LOCAL AND GENERAL.
The following Peninsula boys have unlisted during the last few days:— Owen J. Symes, Le Bons Bay, farmer; Luke C. Waghorn, farmer, Little Akaloa, mounted, and Geoffrey N. Kenning, Akaroa, engineer.
Constable Whatman of Little River is at presetit on his annual leave of a month and is spending his holiday it Waimate and Dunedin. During is absence Constable Lamb, of Christchurch, is in charge of the district.
Mr J. Phillips' motor car had a breakdown on Wednesday, at Motukarara about 4.30 p.m. when returning- from Christchurch. The axle was
cither bent or badly injured and the car is still lying at Motukarara.
Te First Mounted Rifles (C.V.C.) have been summoned to attend the annual training camp, which is to be held at Glentunnel on April sth. Lieut-Col. J. Deans will be in command and the camp will last for seven clays.
It has been decided that the fourth wool sale of the 1915-16 season, which v as originally set down for Monday,
'•' :bruary 7, but which was postponed in consequence of a shortage of shipping, will be held on Monday, March 27. It is expected that the offerings will aggregate about 10,000 bales.
To-day being St. Patrick's Day, will be observed as a Bank Holiday.
Mr and Mrs Frank Coop. Mrs John Coop, Miss Maud Coop, Mrs Walter Parkinson and Misses Tait and Williams returned from the Hermitage on Saturday, and were at the Hydro until the end of last week, when they .motored on to Kaituna, says the Timaru "Herald."
A Wellington Press Association message states that Colonel the Hon. R. Heaton Rhodes leaves Egypt for New Zealand on March 19th arriving on April 13th.
Some Akaroa ladies who sent 10j- a piece to the "Press" Fund for Xmas. Gifts to our men at the front and put their names and addresses inside the parcels received very hearty letters of thanks from the recipients of the parcels. It is very gratifying to know that the gifts were so much appreciated.
During the last month or two the flies from Lakes Ellesmere and Forsyth have been very troublesome at Little River md in a milder way even further back on the Peninsula.
Every evening the ■ train brings a swarm of these flies into the station, and for some hours they are most troublesome. Swarms of dead flies are found under lamps where they quickly destroy themselves. The lake fly finds its way practically all over the Peninsula, being driven abroad probably by the winds. - They are found in fair numbers even at Akaroa on occasions. The big Annual Ewe Fair at Messrs H. Matson and Co's Central Saleyards Little River, will take place on Tuesday next, when an entry of some 6000 sheep will be offered, besides a large entry of cattle. As there is a large shortage of ewes on JJ.-iPks Peninsula this year this should provide intending buyers a splendid opportunity to stock up with Peninsula bred sheep. The sale promises to be a record sheep sale for Banks Peninsula.
The Peninsula branch of the! Catholic Federation will hold their annual picnic at Tikau Bay to-day. Launches leave Akaroa and Takamatua at 10 a.m. and 9 a.m. respectively this morning. Sports will be indulged in during the day and all are cordially invited to attend. A representative of * the Canterbury Branch of the Catholic Federation will probably be present:
Despite the efforts of the Agricultural Department, lucerne growing has not been taken up as energeticas it should be. Suitable soil for lucerne exists in most farming districts of New Zealand, and this wonderful fodder plant, where successfully grown, is a veritable gold mine. A Hawke's Bay farmer (says the Napier "Telegraph") has earned a profit from 10 acres of lucerne amounting to no less than £40 per acre. The land used was previously a mass of Californian thistle which the lucerne has completely killed.
[ Writing from Hornchurch Camp, England, under date, January 24, Trooper Leslie J. Smith, of the jC.Y.C. writes: —"Went up to London last week and ran across Tom Warner. We spent two hours at the "Dug Out" where Lord Plunket gives all the New Zealanders a good time. We had a good read at all of the latest New Zealand papers. They have started football now and I play for the Canterbury section. We played "Wellington on Wednesday last and lost by 8 to nil. The Artist's Rifle Gump which is near here have challenged n3 and we are playing them on Wednesday next. I am playing half and we call ourselves the" All Blacks."
