Enjoyable social for soldiers

A group of competitors in the recitation for girls under 11 years at the Dunedin Competitions...
A group of competitors in the recitation for girls under 11 years at the Dunedin Competitions Society's festival. - Otago Witness, 28.10.1919.
The rooms of the Otago Soldiers' Club in the basement of the Y.M.C.A buildings were the scene of unusual gaiety last night.

The members of Our Girls' Club issued a cordial invitation to all returned soldiers to spend a social and musical evening, and "our boys'' could not turn a deaf ear to such a solicitation. There were over 100 members of the club acting as hostesses, and more than that number of returned soldiers, with a will to be pleased, gave themselves up to the enjoyment of the hour. The programme of music and parlour games was arranged by Misses Glen, N. L. Wallace, Ross, Bell, Scott, and Davidson, and Mesdames Wallace and Cameron. Songs were contributed by Mr J. Morrison; recitations by Miss Campbell, Mr Anderson, and Mr Helm. Mr Roy Don favoured the visitors by playing a piano solo that was much appreciated. Mr J. V. Hanna, secretary of the Otago Soldiers' Club, presided over the pleasant gathering in a manner that prevented the entertainment form flagging. The seating arrangements were happily contrived so that groups of men and maidens were brought sociably together.

Eager English immigrants

In a private letter received by a Wellington lady from a relative in Rugby (England) the following passages occur: "Doubtless attracted by the glowing accounts of the possibilities New Zealand and the other overseas dominions offer, large numbers (men and women) are inquiring as to the possibility of transferring to your and other distant parts of the globe. Personally, I know that many domestics will make the experiment as soon as opportunity offers, and I also know that they will prove a decided acquisition. I know the independence of the average New Zealand girl, and I admire her for it. She will willingly assist at home, but she won't go into service and I don't blame her. These home girls are quite all right, and will supply a long-felt want. They are well trained, and are domestics pure and simple. So far the Immigration Department at your High Commissioner's offices in the Strand has held out little hope, because there are thousands yet to be shipped home, and others who have a prior claim. But the shipping arrangements are gradually becoming better, and unless there is something in your ever-changing legislation to prevent it, you will have a substantial addition to your male and female labour before long.''

Toothbrush drill at school

During the course of an education board meeting recently, Mr F. W. Gresham read a letter from Dr E. H. Wilkins (medical inspector of Southland schools), which stated that toothbrush drill was being carried out with great success in the Invercargill Middle School (says the Southland Times). The writer recommended that the board should express its approval of the introduction of this drill and should suggest its application in all schools in the district. Toothbrushes should be purchased by school committees, the price ranging only from 6d to 9d. In moving on the lines suggested, Mr Gresham paid a tribute to the good work being carried out on dental lines by Dr Wilkins, who, he said, had a wonderfully impressive way with children. The board decided to recommend to teachers and committees that tooth drill should be instituted. - ODT 29.10.1919.

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