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A movement that should awaken the sympathies of everyone in the community has been set on foot during the last few months, its object being to provide a home for children whose parents cannot, owing to sickness, give them all the attention they require. Another purpose is to place parents who may be stricken with illness at ease with regard to the wellbeing and self custody of young members of their family. To carry out this project a most suitable building on the hill, just above Vauxhall, has been leased, with the option of purchasing the place at the end of the term. It is emphasised that it is a purely undenominational institution, and is open to all who may wish to take advantage of its existence. The committee actively engaged in bringing the movement to a head consisted of Canon Curzon-Siggers, the Rev. Vincent King, the Rev. De Lambert, and Mr S. Dunkley, who have been materially assisted by an Advisory Committee consisting of Mesdames Jackson, Gordon, Curzon-Siggers, Misses Geerin, Broderick, and Mrs Dr Lindon. The formal opening of the institution took place on Saturday afternoon in the presence of a fairly large assemblage. The Mayor (Mr W. Begg), in performing the opening ceremony, referred to the pleasure he derived in being called upon to do so. The home was undenominational, and the doors were open to all who might seek admission. It was founded on broad principles, and followed on the lines of democracy. The need for such a home had been emphasised by the recent influenza epidemic, and also by cases of mothers of soldiers who had become ill, and who had no home to which they could send their little ones. He hoped the home might be a new gem in the crown on our city for the uplifting of human happiness.
'Big Lizzie' back in use
Tramcar No. 1, which will probably go down to posterity as ``Big Lizzie'', was again put into commission on Saturday, after having been ``in dock'' for a considerable period. This car has been fitted with new wheels, and has undergone a general overhaul at the hands of the repair staff, and is now expected to be on the road permanently, either in the St. Kilda service or for use as a special. The difficulty of fitting the car with satisfactory wheels and the heavy calls that have recently been made on the repair staff have been the principal causes of this tram's prolonged seclusion, but we understand that it is now in good working order, and no further trouble is anticipated. Another improvement which has been given effect to by the acting manager (Mr W. H. M'Kenzie) is the running of an extra car to Anderson's Bay at four minutes past 6, in order that the Bay people may get home earlier than by the ordinary timetable car, which does not leave the Post Office until 6.14 p.m.
Killing ferrets illegal
The Government has called the attention of selling brokers to the fact that ferret skins are not allowed to be sold unless special permission is first obtained. Section 26 of the Rabbit Nuisance Act, 1908, and section 3 of the Rabbit Nuisance Amendment Act, 1918, make it illegal for any person to capture, sell, dispose of, or kill any animal declared to be the natural enemy of the rabbit, except by a permit signed by an inspector. Trappers should therefore take care in their operations to avoid as far as possible any unnecessary destruction of ferrets, etc.
- ODT, 2.6.1919