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[Fbom Cor CoßKxsroxDßirr.] THE SOLDIERS. Corporal R. Johnson in a "cent lettor states that be has had leave i ou hiß work in France and has tobj i™ £n<dand and Scotland. He spen. s-here he thoroughly enjoyed [ - Mr F W. Pilcher, late of tho SchooL • /or the' Deaf, left with the non-con*-officers for camp this week. News has been received that babC. I. Sumner 4 „d S. Dalton of Redcliffs, have ar rived at their destination ad jc. . Doth men joined the Motor latiolj Service. . .... A . j^-r, m I Driver H. Blazey is still hv. nom . his Tetter it is evident that he is not | quite so near the bring lino as he has. , There was a splendia muster <u Senior Cadets on Thursday cvcnoig Their marching and general did them distinct credit. b«S ea «£- Maior Webb and Lieutenant R. W • Winter were in charge ot tho parade r i i T T Withers is on tho Sergcanti A. J. 1- m" 1 *- 1 -*. ' . , staff of tho hospital ship which visited Lvttelton this week. Private Darcy Street was down from camp for a day or two. Much s>mpaJy is felt for this young soldier, who, on tho eve of leaving for tho front, lost his mother unexpectedly. The late Mrs Street toofc an untiring interest in the welfare of all soldiers. She knitted unceasingly, and was alone responsible for over one hundred ami twenty pairs of socks. Corporal Stieet is still at the front. RED CROSS WORK. The Red Cross Committee met during the week, the Mayoress, Mrs J. J>Lavirenson, presiding. Are por on the garden pari recently held at Brantholme" stated that tho sum of £lB ISs-ud had been raised. Mrs 1. AUL;On was accorded a very hearty vote of thanks for her help m this mattei. The treasurer reported that the monthlv donations amounted to £l3 Os 6cL. Tho secretary, Miss Foster, of Stoke Street, reported that durmg the month the following articles had been forwarded to the central depot :_2C pymma suits, 10 day shirts. 4 flannel sleeping ackefs, 1 flannel vest, 2 pairs af sl,ppers, 17 pairs of socks, 1 pair of b .d Lo« and 5 pairs of mittens. Mr,s R. J Thorpe had also forwarded two pairs of slippers and one pair of mittens. The committee decided to provide afternoon tea at the Cities . Defence Corps rooms in April. Immediate!; alter the Liverpool meeting on Monday the committee will assemble to couBider tho voting of a sum for the pjchaso of cardigan jackets, urgently a*ked for by the central depot, LADY LIVERPOOL WORK. The committee of the Sumner Lady Liverpool Society will meet on Monday afternoon. This marks the commencement of work for 1917. Last year by of rift afternoons, collection* "iithe making up of samtarv shirts IU hand-knitted socks, a good deal was forwarded to comfort the.boys in the trenches. It is expected that thi, Z,r tho output for such a laudable ' I o wfll £ ?onsiderably greater than u& nast. Mrs J.. S. Neville of the has again undertaken im;,rtant work at the head centre's depot tn the city. BOROUGH IMPROVEMENTS. The results of the steady work being dor.o at tho protective wall at the hhh* are now much in evidence, 1> means of tho cranes erected a ong.the water front and on the wall, hugemalses of rock have been shifted and placed in suitable positions CcnsK--m-oWo headway has been made at the bend of the wall, where heavy dumping is in progress with a view to matin" the entrance a safe one. > Th e -wiring for tho electric. installation of Redcliffs is just about ,c« m " n'leted. Considering the high price, or material and the difficulty in procuring it the borough is to be congratulated upon the progress thus far made. Ihe turning on of the current is now only a matter of a few Already the work being cone in the formation of the pathway along Uitton Bay is a decided improvement at that spot. The material for the asphalting ' oTthe road is expected to bd spread almost immediately. LITCKRXE. A verv striking example-of the value <tf lucerne as a crop is to be seen m a section between the township and the tennis courts. This ground two years ago was a wilderness of sand and lupins. It was levelled by the owner, Mr G. Humphreys, and top-dressed ■with clay. Lucerne was then sown broadcast and left to itidf. r Tho resulting croß is wonderful, /t is even at the root, free from vecos, a gooel cplour and sturdy in growth. PRESBYTERIAN AFFAIRS. A meeting of the Presbyterian Ohtirch was presided over by the Rev *F M'Donald. There was a full attendance, the principal business being the question of fillins the vacancy . caused by the departure of, Mr V. Rule. for camp- It was finally decided to cet-lay help for the present, and to isk Mr J. Read, of Knox Church, to tindertako the work at a later period. - Mr V. Rule preached his farewell serEoa on Sunday evening last. He said j£at he had taken up the work with 0, good deal of trepidation at the commencemer: bub ho found the congregation helpful from the start. He had always had their best wishes, and after taiiht months' service with them he

