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Sergeant Westaway dies of erysipelas in England Compiled by Cameron McCullough THE sad news was received Mrs Westaway, of Somerville, last week, that her son, Sergeant Leslie W. Westaway, had died in the Canadian Hospital, England, from erysipelas, on August 14th. Sergeant Westaway was a very valued and capable officer and his death is deeply deplored. *** MR S. S. Gault will hold a clearing sale this afternoon at Hastings on account of Mr E. Unthank, consisting of orchard, land, buildings, stock, implements, furniture, and sundries. *** FOR the convenience of residents of Frankston who wish to attend the Somerville fancy dress ball on Wednesday evening, a drag will leave Bay Street at a quarter past 7 with passengers. *** THE friends of Mr G. Farmer, of Frankston, will regret to hear that he is at present an inmate of the hospital suffering from appendicitis, and the best of wishes are expressed for his speedy recovery. *** MESSRS A. Scott. and Co, Propy, Ltd. will hold their usual sale at Tanti on Monday next when a good yarding is expected. *** MR J. Bradbury notifies by advertisement that owing to “The Fernery” being engaged by the Councillors of the Shire of Frankston and Hastings, in connection with the Pageant of Loyalty, it will be closed to visitors on Saturday afternoon. Admission will be by ticket only.

*** WE desire to draw attention to the advertisement of the Peninsula Motor Garage Company. This progressive Company has now started a motor service each Friday, from Mornington to Frankston and return. The fare is 4s 6d return and 3s single. This is exceptionally low, and enables patrons to take advantage of the excellent Frankston train service. Commercial travellers and others are much benefitted by this service. We learn that the Directors, all of whom are local residents, have under consideration the opening up of similar services from adjacent towns. This means more local employment and increased local investment. The Frankston Motor Garage, lately owned by Mr. A. Taylor, has been taken over by the Peninsula Motor Company and has been staffed by an expert driver, and a first rate mechanic. This Company’s original Garage, near the railway station, will still be kept staffed and run in the usual way. The Peninsula Motor Garage, recently erected at Mornington, is said to be the most modern in the state, outside the city of Melbourne. *** ON Saturday, August 25th, the friends and relatives of Gunner Dean gave him a return evening at “The Grove,” Frankston, and a most enjoyable time was spent in dancing, singing and games. Mr Slater and Mr Dean kept things lively with their comic songs. Mr Cavall provided the music

which was very much appreciated. The decorations were carried out with flags which were kindly lent by Mrs Hay, for the occasion. During the most successful supper, Mr. Slater made a fine speech, and Mr Dean responded. The singing of the National Anthem and “For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow” brought the evening to a close. *** THE Trustees of the Frankston Cemetery have had an offer to purchase the pine trees round the cemetery. It is thought that if sold the proceeds would go towards building a brick lodge at the main entrance, which is badly needed. They have also had an offer to provide (free) enough pittosporum to plant a good double hedge where the pines would be removed. A meeting is being held in fourteen days from this date and the trustees would be glad if any persons who have an interest in the cemetery desiring to make any objection to the trees being disposed of, to communicate with the secretary at once. *** OUR Letter Box. THAT BALANCE SHEET. TO THE EDITOR. Sir,—It is with fear and trembling that I beg space to protest against the insertion in your valuable columns of such dangerously inflammable matter as the lately published report or balancing sheets of the Australian Club. In these days of strife, I have oft times found relief from flaring headlines re battle fronts, I.W.W’s and strikes, by a quiet interval with my pipe and the local paper for company.

But, alas! All my joy has gone. It was with feeling of horror and amazement that I read a letter in your latest issue, and since then my life has been a continual nightmare. I am a peaceful citizen and have no wish to be prosecuted for treason or any like offence, but owing to your thoughtless action in making public the fact that there is an Australian Club lurking in our midst, (knowledge of which I was perfectly innocent) and inserting such club’s balancing sheets in a prominent place in your journal, I am now under painful necessity of tendering the following apology which I beg you to insert in fairness to one who has suffered untold mental agony because of the afore-mentioned carelessness on your part. To whom it may concern: - I hereby confess that I, not being a member of the Australian Club did dare to allow my eyes to rest on the above mentioned balancing sheets, and, also, dared to ask my neighbour what it was all about. For my unbecoming curiosity and unutterable offence in so doing, I most humbly crave pardon of “Mark Brody” and anyone else whom I have offended. Trusting that “Mark Brody” will accept this most contrite confession as sufficient reparation for my heinous offence, and, that you will study the safety of your readers more carefully in the future. I am a law-abiding citizen, but now, IN FEAR OF THE LAW. *** POINTS On Repatriation. The permanently incapacitated will

require constant care and attention. For them special provision will be made. It is anticipated that from time to time discharged soldiers will need medical attention, as the result of the hardships they endured at the Front, and arrangement will be made with local hospitals to enable this to be given. Factories for the manufacture of artificial limbs will be established. For the sake of Australia, land development must proceed, and every returned soldier who is considered suitable to go on the land will be given every encouragement to do so. In normal circumstances land development would continue and money spent in the settlement of soldiers would probably and very rightly be spent in any case. The Commonwealth Government will advance to the State up to £500 to unable a soldier settler to effect improvements on his selection purchase plants, seeds, stocks etc. It is thought that intense cultivation of small areas will be effective. On his small block the settler’s own labour will, in a short time, convert it into improved property. The same labour would pass unnoticed on a 1.000 acre farm. Smaller holdings in favorable districts and accessible to markets have many advantages over larger and cheaper buildings less favorably situated. Pensions will not be reduced as a man’s earning capacity is increased. *** From the pages of the Mornington Standard, 1 September 1917

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