Peace finally ratified in Paris

Reapers and binders at work on an Otago farm. — Otago Witness, 20.1.1920.
Reapers and binders at work on an Otago farm. — Otago Witness, 20.1.1920.
Paris, January 10:  Peace was ratified in the Salon de l’Horloge, the small room in which the League of Nations was born.  The ceremony took place punctually at 4 o’clock.  The proceedings were brief, formal, and private. 

The protocol was read, and then the seals of the Allied and German delegates were affixed.  No outside witness attended, and this was the first occasion of note on which the American Ambassador was absent.  No descriptive details of the signing are available, but it is understood that the Allied delegates after signing shook hands with the Germans. Arrangements for the renewal of diplomatic relations will begin immediately.

About a dozen commissions will immediately be established to supervise the carrying out of the treaty which, by the protocol, Germany promises to execute in its entirety. Although America will not participate in the first meeting, it is President Wilson's duty to summon the League of Nations next week.  It is pointed out that one of the first obligations resting upon Germany is to hand over those persons accused of war crimes.

Harvest late in mid-Canterbury

A number of men are arriving daily in Ashburton in quest of harvest work and, as there is practically nothing doing, the majority of them are faced with the alternative of waiting for something to turn up or take their departure.  The few oat crops being harvested in the aggregate do not provide an avenue for much extra labour, and in many cases the farmers have combined together and are doing their own harvesting.  It will be fully a month before harvest is in full swing around Methven, as the wheat is still green.  Lyndhurst farmers may require harvesters in about three weeks, and from Lauriston down to Rakaia a little earlier.  It is understood that some of the thrashing mills will move out next week to commence operations for the season in the grass-seed fields.  According to farmers, the prospects of grass seed and wheat yields in the country will be good.

Students valued as harvesters

A good many of the young fellows from the universities have got into the habit of coming into the wheat-growing districts for the harvest, and very good harvesters they make, just as the High School boys do very well in the shearing sheds, says the South Island correspondent of the Farmers' Union Advocate. They all make good wages, and the cheques that they gather in the vacation in the country must be a big help to them for the rest of the year. The experience, too, is worth having, and no doubt many of them will take a fancy to rural life

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