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SUMNER RIPPLES.

[From Qtjb Cokrespondsnt.} TIDES FOR' THE WEEK. High Water. &.m. p.in. Sunday . 5.17 0.43 Monday . 6.8 <5.83 Tuesday . 6.57 7.21 Wednesday ■ - . 7.-11 8.7 Thureday . 8.2!) 8.52 Friday . 9.15 9.38 i Saturday . 10.2 10.27 CITIZENS' MSFENCE FORCE. In spite of tho holidays, the Simmer unit of the Citizens' Defence Force turned out in fairly strong numbers, the Redcliffs section being especially well represented. The Wednesday parade, with Lieutenant Hawkins acting as instructor, was held on the lledclifi's Riflo Range. The platoon was instructed in open order work and methods of reinforcing the firing lino, followed later by platoon drill. The section commanders were called out and asked to take turns of fifteen minutes each in giving elementary drill to the platoon. On the whole the work was carried out satisfactorily. The Sumner unit his, in the short time since ( it was formed, made great progress. The commanding officer, Mr Wilson, before ■dismissing the men said he hoped that the parades would be better attended next week, when the holidays would be at .an end. He also advised the men to' take no notice of the remarks of some people to the effect that they, were wasting their time. It had been conclusively proved that this was not tlio case, as already four men out of the unit had offered themselves for active service. Dr Line was /appointed surgeon-lieutenant and the Rev M'Kenzie Gibson (vicar of Sumner) accepted the position of chaplain. The platoon will take part in a church parade at the Cathedral, Christchurch, to-morrow afternoon. It is hoped that huuiner will be well represented. SUMNER FIRE BRIGADE.

Tho Sunnier Firo Brigade lias received just recognition of valuable services rendered on Christmas Eve at the firo in Messrs Itowe Bros.' Garage. A cheque for sgs was received this week by Superintendent Carter from Mr Humphreys and another from Messrs Rowo Bros. The latter, in .a letter expressing their thanks, stated that but for the prompt action of the Brigade they would have been heavy losers. BOATING ACCIDENT. Tlie boating accident which occurred last Saturday caused considerable excitement among the holiday crowd at Sumner. As it happened at a time when tho majority of the members of tho brigade wero at lunch, some difficulty was experienced in procuring a crow. Messrs Hibell Brothers were the only members close enough to hear the bla»ts on tho antiquated fog-signal. Mr F. Hibell took charge and soon selected a crew from among those prosent. Those chosen were Mesprs G. Hibell. G. Vere, J. Carter, jun and two strangers. The yacht in tiouble was some distance outside the bar, and was apparently unmanageable. The only occupant, Mr Floot, had had enough, and as soon as the lifeboat was close enough, lie scrambled on board, leaving liis sails set. Mr Hibell decided to leave the yacht until later, when more members of the brigade wero present. At about 1 p.m. the lifeboat again wont out. The crew wero Messrs G. Hibell,' F. Hibell, G. ,S. .La-vie, 0. I. I .Denbam. W. Thomas, F. Woodward ■and AY. Clayton. Cnfortunately when within a. few yards of their destination the yacht turned over. This made the work extremely difficult. Two members of Ih-o crew went overboard, and wero successful in taking down and lashing' tlx* sails, but were compelled, owing to the coldness of the water, to again abandon tho attempt. Later the anchor line broke and the vncht drifted inshore and was "jgaired, in fairly good, order, at the This accidtait «Mhoastratod the fact that a more up-to-date alarm must be provided. At a cost of not more than £lO an electric syren could bo installed on tho top of' the Cavo Rock, worked by a. switch in the shed. In this way a full muster of tho brigade, in times of Deed, would be assured. MOTOR ACCIDENT. Mr .1. iViven had. a narrow escape la si. Tuesday evening. While riding his liititor-cycle post the dill's on the Suniuer Road, at a point close to the •Shag Slock, the front lorks parted from tho machine and tho ride)- was thrmvn heavily on to his head and face. NEW YEAR'S DAY. Although the weather Mas fmo at Kmnner, then", was :i I'niriy siroii*,: e;i S <_

eriy wind blowing wliicb, to a. certain extent, spoilt ilie (Jay, i'vom a, point of view. However, there was a largo crowd on tb 6 beach all day,' ■ tJwiigh not so largo as last year. The tramway returns show that 107 carw' 7i W;,rfl bought down, against 130 dcU LmT 0 -; £ f st An acotdliffS h J '!i l r f tt '. 8 Kedlipnvilv in 71 f i ] i<} usm<3 Rß rush, ai , aded double decker breakings S-ttar 1 :n£ & 5^ Ha "VVli r;,!, members of the Lif<* SW "Ss: v . ,Mnch - S sumnee rowing club i..ok«nE: & vi '\?: b > a M to ikaroa; wfien Ihmif ml tra^ Uln « «"> ju» from &t ' broke down, newSSff? moto £" oi tea miles ov rS ! f, g ? waXk Bay, M'bere 1 - 18 to ta.ko them across tttf if noh ' Aknroa. l n S? Nt T- h to . they secured one first g tnun P' four starts. aT Lv+ seco . n^s were more fortunate $u , r>n Bucocssfill J„ in ' club was , Mid three seconds out f 60 firsls ' They won the Jimfru- c -seven starts, easily showing that l + / Pairs -•> mile walk, thfy for *• ten " even better .accountof +T° g T en an ' Akaroa. The rlni!' i at ' Hampton, V"" 1 * *■ mwi,icil^*, &ster ,n " ■

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SUMNER RIPPLES. Star, Issue 11276, 2 January 1915

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