Fine day. Down
to office. Afternoon I dug a
good piece of ground then sowed
Runner Beans & peas.
At night I went to the chess
rooms to take part in chess
match with North Wairarapa
Ver [versus] South Wairarapa. South
brought up 8 men & we had 10
so gave them young W Connell a
very promising player & son of the
South team’s captain. G Jones played
top board for our team against Connell
Senr [Senior] & won his game, F Kummer 2nd
board drew with S W Moore, D Guild
3rd Board drew with Bladen &
the rest of us lost. Thompson lost to
Walden, K Welch to Kidd, J Gibson
to Rev Compton, myself to Benton
& McHattie to Connell Jnr [Junior].
Had supper at 10 oclock,
tea, coffee, cocoa & cheese, biscuits
scones, sandwiches & cake
Windy day. Squally showers.
Before breakfast I prepared
ground for pumpkins.
Down to office. Not much doing.
Down to YMCA room at
night & played chess.
Winning one & losing one
Dull warm day with
light showers. Not much
doing in town.
Rang up Walden at Greytown
and Benton of Featherston
asking them if they were coming
up to Masterton on Thursday
night to play our Chess
return match & they replied
in the affirmative.
Fixed up our watering hose
at night splicing two lengths
together with brass tubing.
War news state that the French
& British troops are still forcing
the Germans back & have
captured a lot of heavy guns
also machine guns and
much material. Russians mak
ing good headway in Austria &
are driving the German forces
before them. 20000 German
prisoners have been taken the
last few days, by the Franco-
Fine day. Before breakfast Bern
& I fixed up wire netting to keep
fowls out of the garden.
Down to office. Business
very quiet. Round to the
Technical School with Bern
who had finished making his Oak
Hall stand, & got Church, the carrier,
to take it down to Hydes furniture fac
tory to get it “fumed”.
Down to YMCA room at night
to Chess Committee meeting & made
arrangements to meet the Lower
Valley players on Thursday night
in Masterton YMCA room.
War news state that the Franco
British forces have had desper
ate engagement with the Germans
near La Bassee, Souichez & near
Ypres, the German line was broken
& over 12000 prisoners taken.
A large area of country was cap
tured miles of trenches being taken
Fine day. Bern & I put up
wire netting boundary to our
new garden plot & fixed
netting across the creek.
Fine day. Before break
fast Bern & I put in a
Down to office. Went to the
Gasworks & saw the manager
Mr J W Blackman in reference to
getting some old gas & water pipes
for making a Summer House &
arranged to take a lot which he
had on hand. Met Mr Atkinson
& took him to see Mrs Hartons
house in Renall Street which
I have for sale at £ 700. He was
rather pleased with it & said he
would submit same to his sister-
in-law who wanted a Masterton
War news state that the Russians
have taken the offensive & inflicted
a defeat on the Austro-Germans
driving them before them & in
flicting enormous losses, causing
General Von Beulow [Von Bulow] to hastily re
Dull day. Light
rain after dinner time.
Down to office. Business
very slow. Mr J V Gordon in
re purchase of W G Beards
section & I saw C Perry who
took plan to Hollings &
Down to K Welch’s at night
& played him 3 games of
chess losing 2 & winning
Fine day. Digging before
breakfast. Down to office.
Sold building section of WG
Beard’s to Mrs P Gordon for
£ 200. This section is in Pownall Str [Street]
& comprises 1 Rd [rod] 30 perches.
After dinner I put in about
2 ½ hours digging, then went
to Denby’s nursery & purchased
2 ½ dozen Tomato plants which
Bern & I put in before tea.
Ranger Hayes up in the evening &
got our pony Don, which I had tied
to the fence near the house. Gave
him a couple of shillings & nearly made
him drunk on Elder wine.
War news state that Bulgaria has
ordered mobilisation of her troops
& ordered all reservists to return
from Foreign countries. Greeks
excited. Allied airmen doing great
damage to German stations Etc.
Italian Consul reports that Turks
have massacred ¼ million Armen
ians men women & children & took
10000 & drowned them from boats in the
Fine day. Before
breakfast I did some digging ready
for planting Tomatoes. Down to office.
Not much doing. Towns people
all alive with selling flowers,
cakes, sweets Etc to provide
comforts & Xmas cheer for
the Colonial boys at Gallipoli.
Stalls were erected on the foot
paths & did good business all
day, the sum of £ 366 being
collected. A sum of about
£ 700 was also raised during
the day to provide a subsidiary
Hospital at Trentham where
the men are in camp training
for the front. Down to YMCA
room at night & played chess.
G A Jones played Gibson & me
simultaneously & easily beat us
Rather cold day. Clear
towards evening for a frosty night.
Down to office.
Leo left by the 3 pm train for
College, mother going up with
him to the station.
Mr & Mrs Roberts of Palmerston
North whilst passing thro [through] Mas
terton on their way to the Hutt
to the latter’s mother Mrs M Ross,
called to see what class of pro-
perties I had for sale in this
district. As they were in a hurry
to get away they asked me
to send particulars of sheep
farms to their address at