Training for farmers

A motor launch conveyed from Dunedin to Hawea, being launched in the lake. — Otago Witness, 27.1...
A motor launch conveyed from Dunedin to Hawea, being launched in the lake. — Otago Witness, 27.1.1920.
A well-known Otago farmer, discussing the soldiers’ land question with a Daily Times representative yesterday, stated that while he recognised that it was highly desirable that as many people as possible should be settled on the land, the question of ability naturally arose. 

For instance, there were many young men to-day who had been privileged to take part in the great war who were striving to get on the land, but their knowledge of farming was practically nil.  What he would do in the case of soldier applicants for land would be to set up an impartial tribunal, free from Government influence, whose duty it would be to classify the men.  Those who had previous experience he would place in Class I, and those without experience he would place in Class II. The men in the latter class, if successful in a ballot, would jointly have to contribute to the cost of a working manager for a period of from four to five years by which time each holder of land should have learned sufficient to enable him to carry on a farm successfully.  It followed that a man who in pre-war days had been accustomed to city or town conditions could not be expected to now anything about farming and, likewise those who had spent the greater portion of their time on the land could not know anything about the general occupations of town men, yet it was a fact that numbers of young men who had worked on the land prior to the war, were to-day desirous of taking up some business in the cities.  The outlook of at least two-thirds of the men had been changed, and in order to protect them against making failures they should be taken in hand and helped to realise what their true vocation in life was.

Big shark landed

An immense shark measuring 19ft in length by 17ft girth, was landed yesterday morning at Port Chalmers by four fishermen, Messrs Noble, Farmer, Anderson, and Potter.  The shark was known to have been in the harbour for the past three weeks. It actually threatened a racing skiff one evening recently, to the terror of the little coxswain.  Several attempts had been made to locate the unwelcome visitor, but until yesterday morning without success.  After an all-night vigil he was located about
opposite the Crescent Hotel in Carey's Bay.  The fishermen were quickly at work, and after breaking two harpoons on him they succeeded in getting a third home about 2 a.m.  Then the fight began!  Towing a 30ft fisherman's launch behind him he made for the island, where, after a four hours’ fight, in the course of which the brute smashed a dinghy, the men succeeded in killing him and in towing him back to about the starting point of the fight. The monster will be on view to-day. — ODT, 28.1.1920

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