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TUAPEKA NEWS, Issue 15632, 24 October 1914
(From Oue Own Correspondent.] There is a, little stir in matters political, and there is now talk of opposition to the Hon. Jas. Allen as Bruce’s representative in Parliament. The Government organiser (Mr I). T. Fleming) was here at the end of last week, and arranged for the appointment of committees in various centres to assist Mr Allen’s candidature. Mr Denuehy, the Opposition organiser, was also hero about three weeks ago, and gave it out that Mr Allen would rot have a walkover. It is whispered that Mr Vi'. 11Mason, of Middleniarch, who is not a stranger to Bruce, will be Mr Allens opponent. Mr Maeou put up a great fight when he met Mr Allen in the then Bruoe electoral district nine years ago. Since that time the electoral boundaries have widened, a good skelp of the old Tuapeka electorate having boon thrown into Bruce. This part has strengthened rather than weakened Mr Allen's hold of Brace, and whoever opposes him is certain to have “a, ha id row to hoe.” Mr Mason was not the first to discover this fact.
The triennial county elections take place early next month, but so far there is not a big rush of candidates for the seals which will soon be declared vacant. Mr John Hose, the county chairman, is to he opposed by Mr Wm. Oameron, a prominent farmer in Waitahuna Riding, and a good contest is certain to eventuate. There is talk of Mr Kane, of Beaumont Station, opposing Mr R. Wood, _ the sitting member for Beaumont Riding; and _of Mr F. G. Duncan opposing Air Roderick M'Donald for Teviot Riding. So far there is no declared opposition to the present members for Waipori, Gabriele, Browns, Bernger, Oroofcston, and Tapanui Ridings; but it is on the card that Mr MTnervey will be opposed by Mr J. E. Keenan for Browns Riding. A set-to between these twain would certainly be pretty “ willing.” The vote of £IO,OOO disclosed in the Public Works Statement for a start to be made with the railway line from Balclutha to Tuapeka Mouth will be hailed with feelings of satisfaction by the settlers of Clutha Valley. The Tuapeka West, Tuapeka Mouth, dydevaje, and Greenfield settlers havo worked hard for the promotion of this railway, which will, I am certain, be a good revenue-producing proposition so far as the State is concerned. The real truth is that if the best interests of the country had been studied in the days gone-by this is the route that should have been taken to tap the interior of Otago, instead of the line through Otago Central. The initial expense of carrying a line through to Wanaka would have been small in comparison to the cost of the Otago Central line, and then by means of branch lines here and there, acting as feeders, it would have opened some fine country, at the same time promoting settlement in a way that only the far-seeing oould actually realise. Not many of Dunedin’s leading citizens have a full grasp of the potentialities of the Clutha Valley from Wanaka to the ocean.
The Public Works Department is giving a great deal of attention just now to the work of renovating and otherwise improving the courthouse and post office buildings. The plastering on the outside of both buildings is being chipped off, and is to be renewed. The; flooring in the magistrate’s and gold receiver’s rooms is to be taken up and new timber substituted. The slate roofing on the courthouse buildings is to be stripped off, the rafters are to be covered with earking and felt, and the whole of the roof covered with galvanised iron. _ At the post office a telephone bureau Is to be built of concrete, the inside measurement being 4ft by 3ft 3in. Provision is also made for the renewal of the spouting around the post office and for the opening up of all the drains for inspection. An expenditure of close on £I,OOO will be involved in the improvements to both buildings, Mr Robert Christie is the contractor, and has a number of hands employed. The official opening of the loqal bowling club took place on Wednesday afternoon in the presence of a large number of members and lady friends. President Stokes, in a happy little speech, thanked thf visiting bowlers for their attendance, and mentioned that the club had lost a few members during the year, some by removal from the district, and one by death—Mr George Jeffrey, who was a prominent member and a most enthusiastic bowler. The Grounds Committee were complimented on the condition of the green, which is admittedly one of the keenest in Otago, and visiting club* could always rely on a most hearty welcome. The green having been declared open, Mrs Btokes was requested to roll the first bowl, which she did with all the deftness of a true artist, and then followed a match, President v. Vice-pre-sident, ending in a win for the latter by a few points. By the end of the month the railway line* to Beaumont should be ready to be taken over for traffic, as the finishing touches are now being given to the ballasting work. The station buildings are being pushed forward as rapidly as possible, and are not likely to delay the opening to any appreciable extent. The Hon. Mr Fraser, Minister of Public Works, deserves a full- measure of praise for the way in which the lino has been pushed to completion to Beaumont. Shortly after assuming office he gave a promise that the work on the line would proceed steadily, and he has been, as good as his word. I am given to understand that it is the Government's intention to proceed with the survey of Messrs Brooks and Blathwayt’s properties at an early date. The frontages suitable for fruit-growing will be laid off to the best advantage, and the balance of the land will be available for agricultural and pastoral purposes. Mr Brooks’s property is 2,000 acres in extent, and lies beyond tire Big Hill, on the Beaumont side, and is intersected by the railway lino; and Mr Blathwayt’s properties lie near the Beaumont township on either side of the main road. The Dunedin syndicate who held an option over a portion of the Lawrence Athenaeum Reserve at Dales Flat, with a right to prospect for clay, have notified the Athenaeum Committee that after giving the ground a good test, they have decided not to exercise their option. There is, it seems, an abundance of* clay, which is milky white in appearance, hut its value for commercial purposes falls below expectations. This la regrettable, for we were all in hopes that careful and systematic prospecting would have led to the development, through this day deposit, of an important industry in our midst.
There is some talk of the local Jockey Club making some improvements to their racecourse at Happy Valley, near Wetherstones, and of providing a training track. I understand that if this is done two or three horse-owners have expressed their willingness to send their ■ horses here for framing purposes. The Jockey Club are to give the matter their full consideration at an early dateA number of the boys and girls of the Albany Street School, with tho help of the fife and drum band, are to give an entertainment here next Friday evening for the benefit of the local school funds. They can rely on drawing a bumper house. Law f rence, October 23.
TUAPEKA NEWS, Issue 15632, 24 October 1914
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