LOCAL AND GENERAL.
Pigeon Bat. Factors The Pigeon Bay Dairy Factory secured Ist prize at the Metropolitan Show with their exhibit o cheese f
Peninsula House Show and Pasioba Association. —Bntrieß for the bone and oattle olasses of the above show close at noon on Monday next. November lsth.
Electrical—Mr T. Lewitt of Akaroa attended >be official opening of the Tai Tapu eleotrical installation last Friday, returning to Akaroa that evening with Bey. J. W. Hayward,
Banks Peninbdla A and P Association— Intending exhibitors are reminded that entries for the Show to be held on the Awiti Domain, Little Biver, on 'November 23rd, close on Saturday November 13th, at 5 p.m. Gifts from Botox.—The Akaroa boys who left with the Sixth Reinforcements have sent out some beautiful gifts in the way of silk shawls, trinkets, eto, to their relatives and friends. Some of the presents are most unique and interesting and they are naturally much appreciated
Peninsula War Funds Appeal—A meeting will be hefd in the Akaroa Borough Counoil Chambers on Monday next at 8 p.m. in connection with the Akaroa Fete on December 16th. A full attendance of all interested is requested. There is not muob time for pre. paration and if the fete Is to be a success matorial and work must be got ready for every stall.
Loss of A House.—Last week Mr P A Westenta of Qough's Bay had the misfortune to lose a fine dark bay horse through another horse kicking him. He was riding and leading the bay horse and when taking them through a gate the horse be was riding kicked the other one and broke his leg.
Pbesbytebian.—The Bey J W Haywerd leaves on Monday morning to attend the annual meeting of 'he New Zealand Presbyterian Assembly which ts being held this year at Auckland.
Conteaot.—Mr James Hayward, Robin, son's Bay who has just finished building tbe new Bobinson's Bay wharf, has bsen the successful tenderer for the Leader Biver bridge on tbe Parnasaus-Kaikoura road, the amount of his tender being £1347,
Possibilities op Electricity.—Mr Perryman, chairman of directors of the Tat Tapu Dairy Company at tbe lunoneon on Monday referred to tbe possibilities of using electricity, He said a Tai Tapu lady was hatching ohiokens hy thousands with eleotrioity and he hoped to nae it for turning the soil, ripening fruit and other purposes. In Auckland the experiments there proved that orops oan be increased by 20 per oent in production by its use and he hoped that before long, with tbe advice of the experts they would be using eleotrioity in this way,
Social at Motokababa—A very pleasant evening was spent in the Hall, Motukarara on Friday last, when Trooper David Manson was aaoorded a hearty welcome home. Although there were heavy showers, . yey large company assembled in honour of the occasion. Short addresses of welcome were made by the Bey. Mr Molntyre and Mr A. B Harris, to which Trooper Manson sultab'y replied. The euohre prizes were won by M.-s E. Hodger and Mr L, Harris. Before permitting inspections of the men's booby priz ••, tbe reoipient of it took up a collection for the looal Bed Gross Work Guild, by whioh means the sum of £1 was added to that fund.
Aiaboa Libbabx. — The following new hook* have been procured for the library, and are ready for circulation:— "Green Eyes," by D Egerton Jones; "Tbe Second Change," Paul Trent; "Michael O'Hallor, an," Straiten Porter; "Felons," Sir George Makgill; "A Far Country." Winston Chunbill; "Tbe Lost House," David Lyallj "Peg O My Heart," J. Hartley Manners; "Bed Pepper Burns," G S Biobmond; "All for a Sorap of Paper," Joseph Hooking; ''The Valley of Fear," Conan Doyle; Heart of the Sunset," Bex Beaob; "The Pioneers," Eatberine S Priohard; "The Patrol of the Sundance Trail," Balpb Connor; "Cease Firing." Mary Johnstone; "You Never Know Your Luok," Gilbert Parker; "Follow After," Gertrude Page; "The Jacket," Jack London; "Gentlemen of the Sea," Paul Trent.
Danoebous Corners — While discussing dangerous corners on our roads attention might be drawn to the corner on the main Akaroa road from German Bay to Bobinson's Bay where a large willow obstructs the view. It seems a great pity to out down tbe tree, but at present the branches prevent those using the road getting anything but a most limited view round a dangerous corner. Some branches at least should be out back.
