The Sea Scouts' new boat Foam Queen near the Dunedin wharf,
with the first crew of Sea Scouts in the Dominion.
Seamanship instructor H.R. Cole is in the stern, with
District Commander Jones and Scoutmaster McPherson in the
bow. - Otago Witness, 6.11.1912.
Two fishermen had an exciting experience about five miles
off the Nuggets the other day (says the Clutha Free Press). A
big whale suddenly appeared near their boat. The cetacean,
which was between 30ft and 40ft long, came right up to the boat
and began to gambol about it.
The men lost no time in turning their boat and making for the
shore, but the whale seemed to take an interest in the boat,
and followed it, and every now and then dived under it, and
then came up again to spout. The men were afraid lest the
whale might crash into the boat and upset it, but fortunately
they reached the shore without mishap.
Two other whales were seen at the same time, but they did not
come near the boat.
• A rather peculiar accident happened to a milkcart in Clyde
street on Saturday (says the Clutha Leader).
A pair of horses were yoked up in tandem, and by some means
the leader, going at a good pace, pulled the shafter off its
feet. The shafter turned a complete somersault and lay under
the cart, its head under the tail-board and its tail under
the front of the cart. When released it was little worse for
its acrobatic feat.
• WELLINGTON: There has recently been a great deal of talk
about the want of proper accommodation for flaxmill hands in
the Manawatu district, and several cases of typhoid have been
reported, but apparently the men themselves are a good deal
to blame for the insanitary conditions prevailing. This
afternoon an important report by Dr H. Chesson (District
Health Officer) and Mr D. Carmody (Inspector of Factories) on
the accommodation and sanitation of flax mills in the
Manawatu and Horowhenua Counties was laid on the table of the
The report states that 35 mills, three cutters' camps, and
two private camps were visited. The officers were accompanied
on their inspection by Mr Broad (representing the
Flaxmillers' Association) and Mr Stove (president of the
Employees' Union). Every facility, it is stated, was given by
the owners to make a thorough inspection of the mills, and
information was in all cases freely tendered.
The general impression conveyed was that the owners were, in
practically all instances, prepared to do anything within
reason that was considered necessary for the provision of
proper accommodation and sanitation at the mills, and it
seems only necessary that some uniform standard should be
adopted for them to follow.
The report goes on to state that at most of the mills the
accommodation was not satisfactory, but that it was only fair
to point out that the men themselves had not taken any steps
to improve that which was provided or even to keep it clean.
- ODT, 7.11.1912.
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