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The Akaroa Mail. TUESDAY, JANUARY 11, 1916 PENINSULA QUEEN CONTEST.

Tbh Peninsula queen conteet cornea , to the end of its ini'ial stage on Thursday next, wben Mis 9 15ruce or Miss Birdling will bo duly orownrd Queen Our carnival has been un ique in one reapaot, and that is that neither side knows how much money the other b&R in head. The upudl method has been to annouDoe the positions of the candidates eaoh day Iα the newepapere. Iα many ways lbs eeoret manner in whiob the con lost bas been carried out has robbed the publio of muoh interest. There is mnoh epeouSation as to the amount placed on eaoh candidate, but no one exoept the individual committees can be cure of the aotna! eutn. There have been bo many email affaire bringing in £20 and upwards that it

is impossible to traoe the whole number. On the other hand, (bo secrecy will result in a very keen iv tcrest being dieelayetl on Thursday next at the final fete at Little River Voting closes at 8 pm. sharp, but sdmo arrangement will probably be roade whereby the result will ;be an» noiiDced earlier by means of flag?, and the oscillation.of the flags in the last half hour will, no doubt, be watched with the keenest interest, The Little River committee are attending to all details regarding the coronation. A fine platform is being raised on the Awa-iti Domain, and good steps pleoed so that recipients of honours from the Queen can back down off the platform in graoeful style. Many people say that the collection of money as by the queen contest ia a wrong one, and that a tax would be the fairer way. Here on the Peninsula for the most part the people have given well and freely. The majority of them will never feel the loss of the money they have given. Of course, there are many who might have given tnucb more and some who have not given of their abundance. Only a tax will reach people like this. At the same time it is gratifying to consider that the Peninsula has given freely more then her quota towardß the fund in aid of our wounded and and maimed soldiers. It was estU mated that £6700 would be our share towards the Canterbury Patriotio Fund, and a low estimate placeß the netfc amounts on the two queans at £7800. Our portion of Canterbury's $! lot men t for the assistance of the soldiers and their dependents has not been dragged oufc of unwilling landowners in the way of taxes, but has been given freely and well by those who appreciate what the boys are doing for us.

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The Akaroa Mail. TUESDAY, JANUARY 11, 1916 PENINSULA QUEEN CONTEST., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3512, 11 January 1916

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The Akaroa Mail. TUESDAY, JANUARY 11, 1916 PENINSULA QUEEN CONTEST. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3512, 11 January 1916

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