Electric trucks for Dunedin City

A view of Maryhill, Mornington. - Otago Witness, 25.6.1919
A view of Maryhill, Mornington. - Otago Witness, 25.6.1919
The Public Works Committee of the City Council submitted the following report to the meeting last night respecting the purchase of motor trucks for Dunedin:

As a result of its deliberations the committee recommends that the following tenders be accepted-viz: (a) The N.Z. Express Company, two 3½-ton Orwell electric trucks, with mechanical tipping gear, but without bodies, delivered in Dunedin, 1520 each, plus extra for larger battery. (b) Two model J Thorneycroft dump trucks, 4½-ton, with mechanical tipping gear and steel body, delivered in Dunedin ready for service, 1495 each.

''In regard to the electric trucks, the price quoted was for a standard size battery, but the electrical engineer strongly recommends that a somewhat larger battery be ordered, and the committee has approved of that proposal. The tenderer for the Thorneycroft petrol trucks undertakes to give delivery in August next. Both the above types of truck are of British manufacture, and are already in service in the dominion.''

Race riots in Britain

London: Race riots at various seaports were the outcome not only of white women associating with negroes, but the resentment of soldiers against coloured men holding jobs they could fill. At Liverpool a great crowd attacked a thousand negroes from the ships, and removed white women from the blacks' quarter, demolishing the property.

At Cardiff the negroes freely used razors and revolvers. A constable and two other men were killed, and 15 whites were sent to the hospital, and besides many were slightly wounded. A fierce hunt of negroes continued for two days, during which time houses were raided and burnt and property destroyed. The police by great exertions, and with the aid of soldiers sent to their help, saved many negroes from severe handling. At Newport the police were compelled to make several baton charges, in which 72 persons were injured.

Pushing licensing limits

''There seems to be a general idea that a man is entitled to buy a drink just on the stroke of 6, spend two or three minutes in consuming it, light his pipe, and get out of the bar in leisurely fashion,'' said Mr F. V. Frazer, S.M., in the Wellington Magistrate's Court on Friday.

''That is not the law at all,'' said his Worship.

''When the law says the bar must be shut at 6, that is just what it means.''

Drinking on trains

Christchurch: At a meeting of the Provincial Executive of the Farmers' Union, the Chairman drew attention to the great amount of drinking indulged in on the south trains.

He said he could speak from personal experience while travelling on trains, and he could quote instances of lavatories being practically turned into bar-rooms while women and children were in the same carriage.

He moved ''That we draw the attention of the Traffic Manager in Canterbury to the growing habit of drinking intoxicating liquor to excess on the south trains.''

Several delegates urged that the Minister of Railways be approached with a view to remedying the evil. The motion was carried.

- ODT, 26.6.1919


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