A busy day in the field, ploughing with horse teams. -
Otago Witness, 25.12.1912. Copies of picture available from
ODT front officer, lower Stuart St, or
The Dunedin retailers have been having a very busy time
during the past few days, some of the shops on occasions being
crowded to excess. These crowds have evidently lent a sense of
security to the petty thief who wished to secure some of the
articles displayed on the counters without paying for them.
It is regrettable to learn that petty thieving has been
rather rife in some of the shops, and the manager of one
large firm states that though his turnover for the Christmas
week constitutes a record, the number of articles which this
year have been surreptitiously taken constitutes another
record. Observation leads to the statement that children of
from 8 to 13 or 14 years of age have been the chief
offenders, the girls being worse than the boys.
Several girls have been caught with stolen toys, etc., in
their possession, but beyond insisting that the articles be
at once returned no further action is being taken.
• A shipment of eggs consigned by a large Dunedin
firm to Messrs E. A. Lane and Company, of Tooley street,
arrived in London recently and was sold to the trade the
following day. The price realised was quite satisfactory,
being 13s net London per 120. The eggs were brought by the
Turakina, and are the first consignment this season.
Messrs Lane and Company told your representative that the
packages were a great improvement on previous experiments,
but there is still room for further improvement.
The condition of the consignment was very good, and the
quality perfect. They were much larger eggs than previously,
and certainly had more colour. Both of these points are
important with the London dealer.
Having tested the eggs by boiling, they proved to be as good
as any it is possible to get on the London market at this
time of the year, the flavour being rich, and the yolk and
white perfect in colour. The eggs were carried in cool
chambers, and had no preparation on the shells at all, and
when the cases were opened the appearance was as good at that
of any English new laid.
At the moment this trade is in its infancy, but in a few
years' time, if the production increases to an extent to
enable shippers to see a fair margin of profit, a big trade
will be done in the future.
- ODT, 31.12.1912.