30 September 1915

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September 1915
Thursday 30
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 & cakeSep 30 total

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29 September 1915

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September 1915
Wednesday 29
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
game.Sep 29 total

28 September 1915

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September 1915
Tuesday 28
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-
British forces.Sep 28 total

27 September 1915

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September 1915
Monday 27
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 takenSep 27 total

25 September 1915

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September 1915
Saturday 25
Fine day. Before break
fast Bern & I put in a
few potatoes.
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
property.
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
reat.Sep 25 total

24 September 1915

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September 1915
Friday 24
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 &
Pragnell solicitors.
Down to K Welch’s at night
& played him 3 games of
chess losing 2 & winning
the 3rd.Sep 24 total