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Linen Evening. [Newspaper Article] — Gippsland Farmers Journal — 27 February 1914
Linen Evening. On Wednesday evening Miss. Scurr, eldest daughter of the Rev. W. H. and Mrs. Scurr, of Traral gon, was given a "' linen evening" by her many friends, at the home of Mr. and Mirs. W. EI'ls, who constituted themselves the host and hostess 6t the evening, the occasion being the eve bf her mar nrage. Miss. Scurr was the re cipient of many use'u[ and beauti ful presents, which were handed to her by Mr. 'R. O. Yule. The Rev. W. H. Scurr su'tably acknow ledged the gifts on behalf of his daughter. The rest of the even mng was very enjoyably spent mn games, and a vote of hanks to Mr. and Mirs. El'ls terminated the evening.
PEOPLING THE LAND. GIPPSLAND DEVELOPMENT [Newspaper Article] — Gippsland Farmers Journal — 27 February 1914
PEOPLING THE LAND. GIPPSLAND DEVELOPMENT In order to increase the num ber of immigrants coming to our shores to settle on 'the land, the migration authorities have decided to draw from Nortliern Europe, where four agents have been in instructed to proceed. Speaking upon the question, Mr. Haglethorn said: "Apart from the irrigatel areas the problem of the development of G?ppsland on proper and progres sive lines was also Important, and, to enable to be effectively coped with, the addition of a large po pulatlon was required. Gippsland farmers, at any rate largely mn the dairying districts, were posses sect of holdings which in many cases were far too great mn extent for effective working and develop ment. It had become abundantly evident that the introduction of a large volume of additionaI labor was necessary to share the bur dens of the present setters, and to 'develop mn a fuller measure the possibilities of the country. Ex amples of the effects which were produced by the present ...
Pigs for Dandenong. [Newspaper Article] — Gippsland Farmers Journal — 27 February 1914
Pigs for Dandenong. Mr. WV. A. Lacey announces that he will be trucking pigs from Tra ralgon on account of the Dande nong Co-operative Bacon Factory on Wednesday, 11th. March. Sell ers please not. ·,······o········o The Rabbit Pest. It is pleasing to note that the landowners in the Traralgon and other Gippsland districts are tak mng concerted action to prevent the spread of rabbits. And action is being taken none too soon. A few. years ago there was hardly a rabbit to be found this side of the Haunted Hills, but to-day o.d fones are gto be seen on nearly every, property in the Traralgon dlstrict. They klo not take long to multiply, and the sooner they are extcrmma, ted the better for all concerned. It would never do to let them ob tamin the hold they have in tl:e Omeo district, but there is a hlittle excuse for the landowners there, for the country is very mountain-. ous, and extremely hard to wire net. There is no excuse for the local landowners it the rabbits get the best of them....
NOVELMETHOD OF FISHING. [Newspaper Article] — Gippsland Farmers Journal — 27 February 1914
NOVELMETHOD OF FISHING. -- A correspondent from Bulga writes to the Yarram "Chro nicIe:" One hears of some suc ceissful excursions with red and fly among the trout in the Traralgon crek at this time, of the year. A local resident claims to have made a record cast in the creek the other day. Seeing a large fish mn the shallow water, he threw a stone at it, .aid was 'dehghted to secure a Wbeautiful 41b. trout, which floa ted up as the result of his most successful, but decidedly unortho dox cast." This is far more primitive than the blackfellow's way of Spearing the fish, ppd though effec tive is, to say the least, decidedly unsportsmanlike. Neither Is it au thonrised by any of the rules and prkedents of the noble art of ang ling. Still it is not as bad as trapping the Aish by means of dams -as it is said has been done.
H.M.A.S. AUSTRALIA. [Newspaper Article] — Gippsland Farmers Journal — 27 February 1914
H.M.A.S. AUSTRALIA. When the new Austrahan fleet made Sydney its first otfcial port of call in the Commonwealth, a public holiday was declared, and much public money was spent, and when the. ships make Mielbourne there will be nothing doing mn the way ot festivities, there will be no public reception, ard there wi'l be no celebration; unless the pub lic paid leaders awake. The tirst visit to Port-Phillip of Australha's first battleship and nearly com plete unit should be the. occasion for rejoicing, and well expressed good will. The event is historic. It is fraught with lessons for Mel bourne, especially Melbourne chil dren attending school. And it is the home coming of a thousand Melbourne sailors. Yet the au thorities make no move. Melbourne is the birth place of the Australian navy, and its public spirit, though unexpressed by those wvho live upon it, will yet make the Australian f:eet's arrival memorable. The dullness in the preliminary prooceedings is, how ever, bone of many si...
