Tourist Office busy

Mount Cook lilies, Ranunculus lyallii, near Lake Harris. — Otago Witness, 22.1.1924
Mount Cook lilies, Ranunculus lyallii, near Lake Harris. — Otago Witness, 22.1.1924
A large number of overseas tourists were in Dunedin last week, and business at the local Tourist Office was brisk. 

Most of the visitors spent a few days in Dunedin before proceeding to Queenstown, the Milford track or the Mount Cook Hermitage, and all were loud in their praise of the beauties of this city.

Now that the season for overseas traffic has commenced it is anticipated that there will be a great influx of visitors for the rest of this month.

Shark spotted off Peninsula

Picnickers, campers, and more especially bathers at Harington Point on Sunday afternoon were startled to see a shark cruising off the wharf, the monster being at least 15 feet in length.

A man was swimming near the wharf at the time, and did not realise his danger until someone sitting on the hill overlooking the water gave the alarm. The swimmer beat a hurried retreat and succeeded in getting ashore with the shark not more than five yards from him.

Other bathers in the vicinity also left the water, and the shark was left in undisputed possession of that portion of the sea. It cruised round the wharf, and gave everyone an opportunity of seeing it at close quarters, and then swam inshore past the beach before finally disappearing. 

Although the shark scare made its impression on most of the bathers, it did not deter some from indulging in a bathe, but they were wise enough to keep in close proximity to the beach.

Hitler and other ‘crazy persons’

A sequel to the movement to "save Germany" that proceeded from Munich early in November is now being provided for the world’s edification in what has every appearance of being a sham trial in which Ludendorff, Hitler and others prominently connected with the unsuccessful revolt stand accused of high treason.

The Nationalist rising was, it will be remembered, a miserable failure. The defiance of Berlin by Bavaria had been long sustained before it reached the point of rebellion. Adolf Hitler, leader of the so-called "Nationalist Socialist Movement," co-operating with Ludendorff and Dr von Kahr, the civil commissioner, seized control at Munich, and proceeded to appoint themselves a triumvirate of rulers for the nation — Ludendorff as Commander-in-Chief of the "National German Army," Hitler as Chancellor, and von Kahr as Governor of Bavaria. President Ebert and Dr Stresemann, who was Chancellor at the time, denounced the uprising as the act of crazy persons, which could bring nothing but ruin to Germany, and called upon all loyal citizens to defend the Fatherland.

Apparently the leaders, Hitler and Ludendorff, counted upon tools which failed them badly. For once out of range of the terrorism — drawn pistols were mentioned — which had overawed them into pledging allegiance to the revolt, von Kahr and General von Lossow took the prudent course of calling upon the Reichswehr to suppress the rebels, and this proved a matter of little difficulty.

The Hitlerites fled incontinently at the first rifle shot. Hitler was wounded, and Ludendorff and he were arrested. Ludendorff was subsequently released on his parole to abstain from  seditious activities.— editorial

ODT, 4.3.1924  (Compiled by Peter Dowden)