Otago apples arrive in London

The first consignment of Central Otago apples to Britain is loaded aboard SS Cornwall at Port...
The first consignment of Central Otago apples to Britain is loaded aboard SS Cornwall at Port Chalmers in May 1922. — Otago Witness, 9.5.1922
The cable reports as to the condition of the Cornwall’s shipment of apples on arrival in London will be gratifying to Otago growers and confirm the belief that under similar conditions Otago apples will carry better than those from any other part of the world.

The reported prices, whilst not payable, are considerably better than shipments arriving recently from other parts of New Zealand, Tasmania and Australia.


Radio Dunedin’s latest fad

Wireless telephony enthusiasts had a great time with their hobby last night, Dr Jack giving a concert from his plant at the University, and the listeners having the privilege of hearing a presentation made to him on their behalf without their having to stir from their homes. In the vicinity of Dunedin there are estimated to be now about 150 possessors of listening apparatus, the cost of which, it may be said, is trifling, being only from 7 shillings and upwards.

Several ladies sang into the transmitter a number of popular songs, and their voices came through with a clarity that was really remarkable. Music from a gramaphone was also as enjoyable as if one were actually seated before the machine.

On Lenin’s death

When Germany for its own purposes gave Vladimir I. Ulianov, whom the world has come to know as Nicholai Lenin, safe conduct from Switzerland to Russia in 1917, the course of European history was made pregnant with change.

For many years Lenin, whose death is now recorded upon authority that may be doubtful, had been known in Europe as a revolutionary who could not find a safe abiding place in his native Russia, but the revolution of early 1917 transformed that country into an experimental laboratory of strange ideas and gave him his life’s opportunity. Like all other men, doubtless, he was influenced by his environment, and his long experience of autocracy seems to have inclined him towards dictatorship.

His chance came in November of 1917 when the Bolshevists obtained a majority in the Russian Workers’ Councils. The Constituent Assembly, which marked the first transition of Russia from autocracy to real democracy, was destroyed, and the slogan “All power to the Soviet” was sounded. For a time the Communist regime appeared to flourish.

The hated capitalist had been superseded, the captains of industry dismissed, and the landowner dispossessed. Class-conscious workers the world over were captivated with Bolshevism and were hurriedly making mental preparations for the day when the revolution, started in Russia, would become universal.

Lenin himself declared that Russia was simply the first country to adopt Communism and it was inevitable that others would follow her example. — editorial

Glow-worm’s code cracked

Discovery of the secret of the reproduction of the light of the glow-worm is claimed by Professor H. Newton Harvey, of Princeton University, United States. The glowworm’s light is 97 percent light and only 3 percent heat — a ratio which no artificial light can approach.


— ODT, 20.7.1922