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Mr. W. J. Collins, stepson -of Mr. H. C. Dierck, who has been employed in Akaroa the last eighteen months enlisted last week in. Christcburch.

The rain experenceel during the week end has relieved the present shortage of water for 'the AAaroa electrical installation, and yesterday morning the overflow pipe fnom the reservoir was. running fulj. The creeks have risen gradually and are now more like normal than t'hey\have been for many months pajst. This supply of water will not ho wever be lasting if more dry weather is experienced.

It is rumored that tin >. Akaroa Co-operative Butter Gorhpa ,ny is receiving whey cream from a kains Bay and manufacturing it into t .utter and not branding according* ly. The manager of the Factory dr ; i ;lares that" this statement is absahitcfij incorrect. One lot of butter was c] turned for Okains Bay Dairy Factory and wrapped in their own wrap pews and returned to them and sob { accordingly. The Okains Bay Factory w j]l bear out these statements.

Sunday was observed , ,■_* a day of humiliation and prayer r m r m . )n nection with the war at the ' Driiiiiy iVresbyterian Church, Akaro: k. Botil, rooming and. evening serv mm were conducted by the Rev. . /.. W. Hayward. The Assembly in Nov< imibeir appointed Sunday, March 18th . ;a« a clay of humiliation and prr i%wt :and it was observed assuch by ttllst "Presbyterian Church throughout JSew Zealand.

During the last wittik .there have been frequent show wrs'in the watershed of the Akaro; j. harbour, while a considerable amour ( t <n'f 'rain has falen in tbn Partem bays.. 'On Saturday and ounday th* r? #~ ivas faMy heavy in Akaroa and al /together ,35 inches were recorded. f- 'Olcaiins Bas>' the rain was very hi ( WTy ■ ,„- : Sunday, the heaviest <rx-per.ic D , -(r,r two yrnrs and quite two randtes mu;tt :hav« fallen.

On Sunday and Monday ; ;water was pouring down from the electric light reservoir on to the properties below and finding its way back to the Bal-. gueri creek ; just above the Akaroa mansei It seems a waste of water, besides being very injurious to the .properties it passes through. Evidently the' ball-cocks cannot, be working. The' supply of cream to the Akaroa Butter Factory has increased beyond all expectations since the rain a couple of months ago. The factory is now turning out a ton and a quarter of butter per week. This year's output is now considerably ahead of that of last year and somewhere within the region of two or three tons so that the total output for the year should be considerably ahead of last year. "The only unpleasant feature I found," said Mr J. de Cordova, an American ' tourist, after a trip through New Zealand, "was in connection with, the railway service says the "Dominion", The delays at the small stations were numerous and vexatious. I see no reason why the waiting time at the important stations should not be lessened, why many of the small stations should not Ibe eliminated from the stopping- ' places, and why the trains should not ' be considerably speeded up."

"German musicians at the foeginhii 'g of the war," said John Philip Salvia at his recent birthday celebration, "were busy all over Germany compiling marches of victory. Every week three or four marches of victory made their appearance. But of late the output has stopped. "Output stopped, eh?" said; the reporter. "I wonder, then, what the German musicians are composing now?" Mr smiled. "Peace overtures, most likely," he said.

Two novel clashes were included in the schedule for „> Waikato Central Agricultural and pastoral Association's show at Cambrv'dge. One class was for the lady the largest number of sons who have enlisted, and in this Mrs S. H. Dkldington and Mrs F. Ottoole were eqflat first, with four sons each. The other class was for the lady with the largest family in the Cambridge district. Mrs S. H. Liddington, with thirteen children was the winner.

The Akaroa Defence Rifle Club has for sometime been carrying t>ut improvements to the local range with a view to carrying out an active winter season. The club has now an su-.tive members list of some twenty strong. The range has been equipped with a telephone which connects up the 200 yds., 300 yds., 400 yds., 500 yds., (iOO yds., with the butts. The Defence Department sometime ago secured a lease of the range from Mr D. Fyfe, and a few weeks ago-I'ieuts. Livingstone and Warman inspecetd the range with a view to improving the butts. The Akaroa Club will probably open the soason on Thursday next with n practice shoot. The club is now financially strong after carrying out n number of improvements and is able to securo the services of a marker for each shoot. A match will he arranged with another club in a IVw weeks time and it is expected that the club will have a thoroughly successful season.

The annual Little River ewe fair ■■/ill be held at Little River tomorrow at Messrs. H. Matson and Jo's Central yards.

Akaroa County Councilfwill meet j at Duvauchelle on Saturday next for' their usual monthly meeting. The question of the Lake Coleridge electrical supply for Banks Peninsula will be discussed and the guarantees from the Akaroa County suppliers will be considered.

The supply of milk to the Okains Bay cheese factory has improved very considerably of late and those who did not dry off their cows before he rain came are now able to take a •rood supply to the factory. The further rain this week end will still further improve the supply. German firms in Japan are endeavouring to retain and secure business by operating under Japanese names. The Auckland Chamber of Commerce last week had its attention drawn to a list of German traders who had tried the simple expedient of a change of name. The list which 'was supplied by the British Ambassador at Tokio, who intimated that .trading with the enemy was strictly prohibited, was as follows :— Yokohama, Winckler and Co. (T. Miyabe), Bergraann a"nd Co. (Asada Shokai), Otto Reimers and Co. (Nigo Shoten), Becker and Co. (Kato Gomei Kaisha). j Kobe—Bergmann and Co (Sawada and Co.)? M. Raspe and .Co. (Kato and Co.), Carlowitz and Co. (Takashiro), Winckler and Co. (Kubota Exporting Co.), Van Nierop and Co. (Kasai and Co.), V. Hermann, of Siemens, Schukert' and Co. (Tanaka T. Goda). Another good rain was experienced during the week end on Banks Peninsula which should do an immense amount of good and will assure a splendid autumn growth. The rain iset in from the east and, in the { eastern, buys there was a heavy downpour on Friday and Saturday and Sunday. On the other parts of the Peninsula the rain fell heavily on 1 Saturday night and all Sunday. The I rain was a warm one and with the recent hot weather the grass should come away strongly again. Peninsula stock Since the rain two months ago I have showed wonderful improvement and now ey*m the dairy cows will face the winter in a very much better condition than wft? anticipated before the rain set in.

The Greymouth police are making inquiries into a matter which occasioned the railway authorities at Greymouth some concern on Wednesday morning (says an exchange). When the Reefton train was approaching town the driver noticed, when opposite the brewery, that a piece of imn rail had been placed across the line, JJe immediately pulled up the train j&«4 removed the obstacle, which, had the engine collided with it, might -have caused derailment. How the rail got on the line is a mystery, but the surrounding circumstances are sue}* as to prompt the wisdom of the Rai]U , way Department in placing the matter with the police for further investigation.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3529, 21 March 1916

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3529, 21 March 1916

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