31 January 1915

IF

January 1915
Sunday 31
Fine day. Very dry.
At home & did a few odd
jobs about the place.
After dinner I took Gretta
& Norma down to the Rua
mahunga river where they
had a bathe. Gretta who can
swim a little, trying to help
Norma.31 TOTAL

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30 January 1915

IF

January 1915
Saturday 30
Fine day. Very dry.
Down to office. War news
not very exciting. Allies
& Germans spending their
time in French fighting &
Artillery duels.
Played cricket in afternoon.
Our Carlton A team playing
our B team. Winning the
toss Ted Welch sent his A
team to bat. We put up 84 of
which I made 15. Our B team
put up 49. In our second
innings we have 5 wkts [wickets] down
for 65 runs our Bern making
19 his biggest score so far
in Senior cricket.
Masterton A Ver [versus] their B team
were to have played but not
enough men rolled up so they
played a scratch game.30 TOTAL

29 January 1915

IF

January 1915
Friday 29
Fine day. Very dry.
Big fires all through the
Eastern part of the district
back of the Taueru. Pastures
being all burned up & stock
having to be removed. Creeks
are drying in all directions &
settlers are selling stock owing to
want of feed & water.
Down to office. Not much
doing. Mrs W Dorset in re
purchase of property & I
showed her some sections in
Bentley Street which she rather
liked.
War news state that in the
Naval battle in the North Sea fight
ing started at 18000 yds & at 17000
yds the British shots took effect.
The Battle Cruiser the Lion, Admiral
Beatty’s flagship and the Tiger drew
ahead & had the German fire concentra
ted at them the Lion eventually being
disabled & had to drop out of the fight
but not before the German battle cruiser,
Blucher, had been sunk  & two others set
on fire.29 TOTAL

28 January 1915

IF

January 1915
Thursday 28
Very hot. Fires scouring
the country towards the East
Coast. Down to office. Saw
Mrs Wills off by the train she
being on her way to her brothers
at Ashurst [Ashhurst] for a stay.
Bertie with the girls & Jacky
& some other children went
out after dinner to Te Whiti for
a picnic & spent a good time.
At evening Bernie & I picked
about 50 lbs [pounds] of apricots, which
I bottled after tea putting up
9 7lb jars.28 TOTAL

27 January 1915

IF

January 1915
Wednesday 27
Fine day. Very warm.
Down to office. Busy with
correspondence. Received
letter from J Fraser of
Palmerston North enclosing a
plan of his property in Master
ton & instructions to sell.
Submitted same to JFW Lenz.
At night time the boys (3) & I
went after eels in the creek
through our place & we got
3 fine ones. Had an Acetylene
lamp which gave a good light
& we got two of the fish with a
spade & one with a hoop iron
attached to a handle.27 TOTAL

26 January 1915

IF

January 1915
Tuesday 26
Fine day. Very dry.
Down to office. Busy with
letter writing re property matters.
Took Mr A Norman & Mr Alex
ander up to Lansdowne to see
property with a view to selling
them a house each.

26 TOTAL

25 January 1915

IF

January 1915
Monday 25
Fine day. Very dry with
considerable wind. Down to office.
Busy with property correspon
dence. Met J W Falconer of
Kohinini, who has sold his property
& gave him pars [particulars] of 528 acres in
Hawkes Bay. Posted him pars of other
properties. Mr J Fraser of palmer
ston Nth rang me up at night re
the Komako property of 1262 acres
owned by his father & which I gave
pars of to Colquhoun Snr [Senior] , of Opaki
& he arranged to ring me up at 7.30
tomorrow morning. Mixed up
some Arsenate of Lead & water
in the evening & sprayed apples
which the codlin moth is start
ing to work on.
War news advise that a naval
battle has taken place in the North Sea.
Admiral Beatty, in charge of a British
Squadron sighted 4 [german] battleships
& a number of destroyers making for
the English coast & he gave chase & during
a running fight he sank the battle cruiser
Blucher 15500 tons carrying 888 men
& badly damaged two others. No British losses
in ships.25 TOTAL