Fair day. Light showers in
morning. At office. A Peterson
& N McLachlan in re sale of
latters property to the former &
went to Gawith & Logan’s & signed
agreement. Mr Healy of
Blenheim in re purchase of pro
perty & arranged to go out with
me to see Cooper Bro’s [Brothers] 170 acres
in the morning. Went to Rly [Railway] Station
at night & met Leo who has not
been feeling too well so came home
for the weekend.
War news state that Russian
troops still making headway & have
taken other 12000 prisoners
& large number of guns & other
Sir Roger Casement an English
traitor who has been in Germany
since the war started & who
engineered the Irish rebellion
& was captured on the coast of
Ireland has been sentenced
to death after trial in England.
Fine day. At office. Mr
Smith, builder, in re purchas
ing a house & I showed him
several, one in Bannister Str [Street]
in Mrs R R Welch’s estate took hos
fancy & he will probably buy.
G W Vennell up from Martinborough
& gave me his property to sell.
Down at night to G C
Jones in connection with the
proposed chess players versus a
team from the military camp
at Featherston, which the latter
wish to play on Monday night
the 7th August.
Rain all day.
Down to office.
Lunched at Kia Ora tea
rooms with Eileen.
& office matters after
dinner. At night I attend
ed chess class & played
Wells in the Dagg Shield &
Fine day. Very heavy frost.
Down to office. Mr A Peterson
in & signed agreement to pur
chase N McLachlans house &
section at Lansdowne. Went to
Gawith & Logans with him & gave
instructions re transfer. Mr & Mrs
Hughes in re purchase of property
& we inspected Mr T Hoar’s in Albert
Street then W C Welch’s at Lansdowne.
Made an offer of £1500 for H Martins
on Opaki Road. Kemble up to tea
after which I played him 2 games of
chess losing both.
War news state Austrians are
being driven back by Italians who have
rallied also Russians are contin
uing their advance against Austro-
Germans & that Montenegro has
started a rebellion against Austrian
rule. Arabians cut Turks line of
communication & pulled up rail
ways to stop troops being carried.
Fierce artillery duels on the Western
Fair day but cold.
At office. Mrs Rossiter in
re purchase of a house & I
showed her Mrs R Welch’s in
Bannister Street at £620
which she said would get
Rossiter to look at on Saturday.
Wrote Capt [Captain] Clarkson at Rotorua
re Keene’s exchange. Busy
with other correspondence.
New recruits for rein
forcements for the front left
Masterton this morning for
training camp at Featherston.
About 80 left by train, the
Band playing them up to the
Damp day. Down to office.
Met Hughes from Newman who wanted to
inspect properties at Lansdowne so
I went home & got the ponies in the phae
ton & drove him to see quite a number
also went to Upper Plain with him.
After dinner I showed him Cousin
Will Welch’s at Lansdowne. Hughes
offered £1250 for Aunt Annies house
& 1 ½ acres & I wired Jim Harvey the
trustee at Waipukurau & got reply say
sell at £1250 clear of commission
quoted £1280 which Hughes will
consider. Wrote Capt [Captain] Clayson re
Keene’s offer to exchange any of
the latters properties for the formers.
Kathleen left on board the trans
port Maunganui with the 14th
Reinforcements going back to the nurs
ing of the troops. At night I gave
our Jack & Ronnie Drummond a
lesson in Chess playing.
War news state Russians have occu
pied the whole of Bukowina, the Aus
trians being in full retreat
Rain all day. Cut a good deal
of wood, Bert Bertelsen giving
me a hand. Picked over balance
of my early grown potatoes &
rubbed the shoots off them.
Bert Bertelsen not too
well & had to go to bed early
having caught a chill