Whangaroa Harbour, North Auckland.- Otago Witness, 15.1.1913 Copies of picture available from ODT front office, Lower Stuart St, or www.otagoimages.co.nz
It is not often that a local body receives special praise for
its labours on behalf of the ratepayers, the latter being
rather prone to complain about matters which they deem to
require the council's attention.
An exception to the rule occurred at the meeting of the West
Harbour Council on Tuesday evening, when the Mayor read a
letter from a resident at Burkes thanking the council for the
excellent manner in which the borough staff had formed the
footpaths in that ward, for which the ladies were specially
grateful. The letter caused smiles to encircle the council
table, and the Mayor remarked jocularly that owing to the
rarity of such epistles the one referred to ought to be
framed and hung on the walls of the council chamber.
• Some misconception seems to have arisen to the manufacture
and sale of matches in this dominion. ''The Phosphorus
Matches Act, 1910.'' prohibited the use of yellow or white
phosphorus in the match-manufacturing business after January
1, 1912. Merchants and retailers were allowed 12 months grace
in which to get rid of existing stocks.
To meet the provisions of the Act, Messrs Bryant and May,
Bell and Co., the well-known New Zealand manufacturers,
immediately brought out a special non-poisonous wax vesta,
which has been, and is now, procurable throughout New
Zealand. The new vesta is said to be most suitable for
household and smokers' use. The manufacturers claim that it
is not only the equal of the previous article in every
respect, but that it is made from perfectly harmless
materials. The improved vesta is absolutely non-poisonous.
• The story of a bride who was ''waiting at the church'' for
a bridegroom who did not appear was told during the hearing
of a case in the Magistrate's Court at Christchurch on
Wednesday (says the Press). Arrangements had been made for
the wedding which was to take place at a church not far from
Christchurch, and at the hour fixed for the ceremony the
bride was there and the church was filled with many friends,
but there was no appearance of the bridegroom.
After some delay, the bridegroom, following the example of
the bridegroom in a popular pantomime song, sent along a note
to say that he could not attend the ceremony that day. He
left the district, and although he again corresponded with
the young lady, matters have not been advanced sufficiently
to bring the parties to the church.
• The crested dogtail grass seed harvest which entered so
largely into the calculations of Manawatu growers of late
years is being almost entirely neglected this season,
remarked a Sandon grower to a New Zealand Times reporter.
Last year's harvest showed particularly good returns, both in
yield and prices, an as every farmer had a paddock or two
laid up for seed the market became overstocked.
The same grower, in comparing his dogstail with perennial
rye, finds that the crested dogstail has carried just on a
sheep more to the acre during the winter. Nearly twice as
many lambs have gone away fat off the dogstail, while the
ewes have done splendidly. Both paddocks were sown solely for
seed-saving purposes and contained no other mixtures. For
feeding and fattening purposes, the farmer considers that
crested dogstail is much underestimated, and the addition of
a little white clover would make it still more valuable. -