Electric wagon

North Otago's quota to the 39th Reinforcements: men en-route to the Oamaru railway station. - Otago Witness, 13.3.1918.
North Otago's quota to the 39th Reinforcements: men en-route to the Oamaru railway station. - Otago Witness, 13.3.1918.
Some time ago the Electric Power and Lighting Committee of the City Council offered to charge the battery of the first electrically driven vehicle brought to Dunedin for 12 months free of cost, for the purpose of popularising this form of power.

The offer was taken advantage of by the New Zealand Express Company, which imported a wagon with a rated load capacity of 2½ tons, and with this load a speed of 10 miles per hour can be maintained on a good level road. Loads of five tons have also been carried at a reduced speed.

The wagon is giving every satisfaction, and as it uses on an average about 16 units a day, and the highest rate of the service would be 2d per unit, the power cost is very low, compared with the price of petrol, especially at the present time.

There is no doubt that the electric wagon can in a large measure take the place of the petrol wagon, but it should be noted that its sphere of usefulness is limited at the present time to 25 to 50 miles a day, depending upon the capacity of the wagon. The battery must be charged every night, so that for long runs into the country the electric wagon is not yet entirely suitable.

Portobello toilets

The much discussed question as to the providing of public conveniences for holiday-makers at Portobello came up for further consideration at the meeting of the Road Board yesterday, when a resolution was received which was passed at a public meeting, asking the board to take charge of subscriptions and act as trustees for the expenditure of them.

While realising that the matter was one which needed immediate attention, the board firmly declined to be saddled with the responsibility of maintaining conveniences erected by public subscription. The opinion was also expressed that it was a matter in which the ferry company should lend assistance.

Dog control

Sir,- For some time past the beach at St. Clair has been fairly free of dogs, but I regret to say their owners have started bringing them back again, and the barking and yelping of these curs, as their masters throw sticks into the surf for them to fetch back, is something to be remembered.

The other afternoon a lady visitor to St. Clair took her little boy for a paddle, when they were surrounded by some nine or 10 dogs, large and small, and before she could reach the esplanade she was several times severely bitten by these brutes, and her little son got the fright of his life. I understand not one of these dogs wore a collar. Surely it is high time this disgraceful thing was stopped. - I am, etc, Visitor.

Stirling coal mine

Developments are likely to take place at the Mount Wallace coal mine, near Stirling, in the near future (says the Clutha Free Press). Mr W. Stevenson, proprietor of Stevenson's Pictures, has acquired a large interest in the mine, and intends to push ahead development work, for which a lot of material is already on the ground.

The coal has been thoroughly tested, and is semi-anthractic in character, its steaming quality being much superior to that of the other brown coal mined in the district, and although not so quick in action as Kaitangata, its lasting qualities are said to be superior. The coal is present in practically inexhaustible quantity

- ODT, 8.3.1918.


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