LOCAL AND GENERAL.
Hatwabd'b Picxorks. —As the Akarca Borough Council cannot supply tho power there will bo no pioturou soreoned to-night at the Oddfellows Hall, Akaroa
Pbxihbola Becbbit.—Among tho enlis - ments at Christchurah on Monday is that < f Andrew McKay, Okain's Bay, labouror, in the mounted.
A CioBBKCTioH.—In our statement of the sum raised by tbo Peninsula Soldiers' Queen oontest, we stated that the difference in tbe amountß raised for the two queenH was £3211 Va. The oorreot amount was £22 7s, and tho extra figures were inserted by error.
Pbbsonai.— Private Rufus Oouttenay was one of tho first New Zaalanders to land nt Gallipoli. He is invalided in a hospital at Cardiff, and Nurse D. Bailey, writing to the soldier's undo, Mr R. MoManus, of Little River, on December 3, stated that he wav suffering from enteric, and waa making slow but jzood progress. It was explained that he would dooq bo quite well again
The Weathbb. — Wednesday was tbo hottest day experienced this season at Akaroa, op to noon he sun beat down mercilessly and there was not a breath ot wind. In tho attornoon there was a slight breeze which improved matters somewhat. The effeot ot the heat was noticeable in the shrinkage of the creeks, Yesterday it wav overcast, bat none of tho much longed for into (411.
Pergonal. - The Mayor, Mr G. Atnntrong baa been confined to his house for the laßt week with a bad attack of influenza. We are glad tc s report that he is much better and hopes to be able to take up his ÜBUal work in a few days time. Akaroa Red Cr.os3 Beanch — Yesterday afternoon tbree small boys from Hickory, Billie and Larrie Moore, sens of Mr W Moore and Master Floyd Mason came to the Akaroa Technical school to give the Red Cross ladies three shillings which they had made by collecting grass seed. Mrs 0 Newton of Akaroa sold 16/- worth of needle guards made out of bullets and with the prooeeds bought wool and made four balaclavas. Her mother Mrs McDougall made six pairs of socks. All the articles! enumerated were banded to the Mayoress yesterday for the Bed Crosa. PaoMOTioa to Commission.—A GisbornG paper contains tho following paragraph :— "Lieutenant F. M. Twistleton, who has been awarded the Military Cross, was a Gisbome resident and a captain in the local contingent of Frontiersmen. He left New Zealand with the Otago Mounted Rifles. Lieut. Twisteton served for 16 months in the South African wai. He is a Yorkshireman man 44 yoare of age, and was in most of the big engagements at Gallipoli, He is now in a convalescent hospital at Egypt, having been a victim to enteric fever. Troopers B. R. Blaok and P. D Russell, who left Gisborne with Lieut. Twistleton and tbe Frontiersmen, have since eceived commissions." Trooper E. R Black (Diok), is tbe youngest son of Mr G. J Blaok, and was born and edooated at Akaroa-
KingEdwakd VII Road.—While in Akaroa
last week, Mr H, G. Ell, M.P., informed a resident that tho road from the 1 ighthouse, Lyttelton, to Akaroa, called King Edward VII road, bas bean completed as far as Teddington, and from there the road has been Burveyod through Kaituna to connect with the Purau Track. It is proposed to erect several stone rest houses of four or five rooms for tho convenience of tourists. There is one at present at Mt. Pleaßant, another at Kennedy's Bush, and from there it is proposed to erect one at Teddington, one at Kaituna. and one at Mt Fitzgerald From | Mount Fitzgerald it is proposed, if arrange ments can be made with Mr Montgomery, tbe owner of the land through which the proposed road will go, to make a diversion to tbe Hill Top, saving a mile in road. Sand BorxDiKo.—On Wednesday afternoon j tbe Akaroa beach was thronged with children and grown ups, tbe ocoasion being a pand building contest by girls and boys. The girls were building bouses and tbe boys torts The children worked from 4to 6 and soma excellent designs were carried out The boys' forts were vory good and not the least interesting part of them wos the explanation given by the builders of eaoh part of the fort. The girls bad plenty of detail in their houses, fruit gardens flower
gardenß, hedges, croquet lawnß, etc. Mesdames T E Taylor and A Black acted ns judges and were given adiffionlt task in the seleotion of the beßt dpsigns. Tbe following were the prizes: Girls —Ist prize Doris Cheeklev and Doris Rhodes; 2nd prize, Dorothy Ditely and Eva Hayward; special prize, Joan Qnartley and Iris Loader. Boys — Ist prize, H and J MeLanaghan, Sandy Harris and Lance Loader; 2nd prize, Q. Brown. T Hirston and C Glynan. The
beach had a very animated appearance and the oontest appeared to give great pleasure to all concerned.
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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3515, 21 January 1916