'Shirker's' taxi licence queried

College girls being shown over HMS New Zealand in Wellington Harbour. - Otago Witness, 5.9.1919
College girls being shown over HMS New Zealand in Wellington Harbour. - Otago Witness, 5.9.1919
During discussion on the General Committee's report at the Dunedin City Council meeting Cr Bradley said he intended to enter his protest against a taxi-cab's license (as mentioned in the report) being granted to a certain person.

He said this man had evaded his military obligations during the war, and had gone into the country. If the country was good enough for this man when the war was on and other men were going to the front, let him now go back to the back-blocks and continue to earn his living there.

The Mayor: The man has already been granted his license. Cr Scott said the character of the man was known to the committee. He was what was known as a shirker, and was found out. Many others had not been found out. - (Laughter.) Having been found out, the law brought the man within its pale, and he paid a penalty of 180 days, if the speaker remembered aright, and a fine of 4 10s.

It was a deplorable action for anyone to take, but the man had paid. If the man did not carry out his portion of the contract after his license had been given to him, he would lose his license.

Challenges for churches

On Tuesday the monthly meeting of the Dunedin City Mission committee was held. After a satisfactory report by Mr Rosevear (hon. treasurer) had been received, the city missionary (Mr Duncan Wright) reported that, with a personal knowledge of matters affecting religious affairs in and around the city, covering a period of nearly 45 years, he refused to be classed as a pessimist, but he felt strongly that the crisis through which we were now passing caused most people who were usually optimistic to feel at least anxious as to the future, not specifically as to their modest agency, because in many ways God had favoured them, but concerning the work of all moral and religious agencies.

It would be crass folly to ignore or minimise the flagrant evils which stared them in the face every day. Every true citizen must deplore, and deeply, the cleavage between the masses and the churches. In some quarters the opposition to all churches and pastors was strong and increasing.

Personally he would deplore, with increasing intensity, another patent fact, the heartlessness and subtle indifference by professed Christians to the reasonable claims of God for homage and service.

All these things had their reflex influence upon young people, and even children. They were all in it, and, without exception, they must share the blame.

Mixed fortunes for All Blacks

Capetown, July 27: The ''All Blacks'' have played two games here, one against a combined country team and one against a combined town team. The New Zealanders as they marched on to the field made a good impression on the vast audience (used to seeing fine specimens of manhood) by their splendid physique, and our men averaged probably 15lb heavier than their opponents, but some of this was flesh they could very well have done without.

In the first half of the match they out-played the country team; in the second half they could not stay the pace, and the whole collapse can be summed up in the want of condition.

Two days after this they played their second match, this time against a combined town team, and their opponents included some of the old ''Springboks'' who toured England in 1912. The match resulted in a draw - New Zealand, 1 try; Town 1 try.

- ODT, 4.9.1919.


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