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Wednesday was a day apart. First wo I had a terrific dust storm, and then a fall .of cold snow. The winter was upc.i us j for the wliolc night, and rousing fires and additional blafikets neeitiaary. On 'flnu'fi- ; day we wore bark to normal. ■ To-morrow a good many are going to j Matukanui, to the Laidlaw garden fete, j The proceeds of this gathering arc to go to i tb.o Uritish-Belgian-relief fund. Mrs Laidlaw is an ideal hostess, and one of the most popular of our many fine Central Otago women, and the object, in addition, is one that deserves support. The “sou of the tussock’’ candidate, Mr W. A. Bodkin, has met with most enI thnaiast-ic support in this end of the elecj torate. Mr Bodkin has spoken at Oma--1 kau, Opiiir, Matukanui, Lauder, Becky 1 and Cambrians, and in each place had j most enthusiastic meetings. He will poll | remarkably well in this end of the elecI torate, and particularly with the younger ■ people, who are proud to see a native of i thy dHrict shape so well. Ho is a speaker ;pf both ability and force, and is ont--1 epplrcn and mink on all matters. He has • declared for the 55 per cent., and stands I as .i strong supporter of our national system of education. Ho uses no notes, noils his speech memorised. A gentleman who beard him at Ophir told pie - he would hpt be bad second to a Scobie Mackenzie. The ladies here are busily engaged mending old clothes and'making new for the Belgian-British fund, and a good donation will go forward from this district.-rOwn correspondent, October 50.

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ALEXANDRA NOTES, Issue 15638, 31 October 1914

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ALEXANDRA NOTES Issue 15638, 31 October 1914

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