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And this decision was not arrived at without reason, for both flower fanciers and the ordinary flower lovers, who admire the exquisite handiwork of Nature without knowing very much about her methods, could scarcely refrain from expressions of amazement at the beautiful sight which met their eyes as they entered the hall. The first impression created was something akin to that which would be experienced on obtaining a glimpse of fairyland. The hall was a blaze of gorgeous colour, with the golden hues of "a crowd of daffodils'' easily predominating. Under the influence of the brilliant electric lighting which was flashed on in the evening, new beauties were revealed, and in some respects an added charm was lent to the colours of the flowers. It is evident that the horticulturists of Otago have devoted a great deal of time to providing their blooms with effective shelter, thus enabling them to reach maturity in all their natural refinement and beauty of outline. The narcissi are of good size, and there has been just sufficient sunshine to paint them with the most perfect colours.
Steam ship losses
During the war the Union Steam Ship Company lost 10 steamers aggregating 59,326 tons. Since the end of last year it has brought three vessels totalling 14,617 tons. These are the Waitemata, Wairuna, and Kaiwarra - the first-named being an ex-German steamer. Two others (the Waihemo and Waikawa), each of 5700 tons, are nearing completion on the stocks of England.
The company's pre-war fleet was composed of 76 steamers, aggregating 263,717 gross tons; to-day it numbers 71 steamers, of 230,408 tons, excluding the chartered steamer Willochra (7184). The steamers lost were the Aparima (5704), Avenger (12,000), Limerick (6827), Roscommon (7381), Waihemo (4283), Waikawa (5642), and Waitemata (5432) - all mined or torpedoed; the Wairuna (3947), destroyed by the German raider Wolf near the Kermadec Islands, in the Pacific Ocean; and Waitotara (4717), burnt in the Pacific while carrying a cargo of benzine; and the Maitai (3393), wrecked on a reef at Rarotonga.
Ageism and capability
"I believe the curse of this country is old age,'' said Mr Wilford yesterday, when referring to the fact that New Zealand retained its departmental heads for many years. A man over 50, he said, could not have the initiative of a man of 40. Mr M'Callum drew a Biblical parallel as in the case of the King, who, having to choose between the advice of the aged wise men or the young fools, took the latter and landed himself and his country in disaster.
Road hogs on race days
At the meeting of the Mosgiel Borough Council several councillors complained of the manner in which motor cars were driven on race days along the road from the Mosgiel railway crossing to the racecourse. It was finally decided that if there is any reckless driving on this road on Friday the council will take steps to close the road altogether to motor traffic on race days. - ODT, 8.10.1919.