Fine day. Down to office.
Mrs Meale in re purchase of house
& I took a run around town with
a view to securing a suitable
place for her. No luck. After
dinner I planted potatoes. Found
some of my best seed had been
riddled with the potato worm &
I had to throw them away.
Down to YMCA room at night &
played Gandy chess for the ladder
contest. Did not finish & will
play it at next meeting night.
War news state that Turkey &
Bulgaria have declared war on
Roumania. Germany has also
declared war against the same
state. Servians fighting the Bul
gars & driving them from positions
taken during the Servian retreat.
Russians driving Turks in Turkey
Passenger & Cargo boat Tongariro
over 7000 tons wrecked off the
coast near Mahia Peninsula. No
lives lost but narrow escape for
Heavy rain first thing in
the morning at Palmerston North.
Cleared for a fair day. Left Bern’s
about 9 o’clock to meet Elley & Ewing
at Central hotel. After meeting them
& Elly not being inclined to do busi
ness I walked to Jim Lachlans in
Bourke Street to see Jim who has
been in bed with Rheumatic fever for 7
weeks. Had morning tea & scones & at
11.15 left for the station to get the 11.30
train for Masterton. Elley stayed to
attend the Hunt Club steeple chase
meeting but I had no money to lose.
Atrrived in Masterton at 3 pm &
put in balance of afternoon at office.
G West rang me from Eketahuna re
Ewings farm & made arrangements to go
to Plm [Palmerston North] on Friday & see Ewing & go & see
the farm on Saturday. Wrote Mrs
Ewing the same & sent instructions
by letter West. Leo & Bern both
home from college for their term
holidays. Bern having a bad arm re
poulticing, for poisoning at
Breakfast at 8 and then went
out to see if I could find J Elley whom I was to
meet & take to see Ewings 450 ac [acre] farm at Apiti.
Hunted the hotels then rang up P Tulloch of Pa
hiatua who went to Elleys house & found that
he had been to Plm [Palmerston North] Monday afternoon expecting
to meet me. Not seeing me he had returned to Pa
hiatua. Arranged to get train arriving in Plm at
11.5 am so I saw motorman Gillies & got him
to have car ready to take us & J Ewing to the latters
farm, 36 miles from Feilding. Left about 12 o-
clock having a good spin out via Feilding.
Had dinner at Kimbolton then passed on ar
riving at the farm at 2.45. Elley, Ewing &
I walked over the place & got back about 4.30.
Elley not being too pleased with it, being too far
out. Started for home at 4.45 & within 200
yards of the house at a sharp turn one of the
hind wheels came off owing to the cap working
off. 2 sections of the worm to which the cap
screwed on broke off leaving only one section
of 1 ½ inches to screw the cap to. Had a bad
time on the return taking 4 ½ hours, owing to
the wheel cap working loose & not until
we got to the level past Kimbolton did
the cap hold & from there we got to Plm with
out further mishap, arriving about 9.35.
Had supper, then I went to Diederich’s &
Elley got bed at Central hotel. Bern & Bec
were just going to bed, having given me up!
Up early, got breakfast & left to
catch 7.25 train for Wellington. Had over 20 min
utes to get to station & taking my bike I was sure of
being in plenty of time but chain wheel being loose
the chain kept falling off & by the time I got to town I
had 9 minutes to go to station. Put bike in office &
got cab coming from stn [station] & Reg Pinkey put the horse
to a steady hard go & we got there just in time.
Arrived in Wellington at 11.45 & after getting an
early lunch I went up to the College to see Leo
& go with him to the Athletic Park where the
College Football team were to meet the Christ
church College team. Both teams were in
high training & ChCh winning the toss play
ed with the wind & sun in their favour. Wind
being strong allowed ChCh to keep Wgtn on the
defensive all thro [through] the 1st spell & they scored
18 pts [points] to Wgtn Nil. In 2nd spell Wgtn turn
ed the tables scoring 19 pts, our boy Leo getting
2 tries from one of which a goal was kicked.
Great excitement all thro the game. Every pt
was scored on the South end in both spells.
The wind preventing play on the North end.
Leo & I had tea at the Burlington then we went
to Pictures for an hour after which we went
to the Thorndon Rly Stn [Railway Station] where I took train
for Palmerston [Palmerston North] at 10 past 9 arriving there
at 12.15. Went to Central hotel (J Cress) where
I put up for the night.
Fine day. Cut gum wood.
Sprayed fruit trees with
Lime sulphur solution then
after dinner I finished weeding
the onion bed.
Fine day. At office.
Took Mr Clayson & his wife
to see section of about 1 ½ acre
in Williams estate Lansdowne.
Returned to town & saw Williams
& got price & terms which Clay
son agreed to. Drew up an
agreement for them to sign &
left it at Clayson’s when on
my way home.
Minister of Defence & the Premier
Messrs Allen & Massey being
questioned in regard to a soldier
of one of the reinforcements from
New Zealand having deserted to
the enemy from the trenches on the
Western front. Minister will not
give name but it is stated that
the deserter is a Carterton man
named Ninett whose parents are
both German, the mother being a
sister of the well known deceased
settler Herman Nitz of Kaiwhata
whose sons are now on the property.
Up early, my brother-in-law
Geo [George] Lauchlan rising & getting some
breakfast for us as we had decid
ed to return home by the train leav
ing at 7.45. Took the tram leaving
Seatoun at 6.56 & arrived in good
time at the Station. Got our bicycles
& put them on board. Left Bern
behind, he having gone out to the
Taita last night intending to stay
to see the other College matches
Wanganui ver [versus] Christchurch tomorrow
& Wellington ver Christchurch on Monday.
We arrived at Masterton at 11.30 &
Gretta surprised mother when
she arrived home as we were not ex
pected till Sat [Saturday] night or Monday.
At office for the rest of the day.