Stowaway dropped in Dunedin

Workers with  reapers and binders in a harvest field on the Canterbury Plains. - Otago Witness,...
Workers with reapers and binders in a harvest field on the Canterbury Plains. - Otago Witness, 25.12.1912
During the passage of the barque Triton down the coast she signalled the Terra Nova on Saturday morning, bound for the Antarctic.

Towards midnight the Terra Nova again hailed the Triton, and asked her to stand by until a boat came along-side. Captain Nicolaisen accordingly stood by, and presently a whaleboat came along-side the Triton, bringing a stowaway from the Terra Nova, with a request to land him at Dunedin.

The stowaway had secreted himself on board the Terra Nova at Lyttelton, and was not discovered until some time after passing the Triton, which brought the unwelcome passenger to Dunedin yesterday. During his short passage on the barque he made himself generally useful, being apparently desirous of forgetting his disappointment by means of hard work in the humble capacity of a deck hand on a prosaic trader, his trip to the Antarctic being meanwhile postponed indefinitely.

• Speaking of the appalling ignorance of some children in New Zealand with regard to the Bible, the Rev. I. Jolly, at the Bible-in-schools demonstration at Auckland, said that some cases which had come under his notice were almost unbelievable. Some little time ago, while visiting a school, he asked one class who the ''Good Samaritan'' was, and not one in the class could answer him.

One child had never heard of the Apostle Paul, but the most painful of all the cases was that of a boy some 12 years of age, who had never heard of the name of the Lord except ''as a swear-word''. Such ignorance in a professedly Christian country like New Zealand, said Mr Jolly, was almost inconceivable, but he could vouch for the truth of his statements.

• The commercial lorry is slowly but surely making headway in Dunedin. The latest addition to those in use has just been put into commission by the City Brewery. This firm imported the Lacre chassis, but the body work was constructed by the Dunedin coachbuilder, J. Ormiston White. The completed vehicle is one of the most up-to-date and largest waggons in the dominion, and that part of the work which was undertaken by the local firm presents a very fine appearance, and reflects great credit on the builder. - ODT, 19.12.1912



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