Accommodation at a premium

Albany Street School fife and drum band winning the A grade quickstep at the Taieri Agricultural Society’s annual show at Wingatui racecourse. — Otago Witness, 2.12.1919.
Albany Street School fife and drum band winning the A grade quickstep at the Taieri Agricultural Society’s annual show at Wingatui racecourse. — Otago Witness, 2.12.1919.
The matter of providing accommodation for visitors to the city during the Carnival Week in February is already exercising the minds of a great many people, and the problem is undoubtedly one which will require careful consideration before it is satisfactorily solved.  
During the last few years several of the larger accommodation houses in Dunedin have for some reason and another gone out of business, and at the same time the demands upon the hotels and boarding houses have increased enormously, with the result that even in normal times the leading hotels are hard put to it to cope with the requirements of the travelling public. 
It will be seen, therefore, that in the event of an extraordinary rush of visitors to the city, such as would occur during the Carnival Week, considerable difficulty would be experienced in providing the necessary accommodation. 
In the past some of the hotelkeepers have lent assistance in finding board and lodging for visitors, but something more than this will be required to meet the demands which will arise during Carnival Week, and it was suggested to a Daily Times reporter yesterday by a well-known local hotelkeeper, who has given the matter a good deal of thought, that a committee should be appointed to devise some proposal which would meet the needs of the situation.
Australian divorce ‘boom’
There is the subject of profound reflection by moralists in the message from Sydney which states, rather flippantly, that the divorce ‘‘boom’’ continues, and that the 1200 mark has now been reached.
This information indicates very unmistakably that divorce is becoming popular in New South Wales.  Moreover, it is not in New South Wales only that evidence is being provided of an increase in the business of the Australian divorce courts.  
No doubt various explanations can be offered of this tendency towards the dissolution of the marriage bond by legal procedure.  During the war period the national temperament was scarcely normal. 
Many marriages were hurriedly and thoughtlessly entered into, and the old adage, ‘‘marry in haste and repent at leisure,’’ may have been frequently exemplified in the past few years.
Praise for NZ Mounted Brigade
Wellington: General Chaytor was the guest at yesterday’s New Zealand Club luncheon, and gave some of his experiences while in command of the Anzac Mounted Division against the Turks. 
He said he thought the Anzac Division was the best in the whole army and he did not think he was prejudiced.  He might have been hard upon his brigade, the New Zealand Mounted Brigade, at times, for he had always wanted them to be better than the Australian Brigades forming part of the Division, and that was no easy job. 
During one period of the fighting the heat in the shade was 123 degrees.  At one period the horses had to go 72 hours without water, and it spoke volumes for the care of the men for their horses when it was remembered that they lost very few.  That disproved the old story that the Australians and New Zealanders were good riders but no horse masters.
— ODT, 4.12.1919.


Carnival week.

I've got an idea. I've got a bit of an idea. Change it to January, call it 'Festival Week'. Run Street races with Army Indians. People love the smell of benzine around the Oval, perched, as they are, on the Andy Bay Railbridge.

Miniature steam trains at St Kilda, and Soapbox Derby for the kids down Manor Place.

It's a goer, and it's 1919.

Well done for voting down prohibition.