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The intense and growing interest in the game is amply attested by the crowded condition of practically all the clubs, and in the majority of cases the committees have been forced to restrict the membership.
One is tempted to hope that out of such a multitude of potential Tildens and Suzanne Lenglens as are now wielding the racquet there will arise one or two stars to shed a lustre in the lawn tennis firmament of Otago.
The increasing number of players and the intense interest which the game is arousing is perhaps most apparent in the case of the younger clubs, where those who have not played previously have the best chance of gaining admission.
As a matter of fact, some of these clubs have also been forced to close their membership list. The Triangle Club, which makes its initial appearance in the C-grade competition, has 100 playing members. — by ‘Smash’
No promises on public works
The Minister of Public Works, Mr Coates, seems to have been fairly well prepared for a deputation of Otago members yesterday, and to have been very much upon his guard. As was to be expected the question of the development of hydroelectric energy took pre-eminence, both in the representations of the deputation and in the ministerial response. Mr Coates made discreet reference to the negotiation of his department with the Dunedin City Council respecting the use of Waipori power, in imparting the information that only a slight difference in the matter of charges now stands in the way of agreement.
While disappointment will still obtain over the fact that the comprehensive Hawea-Wanaka scheme has been ruled out of consideration for the time being, it seems necessary to regard the Ministerial view as to the development of Waipori as embodying perhaps the most practical proposals for adjusting resources to requirements that could be adopted in the meantime. Apart from hydroelectricity, the deputation of Otago members directed its representations chiefly to the question of railways. The Minister was invited to give his particular attention to the Clutha Valley and the Beaumont-Miller’s Flat lines, but it cannot be said that his reply was such, in either case, as to provide local enthusiasm.
Plunket’s daffodil sale success
The daffodil sale, instituted by the Royal Society for the Health of Women and Children, held yesterday, proved quite satisfactor in two ways.
Those purchasing flowers got full value for their money, and those engaged in a philanthropic movement received means that will assist them in carrying on their work. There were many stalls about the city, and all did fairly good business. It was merely limited by situation.
Gross receipts amounted to £158 10s 8d. It may be mentioned that the Royal New Zealand Society for the Health of Women and Children has within the scope of its operations the assistance of the Karitane-Harris Hospital and Plunket nurses. — ODT,7.10.1921.