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(Trom Our C3kresi>ondent.]

The weather in this district is ia much the same ag other Bays Th? little rain that fell during Xmas week freshened the grass, but very little, and the nor'we3ters that are so fre* quent soon scorched up all the mois ture, The main creeks, especially, at Ghorlton, are very low, and in pome instances do not run at all, and is causing mnch anxiety to the farmers Springs tbat have never been dry for numbers of years have given out tbis season Rain is urgently needed and nothing but a continual down pour will revive the grass, shrubs and fruit trees. Some farmers shut up their usual paddocks for tbe cock foot season and kept them closed quite late in the hopes that rain would come. but now cattle have been turned in Only a very little cocksfoot will be cut this year, and the usual big camps are UDheard of. Mr S Newton, of Ghorlton, bas in former years been a big cocksfoot grower, and bad every iiorvSnieoee at bis en-nip, but tbi- l--ybtif bas ab*nuonatl thy idea. I'ne only tbiog of p'euty aliout this district' appears to be fish. Some half a dozen trawlers have kept steadily at work for a couple of months or more. Early morning they are seen nearing tbeir favourite grounds off tbe "Long Look Out" Point, and late in tbe afternoon they return to port.

The R-d Cross Tennis Afternoon held on the public courts on Saturday, December 11 tb, added about 85s to the fund. The games took the form of a tournament with a charge for entry. Mis* Shuttleworth and Mi C Craw won tb.9 small prizas for the day. All non members were to be charged for tbeir afternoon tea, but as tbeir number was smtiil this part, of the proceedings did not augment the funds as was expected.

Troopers Clarence and Bernard Waghorn W Bailey and C Priest have all had tbeir final leave. The three first mentioned came to Akaloa on Dec ember 9?b, aud returned to Trentham on the 19tb, and C Priest came later, becauso bo bad been isolated for measles, His leave las'ed for a fortnight, and h9 reached tbe military camp just before New Year The.y all belong to the 9&b Reinforcements and spent tbeir first part of military life at Teherenikau and finished off at Trentham.

Privates W Priest and S Rodgers

of Ctie 3rd Battalion o£ t_a E.Li.O. oama for their leave on December 23rd, and returned on January 2nd. Private Colin Priest of the same battalion visited Akaloa on Tuesday for a few hours to see his relatives. As their departure draws near it makes one and all feel the seriousness of this awful war, but all realise men mast go forth to do their "little bit" to help bring about the peace the whole world awaits with feverish expectancy.

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LITTLE AKALOA NOTES., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3511, 8 January 1916

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LITTLE AKALOA NOTES. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3511, 8 January 1916

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