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The Evening Star WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 16, 1914.

The cetablishment of an adequate secondary hospital in or about A Secondary Duncdin for tho accomHOSpltal. mouation of chronic consumptives and other necessitous patients, who aro now lodged in moro or les6 inadequate institutions, does not appear to be within 'an early fulfilment. There is difficulty—a chronic trouble—as to acquiring a suitable site. It was considered (as wo pointed out in this column on December 4) that the board had overcome tho great preliminary difficulties about three years ago, when they acquired a site at Pino Hill, but it was discovered subsequently that the beet portion of the area of sunny land overlooking two valleys, tho City, and tho blue sea in the distance, had been quietly acquired by tho Roman Catholic Church, whose officers do not haggle over a bargain if their aims can bo accomplished with characteristic thoroughness. The Hospital authorities are now contemplating the purchase of a sito at Halfway Bush —a proposal which has aroused lively opposition among the residents of Wakari. The reasons for that opposition have already been discussed, and are valid enough, although eomewhat overcharged with civic sentiment. It appeared to us, as wo have j already said, that if expert opinion showed a decisive balance in favor of tho site at Wakari the board need not bo abashed at tho local opposition. It was hardly likely that, responsible experts would agree to the erection of a special hospital on a sito where thoro was any real danger of a menace to the health of children attending a school near by, or of a depreciatory influence upon the inanimate possessions of a progressive suburb. As far as can be ascertained, tho balance of expert opinion is decidedly against the acquisition of Mr Tilburn's property at Halfway Bush, which is said to bo under offer at some £3,000 less than the original price sought for it —a tempting reduction. Tho official recommendations (it is satisfactory to note) are based on hygienic and administrative foundations rather than on the sentimental objections of tho residents of Wakari. It is stated authoritatively that the hon. medical staff have reported their final decision to tho board in terms which must, one would imagine, deter the Hospital administrators from purchasing the. pro- j perty at Halfway Bush. The staff report in effect that in their opinion tho Pine Hill site is preferable to tho Wakari ono from the point of view of attendance by the members of the staff and tho work of tho University, and that it is as suitable from a hygienic aspect for the patients. They aro "also strongly of opinion That it is of the utmost importance that the site at Pine Hill should be increased by tho acquisition of tho property belonging to the Catholic Qiurch. This is surely a definito enough recom mendation tr. tho board to avoid purchasing a sit© which meets with triple opposition—from tho hon. medical staff, from the educational authorities, and from the residents of Wakari. In addition to tho adverse opinion of the hon. medical staff, whoso recommendation cannot bo lightly ignored by tho j board, who, when under criticism, invariably shelter behind expert advice, the medical superintendent of the General Hospital also favors tho acquisition of the completo area of 52 aeros at Pine Hill. There aro threo sites under expert consideration : (1) Tho whole area of 52 acres at Pine Hill, (2) tho northern section of the Pino Hill site (22 acres), and (3) the Halfway Bush site (over 20 acres). The 52 acres area at Pine Hill is described as an admirable site, open to all tho sun possible, offering a splendid position for building, with a directly northerly aspect, intermediate between the summit fog line of Mount Cargill (which in no way interferes with the light line) and the valley fcg lino of Woodhaugh and North-east Valley, and immune from fog to a particularly noticeable extent. But tliTo are drawbacks. The site is exposed to all tho winds that blow, and it is somewhat difficult of access. A competent expert assures the medical superintendent that the first drawback can be overcome in 10 years by suitable shelter belts. Afl regards difficulty of access, it is obvious that ono must climb to a sunny summit. The northern section of the same area at Pino Hill (it was originally acquired in tho hope that tho whole area of 52 acres would fall to the board) is not considered by Dr Falconer to form an admirable sito by itself, the building would have to bo accommodated to the lower ground, and as tho pavilions would face moro or less north-east, the afternoon sun would bo 2c?t early in the wards. Tho Halfway Bush site is "a very pretty site with the air of a country home." One drawback is that it faces moro or less to the north-ea6t, but tho architect's plans appear to show that arrangements could bo made to front the pavilions due north, though tho levels would not be so good as in No. 1 site. There is an advantage in that there is now much shelter available. The tramway facilities are more likely to be available than for Pine Hill at an early date. The effect of tho medical superintendent's report is that the whole area at Pino Hill is preferable, with Halfway .Bush second in favor, that it is advisable in establishing adequate hospital accommodation to look a hundred years ahead, and that isolation within isolation is more required in a secondary hospital taking in general and infective diseases than what is required in a general hospital alone. It is clear that, in view of tho opinions of expert advisers, tho board cannot pursue their proposal to acquire a site at Halfway Bush, but must do their utmost to secure the whole area at Pino Hill. [Sinco tho abovo was in type, information (tho correctness of which will, wc venture to think, bo found indisputable) hai) reached us to the effect that the board's architect, to whom the matter was referred, has reported favorably upon the proposed sito so ?ar as the matters of drainage and water supply are oonoerncd. In consequence there is overy probability that the board at their next meeting will complete the purchase of the Wakari property. Those who ar© interested in preventing its utilisation for secondary hospital purposes will have to be up and doing if they hope to succeed.]

