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By Elkotrio Telegk&ph, Kbom Oob Spkoial Correspondent. PARALYSIS. INOnK'.PE TN AUCTrLAND. .••. INLAND, March 13 • ':>:. !i"i -'.'f.i.s infantile paralysis vere notified to-day. There have 1 een two deaths in the country listricts. The total number of •ases is 366 and death rate 9.3 r>er cent. ,oO SOLDIERS. The Tahiti is due at Port "'halmers at 5 o'clock to-morrow ■•h ISO returning soldiers. She .•/ill discharge at Dunedin. CANTERBURY QUEEN CONTEST. MISS BIRDLING LEADS. ) PENINSULA AND ELLESMERE : GROUP. A i7.ieotin?v to further the mll '••-"•? of the Peninsula and r •' .- ivi.>rc ciucer) was held in the ' LyU.clv.on Borough Council i Omnibor* on Thursday night, - the Mayor (Mr W. Radcliffe) ; presiding over a fair attendance. I The Mayor stated that since i the previous meeting he had in- . terviewed members of the Lyt- - telton school committees, and b had obtained their support. He - understood that there was a - likelihood ef the united friendly J societies assisting. 1 A suggestion that the com - mittee should run a moonlight I excursion in the harbour wasi

agreed to, and Messrs M. J. Miller, W. Toy and F. Hempstalfc were appointed a sub-committee to make the necessary arrangements. Messrs L. A. Stringer, J. Young T. Wales, J. H. Collins, M. J. Miller and W. Brown and the Mayor were appointed an executive. It was also decided to ask the chairman of the two school committees and also the secrelaries of the respective friendly societies to assist on the executive. It was decided to organise a gala at Corsair Bay, with the assistance of the swimming clubs, and to run concerts, picture shows, a combined choir service and a school queen carnival. Mr J. Young stated that the Bowling Club had decided to assist by means of an "afternoon." A suggestion that an "At Home" should be held at Diamond Harbour, and that Miss Birdling should be asked to be present, was agreed to. A concert was held in the Brookside Schoolroom on Friday evening in support of the candidature of Miss Birdling, the Peninsula and Ellesmere Queen. There was a large attendance. A splendid concert was given by a party > from Christchnrch, headed by Mr F. C. Eaphael. The items included songs by Mrs H. G. Jones and Mr C. Joll, violin solos by Mr Vere Buchanan, monologues and humorous sketches sketches by Mr Sydney Brett, ballad horn solos by Mr Raphael., with pianoforte and violin accompaniment, recitation by Miss Lulu Hankinson and Mr Brett played the accompaniments. The Queen (Miss Birdling),- was introduced to the audience, who gave her a most hearty reception She conferred the honour 'of Privy Councillor upon Miss E. K. Scott, president of the Brookside Red Cross Branch, and upon Miss Mabel Henderson, the secretary, in recognition of the good work they had done for the wounded soldiers. On behalf of the residents of the district the Quen also made a presentation to Private Dennis Crossman, of the Eleventh Reinforcements, who has been spending his final leave in the district. Miss Birdling was presented with a bouquet by Miss Nancy Cunningham. At the conclusion of the concert a silk flag, given by Mr J. Cunningham chairman of the Ellesmere County Council, who occupied the chair, was sold by auction, and realised nearly £260. Mr Raphael the salesman. The final purhaser was Mrs James Henderson who .gave £41. The flag was formally handed to Mrs Henderson ,by Miss Birdling. Votes of thanks were accorded the performers, the auctioneer, the Queen, concert secretaries (Miss Scott and Mr F. Rowell), and Messrs F. D. Kesteven and W. Broadway, who motored the party from Christchurch. The evening concluded with a dance.

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TELEGRAPHIC, Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3527, 14 March 1916

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TELEGRAPHIC Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3527, 14 March 1916

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