Fine day. At office.
Not much doing.
Sent man cook & 3 shearers up to
my nephew Claude at Te Mara. Claude
Bertelsen called about 11 pm having
come up from Wgtn by train which broke
down near Kaitoke & he helped the en
gine driver to do repairs. Delayed train
for 2 ½ hours. I had rather a bad ear &
bathed & poultice it at night with
good results. News from War
state that Turkey has started to
fight, having bombarded Theodosia,
in the Crimea, with the warship
Breslau, & 2 Turkish destroyers
shelled Odessa harbour. German
forces repulsed in region of Ostend
& the Allies making steady progress.
General Botha in Cape Colony routed
De Wet’s rebel force & took a number
Damp & rather cold day. At office.
Not much doing.
Received letter from Bertie &
posted one to her. Went down to
Cockburn estate for Wilson of Christ
church to report on section he has there.
News from War state that Allies
are still advancing slowly against
the Germans but great slaughter
on both sides. Canals choked with
dead bodies. General Botha routed
Gen [General] Beyer’s (rebel force) in South
Africa, taking 80 prisoners fully
armed & is pursuing them rapidly
Russians & Austro-German forces
fighting fiercely some miles from
Warsaw & on the Vistula the Russ [Russians]
getting the best of matters & forcing
their enemies to retreat. German
Warship Emden sinks Japanese
merchantsman. German Zeppelins
drop bombs in Warsaw killing 59
& wounding about 80 people.
Peoples day Carterton A&P show.
Fair day. At office. All
business premises closed at 11
am to allow public to get to
Carterton to attend the show. I was
at office till about 1.45 the went
home to dinner: Bernie & Jack being
the only others home. They had the drive
cleaned up & some weeding done &
after dinner Bern & I cleaned the bed
along the front of the lawn. Joined 2
lengths of hose making same about 60 ft
long & watered beds. Down to Kembles
at night & lost 2 games of chess.
News from the war state that desper
ate fighting continues at Ypres &
Yser river, the Allies generally
gaining ground. British warship fir
ing accross [across] country shelling Germans.
Ex Boer Generals Beyers & De Wet
turned rebels & raised armies to fight
British in South Africa. Gen [General] Botha taking
strong steps to quell same.
First day Carterton show.
Rain set in from the South &
turned very cold about 5.30 pm.
At office. Lunched at Kia Ora
Tea rooms. Busy with labour
matters. Owing to heavy rain I took
cab home in evening. News from seat
of War state that the Indian troops
Sikhs, Goorkas [Gurkhas] & Bengal Lancers
have been in action & drove the
Germans before them with great
destruction the Lancers doing terri
ble execution. Fierce fighting every
day with varying success though
generally in favour of the Allies.
Belgian refugee steamer struck a mine
in North Sea, 2500 persons were
rescued by a Channell [Channel] steamer The Queen &
landed at Folkestone, 30 people
drowned. Italians occupy Valona in
Albona. Greeks occupy Epirus.
Fair day. Rain indic
ations, but cleared for dry
spell again at night. At office.
Not much doing. Lunched
with Eileen at Kia Ora Tea
rooms. Received letter from
Bertie & wrote reply & posted
same at night from office, where
I went after tea. Desperate
fighting between the Allies & German
forces at Dixmude [Diksmuide], Nieuport [Nieuwpoort] &
Arras & Yser river which the
enemy has crossed. North Ameri
can Indians in full war paint
requested to go to the front & be
ing refused they subscribed 1000
dollars as a relief fund. Several
German Aeroplanes shot down
by the French.
Fair day. At office
till 12 oclock when I locked
up & went with Bernie &
Jack to the Patriotic sports
held on the old Show Ground.
There was a good attendance
about £83 being taken at the
gates & at the concert in Town
Hall at night about £50 was
taken. Home about 6.30. Had
tea then Bern & I went down
town for a while & Jack went
to Town Hall to take part in the
Concert with the Lansdowne School
children. Eileen arrived back from
Wellington about 10.15pm.
War news state desperate fighting
along the coast between Ostend &
Dunkirk, the Germans trying to
cut their way to Calais
At home all day. Stripped, shar
pened & set my saws which
took me about 3 hours to do.
Dug round apple trees. Went
with Bern & Jack to Kembles
to tea, Norma and Marjorie
being there. Played Kemble two
games of chess losing the first
& winning the second.