Debut football win for NZ

Campbell leads an attack for New Zealand (in black) against Australia during the teams’ first...
Campbell leads an attack for New Zealand (in black) against Australia during the teams’ first-ever football test match, played at Carisbrook, Dunedin. — Otago Witness, 27.6.1922
The large crowd at Carisbrook betokened the stimulus that association football has received by reason of the visit of the Australians.

The exhibition on Saturday more than fulfilled the expectation aroused by the contest on Wednesday between Australia and Otago. In spite of the handicap of a slippery ground, the match was full of bright incident, with more exciting episodes in the vicinity of the goals, than were in evidence on Wednesday. The crowd, estimated at 10,000, was easily the largest seen at a soccer match in Dunedin. The result — three goals to one in favour of New Zealand — was a correct indication of the respective merits of the teams on the day.

Had the ground been dry it might easily have been different, for there is no doubt the visitors felt the handicap more than did the New Zealanders, and it was quite evident that the play of the Australians lacked the accuracy that was the subject of comment in connection with their display against Otago.

More than 100 at YMCA dance

The YMCA gymnasium was severely taxed on Saturday evening when a delightful "hard-up" and fancy dress social was held, over 100 young men and women taking part. Messrs V.T. Drew and J. Hanna, assisted by an able committee, were in charge of the evening’s festivities, and they got things moving merrily. The gymnasium was tastefully decorated with bunting and streamers, and the many-coloured costumes of the young people produced an animated effect.

The costumes varied from those of a "sundowner" to the ever-popular [Negro] minstrel, and from an Italian dancer to a "shabby" genteel lady.

Community singing, games, and competitions were indulged in, supper being served in an adjoining room.

Rhodesian game imports suggested

During a discussion of the question of importing fresh game into the Stratford district it was stated at an Acclimatisation Society meeting at Stratford that a Rhodesian who recently visited New Zealand said he believed the francolin or brown pheasant would be very suitable for introduction into this country.

They were splendid eating birds, hardy, and thrived well, and were able to take care of themselves. The same authority also said that he believed some species of antelopes would be suitable for acclimatisation here. Possibly the authorities in New Zealand were afraid of the introduction of the rinderpest, but they could take his word for it that that pest was dead in Rhodesia. If any society desired to take advantage of his offer, he would be pleased to have the animals caught and shipped to New Zealand.

Belgians share family fortune

About 30 workmen, fishermen and farmers, who live in the neighbourhood of Ostend and are all related, are said to have a fortune of 175 million francs (£7 million at normal exchange) to be divided among them.

They are all descendants of the son of a Belgian doctor who migrated to America and died there in 1883 after having made a huge fortune. Difficulties arose over the liquidation of the fortune, hence the delay.

A notary of Ostend is now in charge of the distribution of the doctor’s millions. — ODT, 19.6.1922