AT the Moorooduc Stone Quarries on Monday, an employee, Mr Charles Darcey, had a narrow escape from death.
He was riding on a truck which was conveying stone from the quarry face to the breakers, when the wire rope controlling the vehicle snapped.
The truck immediately gathered momentum and sped down the incline at a terrific speed.
Before it reached the bottom, Mr Darcey sprang to the ground and in so doing, struck his chest against a stump.
He was very badly shaken, but appears otherwise to have escaped serious injury.
THE Easter holidays start tomorrow.
Already a great many visitors have arrived at Frankston – Osborne House, Frankston House, and the rest all having full quotas.
The various pleasure resorts along the bayside to Sorrento and Portsea and to Cowes, Flinders and San Remo on the Westernport side report large influxes of Eastertide tourists.
Should the weather be not unsociable, a merry time should be spent by the holiday-makers amidst the manifold beauties of the Peninsula.
NEXT Tuesday night, a dance will eventuate at the Mehanincs’ Institute, Frankston.
The objective is a laudable one – the raising of funds to assist the Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind – so the dance should prove both financially and socially successful.
The secretary, Mr Mark Brody, has left nothing to be desired in the way of arrangements, whilst the music will be supplied by Rimmer’s Orchestra, specially engaged for the night.
A DAIRYMAN, M. Curley, of Carrum was proceeded against at the Caulfield Police Court on Friday last for allegedly using soap to stop a leak in his milk can, and with having used a can that was so dented that it could not be properly cleaned, and with not having his can lid so fixed that it could not be removed without breaking the seal.
Inspector Stewart stated that in a dint of the lid thick dirt could be removed with the finger and brown rust was floating on the top of the milk.
Curley was found guilty, and fines inflicted amounted to £6 10s and £3 costs.
STARTING from today, a special train service will operate on the Frankston line during the holidays.
Five specials were added to today’s ordinary service, whilst the Mornington train ran express to Frankston and in two divisions.
Tomorrow, specials will leave Flinders Street for Frankston at 8.3, 10.10, and 12.25 whilst the one leaving at 8.30 will make Carrum its terminus.
There will also be a special from the city at 10.10 a.m. on March 29th, whilst on March 25th and 29th an extra train at 2.35 from Melbourne will be run to Hastings and Stony Point, returning at 6.30 p.m, for the convenience of those who desire to travel by the S.S. Genista to Phillip Island.
On those days, the 11.30 a.m from Stony Point will run non-stop from Frankston to Mordialloc and Glenhuntly.
A stopping train will follow closely from Frankston.
THE employees of J. Kitchen & Sons Pty Ltd held their annual picnic at Frankston on Saturday last.
Two special trains were utilised and about 700 people were present.
The Musician’s Club Orchestra was in attendance, and the day was devoted to a lengthy programme of sports.
The prizes were presented by Mr W. J. Kitchen at the close of the day, and, as the firm gave £50, the three principals £60, with £52 from the employees, good prizes were available.
Besides Mr W. J. Kitchen, Messrs F. W. and J. A. Kitchen were amongst those present.
THE Minister of Public Works, Mr Frank Clarke, has received more than a dozen petitions from various sources regarding the recasting of municipalities.
A part of Moorabbin desires to be annexed to Mentone and Mordialloc; Langwarrin desires to leave Cranbourne and embrace Frankston and Hastings whilst the re-subdivision of the Frankston and Hastings Shire is also under consideration.
A public notice concerning it is published in “The Standard” today.
Mr Clarke has quite a busy time of it, but the latter two, concerning Langwarrin and Mt Eliza, may be finalised after the holidays.
AT the District Court, Melbourne, on Thursday last, two Balnarring fruitgrowers, and a Tyabb grower, were fined £5 with costs for various offences against the Fruit Act.
One Pearcedale grower was fined £3 and costs, whilst orchardists from Hurst Bridge, Diamond Creek, Burwood, Ringwood, Kyabram and Ferntree Gully were similarly fined.
AN exchange states that Captain Stanley M. Bruce, M.P., of Frankston, who is now visiting England, is likely to succeed Sir Joseph Cook as Treasurer of the Commonwealth.
Mr Bruce is the representative of Flinders electorate in the Federal Parliament and is a member of the Flinders Lane firm, Paterson, Laing and Bruce Pty. Ltd.
Born at Melbourne 40 years ago he was educated at the Melbourne Grammar School, and the Cambridge University, where he was a champion athlete.
He was wounded at Gallipoli, and wears a Military Cross on his breast.
TO the Editor
Sir, in your issue of the 18th inst, it is interesting to note that the shire engineer reported having metalled this road and that.
For 3½ years I have wondered whether Playne street is in this shire, or out of it, and the only evidence of it being in this shire is the regular delivery of the rate notices, but what Playne street residents are paying rates for they have yet to learn as it is evident the money that is being paid is being spent on roads where the traffic is practically nil.
Evidently the shire engineer has not noticed the condition of Playne street, on a wet day, or has considered it unworthy of his attention.
Of all the streets in Frankston this is the one that carries the heaviest traffic, and has the least attention.
I am sure I will be supported when I claim that it is high time that something was done.
The heavy rain of the 15th inst., and its attendant damage, is sufficient evidence of the faulty formation and inadequate drainage, caused solely by neglect.
I notice that Beach Street, from the railway to Melbourne Road (one resident) has been metalled, and it causes one to wonder whether there is someone with Beach Street interests and influence; if so, it is a great pity that the interest and influence of the individual, or individuals is not scattered over a greater area.
Playne Street (or more appropriate, Plain Street) is a disgrace to the town, and it does not reflect credit on the councillors representing it.
If the porchway or entrance of the town is to be sacrificed on the altar of £ s d., then it is high time that somebody woke up.
I trust that my letter will be the means of having some improvement made, and I am sure, Sir, you will welcome and publish legitimate correspondence bearing on this matter, as it is one of importance to the town.
A. E. LASSLETT.
FROM the pages of the Frankston and Somerville Standard, 25 March 1921