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ALEXANDRA NOTES, Issue 15631, 23 October 1914
The weather has been a perfect hotchpotch. We started with a magnificent spring; the trees were laden with blossom, and literally everything in tho garden looked lovely. But down Came King Frost, with, withering blast, and, hey presto! the promise of abundance of early fruit was gone in one night. That only affected the very earliest part of the district around Alexandra itself, but a later frost played equal havoc at Conroys. The loss will"be a very serious one to the district. Following upon this we had a terrific dust storm, and then cold elect, with snow on tho heights, the final result of this battle of the elements being a heavy downpour of fine rain, which has freshened up the verdure and made the hills and valleys smile. We are now beginning to enthuse a little about the electiou. Mr W. A. Bodkin has been selected as the Liberal candidate, and starts bis campaign next week. locally he is going (o poll a very heavy voto. He is a native of Central Otago, is exceedingly popular with the young people, is "a good speaker, and has proved himself a worker in all public matters. Ho expresses himself as well pleaded with the support promised in other places. The Bodkin family, of which he is a member, own the picturesque homestead of Monte Clu'isto, near Clyde. This place was founded by the late Mr Feraucf, and has historic associations. Much activity is being displayed by the Alexandra ladies in the matter of making clothes for the starving poor of Britain and Belgium. Every afternoon this week is being devoted to sewing, and many donations of second-hand clothing are being received, the self-sacrifice of some of those least able to contribute being a striking feature. Most of the people are in accord with the sentiments of the ' Star' regarding a war tax. Inded, so strong was the feeling here that the expeditionary excuses should bo a charge on the public purse, and private endeavors devoted to relief of distress, that most of the money contributed was specially donated to the Bel-gian-British distress relief fund. Tho Vincent County elections are on, but so far little interest seems to be taken, and it would almost appear as if the sitting members were to be returned unopposed. However, at the last moment opposition may arise. Mrs William Laidlaw, of M.atakanui, is giving a garden party on the afternoon of the 50th inst., the proceeds to 20 to the British-Belgian funii. The Matakanui homestead is a pictwenque spot, and the interest Mr and Mrs Laidlaw take in all matter* of this kind is proverbial. Tho cause in this ca.se is. one for which every patriot wii! work, and. I understand the fete 11 Hi be- one of the'record gatherings of the sunny Cetral. The death of Mr Cecil Alexander, of Lauder, in the Wellington Hospital, cast quite a gloom over that district. Mr Alexander was a member of the Expeditionary Force, and was very deservedly popular with all. He was a member of an old .Central family, his late father having been for many years postmaster at Ophir and afterwards a settler on the Lauder Downs. —Own correspondent, October 22.
ALEXANDRA NOTES, Issue 15631, 23 October 1914
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