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Akaboa ahd Waisci Road Boahd—Thie Board meets at the usual hour and place on Saturday next.

Domain Gin Auction.—Tbo total ameunt realized by the gift auction held on Boxing Day end Now Year wa3 £14 8s 6d, not JE2» as previously reported.

German Bat Factort.—The German Bay factory is showing the effect of the dry reason and the eupply of miik has qoae down to 600 lbp. when it ought to be 1100 lbs &t least. Unless heavy rains come the faotory will have to close soon.

Akaeoa Bed Cross Branch—The Mayoreti acknowledges the receipt of the following extra donatione to the Bed Cross Mr W Parkin si, Mrs F Keegan £1, Mrs Walker 12e, Mrs E Funnel 10s. Tho total to date ih £54 Us Bd.

Accident.—Mr H. Odell, of Otakamatue, wbb working one of his horses on Friday last vottinß in oats, when the horse kiokod him badly on the leg. At first it was thought that the bone wib broken. The accident occurred not far from Mr Odell'i house Dr Cantrell was summoned, but found no bone broken. Mr Odell is still obliged to lay up as a result of the acoident.

Akaroa Bdtter Factoby.—The Akaroa Butter Factory Company is installing a steam engine and the work of excavation, etc, has gone on in readness for the machine whioh was to baye come down laet Fiiday night. There were two maohines on the Lyttelton wharf and the Cygnet brought down the wrong one, an oil engine Fortunately the mistake was discovered be { tore the engine was carted to the factory, and it was shipped back to Lyttelton— Considering the drought the factory shows little shrinkage in its output of butter

Loss of Sheep.—Mr E E Lelievre Bhipred away 400 bead of s-heep and 80 cattle lo his North leland property in the c. s. Wootton last week. The boat met with very heavy weather with the result that 40 sheep fell and were smothered. The cattle arrived in splendid condition. Mr Jbelievre'a plan was o ship some of hia stock away to the propi.rty to the property in the North Island as tbero is plenty cf grass there. It is ex' oeeding'y unfortunate that the boat should have struck such a rough trip.

Bociabh.—The drawing of Mr E. E. Lelievre'i herse, Bogaeh, will probabl.y place %t tho Akaroa Borough Council Chambers lo.morrow. The drawing has had to b) delayed on account of the books of tickets not being a'l to bend. Mr Lelievre has offered gener. OUhly to buy in all unso d ticket, so that the norse may realize the full £250 It is estimated Mr Lelievre will give about £45 to make up the sum Mr Lolievre is buying up theie tickets in the name of the Akaroa Committee, so that if one of these happens to be the luoky one the Akaroa Committee wins the horee.

Littl/E River Coronation .Library —The annual meeting of subroribers to the Little Bi-.or Coronation Library was held in <&9 Town Hall on Thursday, Mr. Walter Radford presiding. The report stated that there had been forty-one sub' eoribers during the year. The balance sheet showed a credit balance of £2 CM 2n It was explained that this was not bo satisfactory as the previous year, owing principally to t , c fact that tbere had been no Government sub cidy. The report and balance ehpet were adopted. Messrs Gillman, Lewtbwßite, Hunt, F Wright, W Bedford, Chapman and Whatman were eleoted a oommittee, and Mr Bedford waa re.elected ohairman. Meiers EJ Lewthwaite and H Gillman were reappointed secretary and treasurer respectively

& Youso Patriot,—Old and young alike bave been ebowiog thtir keenness to augmont the Perineals Patriotlo Funda and not the letal deserving of mention is the self sacrifice ot Blina Wylba Williams, daughter of Mr F W Williama of Robinson's Bay. This young lady was to oelebrate her birthday a fa« days before the Duvauobelle carnival and her parents procured a fine big ioed cake for her. Sho would not accept this and elected to give it for salo at the Duvnuchello fete where it was Bold and re sold until it realised the handsome euni of £21 12a Od. This is only one of many flaerificcß made on behalf of our big appeal for the War funde and demonstrates bow earnestly young and old are striving for our maimed and wounded soldiers comfort.

The Dry Skasok.—Although the dry season baa been severely folt on Banks Peninsula especially by dairymen and cooksfoofc growers, the Peninsula has proved that it can hold out well in the t'aoe of a rainless season. Anyone who traverses the Canterbury plains and soea the poorneis ef the amps and the abssnoe ot any green pasture land can turn b»ok to the Peninsula thoroughly satisfied that conditions hero are tnuoh more hopeful. The plains farmers have also Buffered severely owing to the ravages of the frsst in November, itnd a Government Agrionltural expert who has been carefully into the rnatlsr reports that 10.000 ftorea of pram will not be any good for threshing purposes and will never mature. The comparison between Canterbury and Southland is most marked. In Southland there has been a wonderfully good eoanon as the or*pe have had more rain tban was required and a good spring gave them a tine start. It In expected that Southland will have a record year, especially with high prioei ruling for everything that tba land An example of what can be done on the Peninsula even in a dry year like this is shown in a patch of turnips on a dry spur of Kinlooh where Mr Priae has a f«w acres cultivated. Be has eown them broadcast and iboy are making a splendid ebow.

Sea Faring Petn.—lt is a year or more now since Mr A McFarlane, o! Akaroa, procured a fine pair rf S aa gulls and cultivated them as pets. These birde. Miok and Molly, hnvo led a domestic existence in their owner's garden far away from the rolling hillow, thoroughly contented with their lot This quiet exntance has been disturbed in some measure lutely however, and the cause has been an effort of the sei farera to proiuoe one of thrir kind. Molly laid two epgs and Bat patiently upon them for six weeks but no young were forthcoming. Th> h two fertile rg','s were procured from the rooks near the Akaroa Mghthouen and this time Molly was suoceseful. Now the two old birds with a fine young pull preen and emile as they Btrut about their gurden and they are wall known by ihe visitors to the town who lean over the gate and admire them.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3512, 11 January 1916

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3512, 11 January 1916

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