MR. COOK CALLS TO ARMS. [Newspaper Article] — Gippsland Farmers Journal — 27 February 1914
IVIR. COOK CALLS TO ARMS. "To stand idly by, and have -one's measures mutilated, the fi nances of one's country dislocated, for the mere pleasure of retaining dffice, is a course which does not appeal to this Government. We have to see the thing through, and the taxpayers must make up their mind to return one party or the other in sufficient force to govern the country."' This is the Liberalleader's call to arms. It should resound throughout the country. Other lea ding Liberals have talked about a double dissolution, and an appeal to the people; but Mr, Cook's si lence was complete, and discreet until he announced in the above sentence his party's decision to send Parhament to the country. There can be now no retracing of steps; the die is cast and the Li beral party is pledged to make the utmost endeavour to secuie an Im mediate ending of the Federal po litical deadlock by an election. A double dissolution is Mr. Cook's goal, ana he sees his way to reach it; but should the double d...
THE GIPPSLAND BUSH FIRES 20,000 ACRES OF GRASS DESTROYED. HAIRBREADTH ESCAPES. [Newspaper Article] — Gippsland Farmers Journal — 27 February 1914
THE GIPPSLAND BUSH FIRES -o-- 20,000 ACRES OF GRASS DE- STROYED. HAIRBREADTH ESCAPES. The fiollowing account of the fires last week in the Blackwarry hills is taken from the Yarram " Chronicle": "Last week will long be remem- &nbsp; bered by the hill country set- tlers, punctuated as it was by the most trying experiences in their &nbsp; lives. Falling of heavy timber, some miles distant, like the boom of heavy cannons, was sufficient to make the stoutest hearts quail. It announced the certain approach of fire, and with the strong wind that prevailed throughout the hilIs, ever &nbsp; changing, marked a zig-zag course and it frequently happened that what was left in the wake of the big fire was consumed the next day. Where possible, women and children were taken to places of safety, but in the remote parts such a course was impossible. The fiercest fire raged at Black- warry, a parish noted for the big- gest timber in the world, where one of the forest giants i...
Thought Otherwise. [Newspaper Article] — Gippsland Farmers Journal — 3 March 1914
Thought Otherwise. The proprietor of a certain coal yard had the misfortune to lose the services of one of his carters, who was taken suddenly ill. It was in the busiest part of the season, and the merchant, after a little consideration. decided to entrust the horse and cart to the care of a person of weak intel lect who had hitherto looked after the barrows about the yard. Accordingly, Sammy received mi nute instructions from his master, and went off to deliver his first load. He failed to return, however, and after waiting some considerable time his master headed a small search party. ' The missing man was found at the house of the customer, where, after putting the coal in the shed, he had drawn a chair up to the kitchen fire and made himself at home. The cook said she could not get rid of him, and the coal merchant deman. ded an explanation from the della quent. "Remember," he said facetiously, -I did not sell you with the coal." "Oh," replied Sammy, I thoughtl you did, as I was...
What Did He Want? [Newspaper Article] — Gippsland Farmers Journal — 3 March 1914
WhatDid He Want? Nobody outside the jourudlistic pro fessicmn has any idea how difficult it is for ac editor to please some of his pa. trons. For instance, referring to a public man's reputation for careless ness in the matter of his toilet, a paper announced: "Mr. Magufre will wash himself be. fore he assumes the office of town councillor." This made Magulre furiousl and he demanded a retraction, which appear ed thus: ' "Mr. Maguire requests us to deny that he will wash himself before he assumes the office of town councillor." Oddly enough, this only enraged Mn guire the more.
MISCALLED "MODESTY." [Newspaper Article] — Gippsland Farmers Journal — 3 March 1914
MISCALLED "MODESTY." Many a man who fails to advance in fife puts down his failure to sensitive. ness and modesty. "There is, perhaps," remarked a shrewd observer of men and things, "no term which is so often misused by being employed to cover cowardice and want of initiative as that word 'modesty.' To be modest, strictly speaking, is to be unassuming, to re cognise our own limitations, and to be considerate and respectful towards others. But whileas a consequence, modesty is not consistent with an arro gant flaunting of our personal preten sions, neither does it nican hiding shamefacedly from the world what the world has a right to see anal know. "On the whole, I would rather a man should think too well of himself than too meanly. It is not e'ough to be willing to give others their rights. We must be bold enough to demand our own, otherwise our suppoased mo desty will simply amount to cowar
ENGLISH STANDS FIRST. [Newspaper Article] — Gippsland Farmers Journal — 3 March 1914
ENGLISH STANDS FIRST. "For centuries," said an authority on languages, 'there has been what may be called a 'battle of tongues,' but English is winning all along the line. To-day it is the dominant language of the world, being spoken by one hun dred and twenty millions of people. Second-and a long way behind comes German, spoken by about seven ty-five millions. Russia is third, very slightly behind Germany in point of numbers; while French follows with about fifty-one millions. "Wonderful changes have taken place during the last century. In 1800, French held the frst place, and bade fair to become the world language. Russian, German and Spanish came next, and English was a bad fifth. But our tongue can convey a meaning in far fewer words than any other, and the quality has brought it to the front. "In another century it will probably be spoken by lialf the peoples of the globe. As a language it is constantly growing simpler, stronger and more direct. Russian will then be second, and...
