Telegraph Point [From our Correspondent.]

Frosty mornings and Spring-like days are the order just now, but we had one day of wind which reached gale force here last week. Miss Ethel Prince is still an inmate of the Hastings District Hospital. We hope soon to see her cheery face up this way again, also that she will be in much better health than of late. Quite a number of Prince-seers arrived home during the past week. They all seem satisfied that they had a good time, and tell us of the  District  lately, and the scourge is treated altogether too lightly. Girder-squarers are one of the poorest paid classes of men in Australia today. Prices paid for hewn timber are very little, if any, better now than they were eight years ago. Timber of this class is scarcer and much harder to get, and the sweated cutter finds it hard work indeed to make a living in these parts. Many starving stock are on the roads, some are making north to get grass, others are returning to their own runs where good rains have recently fallen. Schools opened again on Monday last. Mr. Somerville spent his holidays in the city. We hope he met his friend the ' Digger ''Prince. Mr. Austin Rowsell, who has been spending his holidays here with his parents, is suffering from a blood poisoned foot, and is delayed from re turning to Blackfriars’s  College for a week or two. We hope this brilliant young student will soon be well again. 'Fair Spin' is on the swagger bluster again with his £50. Brave chap, by cry, he always wants to be sure of a win. He stipulates his own particular wagers. He knows that 92.5 per cent, takes some beating, and although not exactly 93 points, it was classed as choicest. 'Why not challenge "Dairyman" on the 92.5 being accepted by the pool and paid for as choicest? This would be more sportsman-like. He says I am only a nuisance. Always have been, old chap, to men of your sort — terribly contradictory, eh? I like the fun, so long as it in the best interests of my fellows. And I suppose I always will be a nuisance, but as you say I have to resort to the efforts (I suppose you mean methods) of Pepper and Ananias. I say not at all. It is the truth that hurts some people, not just lies, but facts. You don't deal with Pepper &. Co. ? Why you said you would not crawl back with further replies three weeks ago — strikes me Pepper & Co. are not enough for you. And after all your 50 quid stouch you have not proved the one point at issue, viz., that periodical prizewinning is to 'the advantage of dairymen. That is what' I wanted to know, and you can't prove that it is. I say you can't, and further, that you have made a fool's attempt throughout your miserable correspondence. I never asked you for your 84 per cent, choicest and 16 per cent, first-class, but you thought it a record when you said, 'Can you beat it?' When 92.5 per cent, is shown for Port you get a pain, and try to hoodwink readers who summed you up long ago, and who know that you would throw mud at anyone as long as it did not need your name or disclose your hiding place. You long ago referred to me as the 'fox.' These sort of statements emanate only from a benighted mind. I am, and always have been, out for the common interests of all, and let me say right here that thousands of your sort will not stop me from being inquisitive in things pertaining to better conditions for hard-working humanity in any capacity. Paste that in your hat, old chap. I have met cleaner fighters than you, and have always played the game, even with you. And, finally, let me say that my assertions are correct, nuisance and all that I am. The Engineer's report on the road, O'Leary's to Smith's Creek, is alright in a way, but why should an Engineer  recommend public money to be expended on the private portion of the road to the school (that is if it is private property). This road has been a bone of contention for a long while now. Who knows how long any private road will be open to the public, and the Council should see to it that the dedicated road is opened. Probably those concerned would help to clear the road, and thus minimise the cost. Money is scarce, we know, but day-labor is -costly, and, as a rule, not up to ordinary specification. Why not substitute the settlers and let them help themselves; they are not only willing, but genuine road-makers.


On Wednesday last Mr. R. E. F. Emblen passed away at Telegraph Point, where he had resided for some years. The cause of death was diabetes. Deceased was a widower, his wife having died about six years ago. He leaves & family of five children—; four girls and a boy, and we join in sympathising, with them in their loss. The remains were interred in the Telegraph Point cemetery on Thurs-day, Rev. H B. Madden officiating.


We regret to have to report the illness of Mr. and Mrs. Robt. Mackay. Dr Sproule was called in, and, we understand, diagnosed the cases as severe attacks of influenza. We trust that Mr. and Mrs. Mackay will be speedily restored to good health.


