Light rain in morning
then closed for fine day. Down to
office. Not much doing. Sent
pars [particulars] of properties to agents
with view to co-operating in sell
War news state 4 more vessels
been torpedoed by German sub
marines, the crews being taken
off or rather saved.
Big air raid by Austrians
airmen against Italian
towns & bridges but very little
damage done, 4 of the machines
were brought down. British front
on the Western quarter extended,
& now comprises ¼ of the whole
Western time. Italy requisition
ing interned German steamers
for the purpose of carrying
Fine day. Before break
fast I packed a case of apples
to send to our boys at the College
& took them in the afternoon to
the station & sent them by the
3 train. Mr & Mrs J Campbell
in & advised me that they would
not buy Newcombe’s property,
the price being too much.
J Ewing over from Palmerston
to see R Leach re canvassing
agent for Farmers Implement
Coy [Company]. Gave him pars [particulars] of Hillas
Bros property at Paraparaumu
& letter of introduction. Wrote
Hillas’ re same.
War news state allied fleets are
blockading Crete owing to a British
official being arrested by the author
ities at the instigation of Germans.
Great assaults on the Italian-Aus
trian front at Goritzia. British
Cruisers & German destroyers met
with the result that one German
Destroyer was rammed & sunk by the
Cruiser Cleopatra. Russians making
progress along Black Sea to Trebizond.
Light rain. Dug some
ground & clipped oats in before
breakfast. Down to office.
Busy with correspondence.
Lunched with Eileen at WFCA
War news state that great artill
ery duels taking place on all fronts &
Verdun being shelled by big German
guns. Several vessels torpedoed
by German submarines & neutral
countries getting their temper up ow
ing to their boats being sent to the
bottom of the sea. British Aviators
bombed. Turkish camp at their ad
vanced post 100 miles from the Suez
Fine day. Before breakfast
I did some digging. Down to office.
Busy with correspondence best
part of day. Lunched with
Eileen at Alpass.
Bottled peaches picked from
War news state terrible artillery
duels taking place between German
forces & the Franco-British.
Reported Naval engagement in the
British armed merchantman,
the Alcantara fought German
cruiser Grief [Greif] 9000 tons both
vessels being sunk. British des
troyers rushed to the rescue &
saved the survivors.
Fine day. Went up to
Pleckville with Mr & Mrs J Camp
bell Senr [Senior] & their son in New
combe’s car, the latter driving, to in
spect, with a view to buying New
combe’s 742 property. Went via
Mt Bruce road picking the Campbells
up at the road by their farm. Arrived
about 11.30 & after viewing homestead
surroundings we had some lunch then
went over the back portion of the
property arriving back at house about
4.30. Very well pleased with farm
all round but Mrs Campbell thinks
price £ 16 per acre a bit high. Left for
home about 5 oclock & arrived at Camp
bells gate at 6.20 & my place about
6.45. Newcombe had tea with me
then left for his home in Masterton.
Played Kemble 2 games of chess,
both which I lost.
Down town after breakfast
& met T Welford & discussed
question of Queen Street pro
perty for him as an investment.
Cut wood before dinner &
in afternoon dug a few pota
toes to get the ground ready to
sow oats. Kemble up to tea.
Ruby having gone to Palmerston
for a holiday.
Friday 25 [Saturday 25]
Fine. Very warm. At
office. Mrs Fergusson rang up
for me to go down & see her
re sections & made an offer of
£1 140 for part of Monro’s block
in Cassel Street. Saw D K
Logan who wired the offer to
Monro in Auckland.
Took a box of apples to the
Station at night, & consigned same
to our boys at Wellington College.
War news state Germans
making great assaults on the
French positions before Verdun
capturing portions of the trenches
& a lot of prisoners.