Every district on the Peninsula has its Red Cross Branch. At Akaroa the ladies meet every Thursday afternoon and work at the Peninsula fTechnical School, while a number take work to their homes and do it there. At Robinson's Bay the ladies branch meets every Thursday afternoon at Mrs D. Tizzard's. At Duvauchelles the ladies get the material cut out at the Christchurch depot and they each do their sewing at home. A dance in aid of this branch will be held to-night in the Duvauchelle Town Hall, when the goods left over from the fete in January will- be sold.
The canvass of the Akaroa County to obtain the probable supply of Lake Coleridge, will, it is expected, be completed by March 25th, the day the Akaroa County Council meet to consider the matter. It is expected that the current will be taken up well in the Akaroa County and so far the canvassers have met with few refusals. At the Wairewa County Council meeting on Tuesday, it was reported that Mr A. Goodwin had forwarded particulars of the method used in Pigeon Bay for canvassing and that a canvass had been made in the Puaha district. Everyone in the Puaha valley had agreed to take the current and it was expected that the current would be taken up enthusiastically elsewhere in the County.
On the last day of February the depth of the Blenheim well, now being sunk by the Taranaki Oil Lands Acquisition and Development Coy., Ltd., was 4095 feet, about 150 feet having been drilled during the month The well is now considerably deeper than any other well in the Motorua field. It is cased with 6in. casing, and the water is securely excluded from the well. The intention of the company is to drill to a depth of 5000 feet, at which depth the various Government geologists have
expressed opinion that the mair. supply of oil will be found. It is es-
timated that" it will take six or seven months further drilling to reach that level. Of courso, quite apart from the main supply, it is quite possible that a good supply of oil may be reached at any level—oil which has escaped through fractures from the main supply, and is held down by an impervious stratum. The machinery and plant is a very powerful one and is capable of drilling to a depth of 6000 feet, and therefore no difficulty is anticipated through lack of power. It is intended to carry the present Gin. casing to a depth of 4300 feet, and after that an entirely new string of Sin. casing will be inserted and carried to a depth of 5000 feet.
The usual fortnightly meeting of the Loyal Good Intent Lodge was held on Monday last. The N.G. Bro. F. Davis, presided. An apology was received from the V.G. Bro. C. W. Leete. Among inward correspondence was a letter from the District Officers making a proposal with regard to the contributions of Oddfellows on active service. It was unanimously resolved to support the proposal, namely, that a levy be made on all remaining members in the Lyttelton District for the purpose of keeping the "Soldier Brethren" good on the books. The Government had promised to pay a portion of these contributions, and its first instalment has already come to hand. Bro. L. F. Haylock, as one of the delegates, gave an interesting report of the business done at the recent Annual Meeting. Sick pay to the amount of £1 18s 4d was passed, it being stated that there were only two brethren "on the Funds." Members present undertook to do their best to ensure a full attendance at next meeting, that being Quarter Night. The Lodge adjourned at 9p.m. till the 27th instant. Receipts for the evening were £3 10s 9d.
Two of the Board's Inspectors have been spending the week on the Peninsula, paying the customary "Inspection Visit" to the various schools. On Monday, Inspector C. D. Hardie visited the Convent School while the Chief Inspector Mr Wm. Brock, spent the afternoon at the District High' School, looking into the work of .the Secondary and the Primary Departments. Mr Brock expressed his keen appreciation of Mr Gray's enlistment, and tolcTNMr Hall, the Headmaster, that arrangements to fill the coming vacancy had not yet been completed. As he remarked, it will be practically impossible to find a capable substitute endowed with Mr Gray's splendid qualifications and attainments. Still in these days of the Empire's stress, we must be prepared to make sacrifices all along the line. Although the roll number of both Departments is considerably less than for the corresponding period of last year—so many pupils have left the town—yet the average attendance is well maintained. Last week, for instance, the attendance in the headmaster's room, standards 4, 5, and 6, reached the high average of 99.6 per cent. This week promises to finish up with as fine a record. The opportunity might be taken again of reminding parents that regular attendance is the main factor in securing satisfactory progress.
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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3528, 17 March 1916
LOCAL AND GENERAL. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3528, 17 March 1916
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