THE TRARALGON FIRE BRIGADE. CHIEF OFFICER'S REPORT [Newspaper Article] — Gippsland Farmers Journal — 3 March 1914
THE TRARALGON FIRE BRIGADE. ---o-- CHIEF. OFFICER'S REPORT The report of-the Chief Officer of the Country Fire Bnrigade's has been received by the secretary. of the Traralgon Briide, Mr. Mar shahl recently paid his annual v? sit ot Inspection to Traralgon, and his report is as follows: "There was an excel'ent muster for inspection at very short notice. Sixteen registered and one reserve member were present, and there were two absentees-captaln ill, and one on business out of the town. We had a good practie in Franklin street, which is an ideal place for the purpose, the road way being in excellefit condition. Here I saw some expert work m the one-man disabled hose, and four men Y coupling event, the lat ter being quite up to the best standard. As the men had not previously tried the disabled hose event for six inen, I instructed them individually and collectwvely in the work, tnd here again they did very well. Later on, I ex planed in detail the new engine events which I have compil...
A TRAGEDY IN A TRAIN. [Newspaper Article] — Gippsland Farmers Journal — 3 March 1914
A TRAGEDY IN. A TRAIN. "Yesterday afternoon," said John William Sprigg, "I went out to Burn ham Beeches. I had tea there, and after wandering about a bit, I sat down on a bank. I must then have dozed off. At an -rate, when I waked sud denly, it was growing dark. I hur ried to the station, where I just caught a train. There were two other people in the compartment-a man and a girl. They sat opposite me, whisper ing a good deal, and staring in my direction. By-and-bye, the man lean ed over, and spoke to me. "'Beg pardon, sir; but your clothes be all over ants.' "It was true. I must have been sitting on an ant-heap. They swarmed all over me, making little expeditions ,n the floor and cushions. "The girl scrambled on to the seat, and screamed. "'Hold your noise!' said the man "But she made a grab at the com munication cord, and bawled like mad. Soon the train stoped. The guard came along in a hurry. "'What's the matter?' he asked. "When they told him, he swore, and took all our names an...
SPORT AND PASTIME. TENNIS. [Newspaper Article] — Gippsland Farmers Journal — 3 March 1914
SPORT AND PASTIME. TENNIS. The members of the Toongabble Tennis Club journeyed to Seaton on Saturday last, to try conclu stons with the local club. The af ternoon was very hot when play commenced, but a cool change ar rivea later in the afternoon. The Seaton ladies provid~xt afternoon tea which was much appreciated by the visitors, who hope to pay them another visit in the near fu ture. Toongabbie defeated Sea ton by 41 games to 17. The following are the scores: Mr. Ferguson and Miss. Sem mens beat Mr. M'Manus and MIss Al'man, 6-1. Misses Nicolson and Ferguson beat Misses Lewls and M'Manus, 6-3. Mr. J. O'Hare and Mrs. Humph rey beat Mr. Lawrence and Miss. Allman, 6-1. Messrs. Nicolson and W. Fergu son beat Messrs. Lewis and M'Manus, 6-3. Messrs. O'Hare and Ferguson beat Messrs. FIynn and Lawrence, 6-2. Messrs. Nicolson and Ferguson lost to Messrs. M'Manus and Le wis, 5-6. Messrs. O'Hare and R. Fergu son beat Messrs. M'Manus and Lewis, 6-1.
WOOL SALES. [Newspaper Article] — Gippsland Farmers Journal — 3 March 1914
WOOL SALES- .'~ 1 After an interval of three weeks, the Melbourne wool selling brok ers held a clearnng up sale on Monday, when the aggregate offer ings amounted to 7,500 odd bales, of which Dalgety and Company submitted 1'029 bales. Consider ming the late period of the season, there was a large attendance of buyers, including several Sydney representatives. Since the closing of thed regular weekly sales, mar kets in the consuming centres have been on the up-grade, and mn Yorkshire there has been a sharp rise in the quotations for Bradford tops. The improvement in the market, reflected at the Mon day's sale is due to the satlsfac tory international outlook, having resulted in the release of locked up gold, causing an easy money market, whilst the severe weather mn the northern hemisphere has also assisted the wool market by causing a better demand for clo thing. Competition was keen and general at the sale on Monday at prices that were five per cent. in advance' of prices ruling thr...