was loth to leave. His connection with their church had marked a most important part in his life, and he wished them every success during his absence. On Monday the congregation met to say farewell to three church * The gathering took the form of a serial, the Rev T. M.'Donald presiding. The chairman, on behalf of tho church members, presented Mr V. Rulo with a wristlet watch and ai soldier's belt. The chairman also presented Mr C. Burgess, who is leaving tor camp, too. with a soldier's belt and a set of military brushes. The two soldiers were heartily received, and suitably replied. Miss iJdzicl then presented. Mr M. Laureiiion. the secretary of the committee, with an umbrella, on tho. occasion of his departure for Nelson and the West Coast. During the evening musical items wore contributed by Mirs I. M'Dowcll and Messrs V. Rule nml •T. Lang- Sapper was served by the ladies, ami a most enjoyable evening was spent. SUNDAY SCHOOL PICNIC. The children of the Sumner and Rcdtl'.lfs Presbyterian Sunday School held their annual picnic on Saturday in a convenient section adjoining Miss Fendor's, at Redciifis. About eighty scholars attended and a splendid outing resulted, much of the pleasure of which was no doubt due to tue kindness of the Misses Render. Races and competitions were run through the day with au abundance of prizes to satisfy rII competitors. Tho visitors' race was won by Miss Ray, the mother's race !\y Mrs Gardiner and the teachers' race by Miss Richardson. Hearty cheers i were given for the generous owner of tho section AN INTERESTING DISPLAY. A display of war relics on view in the main btreet during tho week has proved a great attraction. Amongst the articles ol particular interest are an' English cavalry sword captured by the Tunis and recaptured in Egypt, and a Turkish rifle- Near these are large brass shell eases from one of our warships. 'lhese cases aro handsomely mount,ed, and make splendid vases, in tho centre of the display is a gas mask as used m the trenches, together with close-titling goggles used as a protection against the oifects of tear shells. Then there are the noses of shells, both Liitish and German, some aluminiumpointed and others pointed with copper. 'lhe scale us:ed for adjusting the time fuse is very easily si en. Numerous parts of bombs are in the exhibition as well as portions of Fritz's helmets. Tho metal bust of a F'vucli sailor is also amongst the curios, which include buttons, medals and coins of various sorts. Altogether, the collection is one of the most interesting seen in the borough and is well worth close inspec--1 ion. THE FIRE BRIGADE. Twice this week the brigade has been summoned to outbreaks of lire, and on each, occasion it has been fortunate in securing; tho services of Mr R. Gibb's motor-car to convey members to the scene. The reel is stripped of hydrants, unions and nozzles, all of which are carried in the. car, and, toped to the motor, it makes the jour- | ney in the very best time, j During the grass lire behind the. J rifle range at Redcliffs, 200 acres | were burnt and 'the orchards belonging j to Mes.~ry Campbell and Knox up on | the Clifton Extension Road were j slightly damaged. Groups of beaters, however, stationed themselves on tho line of tho fire and did excellent service. Amongst these were a number of scholars of 'the Redcliffs School, who have been trained to assist. Had the blaze not met a ploughed paddock in its course near the top of the valley it is hard to say how far the tire would have extended. THE FLUERTY-HERD FUND. Last Sunday the Ghristchurch and suburban bands gavo a massed parado in aid of the Fluerty-Kerd fund. As a zesult of their collection at the Domain gates over £4O was taken. The treasurer reports that the tramway receipts for Gala Day, part of which go to this fund, amount to a little over £35. The Tramway Comedy Troupe has kindly offered to give -a concert in the interests of this fund on Wednesday week at the Town Hall. Tho troupe is reported to have captured a German cruiser, now named the s.s. ■Saveloy, and from her decks a most interesting programme will he offered to the public. _Tho scholars of tho Sumner and Redciifis schools are being asked to sell tho tickets and t'bo borough will be divided into different areas with regular canvassers for each. PERSONAL. Dr L A. Line paid the borough a visit recently and renewed 1 many old acquaintances. Mr S. It. Wright, of Hororata, was in Sumner for a few days recently. Mr J. Lang, recently of Granity, was hero for a few days before leaving for his church work in Oxford. Superintendent J. Carter left yesterday to attend the conference of tho United Fire Brigades Association at Balclutha. On hia way down ha will attend a meeting of the Provincial Fire Brigades' Association at Timaru. BURGESSES' ASSOCIATION. The Samner Burgesses' Association will meet this evening in the Town Hall, when it is expected that the byelection, caused by the resignation of Ctfune-'llor M. Laurenson, as well as the ordinary election of Mayor and councillors, will be fully discussed. \vith regard to the former, it is nob expected that much will bo done, as the elected candidate -would not represent the -borough for «.inore than a month before the general election took place. Th& electoral roll-has now closed!