The Hamilton and Telegraph Point seniors met on the former club's ground, the game resulting, in a victory for the home team by 12 points to 3.


The Butter Controversy.


Sir, — Sorry I cannot accept ' Dairyman's ' challenge in your last issue. However, I believe I know a man who would. He was hit on the head with a steam hammer

some years ago, and is at present in the lunatic asylum. Since your Telegraph Point correspondent butted in and started this controversy, I have always shown a clean break, sticking to absolute fact, and quoting clear-cut and honest figures, while your other correspondents have vainly endeavoured to hold up their end by the twisting of figures to make them appear what they were not, under the impression that your readers can be led to believe that black is white if put to them in a round about way. ' ' Dairyman ' states he is willing to risk losing £50 if the Port factory didn't make 92 per cent, choicest butter during the competition, but be follows his challenge with the following conditions : (1) That the Port factory is to be the judge, jury, and court, in deciding the matter, and (2) that such decision is to be irrespective of what constitutes a choicest butter. How can there be anything irrespective as regards choicest butter ? It shows only profound ignorance of his subject on the part of 'Dairyman' when be mentions such a condition. Choicest butter is just what is considered of that grade by the laws of the State in which we live and manufacture, and anything under such grading is NOT choicest. The remainder of his letter does not interest me, as the re marks do not touch on the question under discussion. My challenge in your issue of 26th June was a straight-out and unconditional offer to wager £50 (in forfeit) that 92 per cent, of choicest butter was not made over the period claimed by ' Dairy man.' This was irrespective of nothing but what was actually choicest. No twisting conditions. Just straight-out, honest figures. I thank you heartily for the opportunity given me through your columns for defending the case of the 'youngster up the river.' Unfortunately in my endeavours it was forced upon me to lapse into the personal, but 1 would remind your readers that no names were mentioned, and no comparisons drawn, until both were indulged in by the other side. A clean break has been my motto right through, and if I have been compelled to rub it in a bit it was only because I was forced (quoting ' Dairyman ') to ' do in Rome as Romans do. ' Now, having done the twenty rounds, I feel safe in leaving the matter in the hands of the referee — your readers. Yours faithfully, FAIR SPIN.

Rollands Plains. [from our correspondent.]

We are sorry to report sickness in Mr. Robert Mackay's family. The '' flu ' has been very bad there, and Dr. Sproule and nurses have been in attendance for some little time. and we regret to hear Mr. Mackay is not gaining strength as quickly as was hoped. The rest of the family are recovering from the attack, and folk hope soon to hear Mr .Mackay is about again, feeling quite himself.

We have experienced some very severe frosts lately; and plant; are considerably cut up therefrom, but stockowners are very thankful for some nice showers which fell last week. It is reported that Mr. T. Walters has acquired the property know as "Scott's Plain. " The roads about here are in a deplorable state at present, and in places are almost impassable. July 10, 1920


Quite a number of the residents have had a visit from the 'flu. That this, complaint is distasteful and distressing is very soon discovered by those who are unfortunate enough to contract it. It is supposed to be in a mild form-well, of course it may be, but this scribe would not like to have it in its severe form.

