Freight eats export profits

Bales of wool for export, for which the value for five months ending May 31, 1922 was £7,5306,144...
Bales of wool for export, for which the value for five months ending May 31, 1922 was £7,5306,144. — Otago Witness, 15.8.1922
At a ratepayers’ meeting at Wairoa, a farmer stated that he had sold his last season’s wool at £26 a bale, but the charges had been so great that he had netted only 18 shillings 2 pence a bale.

One of the speakers stated that he had sent Home his mutton and had received the satisfactory price of 24s a carcase. Unfortunately 16s of this was swallowed up with freezing, bagging, and shipping charges.

Time capsule in High St statue

When Dr Stuart’s monument was dismantled some little time ago it was discovered that a bottle which had been inserted in the monument containing his obituary notice had been broken by the movement of the masonry and the printed page defaced by the action of water.

Now that the monument is being re-erected a clean notice has been placed in a sealed bottle and it is hoped that this course will ensure the preservation of the particulars in the future.

Plunket much appreciated

It is never necessary to hesitate in appreciating the work and praising the working of the New Zealand Royal Society for the Health of Women and Children, popularly known as the Plunket Society.

The continuous success and high repute of the society must be gratifying to the lady to whom it owes its inauguration — the wife of a former Governor of New Zealand.

Gratifying also to the indefatigable philanthropic specialist, Dr Truby King, who has devoted himself with such sagacious and unremitting enthusiasm to an enterprise directly bearing upon the welfare of the race and the nation. — editorial

Feds discuss politics

The question whether the farmers of the dominion should enter party politics and form, if necessary, a farmers’ party was raised at the Farmers’ Union conference yesterday.

Mr Buxton (organiser) said it would be dangerous to bring party politics in at the present juncture. Mr Mills (Taranaki) warned the conference that if it went into party politics it would probably result in splitting the union.

Mr Wilson (Auckland) pointed to the success of the farmers in Canada.

Book finds its way home

A householder with a ticket for the public library had his faith in the honesty of the average citizen strengthened this week. He had left his book on a seat at a tramway terminus, and, missing it at once, returned by the next tramcar.

Of course the book had disappeared, but the householder consoled himself with the thought that if it had fallen into the hands of an honest person it would be returned, as the card was inscribed with his name and address.

His hope was realised on Tuesday night, as on his return home he found the book and card on his back doorstep.

Uncivil servants

There are too many cases of embezzlement in the public service, said the Hon J.A. Hanan (Invercargill) in the House of Representatives last night.

"There are cases of falsification of vouchers and so forth that do not come before the public, or before Parliament at all," said Mr Hanan.

"The offenders are allowed to resign, and it is said that in some cases they even receive superannuation.

"There is stated to be a case of an individual who has committed a serious offence, and yet today he is drawing superannuation." 


— ODT, 27.7.1922