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As oii» Dictionary. — Mrs X Jneobeon, of Ridgegrove, ikaroa, has presented to ibe Akeroa Borough Council for its collection a copy of Enticke f iotienary, issued in 1806.

The Mdshroom Seabon—Tbe recent rains on Banks Peninsula have resulted in the appearance of mushrooms in large- quantities, nnd from present indications there will be as many this year as last. The warmth of the ground is particularly favourable for a good crop of this autumn delicaoy.

Pbepbyterian — Last Sunday there was a large congregation at the Trinity Cburoh, Akaroa, when Rev. Dr Irwin, of Ohristi oburob, who has been spending a holiday in Akaroa, preaohed. He gave a most interest , ing discourse,

Peninsula Recruits.—The following men enlisted at Christohurcb on Wednesday .— H Richard Bailey, farmer, Little Akaroa, mounted; Colvin Marshall, farmer, Little Akaloa, mounted; Oscar Trloe, dairyman, Ataahua, infantry; Arahura W Kini, labourer, Little River, mounted.

Loyal French Fatsh. —A4 tbe reoruiting meeting at Akaroa on Wednesday, reference was made to tha fact that erery eligible man in French Perm except two, who had been rejected aa physically unfit, bad vo'unteered. These two young men had triad over and oyer again. Last night a social was held to oil farewell to Trooper Jim Wright son of Mr Like Wright, of French Farm, who is down on hie fi al le&vo

On Monday evening some heavy showers of rain fell and at 9 a.m. on Tuesday .22 inches were recorded. Further rain fell on Tuesday and on Wednesday morning .05 inches were recorded, making a total fall of 1.31 inches from Friday to Wednesday. Another dry spell appears to have set in, but the hills about Akaroa already look much greener.

I Thi Autumn Growth-Du< ing tbe last few days there haa been a vigorous growth in grazing pnddooke, and etook are. alrendy feeling the benefit of the the improved oon. ditions. The hills have become green, and the bare paddocks are ooraing away well. Tbe hot, olo?e weather baa been particularly favourable for a good growth, but more r.ic will be neoessary to keep the ground sufficiently moist. The rainfall this month promises to be the best experienced in this district for many months passed.

Thkeshlno Cocksfoot by Machine.—Tt is evident that the quaint old way of tbiesrrng cocksfoot by flail is fast beooming a thing of the past, as it is too Blow and too arduous. The maohinea for threshing cocksfoot hive -given excellent results, and the return of seed is better as the maohine is more thorough than the flail: The great adva itage of fhe machine is the rapidity with whioh it will thresh out a paddock. Wh re four men would take a week to thresh 00 bige the maohine will thresh the eo-ue amount in ten or twelve hours On Bat ks Peninsula this year machines were in gri it requisition and tbrpehed through Beveral padiiooks each, individual machines threshing as many 68 400 or 500 sacks. In a f< w oases stacking the seed was tried this serumi with apparently satisfactory results. Sif-d stacked for a week, as long aa it ia thorough I v dry and is threshed in a hot son, yiel Is well. Of course the stacks mast be well covered, and to eav« any dampness on Die bottom layer it is beet tO'stack on logs or something of the kind fora foundation. It is apparent that the flail will, in a few years, be a thing of by-gone days, and the machi :e will be generally need.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3523, 18 February 1916

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3523, 18 February 1916

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