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There was a large gathering, including the Mayor of Dunedin (Mr W. Begg), the Primate of New Zealand (Bishop Nevill), Major-general Robin, Brigadier-general M'Gavin (Director-general of Medical Services), and a number of other Staff officers. Punctually at 11 o'clock his Excellency arrived at the hall, where the High School Cadets formed a guard of honour.
The boys preserved their ranks with the greatest steadiness, and their general bearing and marching aroused much favourable comment. The school bugle band sounded the Royal salute as his Excellency alighted from his car.
The Governor-general then proceeded the investiture as follows:- Dr H. Lindo Ferguson, Companion of the Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. George. Colonel J. Cowie Nichols, Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. The Rev. V. G. Bryan King, Officer of the Order of the British Empire. Miss M. J. MacGibbon, Member of the Order of the British Empire. Mrs Petrie, Member of the Order of the British Empire. Mr C. B. Smith, Member of the Order of the British Empire. Mr H. K. Wilkinson, member of the Order of the British Empire. Miss H. L. Williams, Member of the Order of the British Empire. Sister Grace Isabella Calder (New Zealand Army Nursing Staff), Royal Red Cross Decoration, Second Class. Sister Annie Catherine Douglas (New Zealand Army Nursing Staff), Royal Red Cross Decoration, Second Class.
Drapery wages 'a disgrace'
Discussing the wages fixed for female assistants in the drapery trade, at a meeting of shop assistants in Christchurch last week, Mr R. D. Martin said that the minimum of 2 which had been granted was a disgrace.
Single women were at a great disadvantage, because of the pernicious and vicious system under which the majority of the best positions were given to married women whose husbands were earning ''good fat screws,'' and could afford to keep their wives at home.
Mr Martin quoted the case of a man earning 8 per week whose wife was the head of a department earning 4 10s per week. In a subsequent discussion, some of those present urged that the solution of these problems was to be found in the principle of equal pay for equal work for both sexes.
Good draught horses scarce
There is a scarcity of good draught horses in Southland, several of the principle breeders having gone out of business during the past few years owing to the unprofitable prices that were ruling.
It is not so long ago that there was a strong demand not only from the north, but from Melbourne, and values obtained made the industry a highly payable one, but things changed with the natural result.
A Southland local body the other week disputed one of its members, who knows a serviceable horse when he sees it, to motor about the district in order to secure a sound reliable animal, but though he visited Otautau and other places where draughts were at one time plentiful, he was unable to get one that would suit.
- ODT, 3.10.1919.
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