Members of the Otago Hussars take their mounts over a
hurdle during competitions at the sports held at Forbury
Park. - Otago Witness, 25.12.1912. Copies of picture
available from ODT front office, lower Stuart St, or
There are many novel and attractive films in the picture
programme presented for the first time at the Princess Theatre
last night. On of the best of these shows a daring and dextrous
snake-catcher at work securing specimens of these dangerous and
repulsive reptiles from the rocks and grass and trees in
Before he finished his bag contained fine specimens of the
python, carpet, ring brown, diamond, and other snakes, some
of them being eight or nine feet in length. They were all
caught with the naked hands, and the spectator could readily
believe the assertion that some of them were secured at grave
risk to the hunter.
On one occasion he allowed a very thin, poisonous snake about
4ft long to fasten its fangs on his wrist, and then speedily
rubbed on an antidote and applied a ligature above the wound.
''An Empiremaker'' was an excellent series of pictures of
scenes connected with the life of the late Cecil Rhodes. His
great mansion at Groote Schur was shown first, then the
cottage in which he died, the remarkable monument ''Physical
Energy'' erected to him at Capetown, the City of Bulawayo
that he founded, and finally the lofty burial place where his
remains were laid to rest, guarded by the immense boulders of
the Matopo Hills.
The manufacture of glass bottles is a subject of great
interest, about which the general public is decidedly
ignorant, but no one who paid attention at the Princess
Theatre last night could help finding out a great deal about
the process, which was clearly depicted from beginning to
end. Among the dramatic pictures ''The Convalescent'' bore
the A.B. Company's sign, and told the story of the love of
two men for one woman, who finally settled matters for both
by eloping with her own husband.
''For Valour'' and ''The Rivals'' were both ingenious tales
of rival lovers. Comic pictures are numerous and
irresistible. A special feature is being made of the
orchestral music, and the overture last night was a most
effective descriptive piece, designed to represent a skirmish
of troops with Red Indians. The same programme will be
presented again to-night and to-morrow night.
• The prices that were yielded at the wool sales
in Dunedin yesterday afford cause for general satisfaction.
As wool is the principal product of the Dominion, the
prosperity of the country depends to a considerable extent on
the quality of the clip and on the price secured for it, and
fortunately there seems to be every reason to believe that
the present season will be one of the most successful for
wool-growers in the history of New Zealand.
The importance of this will be plain to the public. A large
export, disposal of at high prices, should materially
contribute to a restoration of the balance of trade in favour
of the Dominion, and the proceeds of the sales should relieve
the money market.
When to this is added the fact that the harvest prospects are
generally regarded as most encouraging, and that the dairying
industry continues to show a steady development, it may
justly be considered that the promise of the immediate future
is distinctly reassuring.
- ODT, 17.12.1912.