A group of shelters at Pleasant Valley Sanatorium, near
Palmerston, where patients are encouraged to spend as much
time as possible in the fresh air as a way of treating
their consumption (tuberculosis). - Otago Witness,
"Old beliefs die hard," said Dr Milsom in the course of
an address on tuberculosis at Auckland recently.
"Consumption is not hereditary.
"Originally it was thought to be so. The discovery of a
tubercle bacillus has altered our views on the subject,
however. The occurrence of the disease in families is due
only to their greater exposure to infection.
"Certainly there have been very rare cases of tuberculosis
discovered in the newly-born, but I have heard of only three
authenticated cases. When the inheritance of consumption was
denied, the belief arose that a predisposition to the disease
was transmitted. I do not believe this to be the case.
Statistics do not show it; animal tuberculosis does not show
it, and the figures even suggest that the children of
tuberculous parents inherit a closer average immunity."
• The Wakatipu Mail, which has been published in
Queenstown for nearly 50 years, has entered upon a new epoch
in its history. The management has shown considerable
enterprise in installing several modern machines in the
printing office, and included amongst these is an up-to-date
composing machine, known as a Typograph. Most of the
newspapers in the smaller towns of the dominion employ the
old system of hand setting yet, but the installation of this
machine will effect a considerable improvement in the general
appearance of the journal. Indeed, the number to hand, which
is the first production under the new system, is highly
commendable, the printing being exceedingly clear and neat.
• The inaugural meeting of the recently-formed Dunedin branch
of the Overseas Club took place in His Majesty's Theatre last
night, when the presence of his Excellency the Governor lent
special distinction and significance to the occasion. The
Overseas Club is a patriotic organisation brought into
existence by the enterprise of the London Daily Mail
so lately as August, 1910, and some idea of the importance to
which it has already attained is conveyed by the statement
that there are some 2000 branches all over the world, and
that its membership now exceeds 100,000.
The dress circle of the theatre was completely filled last
night, and there were also a considerable number downstairs.
Among the audience were several M.P.'s and leading
Territorial officers. The stage was tastefully decorated with
greenery, and arranged in drawing room fashion, and at the
back was a crown of greenery picked out with coloured
electric globes. Conspicuous in the centre of the stage was a
machine gun, while to the right and left were piled rifles. -
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