustee, th 3 property in Grehin Valley, lately occupied by Mr A. Brown, to Mr G Hammond for £364. The property comprises 2 acres and a house
Lake Coleiotoe Scheme —Mr L. Birks is visiting th--> Peninsula this week end holding meetings in.connection with Lake Coleridge scheme, at Pigeon Bay, Little Akaloa, Cborlton and O'Kains.
Akaroa Better Factory.—The supply of cream at the Akaroa Butter laotoiy has been increasing steadily the last few weeks, as a result of the reoent rains, and the output of butter Inst week was 2 tons, an advance of \ ton above the preceding week. Up ta 25th Ootobpr the factory had turned out two tons of butter more than they had at the sarae time last year. .
Pigkcn Bay Vomjntkebb —In addition to the Volunteers who have been connected with Pi/eon Bay mentioned last issue, there are Sergeant Max Christie who left with the Main Eapeditionary Forces, and but been wounded. There are also Troopers Spence McKay and Eaymond Sefton, who are in Bth ned 9th Beinforoementß respectivelyLieut Livingstone and Davison of the Bth Reinforcements have ble» both been con* necled with Pigeon Bay.
The Bainfall —According to the Govern , tnent rain gauge at Akaroa the rainfall for the past tbr c months has been as follows. — August 69 inch, September , inch. October 78 inch (up to the present). The gauge seems to make a very low record of the rains falling This is probably accounted for by the fact that it is eituated on Mr G. W Thomas' property near the waterfront, and is a long distanoe from the hills where the rain is heavier.
Bsd Cross Ladies Enxehtained.—Yesterday afternoon a number of lady workers at the Akaroa Branch of the Bed Cross assembled at the Kowbai Tea Booms. The proprietor, Mr F. Da.vis, on behalf of the harbour master and gentlemen of Akaroa. read an address of welcome. The toast of '•The King" was honoured in soft drinks and a verse of the National Anthem sung. The ladies then enjoyed a most daligbtful aftern"on tea. At the conclusion of the tea, the Mayoresa thanked Mr Davis for his weloome, and said she was sorry the harbour master and gentlemen of Akaroa were not present in pnrson to receive the ladies' thanks for a most pleasant afternoon.
Panama Teack,—A correspondent to the "Lyttelton Times," writes from Oka H's Bay : -"It may not be known to many motorists that there is such a road as the Panama Track, asoendinp from Le Bonn Bay to the Summit. Not many yeara ago it was almost impossible to ride down this track on horsebaok if it was very wet. and I have had my horse simply slide down for nearly half a chain. There may be more, but I only know of two pbisons who have driven up this road witk horse and gig. One is Mr L. Graham, of Lyttelton, ami tho other is Mr F. Aldrige. of Le Bon's, but now I am re. liably informed that Mr J. W. Roberts, of Oka n's, has succeeded in climbing this road from bottom to top with his four seated motor-car, carrying with him a passenger. I consider thta ia a feat well worth recording, and one which should be made more widely known "
Marvel Cbeaji Cooler. -Dairymen on the Peninsula, in common with those all over the Domioios, recognise that the compulsory grading of cream will create endless omplications in the industry. The wonderful
growth of home separation, as the pink method, has it? disadvantages, inaa-
much as no cheap and efficient method has
hitherto been devised for the cooling of cream. More particularly in the Summer,, this leads to cream of varying qualities be ing delivered to the factories and has made
it difficult to turn out a uniformly high graHe hutter. However, a represeniative of the Marrel Dairy Machine Co, of Christ, ehurcti, is now touring the Peninsula to bring before dairy firmers the marvel cream cooler—an inexpensive and, it is claimed, a perfectly efficient device for the purpose. Sixty five of these coolers, are noft in by Ruppliers to the Hangotea Co operative Dairy Co., and giving thorough satisfaction. It will be to the advantage of the Peninsula Dairy Industry to. at investigate the me-its el the now Cooler,
National Registration.—Under tha Nat" ional Registration Act passed last Session just ended, every male resident in Ibe Dominion is required to furnish to |lho Government Statistician at Wellington, a personal schedule setting out full particulars as to his age, nationaliity, occupation, ('ependents, &c>, and also stating v nether ho is willing to become a Member of an Expeditionary Force in connection with the prbsent war, or not In the case of single men without dependents this must be answered jaa, or nay, but for single men with dependent?, married men and widowers with dependen'3, the question i? rj'.mlifii djwith the word 3 "if r.qured. By notiae in our advertisi; g columns, the schedules which are obtainable as any Post Office in the Dominion, must be furnished not. later than Tuesday, 9 Nov ember. The Schedule, on being oompletel, is to be placed in the addressed enveloi c provided, and handed to an officer of tlie Post and Telegraph Department, or postid direct to the Government Statistician at Wellington: The particulars are striotly confidential under the Act and an address d enve'ope ia provided in this case to ensure this being observed. The Aot itnpos s penalties up to a or imprisonment up o six months on any person who fails to fur.iish tUe particulars required, or who makes a ,false statement It should also be noted that the obligation to registe is a person d one, and the (act that a form has not been addressed to or received by any person does not absolve him from responsibility to regi;.. j tsr Any person who refuses, fails or mgj lects to register will be prosecuted. For the I sonvonionoe of the public officers of Uegi-. t.rars of Births, Deaths end Marriages, in ti o four Chief Centres will be open continuous y from 9am to 9 p.m. during the registrar n period (26th October to 9th November, 191 i), for the purpose of affording assistance in il.e filling up of schedules to any perso i desiring it, It has also baen arranged tlu.t Poatul Oflicers at Post Officers throughout the Dominion during ordinary Oftiae hours, will alfo on application bt'p any persons desirous of assisting in fillii g up the sohadules. The object of the iegiiti&tionieto ascertain the resources of the Dominion in men, The register to be compiled is purely a civil register and the furnishing of the schedule required under the Aot does net involve enlistment, nor 19 it in substitution for the present eysteni of c::----'istrneni Those desirous of enlisting c a obtain enlistment forms at the nearest Pot Office or Defence Office. The need for ay certaiuing the resources of ihe Dominion itt I the present time is extremely urgent and every person liable to register should do :;o at once.