Peace Bonds aeroplane belatedly arrives

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THE aeroplane used to advertise the Peace Loan arrived in Frankston on Monday afternoon shortly after 3 o’clock.

It was advertised to make its appearance in the forenoon, and a good deal of disappointment and inconvenience was occasioned the public, who had assembled at the Old Racecourse paddock at 11 a.m. in anticipation of its arrival at that hour.

Nothing was known of the altered arrangements till Crs Oates and Mason motored to the rendezvous and announced that a message had just come through to the effect that the programme had been altered.

Probably a reasonable explanation could be given as to why the aeroplane could not arrive at 11am as originally intended, but it is difficult to explain why the local committee was not informed of the revised arrangement in time to warn the public.

As a matter of fact our aerial visitor was cutting capers over the neighbouring town of Dandenong at the hour Frankston residents were vainly scanning the skyline for its appearance.

However, the aeroplane ultimately arrived, and the occasion is likely to be long remembered by the juveniles at least.

All the school children were present, and there was great hurrahing as the machine hove in sight.

As it prepared to alight, the youngsters and even some of their elders did not appear too anxious to get too near to the monster of the air.

An aeroplane at close quarters is a fearsome thing to the unsophisticated, and many of the children took to their heels and would not venture near till the machine was quietly resting on the ground.

The appearance of the smiling face of Captain Cobby had a reassuring effect, and after the aviator gave up his seat in the plane to Councillor Oates, the crowd considered it safe enough to draw closer.

Cr Oates briefly explained the object of the airship’s mission, after which Sgt Cooper said that other loans were used to kill human beings, but this loan was for the purpose of putting the soldiers back into their former positions.

At the beginning of the war their Prime Minister, Mr Andrew Fisher, promised the last man and the last shilling, but there was no need for any man to go away and brave the hardships again, still there was the need for money to be supplied to our authorities so that they might carry on.

Speaking of his experience in America, he said that country was doing a lot for its soldiers, but its troops had not been in the war as long as Australians, and, although they had done a lot in the line, they did not do better than the Aussies, and, were not our men, therefore, entitled to more than the Americans?

They do not ask for something they were not entitled to, but only a fair and square deal, and it was now the people’s time to do something for them.

He then appealed to the gathering to take out Peace bonds.

During the afternoon bonds to the value of £1000 were applied for.

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ALL State schools will be closed from 22nd to 26th September, inclusive, in connection with the Royal Show. Teachers’ salaries will be paid in full for the month on Wednesday, 17th September.

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ATTENTION is directed to an advertisement in another column relating to an Executor’s sale of property on Point Nepean Road in the estate of Charlotte Keys, deceased.

The sale takes place on 30th September at Arnold House 16 Queen St Melbourne and the auctioneers are Messrs Sydney Arnold, Best and Co and Mr W. P. Fairlam Cheltenham.

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THE new term of the Frankston Grammar School begins on Tuesday 16th inst. in new premises known as the Methodist School Hall in High St.

Mr J. Austin, the Principal will attend the School on Monday from 10am to 5pm to interview parents and enrol pupils.

Kindergarten and junior classes are being formed under a special teacher.

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A MEETING of the Frankston Horticultural and Agricultural Association will be held in the Mechanics’ Institute on Friday, 19th inst at 8 o’clock pm to consider the advisability of holding a show in 1920 and any other business arising.

As this is a matter of great importance to the town and district a large attendance of members and intending members is expected.

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THE Digger’s Job and Ours – The Commonwealth Government is floating the Peace Loan of £25,000,000, stresses the fact that the whole of the Loan will be used for war and repatriation purposes – principally the latter.

When one takes into consideration what the A.I.F. did for Australia and the Empire generally, one cannot but admit that the effort of the man who stayed at home, be it ever so great, is small by comparison.

Now is the time for Australia to finish the job.

The Digger’s task to re-establish himself.

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Police Court.

At the Frankston Police Court on Monday before Messrs C. V. G. Williams (chairman), C. W. Grant and W. J. Oates Esqs J’s.P. the following cases were dealt with:

F. W. Merritt v. Albert Seadon Lunn. – Claim for £89s 3d. Goods sold including incubator £6, and rooster, £2.

In answer to Mr Cook who appeared for the complainant, defendant said he was a returned soldier and was working for the Shire Council.

His weekly earnings average £2 10s. He had not received assistance from the Repatriation department. His wife had obtained a loan of £5, and was repaying it by instalment of 5s per week.

Defendant admitted owing the amount claimed. He had been expecting help from the Repatriation department and complainant had promised not to press him.

An order was made for the amount with £1 6s costs.

Fred Addicott v J. Seimers.

Claim for £6 10s, work and labor done.

Defendant did not deny liability, and said complainant had only brought him to court “out of spite.”

Order for amount with £1 6s costs.

Undesirable Visitors.

Senr. Const. Bray v John Taylor and Elizabeth Philbrick charged with being drunk and incapable in Bay St, Frankston on the 7th inst.

The Police evidence went to show that the couple arrived in Frankston by train Saturday night, next day they were both very drunk in the streets.

Senr. Const. Bray said that such an occurrence was very unusual in Frankston and it was desirable in the interests of the place that exemplary punishment should be meted out.

Defendants were fined 10s each in default 24 hours.

Travelling Without Ticket.

A young mail named Macnamany was charged with travelling without a railway ticket. Ticket checker Lovell deposed that he found defendant in a first class compartment at Frankston on 7th inst.

He had no ticket and the name and address he gave were both fictitious.

Senr. Const. Bray informed the bench that defendant had caused a lot of trouble through refusal to give his correct name. Defendant was fined 20s with 10s costs.

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FROM the pages of the Mornington Standard, 13 September 1919

First published in the Mornington News – 10 September 2019

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