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''I am absolutely satisfied that we can now say we have turned the corner, as far as the epidemic is concerned,'' was the remark made by Dr Bowie (acting medical superintendent at the Dunedin Hospital) to a Daily Times reporter yesterday afternoon.
Dr Bowie said he was convinced that the people had only due regard to the precautions which the authorities had urged them to take, and there need be no fear of a recrudescence of the trouble. Energies, however, must not yet be relaxed, for although the corner has been turned there is still a lot to be done.
Of the many workers who have willingly come forward to render help during the present epidemic none has given better service that the motorists, who at all hours of the day or night have worked at high pressure carrying comforts and help to sufferers.
Even in the midst of the heavy rain yesterday, a motor cyclist with side chair attached to his machine set off for Palmerston with a V.A.D. worker, who had come into town by a motor that had conveyed a party of workers to Palmerston earlier in the day, but who was anxious to return to his voluntary post of duty.
This is by no means an isolated example of motorists, but strong indignation is felt towards those who have, by their selfish disregard of the appeal for motors, thrown an unfair burden on the willing few.
Waterfront work may resume
A mass meeting of the Dunedin Waterside Workers' Union will be held this morning to consider the question of the resumption of work on the waterfront, and it is anticipated that a decision will be arrived at to resume operations immediately.
It might be mentioned that Dunedin and Port Chalmers are the only ports in the dominion where work is not being carried on on the waterfront although the epidemic is not considered to have been as severe here as at the other large ports in the dominion.
The local shipping agents have taken the utmost precaution to have the vessels in port thoroughly fumigated, and they strongly resent the action of the men in deciding to suspend the work for a second week.
War memorials were mentioned in the House of Representatives on Tuesday by Mr H. G. Ell. Mr Ell suggested that the Government should arrange for the erection of war memorials which would bear the names of the gallant men who had died for New Zealand during the present war, and that would be worthy of the dominion in design and situation.
The Prime Minister said that the matter had been before the Government already. The Government intended to supply a headstone for the grave of every New Zealand soldier who had fallen in the war.
He could say further that national memorials would be established, but the details had not yet been decided. He hoped and believed that the memorials would be worthy of the soldiers and of the cause in which they had died.
- ODT, 28.11.1918