There wa3 a large attendance, both in the afternoon and the evening, at the Dunedin Horticultural Socictyj; Show yesterday. Artistically it was a great success, and all concerned should feel indebted to Mr B. S. Irwin (president). Mr R. Hnnning (secretary), and tho'• other officials for their "excellent management. Financially also tho show was a success. Mr G. J. Errington, tho treasurer, hopes that when accounts arc squared he will be able to hand over £2O or £25 to the Belgian fund. The main factor in the result was the Belgian flower stall, managed by Mr E. A. Hamol, with tho assistance of Mrs Cress, Mrs Hamel, and Misses Islip, Israel, Burt, and Stewart. The salo of the roses from Mr Solomon's table was also of considerable help, though the selling was somewhat unfortunate for those who attended in the evening, in that tho eyes of the collection were soon picked out. Mr J. H. Oliver's art painting was a much-appreciated assistance to tho show, and the committee acknowledge the willing work of Mr John Wood in respect to the hall arrangements. Beath's Orchestra supplied the music during the evening, and the Forbury School Band also gave their services. "Tho only addition to the prize list as printed last night is that Mrs King was awarded a first for six vases of sweet peas in the amateur section. His Honor Mr Justice Sim has granted probates in the estates of Edward Fielder Butler, Michael Fitzgerald, and Jessie Mackay. Letters of administration have been granted in the estates of David M'Lean Mackay, Georgo Prain, and Catherine Gavin. A brief sitting of the Police Court was held this morning, Mr H. Y. Widdowson, S.M., presiding. Ono nialo first offender on a chargo of drunkenness was fined 10s, in default 24 hours' imprisonment. —A female first offender, who resides in tho country, was ilso charged with this offence and was convicted and discharged. At the Juvenile Court this morning, before Mr 11. Y. Widdowson. S.M., a boy, 12 years of ago, was charged with stealing a watch and chain from a dwelling at South Dunedin. Tho boy, who was accompanied by his father, pleaded guilty. Acting Senior-sergeant, Ilodgson said that tho boy, when first approached, denied all complicity with the offence, but subsequently admitted it, and the property was discovered. The father said that tho boy was under perfect control and was wellbehaved in his own time, and he could not account for his iapso from honesty. In reply to the Magistrate, the Rev. E. A. Axelscii stated that ho was to keep an oversight on the boy. His Worship, in giving his decision, said that boys of the age of the delinquent were subject U> lapses of this kind. He was a .boy who required to bo under very severe discipline. In future Mr Axelsen would havesupervision over the lad, who would be sentenced to six strokes of the birch, to be administered by a constable. If he came before tho court again ho would have to be sent away. Tho city tram service was stopped nt 3 minutes'to 1 o'clock this afternoon, and was not renewed until ten minutes later. The cause of the trouble is supposed to havo been duo to lightning striking ono of tho transformers at Halfway Bush. New season's photographic goods: Excellent stock now arriving- Cameras from 6s. Send vour order early "to H. J. Gill, 11 and 13 Frederick street, Dunedin. 'Phone 1,144. -[Advt.] The Corporation Turkish Baths arc to be closed from the 19th inst. until furthor notice. Tho breaking-up ceremony in connection ■with the Anderson Bay School will be held to-morrow evening. Watson's No. 10 is a little dearer than most whiekics, but is worth tho money.— [Advt.j Getting ma.rrictl Christmas? Get our 50pige catalogue; an eye-opener; prices and styles unsurpassed. Martins, Octagon.— [Advt..] A glass of Speight's beer at lunch and supper is better than all the tea in China.— [Advt.] The annual break-up of the Remington School takes place to-morrow—tho infanta at. 2.30 and the standards at 7.30. The unveiling of the Galloway memorial takes phvee at 2.15. During the bearing" of a case in the Police Court on Monday the statement was made that the. defendant (Catherine Cullen) was called to an inquiry in Superintendent .Pwyer's office. Tho "defendant asks ns to say" that though that statement is correct, the inquiry was not held. "Have one with me." "Thanks, I will. Til have Watson's Xo. 10, please."—[Advt.] Tho following has to bo added to PL Hilda's prize-list, which will be found in another column:—Form 5 B: Hilda Balk, prize for theory of music. Form 5 A : Victoria Balk, prize for English.

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The Evening Star WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 16, 1914., Issue 15677, 16 December 1914

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The Evening Star WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 16, 1914. Issue 15677, 16 December 1914

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