One of the veteran teams at the Albion Cricket Club Jubilee
on Labour Day. Back row (from left): J. McLennan, M. Moss,
J. McFarlane, B. Ringer. Second row: J. Scott, G. Duke, A.
Dawes, B. Pickard, M. Cohen (captain), J. Kemnitz, J.
Brown. Front row: H. Harris. C. Pain, A. Wright, M.
Thomson, N. Pizey. - Otago Witness, 6.11.1912.
No doubt a measure of regret will be felt in certain
quarters at the decision of the Government to "demilitarise"
the Junior Cadets. The lads had, in general, grown to like
their drill, and their officers had devoted much commendable
enthusiasm to making their training popular. It is satisfactory
to see, therefore, that no time has been lost in formulating a
really comprehensive scheme by way of compensation for the
abolition of elementary military training in the primary
The Minister of Education is to be congratulated on the
apparent thoroughness of the system providing for the
compulsory physical training of school children which next
year should see in operation. In its essential features this
appears to possess some unassailable recommendations, and
there can be little doubt that it should make for a steady
improvement in the health and physical capacity of the young
people of the dominion. It is a logical part of the movement
which introduces the medical inspection into the primary
school, and there need be no apprehension, if we may judge
from the expert advice that the department has called to its
assistance, that the exercises in which the children are to
be trained will be anything but beneficial in their effects.
The idea of "scientific exercises in physical drill conducted
by special instructors working in co-operation with the
recently-appointed medical inspectors" need not cause alarm
to any parents, and to the majority of them it should be
The scheme promises to put the physical training of school
children on an altogether superior footing to anything it has
previously attained in New Zealand schools under the
haphazard and optional conditions which have hitherto
• The comparatively large number of New Zealand journalists
engaged on the staffs of Australian dailies was noticed by Mr
Robert McNab during his recent tour. In the course of an
interview on Saturday he informed a Southland Times reporter
that he had met New Zealand pressmen in all the large centres
"It is not only that they are there on the largest
circulating papers in Australia," he said, "but the majority
of them seem to hold highly responsible positions and are
apparently very much respected."
• An example has been brought to our notice of one way in
which weeds are introduced into this country (says the
Taranaki Herald). In a local warehouse a package of tinned
goods imported from England was being unpacked when the man
engaged in the work noticed among the straw a
On examination it proved to be Californian thistle, evidently
cut with the straw when in blossom, and the seed had just
about ripened and was ready to germinate as soon as it found
a congenial home.
• At a conference called at the London Guildhall to discuss
the question of the health of the business man the consensus
of medical opinion was that the workaday man eats too much
animal food, hurries too much, and worries too much.
The habit of rushing for the early morning train was
condemned as deleterious, while the practice of eating a
heavy midday meal was also deprecated. The doctors agreed
that a mentally or bodily tired man ought not to further
exert himself after he had finished his day's work.
The harmfulness of drinking between meals was also commented
upon. - ODT, 6.11.1912.
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