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[From Oxtx CoSrespondest.]

THE SOLDIERS. During the week news has been received of the death, of two soldiers well known in Sumner, Gunner Harry Brian Fletcher and Sergeant Frank Hibell. Both had seen service with Major Beattio and have been well spoken of. The former at one time resided with his mother, Mrs F. Fletcher, in Head Street. He was thirty-one years of age and will be well remembered as one of a party farewelied early in the war. Sergeant Hibell resided here for many vears. He was well known as a member of the Lifeboat Brigade and was an active member of the Tennis Club. He had been very fortunate at ! the front, coming through the Gallipoli ' campaign without injury of any sort. Another Sumner School old boy, in the person of Captain L. V". Hulbert, has been reported killed in action. Advice received this week states that 1 Corporal A. J. T. Withers, of the staff of the Bury Street School, has been promoted to Sergeant. Corporal I#. 0. Wood, at present in hospital, is reported as making satisfactory progress. Major-Chaplain Mackeneie Gibson has been visiting his parishioners during the week. With the limited time at his disposal he has made a large number of calls and has received a very hearty welcome in the district. RED CROSS WORK. * There was a good attendance of the members of the Sumner Red Cross Committee on Tuesday to meet representatives from the central office. Mrs Boyle, Mrs Walter Hill and Mrs Smith fcaade a special trip out to lay the true position of the requirements of this important work before the residents. Mrs Hill in an interesting address discussed the rumours indicating a cessation of work. These she said were entirely false. *key originated through reports stating that material was on the Wellington wharves wasting; but a telegram disclosed the faot"that although forty-two cases were awaiting transportation) and amongst them four for London, they were all badly heeded. Any delay had been due to want of shipping space, and the bulk of the packages were for Egypt- and Mesopotamia. ' Slings, bandages, manitails and garments were urgently required. ' • -. •• "Vlrc Bovle read an answer to a cable to Lady Jekyl, the head of the Red Cross stores in England, * stating that material was required as usual. The visitors wore heartily thanked for their attendance and the committee resolved to meet again on Monday next at 3 p.m.- Much satisfaction is being expressed at the timely information received at this meeting. GOLF. The .annual meeting of the Richmond Hill GoJt.Cl.ub jwas presided over by Mr H. Elliot. The report and balancejhee'fc were'cohsidered very satisfactory, «nd were adopted. The membership had been steadily maintained, and there "was a-credit-balance of £62 12s 6d as well as a balance of assets over liabilities of £2Bl 10s lid. The following officers were elected: — President, Mr A. C. Fryer; vice-presi-dents. Dr Gosset and Mr H. Elliot; captain, Mr J. M. B. Crawford; honorary secretary, Mr W. E. Best; treasurer, Mr T. B. Bonlton; auditor, Mr A. Pullan; committee, Messrs J. I>. Lawrence, F. Barrie, G. W. C Smithson, W. F. Raphael and T. W. Cane. A vote of thanks was i passed to the ladies for services rendered during the year. THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH. The ladies of the Sumner Branch of the Presbyterian Mission Union met on Wednesday, when Mrs Smith presided over a good attendance. Addresses were given by Mrs MTXmald, of Sfa Peters, and by Mrs Sloane, of Hawera, after which a discussion took place on collections for the missions of the Presbyterian Church. Steps were also taken for increasing the active and honorary members of the branch. To-morrow the services will be conducted by the Rev S. Hill, of Lincoln, and at the morning services presentation Bibles will be given to,?he first child baptised at the Sumner services, and also to the first baptised in the present church. The results of the Assembly examin'tions having been announced, the /rizes for this will be presented in a Peek's time. MOTHERS' UNION. At the last meeting of the Mothers' Union, Mrs G. W. 0. Smithson presided, in the absence of Mis de B. Galwey, fc-ho for some time has been seriously The vicar read the litany, ?jid the secretary reported that a letVr of sympathy had been forwarded to frs Bishop. Mrs Morton then delivircd the last of her series of addresses, ind dealt with "Suitable Clothing for babies." The speaker dealt with her subject in a very practical and entertaining manner, and, on the motion of Mrs H. J. Marriner, seconded by Mrs Gibbs, was accorded a very hearty vote ©f thanks. During the afternoon those present had an opportunity of inspecting a display of Plunkct clothing mado bv the members of the local Girls' Friendly Society. The garments proved highly creditable to the society's efforts. , METEOROLOGICAL. The official sunshine records for the fnonth of October show that none was Jrecofded on live days, ten hours and Dver were recorded on seven days, ftvhile the totol for the month. wM ,l7ohr oomin. as compared with 182 hr Pomin for 1010, and is the lowteijfc otn record for four years. The total for IBIS to date is 1576 hr, as against lPlshr.._2lmin for 1915. : The highest temperature was recorded on October 25 as 68deg Fahrenheit, ivnd the lowest, 40deg Fahrenheit, on . October. 2. The average maximum for October, was-61,7deg Fahrenheit i and the - average minimum 48.6deg j Fahrenheit, giving an average range jof IS.ldeg' i The maximum variation registered was lfldsg Fahrenheit and the minimum £deg Fahrenheit. / The highest barometric pressure reI corded was 30.49deg on October 5, and V lowest 29.3deg on October 18. i Three froeti were recorded, two

