Bowls season opens

The Kaituna Bowling Club holds its opening day for the season on October 8, 1921. - Otago Witness...
The Kaituna Bowling Club holds its opening day for the season on October 8, 1921. - Otago Witness, 18.10.1921
The city greens presented an animated spectacle on Saturday afternoon, no fewer than nine clubs celebrating their official opening for the season.

The weather was fine, and on each green the attendance was unusually large for opening day. The greens to open were Caledonian, Caversham, St Clair, North-East Valley, Kaituna, Mornington, Roslyn, West Harbour and Taieri, and without exception they were in first-class order.

It is probably several years since the local greens were in such excellent condition so early in the season, but the exceptionally fine winter and spring has enabled the greenkeepers to put their best work in.

— by ‘Jack’

Unemployment serious

At a meeting of the Relief Executive set up in connection with unemployment, the Rev V.G. Bryan King said that a total of 331 men were now on the books. The position was very serious — much more serious, in fact, than the public realised. The class of men enrolled were by no means hangers-on, and they were not asking for assistance or for money, but for work. The reports of those who had been engaged showed that most of them were doing an honest day's work for a day’s wages. The executive had to remember that these men were being paid the full award rate, but they were working only alternate weeks, so that the most any man could earn in a fortnight was £4 8 shillings. He felt sure that the appeal which the Mayor now had ready would meet with a good response, as the working people were willing to support it, and some of them had already made a levy. The Mayor (Mr J.S. Douglas) also emphasised the seriousness of the position. He stated that each morning the vestibule of the Town Hall was packed with men looking for work, and some means would have to be found of providing them with employment.

Mayor’s appeal for help

The following appeal by the mayor has been handed to us for publication:

“At the request of the executive and the social workers of our city, I hereby appeal to all sections of the community who are able and willing to assist their less fortunate fellow man in this period of stress. By contributing to the Relief Fund they will not only be helping many deserving citizens, who, through no fault of their own, find the means of supporting their families suddenly cut off. But they will also be helping in the promotion of many useful works within the city's limits. Our city social workers report many distressing cases of hardship. Funds are urgently required to finance the various works. The committee are employing only married men, and those with  dependants, and only half-time is given to each man engaged. Donations in cash will be acknowledged at the town clerk's office, Town Hall. Donations of goods, foodstuffs, clothing, and boots will be thankfully received at any of the city social reform worker’s headquarters.”

Tree ferns unlikely fence posts

Tree ferns do not impress the uninitiated as being suitable for fencing purposes, but it was mentioned at the meeting of the Wanganui River Trust by a farmer that he had used posts from these trees 11 years ago, and they were as good today as the day they were first used. When the core of the ferns rotted it was advisable to fill it up with cement, or to drive a wedge of hardwood through it. Other members agreed that, properly used, tree fern posts were almost everlasting. — ODT, 13.10.1921. 

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