FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 1915. THE BOROUGH ELECTRIC SCHEME.
Unless the weather continues showery through the coming sumtaer a serioug probleai awaits tho Akaroa Borough Council in connection with the electric light plans. Ab the present time the power is cut off ovary night from 2 a m. to 8 a 10., cud this is a serious inconvenience in cisc of sicknes3 or any special eraergoncy. In spite of this saving of the water it! is reported that the mpnrvoir has not. ■ luado any gain in the last fortnight and there have been a number of good ghowers, At the raeoling of tbe Council on Wednesday, Or alluded to the way in which town people wasted the ligh'fc, Iα many, houses every light is kepi; going from early evening onwards end no troubleis taken to snip off the light after leaving any room. If these peoplo ] who were so careless took the trouble
to practice ordinary economy with their light the lighting wnuid ba much better for everybody. However, ex perience shows that as long as people pay a cerUin fixed sum for a light per year they are quite careless about its use in spite of the fact thai; a lamp has. only a certain life. We think that the Council has not irmde i^ ; e'ear to consumers of the light hew detrimental theiv extravagence is lo the scheme. The more economical uee of the light might not ba sufficioui to prevent the water being cut off each night, but it would go n good way tovvnrds stopping such sevara r.ieasureg being taken. Another ■ serious point in connection with the Bchemo is tho pale of power. It sesras qnilo apparent now that the Borough plant cannot do more than supply tbe light ing of the houses and streets. Ifc must be remembered that tho proseiv is the most unfavourabio fima ex perieneedin coaneefcion with the wntfr supply. There have two dry summers and winters in succession so that the creeks are at thfiir low??' ebb. At the same time if the new applications for light are to be con sidered the sale of power is r questionable item. Could the water be cut off every day from sunrise Iγ sunset the water problem would br settled finally and there would alway: be a good efficient light, We do bo! know how the revenue will bo nffficfced. whether the echemo would paj
for itself. Tha irons would br maintained with the lighting. Hen wo may say that tho bulk 0' the ironing is done at night, yen offc«n in early evening when the pealloarl is on, It appears to us that th< J consumers of the light ivo not yen ■ considerate in the uge of the light, am" I tb'it ratepayers do not stop to fbinl. that ironing may be done at a moiv opportune time than when the plan! is running at its full. In fbe pp.?[ I there been a groat den! of com plaiafc about the Borough electric light Rcherae, we do nofc think residents are at; all willing to improv? matters by showing any consideration in their u-o of the light. At nox! meeting of tha Council the Lighting Committee will report .fully on the '-rheme, and f.he whole question wil lm well threshed out. There is nr dnnbt (hat Gr Vangioni is correct in his statement that if the Council in toaia io discontinue tbe salo of powei a year's notice should bs given cod smrnera to enable thera to make othei arrangements. The advent of tbr Ij'ike Coleridge would golvg fchf difficutty completely, as the information received last meetfng about an auxiliary oil engine seems to prove conclusively that it would not pay the Council to generate power in thai way. . i
LOCAL AND GENUJRAJL.,
Sale Day.—To. day is Sale Day at Duvauohelle.
Keoruiting.—Mr V. Magoe, of Akaroa, asaiatant Borough foreroan, has volunteered for notivo service, and goes up to Christ j church for the medioal examination on Monday nest.
Motor Car.—Mr Jos. Phillips, mail oon tractor for Lβ Bon's Bay. has purchased a 35 htfeso power Sfcudebaker car. The ear, which will be used for the Lβ Bon'a Bay trip, is a seven seater-
Weather Still Showehy—The weather still continues s-howery, which is benefit ing thfi pastures considerably. Yesterday a cold south westerly gale set in, with rain Rbont midday and in the evening. The rain is delaying shearing,
Puijie PeninsciiA Cattle —At tho Add. in;;ton sale on Wodncslav, Mr A E Birdlmg ci£iJi)'(.tiing'B FltU trenred the highest o,vern;;p for his fat eitt'lo', his f.'t Bteors r.verr.ging £11 13-; 51 per head.
r InE Wmir In a ram Cami?Aign.--It the fids \/hr> spnd wiiita feathers nra foolish, the ri cti\ lie of the fsathera are just as ffoJidh to coi.o ufa ceitain girls havß sent samo In fact, it is a pity that the person or per ons who Fen* the c feather/3 round Akaroa are not Brit eh enough to own up. , A.t the preient time girls who would not orenm of conding a white feather to anybody aro receiving abusive letter accusing them of hiring eeut'out -the feathers.
Cleaning Borough EEeEBVoms, —Last Sunday tho Akaroa Borough Council staff cleaned out the electric light reservoir on the top of L'Aube HiH.J This is the first cleaning it has had, and there was 3ft o£ mud on the bottom. The removal 0! this mud Bhould make a cdnEidorabls difference to the capacity of the reservoir, aud to the flow ot the down to the peUon. Tha water' supply rosorvoir' ia also receiving .ltd annual spring oler.ning before the Bammer seta iii.