heavy fogs, and rain amounting; "to 1.78 in fell on eighti days. The soil temperatures at a depth of 4iri, taken at 3 p.m., varied from 60deg Fahrenheit to 76deg. Fahrenheit in exposed sites, and from 62}deg. to 78£deg in sheltered positions. CRICKET MATTERS. Preparatory to using St Leonard's Square this season the heavy growth of grass has been cut this week. Local cricketers are practising on these grounds aild- taking advantage of further practice at Woo-lston. NATIONAL RESERVE. The Wednesday drills, are being continued, and, with the longer evenings, are expected to 'give every satisfaction. It is proposed in the future to give one evening to route marching and a morning to field work, probably on the sand spit across the estuary; SUMMER LOAN. During the week meetings have been held in Sumner and Reddiffs to lay the loan proposals before the ratepayers. Both were fairly well attended. The position stated by the Mayor (Mr J, B. Laarenson) was, briefly, this: The-present offices are ~ altogether unsuitable, the Fire Brigade accommodation is quitojnadequate, the housing of the library is. poor, there is at tyi-en sent no room for a public reading I'oom, and the offices of the gas arian-j ager and borough foreman are far too small. For the same outlay as they were now making a building in every way suitable 1 <jould be built for £BOOO. Councillor J. Barr supported the proposal. It would cost the borough nothing extra and there would be no extra ■ rates required from the residents. The building would be a stone and brick structure, fireproof, and would meet the requirements of the borough for a very long time. A poll iB to be taken on November 13. SEAMEN'S INSTITUTE. , Mr G. W. O. Smithson presided over the regular meeting on Monday. A vote of sympathy was passed with Mr T. Teape in. his sad bereavement. The late Mrs Teape had been a generous supporter of the Sumner Guild and her quiet encouragement and willingness -at all times to assist would be greatly missed. Mrs A. L. F. Ledger and Mrs S. Harris reported upon hospital visiting. _ The seamen desired to thank the guild for ; gifts of fruit. Votes of thanks were accorded to Mesdames G. Bennett and Miln for magazines, to Mesdames Graham and Kincaid for cake, and to Miss Pender for jelly. Mrs J. H. Gibbs kindly offered to provide flowers. The Lyttelton conCert was held over pending advice from Mr. Booth, and the meeting decided to provide ditty bags for the men in port' on Christmas Day. BOATING. ' Last Saturday the Estuary presented a gay appearance, when the local sailing fleet, enjoying a spanking easterly, unfurled sail and made towards New Brighton. The run included a visit to Pleasant Point, and in a, very quiet i way, constituted the opening of the. present season. MINIATURE RIFLE SHOOTING. The final results of the handicap match for the gold medal and silver spoon were: J. Middleton 143, 1; J. Hines, 134, 2. The local team met E. Battery on Tuesday and won by 25 points, making a total of 640. The four highest scores were: —C. Bishop 68, Dr A. Paterson 67, L. Treleaveu 66, R. Piercy 65. Practice shooting is being held to-night. -r>T-rT> rt-roaaTro) a acnrrr A ttaat

The last meeting was presided over by Mr H. Buttle, senr. The vacancy caused by Mr Garrick's resignation was filled by the election of Mr H. B. Murly as secretary. Mr Murly wa3 secretary to a previous burgesses' association, and his acceptance of the office is much appreciated. The meeting decided to continue the request for better slot telephone accommodation. The report upon the proposed Convalescent Home for soldiers showed that this was a matter entirely in the hands of the Public Health Department. Mr Tosstwill, the secretary of the Patriotic Society, had expressed his thanks for the interest taken ih. the matter by the association. BOWLING. The play for the Smithson Buttons resulted in the defeat of the challengers. TV, S. Heyes, Dr Gossett, TV. F. Raphael, G. TV. C. Smithson (skip) L>2, heat J. Booth, A. V. TVhite-Parsons. TV. J. Hampton and T\\ S. Mitchell (skip) 14.' "FOR THEY SHALT, BE FILLED."- - Let us look at'the grand dissatisfactions of life, the unatfcained ideals, the dreams unfulfilled, the baffled hopes—what do thoy mean? The fact that men and women are beings that this world has never been able to satisfy—what does it mean? It is the most magnificent promise and prophecy that God ever.vouchsafed out of. His merciful heavens. It means that grandeur of-h'ainan nature is not meant to be spent on the earth-life alone, but that somewhero will find its eompiebion and satisfaction. " Blessed' aro they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness} for they shall be filled.' 5 —M. J.-Savage.- ■■■ The best friend of the family is " NAZOL." Simple and pleasant to tako. Safest and quickest In relief. , Try the " Nazo' "' Inhaler.

TIDES FOR THE WEEK. High Water. a.m. p.m. Sunday . — 0.2 Monday . 0.26 0.50 Tuesday . 1.14 1.3S Wednesday . 2.1 2.25 Thursday 2.50 3.15 Friday . 3.40 4.6. Saturday • 4.32 4.58

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SUMNER RIPPLES., Star, Issue 11846, 4 November 1916

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SUMNER RIPPLES. Star, Issue 11846, 4 November 1916

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