A CASE of snakebite occurred at Frankston on Wednesday afternoon, the victim being a school boy named Alexander Nicholson.
It appears that he, in company with other lads, was going through some scrub at the back of the school grounds when he felt what at first he thought was a thorn prick him on the knee.
Later on he began to feel sick, and the head teacher was informed.
On examination two distinct punctures were seen, and Mr Jennings at once tied a ligature above the marks, cut an incision each side and sucked the wound.
The lad was then taken to Dr Maxwell’s who gave what further aid was necessary to counteract the poison, and he has now quite recovered.
AN American Tea and Jumble Fair will be held in the Frankston Mechanics’ Hall on Saturday afternoon and evening next, in aid of the funds of St Paul’s Church of England.
THE Hon. Secretary of the Wattle Club begs to acknowledge the receipt of a donation of tobacco and cigarettes from Mrs Mann, “Harbury”, Frankston, for the benefit of returned wounded soldiers.
WE regret to learn that there is no improvement in Mr Reynold’s health.
He is at present in St Pancras hospital.
Mrs Reynolds wishes us to state that she will carry on the business of selling the boots during Mr Reynolds illness, and Mr Wood has kindly offered to look after the billiard room from whom the key can be obtained.
WORD was received last week from the Defence Department by Mr D. P. Cain of Frankston that his son Pte Walter J. Cain was killed in action on 19th July 1916.
The letter also contained condolence from the King, Queen and Commonwealth.
Pte Cain was a general favorite in Frankston and identified himself with the church choir and was an enthusiastic footballer.
The many friends of Mr Cain deeply sympathise with him in his sad loss.
ON Tuesday 25th to Saturday 29th Sept., 1917 the 7.32am train from Mornington will leave Frankston at 8.14am (instead of 8.19am) and run non-stop to Mordialloc leaving Mordialloc at 8.32am (instead of 8.46) stopping only at Caulfield, thence express to Melbourne arriving 9.10am.
On these dates extra train will leave Frankston at 8.19am, taking up the ordinary running of the 7.32am ex Mornington and stopping at usual station for latter train.
Carrum depart 8.31; Mordialloc, 8.46; arrive Melbourne 9.28.
ATTENTION is directed to the advertisement of the Commonwealth Government asking for applications for participation in the £20,000,000 4½ per cent War Loan, 1927, for war purposes only.
Bonds will be issued in amounts of £10, £50, £100, £500. and £1000, payable to bearer.
Interest is payable half yearly is free of State and Commonwealth income tax, and is payable free of exchange at any bank or State Savings Bank.
Applications accompanied by a deposit of £10 per cent, will be received at any branch of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia or any bank, State Savings Bank, Money, Order Post Office, or through any member of a recognised Stock Exchange.
Instalments payable similarly. Subscription list closes 2nd November.
Mrs Barclay, of Osborne House, Frankston, has received the following sympathetic letter from General Birdwood in reply to one sent by her, inquiring the reason why her son Pte. H. W. T. Andrews had not had the usual leave of absence granted to men at the front.
Private Andrews is the only surviving son of Mrs Barclay.
He landed at Gallipoli on the 5th of May 1915, and was at the evacuation when he was afterwards sent to France, where he was wounded.
He has never had a day’s leave till that granted on 18th May, 1917.
1st Anzac Corps, France,
3rd August, 1917.
Dear Mrs Barclay, On receipt of your letter, I immediately made inquiries regarding your son in our 9th battalion, and I am glad to be able to tell you that he is with the regiment and in good health.
I quite agree in all you say as regards his having deserved a rest, and you will be pleased to know that he had leave to England on the 18th May.
This would have been granted him earlier, but he happened to be in hospital when his turn became due.
As you can imagine, all our men much appreciate and look forward to their ten days in England, and I only wish it were possible to give them longer leave. I am glad to say, however, that my men have recently had about two months complete rest from the trenches during nice warm weather, and the health and spirits of all are excellent.
I can fully enter into your feelings of anxiety regarding your only son, of whom you can rightly be proud, in the knowledge that he willingly answered the call of the Empire, and with his comrades has displayed so much gallantry and self sacrifice in the cause of justice and freedom.
I sincerely trust that he will be spared to return to you in safety and with honor when we have finally defeated our enemies,
And with kind regards.
W. V. BIRDWOOD.
Echoes from the Front. WHERE ARE THE BOYS WE KNOW!
Dear Macdonald,—Your letter of 4th April to hand which I was very pleased to receive. You may have heard that I left the battalion shortly after you and since then my mail has been following me all round the place.
I was away two months altogether and am now back again, fit as a fiddle, with my ankle certainly weak, but not too bad at all.
I tried to locate you while I was in England and hoped that you would have been at the 3rd London General where I was. Quite likely, however, your place was far nicer, and certainly hope so.
You needn’t worry about Heatly, he is quite alright and was sitting tight in a shell hole all that trying time.
Remember me to Cpl. Mace if he is still there, I hope you will both be soon fit and well, and yet, when you are, I suppose you’ll have to buckle into harness again, and I know after a “Blighty” that’s not the nicest prospect in the world.
I suppose you have been told that the O.C. put your stunt in as a V.C. one, anyhow I am right glad to know you got the D.C.M., and none knows better than I you deserve it, and I heartily congratulate you. I am at present acting O.C. “D” Company, as Cpt Harriott is away in England on leave.
We are having a very good time, as we have been billeted in a French village ever since we joined up, which is over a fortnight ago.
We are having splendid weather here and the country is looking fine.
Major James is acting O.C., and Col Watson is acting Brigadier. We have quite a lot of new officers whom you may not know when you rejoin. Good luck and au revoir.
J O. SEALBBOOK. Lieut.
From the pages of the Mornington Standard, 22 September 1917