Colonial help for Irish border

Irish Free State president William Cosgrave and Northern Ireland prime minister Sir James Craig,...
Irish Free State president William Cosgrave and Northern Ireland prime minister Sir James Craig, guests of British prime minister Ramsay MacDonald (centre) at his official country residence Chequers, Buckinghamshire. — Otago Witness, 5.8.1924
The Government at Home seems to be doing its best to effect a settlement of the Irish boundary question, but there is a saying what measure of success may attend its efforts. The meeting of Sir James Craig and Mr Cosgrave at Chequers was evidently unproductive of progress towards the desired solution. The Prime Minister has intimated, however, that he has not abandoned hope that the Governments of Northern and Southern Ireland may yet reach an agreement. What is to happen as regards the Boundary Commission, the creation of which is provided for under the Irish Treaty, is still uncertain. The Government is desirous of constituting the Commission in accordance with the undertaking the fulfilment of which has repeatedly been requested by the Free State. An interesting, and indeed peculiar, feature of this Commission consists in its personnel. It is to be composed of judges from the dominions. It will be a Commission, therefore, of unquestionable competence, the members of which, being far removed from the atmosphere of controversy that surrounds the issues to be remitted to them. 

Yet it seems doubtful whether the outcome of all these attempts to overcome the difficulties that have arisen will be of practical value unless Northern Ireland and the Free State can be induced to come to some mutual understanding with regard to the boundary between them. — editorial

New engine ignites interest

A decidedly interesting development in connection with automobilism is reported from Berlin, where a Mercedes chassis has been running on crude oil with an engine of the Diesel or semi-Diesel type. A compressor is fitted to the engine, which supplies the necessary compressed air, and the induction is under pressure. No magneto or sparking-plug is used in this engine 

thus doing away with a small but important item that sometimes gives trouble. A 35 horsepower engine, in a standard two-ton chassis with an omnibus body was tested, and it was found that with crude oil fuel it gave at least equal power to that developed by the petrol engine.

Further, it is noteworthy to add that the vehicle, with its heavy-oil power unit, covered a considerable distance over bad roads at a speed of 50 kilometres (approximately 31 miles) per hour. 

Coastal shipping falls short

Local merchants have been put to considerable inconvenience as a result of the inadequacy of the steamer service between Dunedin and Auckland. They contend that the service falls a long way short of requirements. The irregularity in the arrival of steamers makes it very difficult for merchants.

Deft manoeuvre saves biker

The prompt action of the driver of a motor lorry prevented a serious accident on Saturday afternoon. A young man who was riding a motor cycle came out of a garage in Lower High street. As he turned to the left a motor lorry, which was proceeding in the same direction and at about the same speed, almost ran the cyclist down, but the driver, by swerving sharply, just managed to clear the motor cyclist. Fortunately, there were no tramcars or other motor cars in the vicinity at the time. — ODT, 8.6.1924

Compiled by Peter Dowden