with 1229 names, and as.the poll takes placo on the last Wednesday in _ April, the supplementary list closes just a fortnight before that date. Burgesses would do well to remember that tho Harbour Board and Hospital Board elections tnko place at the same time,so that all should see that they are enrolled in good time. ALL SAINTS' CHURCH. During Lent the Rev P. B. Haggitt is giving a course of addresses at the Wednesday evening services at Sumner. Harvest festival services are to be held ait both Redcliffs and Sumner on bunday week. The choir at the latter church has been recently strengthened, and, assisted by members from Redcliffs, will render special music in tht» morning. Arrangements are on foot for starting a troop of Boy Scouts for the scholars of the Sunday schools at both centres. Recruits are invited. BOWLING AND CROQUET. During tho week a Sumner rink visited United and were- defeated by live points. The scores were:—Brightwell (Sumner) 21; H. Roberts (United) 26. At a meeting of the Bowling Olub, presided over by Mr W. F. Raphael, it was decided to close one end of tho immediately. Tho final closing i was left to the Green Committee. The q-jestioti of a further supply of waOes has been left to Messrs W. J. Hampton and W. S. Heyes. A team from the Linwood Croquet Club visited tho home lawns ana wa* defeated by twenty games to ten. In tho singles the following local pincers scored: Mrs C. H. Hamilton. Miss Bailey, Mrs F. S. Maddison, Miss Bain, Mrs Oxley and Miss Oxley; in the doubles, also, the following:—Mrs J. M. B. Crawford and Mrs C. H. Hamilton Miss Bnilov and Mrs F. S. Maddison, Miss Bain'and Mrs I. Wilson, Mrs and Miss Oxley. Jn a match with Linwood, at Linwood, tho local players were beaten by five games to three. In the senior match against United on Thursday the visitors won by 9 games to 3. LIFE SAVING. Last Saturday Messrs Hooper, Alexnuder, Tnvscott, W. Miller, Atmore, Benson, and Mitchell (captain), of the Sumner branch, journeyed to North New Brighton to compete for the Rav Blank trophy. During the past three woek-s the team had put in a food deal of practice, and were hopeful of being successful. In the water thenwork was splendid, but they lost marks for land drill, and came a good second with 8G points.

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SUMNER RIPPLES., Star, Issue 11952, 10 March 1917

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SUMNER RIPPLES. Star, Issue 11952, 10 March 1917

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