The fish supply is not at all satisfactory to the public. The arguments in favour of the establishment of a fish market at Dunedin under the control of the City Council were placed strongly before the Minister of Marine by a deputation of Otago members of Parliament.
The weight of evidence compels us to the view that the establishment of fish markets has now become necessary to ensure that the public may obtain supplies of fish at a reasonable rate.
It has no doubt to be recognised that the community has accustomed itself to the delivery of fish at its doors, and that it may expect to be deprived of this convenience if fish be sold at a public market. But against this has to be set the fact that the existing system has to a large extent failed, chiefly, we apprehend, through the control which middlemen have exercised over the supplies.
In his latest annual report the Chief Inspector of Fisheries expresses the view that the Government should encourage and assist the municipal councils of the principal cities in the erection of suitable fish markets, in the adoption of a system of distribution of fish from these markets, and in supplying inland towns and country districts with a regular supply of fresh and cured fish.
A School of Military Training is being commenced in Dunedin and country districts for men going into camp, and special attention is given to men who are anxious to obtain commissioned or non-commissioned rank. The syllabus of training will cover all that is gone through at Trentham, being modelled on the Home training.
The principal is a returned officer of the Main Body, who has had considerable experience in both territorial and other service, while a staff of ex-sergeant-majors has been secured. A system of grading has been arranged so that men who have had no military training will be pushed ahead.
Red tape tangle
An instance of red-tapeism has come to our knowledge (says the Oamaru Mail). A candidate who had to go to Dunedin from Tapui to be medically examined cycled into Oamaru on Wednesday evening, so that he would be able to leave for Dunedin by the 7.40 a.m. train.
His application for a railway pass was drawn up as from Windsor, but, notwithstanding that Windsor is only a flag station, and that the pass would, after all, have to be issued from Oamaru station, he had to remain in town all day and apply to the Defence Office for a pass from Oamaru.
Boys to help in harvest
Two hundred of the elder pupils of the Christchurch Boys’ High School have already offered their services to the Efficiency Board to assist with harvesting and other agricultural work in the summer holidays. Of these 141 have already been allotted to various farmers.
Rabbiters do well
Rabbiters are still making good wages despite the mild winter (observes the Alexandra Herald). Trapping ceased during the winter months on account of the hard frosts, and since then poison has been laid on several runs with good results. Good cheques are being made, one gang of men being credited with earning 100 per man for seven weeks’ work.
– ODT, 25.8.1917.
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