Epidemic Commission hearings

The falls on Flagstaff Creek, near the junction with the Silverstream, illustrate the amount of...
The falls on Flagstaff Creek, near the junction with the Silverstream, illustrate the amount of water escaping from the Dunedin City Council's Silverstream race. - Otago Witness, 5.3.1919.
Auckland: The Epidemic Commission concluded its Auckland sitting to-day. Dr Milsom, recalled relative to a meeting of doctors convened in the early days of the outbreak, stated that the meeting was unanimously of opinion that the disease was introduced by the Niagara.

Everyone present voted except Dr Russell, who passed the boat. Dr Milsom said he was at the hospital on the evening of the day the Niagara arrived, and Dr Hill said to him: "We have some patients here from the Niagara, and they are desperately bad. I should like you to see them.'' He went to the ward, and saw that the patients were in a dreadful way. He had never seen anything like them before. They were all cyanosed, and were clearly cases of no ordinary kind. They were evidently suffering from capillary bronchitis, and were almost drawing in their own secretions. He had never seen such a type before.

Beech for butter boxes

In August, 1918, the Southland and Otago Co-operative Timber Company forwarded to the State Forests Branch of the Department of Lands and Survey a sample of Southland beech to be tested as to its suitability as a butter box timber. The department handed over the timber to the Dairy Division of the Department of Agriculture to be thoroughly tested, and the following letter conveying the result has now been received:

"I have the honour to inform you that the tests of the timber you supplied have been completed by the Dairy Division of the Department of Agriculture with quite satisfactory results. The report recommends that in order to ensure satisfactory nailing, the beech boards should not be less than half an inch in thickness. Some of the boxes made from the timber supplied were coated with paraffin wax and some were untreated. In both cases the test was satisfactory, but I would advise that in order that the timber should not lose reputation now obtained, it will be wisest to have it always treated with the wax. - E. Phillips Turner, Chief Officer.'' The importance of this matter lies in the fact that hundreds of millions of feet of beech are available in the Southland district.

Motor car for Montecillo

Mr Boyd, of Lovell's Flat, on behalf of himself and a few other subscribers, has presented a motor car to the Red Cross Society for the use of the sick and wounded soldiers. Mr Boyd is to be heartily congratulated on his patriotic action in providing a motor car for the use of the wounded soldiers, and the executive expresses to him and the other donors sincere and hearty thanks for the magnificent gift.

Highcliff School presentation

Last Thursday afternoon, at the Highcliff School, the head master (Mr D. J. A. Rutherford), who is leaving New Zealand to take charge of a school in Samoa, was entertained. A short programme was submitted by the children and the band playing several selections. On behalf of the school band Master Cyril Weir presented Mr Rutherford with a silver-mounted baton, suitably inscribed, as a mark of appreciation for his valuable services as conductor and his good work in the school. Mrs Rutherford received a lady's bag, suitably inscribed. The ex-chairman (Mr J. Fairbairn) and ex-secretary (Mr J. Bishop) of the School Committee spoke a few words in eulogy of the work of Mr Rutherford. Mr Rutherford responded. Afternoon tea was handed round.

- ODT, 5.3.1919.


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