Some of our farmers are changing their addresses — Mr. -A. Fowler, who recently occupied Mr. Colwell's farm, has gone to the Pappinbarra ; Mr. J. Thurling to the Manning ; and Mr. J. O'Neill is to take charge of the farm just vacated by Mr. Fowler. Quite a lot is written in the city papers about the shortage of butter that is being felt. Those people forget that there was a drought in the coastal, or butter-producing districts, up to the 'New. Year.' The North Coast was as dry as a bone, thousands of cows died, and many dairymen had to quit the game altogether. We dairymen knew that this pinch in butter supplies would come during the winter, and it was pointed out in this column long ago that thousands more of the cows would not produce again for twelve months. These, few facts are the cause of the present butter shortage. Also, dairymen are asked to produce butter in the winter months at the same price as paid in the summer. Naturally, the tendency is to have as many cows, as possible coming into work in the summer months, so as to get the greatest out put and secure export prices. Some day the Butter Pool committee will wake up to this fact. Fairly large quantities of screenings  are being carted out on to the roads for measurement. I understand that these screenings are to be spread at the rate of a quarter-yard to the yard. This, in my opinion, is simply wasting good material and money. For how long will this veneer of small screenings last? Just about as long as it takes to put it on. Why not do half the length of road and do it properly? Anyway, that -is my opinion. We have bad some heavy frosts recently, and the spring of a couple of weeks back has disappeared. Everyone with surplus stock now is hoping to clear his paddocks in the spring, now that the western men have had the much-needed rain. But prices will not materially alter until September or October, Many thousands of calves have been killed on the North Coast during the past year owing to the drought. Well, well, after all ' Fair Spin's ' bluff about the fifty quid. He ought to get ' Non Skid ' to make him an Iron Cross for his bravery. He tried to infer that ' Dairyman’s ' statement  re 92 per cent, was a lie, but he shied when it came to backing his argument with the hard cash he said he would put up. His last letter is very discordant with previous ones. He's a fly bird, and foxy methinks. He ineptly went looking for stouch, and to use his own words, he proved a quitter, and hedged badly. He says that the condition re judging is Port factory to judge. Now, if a public accountant or auditor is not fair, who is competent? He would side-step his own mother's flail, and cower when he met a mouse. Port made 92 percent, choicest of the whole season's output under review. But he baulks here, and says it was not choicest. It was paid for as such, and suppliers got the money too. And the figures should be proof enough that no one was penalised either. Don't worry about your rubbing it in, "Fair Spin," it wasn't salt, so it had no sting, and let the grand old motto be ours (yours and mine), 'Live, and Let Live.' Take my tip and put that £50 away before you rub all the numbers off them. They will come in handy for the rainy days, which come to most people during their lives, and you'll , be more than lucky if you miss them. And, like yourself, I too am quite satisfied to leave this to the judgment of the general public, and in future study this phase, 'quieta non movere.' Now that this controversy seems to be finalised let us hope that there will be no more prizes competed for under such conditions. I was not, and am not, out to injure, any factory, but I am up against this kind of competition, for the one and only reason that the opportunity was offered to competitors to penalise farmers in order to win such a prize. I feel sure also that the suppliers of both our district factories know that my pen is wielded in their own individual interests, viz., the betterment of conditions pertaining to the great staple industry of the; coast — dairying. And although some of my views are discordant sometimes, this is only natural, because no human being is infallible. But primary producer have a long way to go before they get the full fruits of their labours, hence the reason to be up and doing always.

Locally-grown Oranges.

During the week we had the pleasure of sampling some navel oranges and Emperor mandarins, grown by Mr. W. Johnson on his property at Rollands Plains, at the foot of Mount Cairncross. The navel oranges were a fine sample — large, luscious, and with thin, clean skins. The mandarins were equally choice, and both varieties would be hard to beat anywhere for size and flavour. They were some of the last of the season's crop. From these and other specimens of citrus fruit that have come under our notice from time to time, we feel well satisfied that parts of this district must be particularly well adapted for their growth. If handy to the railway or steamer an orchard of first-class citrus fruit should be a paying proposition. The demand for choice stuff— and nothing else is worth growing — is good in Sydney. New castle should also be a good market.

The Butter Controversy.


