Syrians help soldiers' club

Women took part for the first time in the Royal naval, military and air force tournament. This...
Women took part for the first time in the Royal naval, military and air force tournament. This group is training at Chelsea Barracks, London. - Otago Witness, 20.8.1919
There was an interesting interlude in the proceedings of the Returned Soldiers' Association Committee last night, when two representatives of the local Syrian community-Messrs H. Mansoor and F. Farry- waited on the committee to present a sum of money collected among their countrymen for the Returned Soldiers' Building Fund.

Mr Mansoor, who acted as spokesman, was cordially welcomed to the meeting. He said the Syrians recognised that the gallant British soldiers had freed their country from the Turkish yoke and tyranny. "I would lift my hat for General Allenby,'' he said, "who has freed my country.''-(Applause.) "Our heart was dancing with joy when your gallant soldiers and brave men entered and freed our country.'' His people had fled all over the world from Turkish oppression, and now they thanked God, and Britain, and the Allies that their country was freed. "Long life to our King, King George!''-(Applause.) Most of his countrymen, he said, had been naturalised, and he did not call himself a foreigner after being 28 years in New Zealand.

Crime spree in Australia

Sydney: Various people who are interested in social development are offering theories to account for an extraordinary increase in the number of thefts reported to the police in Sydney and Melbourne. Houses are being robbed, business establishments broken into, and people accosted by footpads at night to an extent not hitherto known in this country. The raids on dwellings are the most numerous and the most irritating. This is the pettiest kind of thieving, and the operators carry off all sorts of small articles which, at the best, they can only pawn for a shilling or two. Washing, left on the line overnight, disappears; so do milkjugs, left on the doorstep for the early milkman; to leave any kind of removable article in a motor car in the street is simply flying in the face of providence. The police and watchmen are very alert, and almost every week surprise thieves at work somewhere; but the trouble goes on. The police say that most of the petty thieving is being done by boys of from 13 to 18 years of age.

Rapid rescue effected

An exciting incident, which might have terminated seriously, occurred on the Blackball steamer Ngatoro recently, when the vessel was near Onerahi, 92 miles northwest of Auckland. Shortly after the pilot had been taken aboard the cry of "Man overboard!'' was raised.

The engines were immediately reversed, and, the gig having been lowered, a rescue was effected in eight minutes.

The unfortunate man was the pilot, and it transpired that as he left the bridge to get his overcoat, he was accidentally precipitated into the sea. He was none the worse for his unexpected immersion. - ODT, 13.8.1919


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