Senior cadets from the Otago Boys' High School battalion,
parading at the Southern Recreation Ground. - Otago
Witness, 19.2.1913. Copies of picture available from ODT
front office, lower Stuart St, or www.otagoimages.co.nz.
Mr R R. H. Rhodes, Postmaster-general, was (says a Press
Association message) interviewed yesterday at Christchurch with
reference to the article in a Christchurch newspaper alleging
that the Postmaster-general was aiding and abetting bookmakers
in offering incitements to young men to gamble on horse races
by delivering betting cards posted by bookmakers.
Mr Rhodes said that undoubtedly by section 28 of the Post and
Telegraph Act, 1908, the Postmaster-general had a right to
prevent delivery of correspondence to any person either in
New Zealand or abroad who, he had reasonable grounds to
suppose, was engaged in receiving any money as consideration
for assurance, expressed or implied, to pay money on any
event relating to a horse race - that was to say shortly, who
was engaged in betting.
That betting cards were sent through the post was a matter of
common knowledge to the Postmaster-general and his officers.
If these betting cards were sent in open envelopes they were
open to the scrutiny of a postmaster who then might
reasonably be supposed to be at liberty to take action in
regard to them as allowed and prescribed by section 30 of the
Act. When the cards were in closed envelopes the Post Office
was in a different position.
The Postmaster-general deprecates in his officers any system
of prying or espionage in respect even of open packets, and
officers are expected and are accustomed only to challenge
such breaches of the law as their usual duties, discharged in
the usual way, make them cognisant of.
The fact of an infraction of the provisions of the law and of
coming under the animadversion of section 28 of the Act thus
becomes a matter of legal proof generally on the part of
persons outside the Post Office.
When such proof is offered to the Postmaster-general he is
under the necessity of taking notice of it. In any case, the
matter has again to be referred to the Solicitor-General with
a view of ascertaining what, if any, ground the
Postmaster-general has to take further action.
• An epoch in the history of the local
Territorial forces was marked on Saturday, when all sections
of the defence forces in Dunedin, numbering close on 1000
Territorials and nearly 900 Senior Cadets, were massed on
parade for the first time since the inception of the new
As Saturday's was the initial parade of the combined troops
it was decided, before carrying out the tactical exercises,
for which the various units had been mobilised, to afford, by
a march through the main streets, an opportunity to citizens
of witnessing the extent of the local forces and the effect
of the training undergone by the men.
The weather was beautifully fine, and the opportunity was
largely availed of by the public who assembled in large
numbers about 2.30 in the vicinity of the vacant space in
front of the railway station, where the troops, consisting of
29 companies of Senior Cadets, 5th Mounted Infantry (Otago
Hussars), B Battery, Field Communication Corps, Coastal
Defence Detachment, Medical Section, and eight companies of
infantry comprising the first battalion of the 4th Regiment,
were drawn up in full marching order.
• Now that the five-day working week is being
spoken of the following is interesting:- The Northern Mail
(Whangarei) states that it is reported that the innovation of
a six-day week, instead of seven days, as has ruled in the
past, will shortly be introduced at the cement works at
Limestone Island. The men will greatly appreciate the change,
as even with the lure of overtime Sunday work did not appeal
to them strongly.
- ODT, 10.2.1913.