Accident—A small boy, son of Mr Barrett of Oreham Valley fell on a piece of broken bottle while playing football'at the Akaroa District High Bohool yesterday and cut his wrist badly, He was immediately attended to by Dr Gantrell.
Akaroa Red Cboss—The Mayoress acknowledges the receipt ot the following gifts to the Bed Gross:—Mrs Laing 23 yards Union and a pair of sheets, Miss Dalglish 3 pairs of sooks Mrs W. Moore 12£ yards of flannel, 2 featwer pillows, Miss Ivy Perm soar. Mrs A Moote and children 8 handerohisfs and 2 face oloths, Mrs E Jaoobson 6 roller bandages and a parcel of old linen
Personal.—Mr Hall, headmaster of tbe Akaroa Distriot High Sotaool was called away to Ohristohurab on Tuesday, owing to his mother's death. Rev J. W. Hayward kindly motored him over to Little Biver to catch tbe 340 train, bat owing to the violent storm at tbe Hill Top they were delayed, and missed tbe train. Mr Hall went on to Christohuroh from Little Biver on Wed* n esday morning.
Ghbistohtoch Mails.—To-day being Peoples' Show Day in Cbristohuroh is being observed as a olose holiday by tbe shops. As no midday train is running from Little River the ordinary mail oars left at a quarter to six to oonneot with the 740 a.m train from Littlo River. There will be no mail from Christohuroh to-day exoept what was brought down to Little River by the 7,30 train last night.
Launch Service to Show — Messjrs Q Wheloh and B Henniag give notioe elsewhere of their running to tbe Peninsula Horse Show and Pastoral Association's Show on Thursday next at Duvauehelle.
Sixth Bkinpokcbjients.—On Wednesday a large Suez mail readied Akaroa. including a budget of letters from tbe Sixth boys. This reinforoement oontains the largest proportion of Akaroa boys, and all are reported as well and fit.
Akaboa Butter Faotokx.—The supply of cream is continually on the increase, and over 100 boxes of butter are made each week, representing a little over 2 tons, The result of the benefioial showers is making it-< self self in larger the supply of cream.
Bobinson's Bay. Paper Doa.—The dog well known on the Little Biver—Akaroa road which waited at Mr W. W. William's gate in Bobinsona Bay to catch the paper thrown to him from tbe oar or ooaoh to run with it to his master passed away a few days ago. The dog was a particularly intelligent one, and was a fine oaten. No matter what sort of a throw in" he got from the mail driver the paper never reaohed the ground. The dog was oredited with more than usual sagacity, and the story goes tbat during a certain election campaign the mail driver by mistake threw bim tbe Liberial instead of the Conservative paper. The dog apparently knowing his master's strong political views tore the paper to pieoes and refused to carry it to bis master. Another trick he had whioh certainly merited reward was that if no paper was forthcoming for his master he would trot off and bring one Iron a neighbour. He never missed a mail ooaoh or oar even in the roughest weather, and could time its arrival to a nicety Tbe dog will be missed by many passenger who have for many years admired his exoellent catching as they passed by ia the mail conveyances.
Manuka Sticks fob Drainage.— A cheap yet effective substitute for drainpipes, says the "Journal for Agriculture" is good vigorous growth ot manuka, oat in winter when the sap is down. Manuka wood thus out will withstand the action of the soil for upwards ot a dosen years. Tied with flax in bundles of. say, twenty to thirty sticks, and the bundles placed neatly end to end. the manuka forms a drain whioh approximates in form and practicability to that of the tile: Where the toil is loose it may be prevented from blocking up the water-channel formed by the manuka-rods by placing over these a few inches deep of brush. It this is not obtainable in sufficient quantity straw may be substituted. Where the soil is stiff and plastio but has not been puddled (as, for inpt no . clay) suoh protection is not necessary. Nevertheless, where plenty of brush is obtainable it could be used for this purpose, and so increased the effectiveness of the drain. The covering enables the loose disturbed soil to set instead of washing in be. tween the strands ot manuka. Even where tiles are plaoed beneath loose non'plastio soil a similar thin covering is of servioe for the same reason.
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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3504, 12 November 1915