COMMERCIAL. GIPPSLAND STOCK MARKETS Theo. B. Little and Co. [Newspaper Article] — Gippsland Farmers Journal — 3 March 1914
COMMERCIAL. GIPPSLAND STOCK MARKETS Theo. B. Little and Co. Theo. B. Little and Co. report: Fat Cattl4--We had a big penning at Traralgon; good attendance of local and visiting butchers, everything sold well. Good sale at Rosedale. At Briago long fair number forward, all sold but one cow. Not so many as usual at Sale, prices about equal to last report. We quote prime cows to £7 10s, good do. from £5 5s, medium sorts from £4 79s 6d, heifers from £5 9s, steers £6 5. Store Cattle- Very heavy yarding at Traralgon (700 head of grown cattle) mostly very fine cattle from the hills; a big muster of good buyers, and not withstanding the dry weather we sold practically the whole yarding at very satisfactory prices- A very nice yard ing at Rosedale high prices ruled. A few nice pens at Sale, but buyers hard ly as keen as at other sales. No particulars to hand. Sheep--Splendid demand for fats and stores. Our spec ial sale at Sale was well attended by buyers and the entire yarding sold quickly a...
WHEN THE BRIDEGROOM COMES. [Newspaper Article] — Gippsland Farmers Journal — 3 March 1914
WHEN THE BRIDEGROOM COMES. In no country in the world is the tic between brother and sister closer than it is in Russia. The brother is regarded as her guardian equally with tlhcei father, and as her protector even more. In many districts when the bridegroom comes to claim his bride, her brothez places himself beside her, and with a stout stave or a drawn sword prevents the groom's approach. The twain often engageo min much poetical barter, in which the bride excites her brother tc extort a goodly price for herself, her veil, and her beauty. Upon the wed ding day the groom comes to Ihe parents' house and claims his bride Then there is a touching little bit of ceremony, one of those pretty Ihuman eo nedies which are called "empt. shows and forms," but are written is warm, tender emotions. The maider kneels down before her parents, and asks them to .pardon 'ber for any anc every offence towards them of whicl she may never have been guilty. The3 lift her up and kiss her. Then they to. ...
Mathieson & Davis. [Newspaper Article] — Gippsland Farmers Journal — 3 March 1914
Mathieson & Davis. Mathieson and Davis report: Fat Cattle.-At Stratford we yarded 25 head of excellent quality cows and heifers, and sold the lot to keen com petition. M3Ioderate yarding at Cow wvarr, and prices firm. Light supply at Sale. We sold best cows from £6 12s Gd to £8 10s, good do £5 12s 6d to £6 5s, light weights from £4, hei fers £5 10s to £6 5s and fat steers £4 15s. Store Cattle.-Fair yardings at Stratford and Sale, and almost total clearances effected. MIrs Lydn's 30 well bred 2 to 2$ year old steers from Erin Vale were much admired, and sold at £5 2s, other lines from £3 to £4 2s 6d, springing heifers £4 10s to £6 5s, springing cows to £7, store cows in lines to £4, cows and calves to £5 2s 6d, heifers in calf to £4 1s, younger do. to £2 15s, backward springing cows to £4 19s 6d, poddies to 30s. Sheep. - Fair yarding at Stratford; very few forward at Sale, and demand for young breeding ewes continues strong. 4 and 6-tooth heavy cross ewes, in lamb to Lincolns...
AN ENGINEERING FEAT. [Newspaper Article] — Gippsland Farmers Journal — 3 March 1914
AN ENGINEERING FEAT. A remarkable feat of engineering was -ompleted recently in Cranston, R.I. ['he chimney of the Narragansett Brewery, 192 ft. in height, owing to undernmining by water, was so badly >ut of plumb (leaning nearly 4 ft. to .yards the east) that its falhling seemed issured. The -fate of a £1600 chimney eemed to be imminent and certain. J. 1. Gerard, civil engineer of Cranston R.I., undertook to atraighiten this rival of the leaning tower of Pisa. The plan devised by }r. Gerard was a simp!e ine. One course of bricks three-quar ters of the way through the chimney was removed from the west side, and its place was taken by wedges of oak. An 8 ft. bed of concrete was then laid against the foundation on the east side. Two holes were cut in the east side of the chimney, and in these were inserted 22 in. steel beams 25 ft. in length. These were used as levers to tip the 192 ft. chimney toward the west. The wooden wedges were gradually burnedl out by a gas flame driven into...