Gr.iziNa roK Daiby Herds—The dry weather esperionced during tho past two yearn liaa bad its effect upon the dairying nisi docks on Banks Peninsula. After a dry consou in the autumn and the absenoe of the usual hoa*y winter rains, the paddooka were parlicularly bare in the spring, Thoabsence of rain sd lha hot weather delayed (he growth, aud, naturally, the grazing for cows baa bocn very poor. The rains have come laic, but tha warmth in the ground is l-auug tha effect of producing a good deal of ftGiL " Wka-i i? wanted, howevor, ia a heavy rain, which will thoroughly soak the ground and replenish the springs. The grazing paddicks certainly provide room for plonfcy of even at the present time,
Tμ Tapu Eleotrioal Installation.-:—Mr A. Goodwin, of Pigeon Bay, has arranged for a number of Peninsula Peninsula oar owners to Inke representatives from the different be;;; on Banka Peninsula and Akaroa to inspest the Lake Coleridge eleotrioal installar tioa at Tni Tupu on Tuesday nest. The ofPcinl opening of the Tai Tapu system will .talro place to day, The object of Tuesday's inspection ia to give the representatives from (he different dintriots an opportunity of thoroughly inspecting thra different nse3 of olecsrioal appliancQi and the distribution or 1 reticulation in a district which is like our own, scattered. This opportunity will give i ; tho representatives a thorough insight into elfrctrical matters, which should be invulu- [ abe when tha Peninsula Rj'Btem|-in a more m.itui , '! statH, The thanks of the Akaroa County Council snd district are due to Mr Goodwin for his practical methods for demonstrating the many advantages of eleotrieity,
rrcsiNsUii\ Hydro Electrical Plants.— Diii'ii?f! Mr Birks' visit to thp Peninsula last week he inspeoted a number of Peninsula elcolrio.il plants, sli of which are worked by water power cscpt Mr A Goodwin'e plant. '"hero aro two plants ia Pigeon Bay, viz , , Mi' A Goodwin's plant, whero electricity is ?!':«■: l'tt ted by oil engine power with storage power A new plant in Pigeon Bay is Mr J 0 Hay's, which has only been running a few imnth3. Ha has storage cells and a most fflicient plant generated by water power, lie hr.s built a reservo'i* fed by a pipe from one of the mnin creeks. From his resorvoir ho has a 240(t fall, and the water is carried in (5 inch apirial pipes. This gives Mr Hsy ;>. most olli-3i -nt plant, and .his house is cqnipp d with all tho modern eleotrica! ap , piiurioes. The other electrical plants visited were those of cMssrs C B. and J. R. I'hacker, oJ Okain'ii Cay, and Messrs W N J Tbaoker r.nd J Thficker jun. The former of tbeae plants baa bocn installed a nurnbei of years, wnils the latter has been working for a year or two now, Both plants aro used entirely f 'r lighting, but aro eplondid installations. Mr 0 Bradley, of Toc!:3irtgton. Charteris Bay, wag, wo understand, the first to install an ekctvieal plant on the Peninsula, and his plant was installed .'-bout the year .1899, There aro several good plants on the Peninsula, viz , those of Mr J F Buchanan, Liltle K-iver, and Ms T. Feather, Kinlooh.
DovaucheiiLe Sports Club —The annual miotiag of tin' Duvauchello Spor.C3 Club was Li>.■ id in Che Public Hall on Wednesday evening last, Mr J Cairnc presiding. The balanceeheefc, showing a crodit bsilance of £35, was adopted. '.I ho same officials as last year were elected. It was decided not to hold a f-poita meeting this year, but to offer to conduct ntheietic events .it the Carnival to ba held at Duva'jchello in connection with the Peninsula War Funds Appeal, and to pay £20 in prizo monoy.
Loyal Good Intent Lodge —The Loyal Gotd Intent Lodge of Oddfellows. M.U , held a mmmond meetins on Monday to meet the district officers. There was a good attendance aof! N.G. Brother B. Bruea presided. Oio G M , Brother T, Laurßnce, D.P.CJ M. Brotlici' Carson and the P.C.S. Brother HiiiTjl attended and were heartily welcomed After (lie roiitinr. , business of the lodge had been finished t'je OS. explained what bad been done in respect to wounded members at tho front. Ha also referred to the position of the order regards tbe National Provident fund. ■ The district officers were warmly thanked for their attendance.
"i ittle iiivEii Concert —A conoert in aid of St Saviour's Orphanage was held in the Town Hall, Little Eiver, on Saturday. There was a good attendance and the funds should hen; fit ton considerable exterfc through the effort. Itcren were given by a Glee Party, Misses Stanbury, Wright, Pohnrama, Gilbert, Stanbury, Banks, L. and D Wright. Colomiiiia. Chapman, Vanptone (2). Mesdana.es Wri,iht. Marlow, Messrs Wright, Line, Marlow, T Williams, and Sturgres3. The performance concluded with t- 0 iarce "Turn Him Out" tho parts being taken by Misses Ij. Wright, Colombia, Messrs W. Aitken, Wright, and Lino. '! he items of outstanding merit were ''The Three Old Maids of Lee," <.\h cb, sung in costume by the Misses L and l>. Wright End M Colombus, oaused much amusement and wab splendidly executed. The Mit-ses Vanntone, also in costume, sriii.'fiag "Please Give me a Penny Sir," actfd 'heir part woll, and succeeded in colH-oting Kl' 17s 5d for the Orphanage Fund. "Turn Him Out," as we expected, caused mush ex "itomont and amusement. Mr W Aitfe'en ac th" poor ill ir-.eA Mr Mok would be hard' to nurp:iKH, while Mr A, Wnght who had taken lii part at very short notice acted really Wii.'ht, Mi.?B M. and Mr V. Linf, also reflected some credit on themselves. The whole concert proved an unqualified success, and proves that there is much musi cal talent in Little Biver, which has not been i;p to the present been taken full advantage of. The sum of £15 has been added to the Orphanage Fund by this effort, and ac therp aro to be no expenses all printing etc. being
aid for by private per ons, the local organizes should ba well satisfied with their effort. ,