LOCAL AND GENERAL.
The monthly stock sale will be held at Duvauehelle on Friday.
For train arrangements for Easter Holidays see advertisement .elsewhere.
A stock sale will be held at Messrs H. Matson and Co's yards, Little River to-day.
The latest Peninsula enlistment is George William Wright, French Farm, farmer, infantry.
The monthly meeting of the Akaroa and Wainui Road Board will be held at the Council Chambers, Duvauchelle on Saturday next.
The monthly meeting of the Wairewa County Council will be held at the Council Chambers, Little River on Tuesday next, April 11th.
The Loyal Good Intent Lodge, 1.0. 0.F., met in the lodge room, Akaroa, on Monday evening last, Brother Davis, N.G., presiding over a large attendance. It was decided that as many members as possible should attend a welcome social to be given at Wainui to two returned soldiers, Brothers Arnold and Warner, both of whom were severely wounded at Gallipoli. The receipts for the evening amounted to £11 5s 9d.
At the Hawarden Show on Friday Mr C. W. Leete, of Akaroa was successful in gaining several prizes with his Akaroa fruit, which goes to prove that Peninsula fruit compares very favourably with that of North Canterbury. He secured the following prizes :—Collection of fruit, Ist and Special ; Collection of Apples, Ist and Desert Apples, V.H.C.; Pears, Ist and Special.
The Peninsula Saleyards Coy. are adding to the accommodation of the yards which recently have been very overtaxed by joining up the top pens with the main yards. This will provide eight new yards and the extra accommodation will allow a , very much bigger yarding to be dealt with, besides doing away with a great deal of overcrowding which has been in evidence of late.
The Peninsula troop of the C.V.C.
go into .camp with the C.V.C. at Glentunnel oh Wednesday (tomorrow) the Peninsula men parading at Little River at 11 a.m. This is the annual training camp of nine days. A sale of work in aid of the funds of the! Robinson's Bay Branch of the Red- Cross Society will be held at the Robinson's Bay school on Thursday next at 1 p.m. A free launch will run from Akaroa. There will be three stalls of produce :—Sweets and Work stall. The work stall will contain a great many useful children's and ladies' garments. The object of the sale is to raise funds to buy material for making Red Cross articles, and a welcome -is extended to all to attend. "Even the numbers of horses avail-
able for army purposes have not been sufficient for our largely' increased want," says the report of the committee appointed by Lord Selborne, "and consequently we ■ have had to purchase heavily in America, some £12,000,000 having been spent there since war was declared. Some, at any rate, of this expenditure might have been saved had the home breeding been on a proper footing." The report carefully surveys the present scheme of the Board of Agriculture, which, it says, is sound in principle and has already undoubtedly revived interest in light horse breeding. The scheme, however, needs extending and amending. Recommendations were made.
Who can be surprised that the President of the Reichstag says Ger-
many is prepared for peace? . The Germans are shrewd. They have been living upon credit ever since 1870. They have been piling mortgage upon ■ mortgage, bond upon bond and they have been paying the interest by borrowing more money and by the profits made on the exports trade. That profit has been cut off by the war. German export trade has been killed. Her merchant marine lies idle. Her factories only work for the Government, and take paper in exchange for • services. The gigantic system of credits built up during the past 20 years has now brought its Nemesis. No nation can j live upon credit.—Raymond Radclyffe in , the "English Review."
The question of cigarettes for our soldiers in Egypt and at the fron£ was referred to by Chaplain-Captain Blamires in his address at Trinity Church, Wanganui (says an exchange). He remarked that it was not a fair thing to use the ordinary criterian in the case of our soldiers at the front. Theirs was often a lonely experience—inthe trenches and elsewhere—and they were often in the midst, of unhealthy smells and distasteful surroundings, and in other circumstances where such comforts were greatly appreciated by them. Further, their open-air life and activities prevented any baneful influences from .smoking, which was not objected to by the medical authorities. He had never hesitated to secure, cigarettes for the men in the trenches or on shipboard, and had himself distributed 12,500 packages, doing it just as much for the glory of God as other duties he peri formed.
The flounder season has opened in Akaroa harbour and recently there have been a number of splendid hauls 'made by the fishermen. The fish are in splendid condition, and although at the beginning of the month the fish were on the small side there are some fine flounders being caught now. Despite the fact that there are hundreds of acres of apples coming into bearing this year in New Zealand, reports from various centres give indications that that market is by no means overstocked. A visitor from the north told an "Otago Daily Times" reporter that in the different towns in New Zealand, where he had been recently, he was unable to procure any of the Cox's Orange apples, which is acknowledged to be one of the best varieties on the market. On Saturday, in Dunedin, he managed to obtain some at 6d per Ib., which can he bought at Wellington for 3d. An outstanding feature of the fruit retailing business in the capital, he mentioned, was that the Chinese merchants there, now that they have become established, have put up the prices, and fruit can be purchased cheaper from the European retailers. He added that the apple export trade has commenced 'in real earnest, and he noticed that hundreds, of cases were being sent weekly from Nelson, where the season was reported to be an exceedingly good one. Thousands of cases of apples were also awaiting shipment on the Motueka wharf. j The fruit export trade was certainly destined to become one of the most. important of the Dominion's staple i industries. i Th? monthly meeting of the Akaroa District High School Commtitee was held at the Borough Council Chambers last i evening-, present Messrs J. S. Dodds, C. W, Leete, B. W. Henning T. Penlington and the Revs J. W. Hayward and A. H. Julius (secretary) Mr J. S. Dodds was voted to the chair in the absence of Mr J. R. Newton the chairman. Correspondence was read from the North Canterbury Education Board regarding the erection •of a fence at the Masters i residence agreeing to undertake this work. The Board wrote asking the , Committee to grub the blackberries on the old school site. This had been ' done. The Board also wired the Committee if they would ascertain ■if the Akaroa High School Board . would subsidise . the High School Master as in the past. The chairman j said he had seen Mr E. E. Lelievre, j chairman of the High School Board i had wired to the Board agreeing to ! pay the subsidy. The Board also 'wrote stating that Mr Gray had • applied for leave of absence to go to . the front and that Mr W. W. Garton M.A. would take his position during his absence. Mr S. Sweet would act
!in a temporary capacity pending Mr i Garton's arrival. The acting chairman said as none of the local bodies had contributed, towards the Technical School this year the Technical School would probably pass under the : control of the school committee. : Mr :J B. W. Hehning" of the visiting comimittee said the coal shed at the school should be locked and the .gate '. locked. It was decided to have the ! matter attended to and locks secured. : The Rev. J. W. Hay ward moved the committee place on record its appreciation of the splendid services render--led to the school by Mr Gray during' his fifteen years occupancy of the position of Master of the Secondary Department and expresses its best wishes for his future. Seconded by
Mr Henning and carried.
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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3533, 4 April 1916