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Akaroa Cobhtt ConNeiL—This Council meets at usual hour and place on Saturday.

N.Z. Bai_wa*s—-Applications are called for cadets in the Bailway Department. For particulars see advertisement elsewhere.

Our Sommhehts. — Our supplements whioh were damaged by the Bailway Department were forwarded last night and are issued to day. The edges are marked with eheeea colouring which was spilt over the bale, but tbe reading is not affected.

Tbb Weathbb.—Bain set in on Friday evening and continued op till midnight, some heavy showers falling. At 9 a.m on (Saturday .13 inches were recorded. It was a warm, fine day on Saturday, and the weather appears to have set in for another dry spell. The rain did good in freshening up the creeks, but more is urgently needed.

Pigeon Bax.—Conditions are not so bad in Pigeon Bay as regards feed, and there is a fair amount of grass, especially on the higher levels. The Bay has had the benefit of all tbe recent showers, and often a bank of fog lies on the Pigeon Bay summit and brings a certain amount of moisture.

, Lams Colhsidqe Fchemb.—Mr Norbury, engineer of the Government Eleotrioal Department, visited the Peninsula last week, coming to Akaroa on Friday. He inspected the proposed line to Akaroa, and went over to Pigeon Bay on Saturday, where he was the guest of Mr A. Goodwin. Mr Norbury will submit a report to bis department on the proposed extension of the Lake Coleridge scheme to the Peninsula.

Personal.—Lient. Arthur Penlington, son ot the lata Mr W Penlington, at one t'rae foreman of the "Akaroa Mail" office is spending a few days in Akaroa. He leaves with tbe Tenth Reinforcements. He sb accompanied by his mother and sister and tbe party is staying at llfraoembe Hoo.Be, Akotoa,

La Bone Bat.—The cocksfoot crop in Le Bon's ia a very poor one this season, and in many cases the paddocks are hardly worth euttiag. A welcome shower of rain fell on Friday evening for two hours, but tbe creeks have all dwindled again and tbo position in regard io feed is acute. The supply to the dairy factory has decreased by leans and bounds and it is likely the factory will havo to close down next month, unless belter conditions prevail.

Akaroa Hioh Bcboo_ Board — A meeting of tbe Board was beld on Friday evening last. Present—Messrs J D Brace (chairman), W X Virtue, G W Thomas and Dr Cantrell. Tbe chairman (Mr E. _, Lelievre), was absent through siekn ••«. The annnal statement of accco its was read and approved, and ordered tv be sent to the auditor for audit. Aeeou itj amounting to £118 7s 6d were passed for payment, and the Board adjourned.

[ Motbkababa.—A well.attended eooial even. ling was held in ihe Hall, Motukarara, whan | friends met to tender tbe'.r good wished to Trooper David Manson, Main Expedition >ry Force, who left on Tuesday to rejoin his regiment, after furlough. Euobre prizes were won by Miss E Wheeler and Mr F. Millar. The gentleman who won tbe booby prise made the company pay up before his parsel was openod, and by this means £1 7s was added to tba funds of tbe Ladies' Wnr Work Guild. Trooper Maoson was resented with a east) of pipes.

Akaboa Watsb Scrr-iit.—During the dull days at the end of last week the watee j reservoir in Aylmer's Valley gained eonaklor ably, and on Saturday.,it overflowed for tbn first time for some weeks. Yesterday at 11 a.m it shoved further shrinkage, being abut an inch below tbe top. On days like yestarday when the beat is intense, tha flow of tha oreekß is mnelt affected by evaporation. In the —all weather tbe reservoir gains on, ■iderably. In view et another spell of ilry weather every gsre will have to be eserc';ed in ihe ass of the water.

The Cheese Obtlooe—Cheese factory eapplisra'are robbing their hands over pi uafeetiva fat ''bonuses" as the result of the iremeadous prises for tbo product now bong cabled from London, but the more thoughtful ot company directors are foreseeing trouble (writes the Stratford correspondent of the "Taranaki Herald"). There seems eortain to be a serious shortage of suitable labour owing to the enlistments of tbe men now in the factories, and there is tho fear ot the failure of supplies of rennet- Tbe labour difficulty will be partially overcome by the substitution of a class of assistance not deemed suitable in ordinary times, but there is no known aubsiituto for rennet. The question of producing thia indispensable requisite in tho Dominion will have to be tatkled. It is of sufficient importance for J tbe Government to tako up.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL, Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3516, 25 January 1916

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LOCAL AND GENERAL Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3516, 25 January 1916

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