ON Saturday, at 6.30pm, Henry Woodward, about 11 years of age, was drowned at Carrum, and Mr C. Gill, the local dairyman, had a narrow escape from a similar fate. The boy, wanting to see the flood, had persuaded Mr Gill to take him with him in his cart on the way to Well’s road.
To reach his destination he had to drive through the flooded portion. Suddenly the horse was carried off its feet, the cart went under, and both man and boy were swept into the water. Gill got the boy on his back and made a desperate effort to save him but while endeavouring to get to a shallower spot the boy was swept away again and drowned.
The horse was also drowned, and with the cart disappeared. Neighbours have been out in boats searching for the boy’s body, but at a late hour on Sunday it had not been recovered. Several families have been taken in boats from their homes to a place of safety.
MESSRS A. Scott and Co.’s monthly sale at Tanti will be held on Monday next, when a good yarding of stock will be forward.
MESSRS Croft Bros., Somerville, notify that they have just opened up a choice lot of ladies’ and children’s summer millinery; also good range in fancy voiles, crepes, prints, muslins, and all the seasonable lines, to which they invite inspection.
OWING to the severe illness of the auctioneer at the last moment the furniture sale advertised to be held in Messrs Brody and Mason’s Mart, Frankston, last Wednesday, had to be adjourned, and it will now be held on Wednesday next, 4th October, instead of the usual produce sale.
MR G. Hesselman who won the boat, which was given by Mr Marks to be raffled in aid of Xmas gifts for the soldiers in the trenches, has presented it to the Frankston District Roll of Honour to be raffled again. The work of art is on view at Mr A. Shannon’s store.
AT a meeting of the committee of the Frankston District Roll of Honour Fund, the hon. sec. presented a balance sheet in detail of the Scotch Concert given by Mr Harry Skinner’s Company.
This showed the gratifying result of £17 5s 11d clear profit. The committee wish to thank those who so kindly helped to make the concert a success especially Mrs H. Garrood and Mrs Moloney, and Mr F. R. Smith, for their donation towards the expense. The donations have been previously acknowledged in these columns.
IT will be seen by an advertisement in another column that a meeting of the contributors to the various presentation funds to Frankston volunteers will be held at the Mechanics’ Institute, on Wednesday evening next.
The chief business to be submitted will be the arranging a sixth presentation to Frankston volunteers and the desirability or otherwise of afterwards closing the fund. The latter question has arisen from the fact that the issue of a proclamation is now imminent calling up all single men between the ages of 21 and 35. A good attendance is looked for, to fully discuss the subject.
THE balance sheet presented by the “Wattles” Club for the purchase of crockery for the use of returned wounded soldiers is as follows:—
Receipts—To sale of tickets, £2 12s 6d;cash taken at door, £2 5s 6d. Total £4 18s. Expenditure:—Rent of Mechanics’ £1, printing tickets, 6s.funds for crockery £3 12s. Total £4 18s.
Balance sheet of “Wattles” Club dance held on 22nd, to raise funds for filling billies and boxes for the soldiers:—
Receipts— cash taken at door, £2 17s; cake raffle, £1 18s 9d; tray cloth raffle, £1 10s, total, £6 5s 9d. Expenditure— Rent of hall, £1; music, 1s ; candles, 8d; billies, 3s 9d.—£2 0s 5d. Cash in hand £4 5s 4d. Total £6 5s 9d.
IN speaking of the splendid work done by the stretcher bearers who were at the taking of Pozieres, Lance-Corporal A. D. Baily, in writing to the London office of the Melbourne “Herald” says, “They were just wonderful,” he declares. “They did the bravest things on the battleground.
There was one little chap—Corporal Bates—working all the time at fixing the wounded up with field dressings, with only a sand bag between him and the Germans, and he did the business as coolly as if he were watching Carlton and Fitzroy on a Saturday afternoon.”
Corporal Bates mentioned above is the son of Mr A. E. Bates, of Mornington formerly resident of Frankston. “Bobby” Bates, as he was familiarly called, was one of the best of Frankston’s footballers, and was a general favourite with all. His many friends will be pleased to hear of him as still going strong.
THE “Wattle Club” dance, in aid of Christmas boxes for the soldiers, was not as well attended as was expected, owing undoubtedly to the extremely wet night, but those who did brave the elements were amply rewarded, spending a very pleasant evening, dancing to good music supplied by Miss Daniels, of Melbourne.
The sum of £5 was raised by the effort, which will go towards providing some small amount of cheer for somebody’s brothers, who are so badly in need of a little encouragement from their own Australia.
A tray cloth, made, and presented by Miss Spillane, and a beautiful cake, presented by Mr Marks, were raffled during the evening and were the means of swelling the fund to a great extent.
The cloth was won by Mr Grice, and the cake by Mr Heselman. During the evening Miss Gray (the late secretary of the club) was presented with a handsome case of afternoon tea spoons and cake forks, on the eve of her marriage.
Mr Lidgerwood, in making the presentation, referred to the excellent work Miss Gray had done for the club and her untiring efforts to bring it to the flourishing state it was now in.
He expressed the feelings of all present in wishing Miss Gray all the good luck that could come her way. Mr C Paynter briefly responded on Miss Gray’s behalf. Supper was partaken of, and dancing renewed with fresh vigour till 1 o’clock.
THE “Wattles “ Club. will hold a dance this (Saturday) evening in the Frankston Mechanics’ Institute in aid of the local Red Cross Society.
First class music will be provided, and a most enjoyable evening is guaranteed. The hot water kettle donated by Mrs Hay will be drawn for during the evening.
AT the invitation of the committee of the Frankston Mechanics’ Institute the stallholders at the recent bazaar, and their friends met, and were entertained in the Hall, on Wednesday evening last, when a very happy time was spent in cards, music and dancing.
From the pages of the Mornington Standard, 30 September, 1916