(By "Header.") I Tho Wellington Centre's coffers, it is well | known, are not overflowing, and how to raise funds is a question which the members will have to face shortly. If tho championships are allotted here, Wellington | must be prepared to expend a fair amount jof cash, which a three days' meeting would necessitate. Qf course, there- is every probability of a profit being made out of the gatherings; but what if the weather should be unsympathetic? Tho centre would in that case be in a versed way. Well, to go back to my text, v , 1S the centre- going to raiso the money.' There is talk of holding an early carnival ; but as some carnivals show a balanco on the wrong side of tho ledger this should be avoided if possible. "How W £- v t bazaar £° ? " is another question which has been mooted, in some curies, it is not a bad idea, but to be a sycc?s3 it would have to be carried out on a largo and enthusiastic scale. It would be a good plan for the centre to appoint a committee to go thoroughly into the matter, an , . lf ." as •? agreed upon, immediate action _ is advisable. Having regard to what is mentioned above, the newly-formed Life Saving Society's request, that the centre should hand over the funds in hand for humane work, came as a slight shock to delegates. Was the Government grant to swimming 1 given solely for human© work? or is the centre within its rights in using a portion of the money for competitive work? Ihese questions are to be referred to tho New Zealand Council, and it is easy to forecast tho reply, jno. 1 will probably be answered in the affirmative, and No. 2 in the negative. And on the face of what Mr. A. A. Somerville has said, this would appear to be the only possible reply. It aY o of ipteresfc at this stage to Repeat Mr. Somertille's history of the grant. He says that to properly explain it, it is necessary to go back a few years, when thero were two swimming governing bodies in JNew Zealand— one in Auckland and one j in Lhnstchurch. Each body received £100 ! per annum of the grant. The Chnstchurch j body controlled the competitive branch, i I while the one in Auckland looked after I . the life-saving. The Auckland body did not ' nourish, and no committee was formed to Carrv .,£? fc the W 9 rk - As a consequence, £200 or £300 accumulated. In 1907, at a conference, it was decided that tho Christchurch body should administer both funds ' As a result of the allocation then made, the Wellington Centra received £70, on the understanding that it was to be used i?on nunjane work only. Of that amount fc^O nad been legitimately spent in presenting trophies to the various clubs for hfe-saving competitions. Last year the Wellington Contro '"borrowed" £20 from the fund for the purpose of sending a water polo team to compete at championshipp in Auckland. Expenditure of the money in this way was quite illegal, but •the money was borrowed on the distinct understanding that it should be repaid at the earliest opportunity. Tho amount of money at present held by the centre for life-saving purposes wa& about £27. Seeing that the centres were making no move in the matter, the council sent out circulars suggesting that life-saving committees be formed to carry on the humane work Tho Wellington Centra had formed a branch on the lines suggested, and therefore should hand over the' funds. This explanation puts the matter very plainly. As Mr. Morpeth says, the lifesaving branch is . without funds, and it could not be expected to exist much longer in that state. As matters stand now it will have to submit its expenses to tho centre, which will, in turn, pass them for payment. The Victoria College Club, it is pleasing to note, has not died a natural death, as some appeared to think. Instead it is a real live body, which thinks a. great deal of its future. Certainly it has not done or said much so far this season ; but the exams, take place very soon, and naturally these claim all the students' attention. This, also, is the reason why they have not taken any active part in the life-saying work at present engaging the attention of local swimmers. The club's racing season will, perhaps, commence in December. In all probability some, if not the majority, of the club's races will be decided at Te Aro this year, instead of at Thorndon, as hitherto. Many readers will no doubt have a vague _ recollection of an announcement" made in these columns last season to the effect that the local firm of Walker and Hall had offered to the centre a cup for competition among local clubs. That offer has not yet been accepted, but it is still open, and a reply should be given immediately the matter can be considered. If the trophy is accepted, in what manner can it bo allocated? Already there is a polo banner, so ifc cannot be used in that direction. One good plan would be to have at each carnival during the season, say two interclub races, one a handicap, with one handicapper appointed from each competing club, the other from scratch, the club scoring the greater number of points m all the series to be presented with the cup. Another suggestion is that at each carnival an interclub relay be held, and the club that scores the greatest number of points in the aggrogate to be declared tho winner. The matter will, it is understood, be brought up at the next centre meeting. Ifc is a good many months since Fred Roberts put up a record for 100 yards at Napier, but so far the Hawkes Bay Centre has not yet received any official reply to its application for the recognition of the performance. Is it another instance of the half-hearted manner in which the council usually conducts business? Surely it is not because Roberts is a Wellington swimmer? The council would bo above 1 such pettiness. A question of interest to amateur 6wimmers was recently decided by the Canterbury Centre. The winner of a pro- j vincial championship event asked whether he could select moie than one article of the total value of_ lis order for a prize. The executive decided that as a trophy had oeen stipulated for, the winner was entitled to only one article. This ruling, it is understood, will apply to all amateurs in the future. The Hawkes Bay Centre intends to enquire why Woodville is affiliated to this district. It seems hardly right that this should be so, for tho Woodville Ciub held a Hawkea Bay championship event last year. Edward Meyer, the Dutch champion long-distance swimmer, i-- among the latest failures in the attempt at swimming the invincible Channel. England recently defeated Ireland in the international water polo match. The game was witnessed by 2000 people, and the scores wore 7—l.7 — 1. So far England has won all the matches against Ireland since 1895. , The swim througn London, brief mention of which was made in tho crble messages, waa (according to jn> Home paper) unquestionably tho mosf important race that has taken place in England for many years The forty-nine competitors represented twenty-four distinct interests, and included the best swimmers that England possesses. Batte-rsby won, but he had to swim his hardest to defeat Harry Taylor, and at the finish the actual time that divided them was less than had separated the first and second on any previous occasion. Undoubtedly the great performance of the day waa accomplished by Miss Olive Carson, of Leicester, tho first lady to finish. Swimming in singularly powerful style and affecting a particularly good leg kick, this lady, who was in perfect condition, nov*r from first to last showed the least &i<zns of failing. Her pace was really remarkable, and in concluding the course within half an hour of the winner, Miss Carson put on the records a feat that stands out a« absolutely the finest piece of long-di6tanco 6\vimming that an English girl has ever been oreditcd 'vith. It waa astounding to see this girl swimming the Jong course and finishing without the least sign of fatigue. Another who swam finely waa Miss Trueler, the second ' dy to finish. Like Miss Carson, she never faltered, and came out of the water as strong as any of tb* men.
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