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It has done so in the face of conditions the existence of which must have prejudically affected the measure of success that attended it. The sudden onrush of influenza which, though fortunately mild in type, became very prevalent through Dunedin and suburbs, and the warning issued by the health authorities respecting the risks of travelling in crowded trains, must have deterred a large number of country residents from putting into effect the plans they had made for visiting town. The knowledge, moreover, that the accommodation available in Dunedin is not so elastic as to meet satisfactorily all the demands of an exceptional influx of population is a factor of some consequence with which it is always necessary to reckon. It must inevitably operate in the direction of preventing many people from leaving their homes at times when it is expected that the town will be crowded. Despite, however, the adverse circumstances which militated against it, the Carnival Week was unquestionably successful. The principal attractions that were provided were largely patronised, and, as the ‘‘investment’’ at the two race meetings sufficiently indicate, money was circulated with a freedom that impressively reflected the general prosperity of the country. The weather fortunately smiled upon the Week.
There was one death from influenza on Saturday and another yesterday at the Dunedin Hospital. One mild case was admitted yesterday, which leaves the total number of patients 53, eight of these being of the pneumonic type. The position in Dunedin and country districts has undergone no apparent change since yesterday, when there were 55 notifications, all of them mild cases. Dr T. R. Ritchie and the Emergency Committee of the St John Ambulance Association are making an appeal for nursing help, which is urgently needed. The majority of the influenza cases are, fortunately, of a mild type, but where the mother of a family is stricken, unless she is fortunate enough to have efficient help in her home, the position becomes very difficult. There are many families in the city and suburbs in desperate need of help, and though the authorities mentioned are doing their best under the circumstances, there are not nearly enough volunteers to meet the needs of the hour.
A clause in the report of the Tramways Committee of the City Council, with regard to increased tramway service, reads: — "In future a 10 minutes’ service will be run all day on the Andersons Bay line. The increase in the traffic amply justifies such an improvement in the service. It has also been decided to inaugurate a 2½ minutes’ service between Cargill’s corner and the Gardens between the hours of noon and 8 p.m. At the present time this service is being run intermittently. A regular service, besides picking up more passengers on this busy section, will ease the crowding of the regular cars at certain times. The estimated cost per annum for the increased services is £2,483."
— ODT, 16.2.1920.