The Akaroa Mail. FRIDAY, DECEMBER 31, 1915 THE YEAR 1915.
- ■» ■, -- The year 1915 will long be retnembered as one of the most terrible years the world bas experienced in tbe way of slaughter and disasters. In France. Belgium, FoJand, Galiipoli, Bervia, ' Bulgaria, Italy an d Mesopotamia war bas been raging witb the lose of life' which accompanies modem warfare,
and the year ends with the prospeot of the straggle bring prolonged throughout 1916 at least. In oiarob last there appeared to be, a growing optimism among the Allies that tbe Germans would be oruahed back in a few months time, but though, on tbe Western frontier in France, the enemy have been held successfully, the Russian campaign, of whioh such hopes were entertained, proved an abortive one from our point of view. The Germans only succeeded in taking Poland, and never set foot in Russia proper, and they must bave lost a tremendous lot of men in this cam* paign, while tbe Russians avoided any big engagement. At tbe same time, though tbe Russian victory, as our enemies call it, was a very barren one for them it proved a blow to those of-tbe Allies who considered that the . Russians would march on into German territory. In New Zea land our thoughts have been bound up in tbe Dardanelles oampaign, and the end of tbe. year brings us tbe news of the abandonment of tbis territory where so many of New Zealand's sons bave laid down their lives for the Empire. In spite of the ap parent successes of the German arms in the last year, a glance at the map will reassure despondent people as the victories have been very barren* In the meantime tbe Allies have been gathering strength in tbe way of ammunition, and the work of tbe British navy has been simply magnificent. Italy has also thrown in her lot witb us, and there is no doubt that the Allies are moving towards viotory, and that Germany is riding for a fall. On tha Peninsula, as in other parts of New Zealand, great efforts have been made to give money to tbe various funds, and large sums bave been raised. The Wounded Soldiers' Fund has appealed especially to all, and a carnival in aid of this is being carried on at tbe present time. On tbe Peninsula also the people have given many sons, and of these a number have met their death at Gallipoli. The list inoludes Lieut. Lester Priest, Sergeant* Major Nor rig, Sergeant Geo. Ferguson, Lance Corporal M. 0. Moore, Troopers H Pidgeon, D.O M., R F Birdling, H Elein, R V Armstrong, Privates S Manson, W Orme, G Bbearwood, N. 8. Young, and among the missing are Troopers Malcolm Bruce, E. Spooner, and E. Hewitt. The eym patby of all is with tbe relatives of these boys, but there is always the consolation to parents that their sons died doing their duty to country and Empire, On tbe Peninsula itself there bas naturally been little progress in publio works. The Pigeon ;Bay people have extended their telephonic system, being linked up witb Christ rjhurcb. Tbe bringing of the Lake Coleridge electrical energy to tbe Pen f ns'ula is under consideration and is ihe subject of deep interest to all. Tbe season bas been very dry as in 1914, tbe position being serious for farmers. In Akaroa itself tbe chief progress of tbe year was tbe opening of tbe Akaroa on February 15<;b by our member, Hon R. H. Rhodes. Other buildings include St. Peter's Sunday Schoolroom, while Smith Street, in Akaroa, bas been opened during tbe year. The concrete kei b ing and channelling' in Balgueiie Street and part of Lavaud F treat is a progressive step made during the year. A very large number of old residents passed away during tbe year, including M. Etevenneau, one of tbe emigrants in the famous Comte de Paris,Mesdames R Stewart, J Wright, G. Penlington, senr., Bruce, ar-.d Gilogley, Messrs A Leonardo, H Haylock, J J Walker, H Tizzard, W Shaw, C. Schubert, J Gracia, are other well known residents who have joined the majority. At this season last year the general bulk of tbe people bad not realized what tbe wa r meant in the way of personal losses t.nd denials, but there is a full reali lation now of tbe need for a deternined effort on tbe part of everyone to isoure lasting viotory over Germany, ter militarism and all the horrors fchife nilitarism spells. We are not enteror the year 1916 as we did the ore low passing away, and it is equally ertain we shall emerge from tbe new ne nearer that joy which comes after night of heaviness. Confident tbit be present time of trouble and stresg 'ill pass away, and tbat a brighter ature is in store, we wish all our eaders i Happy and Prosperous New Ybar.