Flood waters receding

Flood damage at Clyde Terrace, Kaitangata. — Otago Witness, 12.2.1919.
Flood damage at Clyde Terrace, Kaitangata. — Otago Witness, 12.2.1919.
KAITANGATA: The flood waters are going down steadily and many stretches of land have reappeared. 

A most disagreeable odour assails the nostrils when one is in close proximity to areas recently covered by the flood, and as the sun’s rays are directed strongly on these affected parts the stench becomes such that pedestrians find it convenient to ‘‘hustle’’.  The banks of the canal continue to crumble away, and the Kaitangata Dairy Farmers’ Co-operative Company’s stock of cheese is being removed to the river steamer which was brought down from Balclutha for coal supplies.  Further damage to a considerable extent has been revealed further up the Clyde terrace road, where for a great distance the top of the road has been scoured and swept out to a depth of about 4ft.  The greatest difficulty which confronts the boatmen conveying mails to Stirling is the strength of currents flowing toward the lakes from the new break near the Stirling bridge.  Dairy farmers who have been missing the cows that were in milk are now compelled to ease off a little, as the dry cattle are showing too visibly the signs of the pinching.  One dairy farmer who milked 60 cows has decided to retain eight or nine of them and place the remainder on the market.  He, like his neighbours, will have no grass or turnip crops for winter feed.  The river continues its rapid encroachment on the farming lands in the lower Inch-Clutha or Matau district, and a very large part of Mr A. O. Rutherford’s farm has disappeared and swept away to sea.

Educating youth

Replying to a deputation which waited on him at Wellington with suggestions as to the methods for dealing with social evil, the Acting Prime Minister made an important statement, in which he outlines a scheme for the future training of Senior Cadets and Territorials.  The Minister said that the root of the matter referred to by the deputation could be got at only by the proper training of the young.  The new scheme had for its object the training of Senior Cadets in the ideals of good citizenship.  Lecturettes will be given on hygiene, and he hoped that sex hygiene might be included, though they must not begin to teach that too soon.  They wished to promote all that pertained to physical health and moral development.  His idea was to start at the beginning and train boys and girls to resist temptation.  The Minister of Education, who was present, said he was heart and soul in agreement with the new scheme.  He would support it, no matter what the consequences, political or otherwise.

Warrington motor racing

The Otago Motor Club ran off a series of motor cycle races on the Warrington beach on Saturday, and a great deal of interest was manifested in the different events.  The races were arranged for low tide, and there was a fine hard expanse of sand to travel on, which was taken full advantage of by the riders.  The pace at times was thrilling, noticeably so by W. H. Jones (a Christchurch rider), B. Wilden, and F. M’Donald.  The course was a two-mile one — out and back — and where turns had to be negotiated these were cleverly taken by the riders, and very few spills occurred.  The club officials were present in full force, and got the races off well up to time. — ODT, 10.1.1919.



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