Influenza deaths

North East Valley school fife and drum band (conductor, Mr Colbert), winners of the B grade cup at the recent Dunedin competitions. - Otago Witness, 9.10.1918.
North East Valley school fife and drum band (conductor, Mr Colbert), winners of the B grade cup at the recent Dunedin competitions. - Otago Witness, 9.10.1918.
An official return placed before the Minister of Public Health sets out the deaths from influenza in the four metropolitan and nine suburban areas during the last six months. During the quarter ended June 30 there were five deaths, in July seven deaths, in August seven deaths, and September five deaths. No deaths from influenza have been recorded by the Registrar during the present month.

Recently the Executive Council of the Seamen's Union suggested to the Minister of Public Health that measures should be taken to isolate infected ships and to fumigate the quarters of the crew.

The executive mentioned that during the last voyage of a certain steamer from San Francisco to New Zealand all the members of the crew except four were infected with influenza. Another ship that reached New Zealand recently had influenza aboard, and in neither case was a disinfection undertaken in the New Zealand ports.

Advance continues

Sir D. Haig reports: ''We inflicted a heavy defeat upon the enemy yesterday between Cambrai and St. Quentin, taking prisoner over 10,000 and between 100 and 200 guns. No fewer than 23 German divisions were engaged on this front, and were severely handled.

As the result of this action we advanced today on the whole front between the Somme and the Sensee, rapidly progressing eastwards, and capturing enemy rearguard detachments, isolated batteries, and machine-gun positions. A number of inhabitants left in the captured villages met us with enthusiasm.

The whole of Cambrai is in our possession. Canadians of the First Army entered Cambrai from the north, while later English of the Third Army passed through the southern portions of the town. Since September 21 the British First, Third, and Fourth Armies have broken through the whole elaborate series of deep defensive zones, and built up successive beds, heavily-fortified trench lines (including the entire Hindenburg system), on a front of 35 miles, from St. Quentin to Arras.

Having penetrated this battle area to a depth of between 30 and 40 miles, we are now operating far beyond and eastward to the Hindenburg defences.''

Daffodils for charity

The city was somewhat busy yesterday as far as street collecting was concerned, the occasion being an effort by the Otago and Southland Women's Patriotic Association to augment its funds.

For this purpose the sale of daffodils were undertaken, and the Lawrence and Waitahuna people came to the association's assistance, as they have done on previous occasions, by forwarding blooms.

On this occasion 40,000 blooms were forwarded, 22,000 of which were supplied by Messrs Hart Bros., of Wetherstones. The flowers arrived in excellent condition, and found a ready sale, the total takings amounting of 130 18s 8d.

Movies a bad influence

The influence of picture shows on the young people was discussed at the annual meeting of the Discharged Prisoners' Aid Society in Auckland. Mr E. C. Budd, secretary of the society, drew attention in the annual report to the steady influx of young offenders into the prisons. This, he considered, was due to lack of parental control and supervision.

- ODT, 11.10.1918


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