23 April 1916

IF

±@B

Sunday 23
Fine day. Before
dinner I cut wood, some
good old tough gum.
After dinner I went to see
Arthur Owen who is on the
lookout for a sheep & dairy
farm. At night I gave our
little Jack his first lesson
in chess playing.

Apr 23 TOTAL

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22 April 1916

IF

±@B

Saturday 22
Fine day.
Down to office for a short
while before dinner. Business
premises all closed & most
people away at Tauherinikau [Tauherenikau]
races. After dinner I did some
digging then down town & attend
ed the funeral of Mr F W Mc
Laren’s little child who died
from Infertile paralysis, being
the second within the week,
leaving them childless.
Down to Mr Pulfords & took
an insurance of £ 200
on their furniture Etc.
Saw Alf Cottle re selling his
property at Miki Miki & he
agreed to do so at £ 25 per
ac [acre] with £ 1000 cash down.

Apr 22 TOTAL

21 April 1916

IF

±@B

Friday 21
Fine day. Cut a little wood
& did some digging. Took out
a Rambler rose from the verandah
front & planted it by the corner
post by the Tennis lawn
so that it could train along the
wire netting. After dinner I
went down to see Arthur Owen
in Roberts Street & had a long
chat with him re farm property
which he is thinking of buying
shortly. Sowed some cow
grass seed over our back
paddocks.

Apr 21 TOTAL

20 April 1916

IF

±@B

Thursday 20
Fine day. Down to
office. Attended correspon
dence. Rang up Jack Colqu
houn of Upper Opaki re selling
his property at Rangitumau
offered him £ 28 per acre
for it for Kjestrup, an adjoin
ing owner. Said he wanted £ 35
but would take £ 33 & if a
cash buyer might consider £ 30
per acre. Rang up Kjestrup &
was advised he was up country
for a few days. Lunched in town
& being busy did not go home for tea
but waited until the late train
arrived from Wellington, when
Greta, Jack & I met our boys
Leo & Bern who came up from
College for their vacation.
Had supper with them about
11 o’clock. Train was late & did
not get in until about 10 pm.
War news state American
President, Wilson, has advised
Germany for last time to give up her
cowardly submarining of unarmed vessels
without warning & saving of crews.

Apr 20 TOTAL

19 April 1916

Wednesday 19
Fine day. Heavy fog early
in morn then lifted & cleared
for bright sunny day. Hare
sent a wire to Mako  Mako for
Mrs Walsh to come in to town & paid
for delivery and we waited all
day but she did not come.
Loafed about & put
in about an hour at the big
cattle sale. Prices were very
high & a lot of the lines were
passed in. Heavy beasts passed
at about £ 14 vendors price
being about £ 15 per head.
2 year mixed, passed in at
£ 7 & £ 8 being below vendor’s
requirements.
Took brooch I found last night
to Herald office to advertise
for owner & shortly after the
owner Miss Biggs called to
insert a lost notice with view
of getting it. Was pleased to find
it at office as it was a keepsake
from her soldier boy who had left
for the Front to fight for the flag.
Returned to Masterton by the 7.40 pm train.

Apr 19 TOTAL

18 April 1916

IF

±@B

Tuesday 18
Fine day. Saw
Boyd, the agent for Dalgetys,
& got him to go out in his car
taking Bill & myself, to have a
look at the stock & put a
private value on the sheep &
cattle, the vendors brother Egan
having put a value of 28/- on the
ewes. Boyd was satisfied the
value was there & a little mar
gin in them at the price. Back
about 5 & had tea at Willow
Bank. Saw Hare & Bill sign
ed an agreement to buy. Boyd
met Kemp, manager of adjoining
property, whom he advised us
would buy 100 acres of the pro
perty at £ 20 per acre.
When walking back about 10 pm
to Bd House [Boarding House] I found a very nice
gold bar brooch set with stones.
Enquired at house but no one
there had lost it.

Apr 18 TOTAL

17 April 1916

IF

±@B

Monday 17
Fine day. Cut some wood
for Mrs Seymour then got ready to
catch train for Pahiatua , leaving the sta
tion about 10.45. Bertie & Marj walked
some of the way with me. Arrived at
Pahiatua with Bill, who got in at Ko
puaranga, having ridden over from
Mikimiki. Met Hare and arrang
ed to go out in car after we had
dinner. Arrived there about
3 pm & had a good look over
the property to satisfy ourselves
about the value. Had afternoon
tea then returned to town,
having decided to buy subject
to getting stock financed.
Put up at the Willowbank
Boarding House.

War news state Russian
troops have captured from
the Turks their fortified town
Trebizond on the Asiatic coast
side of the Black Sea after
a great fight.

Apr 17 TOTAL