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We are at all times ready to give expression to every Bhade of opinion, but in no way ft do we hold ourselves responsible for the I views advocated by our correspondents.!

THE BDITOB. Sib—Ab no account of the Little liiver -* Fete calculated to give a true of the proceedings ha* yet appeared in the pape's 1 shall be glad if you witl publish the following. I write without inßide knowledge of things, bat if I am mistaken someone can soon pat me right. Another little "Queen Carnival" has closed and near'y £10 000 netted for the Wounded Soldiers Fund. Whoever devised the scheme of raising money in this way must have had a good knowledge of human nature. Some of the f most powerful motives are brought into play, and the thing seems to be based mainly upon ' rivalry, rivalry between towns and distriots, in beauty, in dress and in generosity. i Sympathy and patriotism and religion, and oven gambling are all brought into service. The carnival dosed at Little River on Thurs. day laßt was remarkable for two things, viz.. the elosa finish in the race for Qneen and tbe £v extraordinary way in whioh the issue was at last decided. When tbe poll dosed, at 3 o'olook it was expected that in a few minutes the result would be declared. B-ut half-pn^t r three came and no result. Four o'clock dragged on and the little crowd still stood • quietly in the broiling tun with nothing whatever to interest them. A man's bat blew off and he had to ran six paces to catoh it and he remarked tbat it was the only bit of excitement he had had that day "?Than it b?oame known tbat the voting wa3 so close that they could'nt tell who was queen and that the matter had got com. by a question of expenses', Little _r -River claiming that their expenses had been guaranteed. To have conceded the claim would have given an unfair advantage to Little River, as Akaroa had kept out its

expenses and would have ruined the ohanoes -■' of the Akaroa Queen and bo a wordy war fare was kept up between the committee, the end of whioh nobody could forsee. At last Meesrs Bruce and Birdling, tbe fathers of the respective queens were seen standing outside the buildiug face to face and then - arm in arm. and Mr Bruce reentered the * building with a less worried look. A fey jj minutes later it was announced that the committee han drawn to decide the issue for V Queen and that Miss Birdling bad won The result was received, under the circumstancea *• with very mixed feelings and robbed the k subsequent proceedings of much of their heartiness and interest As the coronation procesfion emerged from tho library and moved aoross the ground to the stand, it looked for all the world like a funeral. Then tbe quaint and plaintive melodies of the maidens as the procession entered the "enoloßnro added to the impression of serious hskb and sorrow. The coronation ceremony _» itself was oarried out with decenoy and -dignity. Both qseens did their part well, and even the unsuccessful one carried her

sell with quite queenly bearing. The only diversion provided during the weary hours of ' ■"• waiting to hear the result was the appearance of the evening papers from Christchurch, in whiah the mai» heading was that General Stopford had asked permission of the War Office to sue Sir lan Hamilton for • defamation of character. When tbe papors arrived the battle of argument over queens and expenses was in full swing, and we re flsoted that even in this great Empire " Btruggle—at Gallipoli, and London and — Little River —human nature >s human «* nature. It does peem a pity that some other and some better method of raising the moneys required oaiinot. be devised. The oountry is prosDerous. Our newspapers have «just told OS tba't during the Christm-s holidays tbe sum of £850 000 was put through — the totalisator at race meetings, and that the banks of ths Dominion Bhow the people to be £6,000,000 better off than last year. However, the groat thing is tbat nearly SIO.COO nas been got together for the benefit of wounded soldiers, and that faot will give pleasure to the fair ladies and their sup* 'of. porters who worked so hard ' Unessy lies the head"—and perhaps the bead that doeßn't wear the crown is not too easy either. Ah, well, it is all for a good cause.— _. Yours taithfully, ONLOOKER.

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CORRESPONDENCE, Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3515, 21 January 1916

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CORRESPONDENCE Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3515, 21 January 1916

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