SEAFORD, like Frankston and other seaside resorts, has for some time past been the happy hunting ground of the elusive burglar, and things got so bad at Seaford that residents spoke seriously of appointing a night patrol for the protection of weekend homes.
The losses in the aggregate amount to several hundreds of pounds.
The Seaford Progress Association made repeated appeals to the Commissioner of Police for protection, but without result, so members experimented in the methods of Sherlock Holmes with satisfactory results.
It was Mr Tubbs who first got on to the scent of the burglar, and, as his own house had been ransacked in his absence, he visited the Criminal Investigation Department, and stressed the necessity for immediate action.
Detective Ethell went to the house of Henry Sullivan, an employee at the Power House works, and was admitted by Mrs Sullivan, and recovered a large quantity of stolen property.
Sullivan was arrested, and will be duly arraigned before the Police Magistrate at the Frankston Police Court.
A YOUNG married man was arrested by the Frankston police on Monday night on the criminal charge of having criminally assaulted a school girl at Langwarrin on Monday last.
The unfortunate child, who is the daughter of a widely-respected resident, positively identified accused as her assailant, and he was immediately arrested.
He will appear at the Frankston Police Court.
AT the Frankston Police Court, on Monday last, before Messrs C. Grant and W. J. Oates, J’s.P., a youth, William Berry, late of Langwarrin, was charged, having been remanded from Footscray, with the criminal offence of having had carnal knowledge of Eva Parker, aged 15 at Langwarrin.
The case was heard in camera, but, we understand, certain complications having arisen, he was further remanded for two weeks.
MESSRS Will Gregory and Eddie Burton were responsible for a fine catch of yellow tail in the bay on Sunday last.
They netted 22 fish, the aggregate weight being about 800 lbs.
A little while ago, Mr Will McComb netted 19, weighing 600 lbs.
THE picnic of the East Malvern Congregationalists at Frankston on Tuesday last was marred by the tragically sudden death of the superintendent, Mr A. M. Wharington.
He had accompanied the scholars to Frankston, when he suffered a heart seizure, from which he failed to recover.
He was 60 years of age, and was managing director of Wharington Pty Ltd in Lonsdale Street.
“THE Argus” recently interviewed Mrs J. E. Sage at her home, “Euratta”, Baxter, and gives a most interesting sketch of her life.
This charming, silver haired old lady was born in Ireland in 1832, and has resided at Baxter since 1843.
She was brought to Australia by her father, the late Captain Benjamin Baxter in 1836, her father being in charge of a convict ship.
When Capt Baxter’s regiment returned to India, he was sent by Sir Richard Bourke to Victoria to conduct the first post office in a building owned by John Pascoe Fawkner.
In her childhood days, she lived in John Batman’s old house, Robert Hoddle and Captain Sturt being two of the neighbors.
Mrs Sage has pleasant memories of Governor Latrobe and Edward Wilson, founder of “The Argus,” who used to visit the McHaffie brothers on Phillip Island for wild boar hunting, always walking from Melbourne to Hastings or Stony Point.
L. V. Wilson (late A.I.F), Wattle Tree Road, East Caulfield writes:
“This is how the Frankston Repatriation Committee treats the soldiers and hinder the Government.
Some two months ago I made application to the Closer Settlement Board for a farming qualification certificate.
As I had been seven years farming on my father’s farm at Seaford, I was instructed by the Board to get a reference from the Frankston committee.
I wrote to the secretary for the certificate, stating that I had been farming on my father’s farm at Seaford for seven years and held good references from farmers.
I received a reply stating that I was not known and that they could not give the reference.
I replied stating that I was well known, but was again informed that I was not even known to Cr Armstrong.
I cannot believe that Cr Armstrong made such a statement, as I was a neighbor of his for seven years, and he knows me well.
I consider that I have been shamefully treated by the Frankston committee.
It would have been a very easy matter for them to have made inquiries – our property was near the Seaford railway station and we were well-known.
Through the delay, I lost the chance of a property near my brother’s.
If I know the Frankston people rightly, they will not tolerate such treatment as this to returned soldiers.”
SPEAKING on the important temporary arrangement for the supply of electric light and power to the Peninsula districts, Sir John Monash recently stated that the construction of the high tension feeder lines to Frankston, Mornington and other places would be eventually incorporated in the Morwell scheme.
Feeder lines were now in course of construction from Mordialloc via Frankston and Mornington to Hastings and from Mornington to Dandenong.
These lines would pick up 4,400 volts of energy on the terminal point close to the city.
This energy would be transformed up to 22,000 volts, when it would be carried to the above municipalities and then transformed down to low voltage for immediate use.
MEMBERS of the Railways Standing Committee welcome the announcement that the Railways Commissioners are thinking of substituting a motor train service for the ordinary steam trains on minor and remote country lines, as suggested by Mr A. K. T. Sambell, C.E., in his recent campaign in the Mornington Electorate.
In a statement the committee pointed out that in view of the present high cost of construction and operation this system of dealing with the goods traffic could be applied to some of the Railways it was about to recommend for construction in outlying country districts.
It is uneconomical to operate such lines, after the wheat or main traffic has been removed, by employing a steam locomotive capable of hauling a load of 300 or 400 tons when the traffic offering is not one-tenth of that tonnage.
To meet the requirements of these districts during the remainder of the year a light motor service in the charge of one man should be used.”
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Business people and others are hereby warned that “The Standard” has no travellers.
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Proprietor “The Standard.”
From the pages of the Frankston and Somerville Standard, 4 November 1921