Women's movement

A locomotive approaching Waipiata station after passing through 15ft of snow. - Otago Witness, 14.8.1918.
A locomotive approaching Waipiata station after passing through 15ft of snow. - Otago Witness, 14.8.1918.
A meeting of women was held in the Burns Hall yesterday afternoon to discuss the advisability of forming a Women's Citizen Association.

Mrs Gilkison presided over an attendance of about 100 women. Mrs Gilkison said that the object of the proposed association would be to discuss all questions affecting women and children.

The aims of the association would be two-fold - (1) education, so that women might understand what required to be done, and (2) practical, so that they might find the best way of doing it, or of getting it done.

Acting separately it was not possible to bring about reforms, but in a united body they would carry more weight and place their views before the public with some force and with authority.

Miss Isitt moved - ''That a Women's Citizen Association be formed, and that the name of the association be the Women's Citizen Association. The objects of the association shall be to invite women for the discussion of the political and social questions of the day, with a view to the education of women in public affairs and on the exercise of their vote.''

Aircraft development

''In four years of war the aeroplane had been developed and improved to an extent which it would not have reached in 50 years of peace,'' remarked Colonel Sleeman in the course of an address at Wanganui (says the Herald).

There were still some people who regarded the aeroplane in much the same manner as the early Britons might have regarded their more venturesome companions who set sail in their crazy skin coracle.

He assured his hearers that the air was as safe as the sea, and travelling in the air was as comfortable as railway travelling, and more pleasant than sea travelling.

Athenaeum document

A somewhat rare document, in the form of a life-membership ticket of the Dunedin Athenaeum, which was issued 42 years ago, was handed to the librarian of the institution the other day by the executor of one of the life-members who had recently died.

The issue of these tickets marked an interesting period in the history of the Athenaeum. In 1876 the members agreed to a proposal of the committee to extend the building 30ft, at an estimated cost of 1500, and in order to raise part of the funds to cover the cost of extension, promises were obtained from 50 persons to become life-members and pay 10 guineas each to the funds of the institution.

Between 1876 and 1880 altogether 52 life-membership tickets were issued; and since the latter date there has been no issue of these tickets. Of the 52 ''life-members'' there are now only 11 surviving.

Barmaid fined

A case of considerable interest was heard in the City Police Court yesterday, when a barmaid was proceeded against for a breach of the War Regulations in serving intoxicating liquor to two returned soldiers who are out-patients at the Dunedin Public Hospital.

This is the first case of the kind in the dominion. Mr. J. R. Bartholomew, S.M., imposed a fine of 5.

Firewood famine

There is almost a firewood famine in Nelson, and at the present times (says the Mail) the quantity that can be procured at one time is a shilling's worth for kindling purposes.

- ODT, 10.8.1918



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