Sir, — I am quite convinced by this time that an argument with a person of 'Fair Spin's' temperament and mental calibre gets no 'forrader,' -for the simple reason that, when confronted by facts which he cannot refute, he quickly aide-steps them and blithers 'Clean break ! ' with tiresome reiteration. If ever it is his hard fate to meet with a similar mishap to that which befell his lunatic friend (the bloke who stopped the steam hammer with his head), I can quite conceive him being prepared to argue the point as to whether his head was not really harder than the hammer. And on that point I wouldn't undertake to say he wasn't right ! I have been trying to hammer a' few incontrovertible facts into that head-piece of his for some time, but it was a useless waste of energy— I might as well have bit a brick wall. I would not have chipped into the argument at all if he had confined himself to whooping over Wauchope getting that butter prize— he is quite entitled to all the jubilation he could get out of it But he was not content to stop at that, but. must needs begin to assume that it was really ' the only pebble on the beach,' &e. When I mildly tried to steady him, by drawing his attention to the fact that another factory on the river made quite a lot of good butter too, he was furiously angry. When I gave him facts and figures, he offered to bet £50 I was a liar. As I manage to draw a fair amount of spending silver from the said factory, I quite readily planked down the sum he stipulated in support of my assertions. 'Fair Spin's' bluff was called, and he collapsed like a pricked air bladder. It is sufficient to say that I was perfectly well assured as to the absolute truth of my statements— and if any shareholder doubts my word the grade certificates and vouchers are at the factory for his perusal. There was no evasion about my conditions — grade certificates and pay to be proof of what was choicest butter. What could be fairer than that f Because I didn't leave a loop-hole by adopting a particular standard of points for choicest, ' Fair Spin ' starts squealing like a stuck pig. He knows; — probably none better — that there is a varying standard of points, but there can be no evasiveness about pay, and I pinned- him down to that. All that I started but to Bay has been proved right up to the hilt — that prize winning under the conditions that have prevailed in the past ie NOT proof of the victor's absolute superiority over its competitors. ' Fair Spin ' boasts of his 'clean breaks,' but he made a 'bad break', in attempting to prove that the factory he (presumably) supplies achieved considerably more than the facts warrant ed. He made another ' bad break ' in one of his early letters by dragging Manager J. J. Steele's name into the argument. I could not see any reason for it. I know for a fact that that gentleman kept himself studiously clear of the discussion. He finds his time fully occupied in continuing to manufacture that high percentage of choicest butter which, as I have been pleased to try and impress on the mind of ' Fair Spin,' has made Port Macquarie factory pre-eminent on the Hastings River to-day. Yours, 4o. , DAIRYMAN. [As ' Fair Spin,' our Telegraph Point Correspondent, ' Non Skid,' and ' Dairy man ' have bad a lot of latitude, and seem to have about exhausted the subject, it is now declared closed. — Ed.]

Rifle Club Meeting.

The Rollands Plains Rifle Club held their annual meeting on the 2nd inst. The Treasurer's balance-sheet show ed a credit balance of £14 6s 5d, the club holding two £10 war bonds be sides. ' Captain Herbert was again re-elected to the position, members expressing their appreciation of the capable manner in which the genial captain had always carried out his duties in the past. Messrs. H. Warlters and R. Wilson were elected as treasurer and secretary respectively, and the following as the committee :— Messrs. T. Collins, Frank Little, A G. Herbert and Jas. Hyde. Thirty-six members completed their musketry course, 12 classifying as marksmen and 11 first-class. Mr. Frank Little secured the best score in the club.

Telegraph Point.  From Our Correspondent]

Plenty of rain has fallen during the past week, to thoroughly soak ~the land. Cold winds have also been prevalent, much to the discomfiture of stock. Much sickness is with us just at present, and quite a number of cases of influenza, some mild, and others severe, have been reported. There are also a few isolated cases of measles. Mr. H. Bailey has been obliged to seek medical aid owing to the after effects of 'flu. He left here for Sydney last week. We hope soon to hear of his complete recovery. Just while I am referring to these maladies I would like to know why it is that more supervision is not forthcoming from the Shire Health Officer. Cases of most infectious diseases, appear from time to time ? (each year more frequently), some times ending fatally, yet practically no action is taken to combat the evil. We know that the order is a big one, but the sooner this super vision is taken, in hand and dealt with the cheaper and better it will be for all concerned. If in any particular centre, a virulent outbreak of diphtheria occurs, dealing death on every hand, then our civic fathers -will realise that ' a stitch in time,' etc., would have been much the cheaper. Anyhow, further neglect will necessitate the direct stepping above the local authorities by citizens, and, although it would be done reluctantly, the Minister for Health would not take any excuse that might be offered by the local Parliament. Must people are reasonable enough to, know that if the Council's Health Officer rigidly enforces the Act that it is for their own good and to safe guard the community. Our roads, owing to the continued rain; are very muddy, especially the by-roads. Some of our residents do quite a lot of maintenance work on their by-roads because their rates are swallowed up on the main roads for the benefit of tourists chiefly, and the Council's funds are, defunct so far as the by-roads are concerned. This is done in a fairly good spirit, because we know the Council is helpless to help us. But when timber haulers travel these roads in pouring rain and tear up things generally it puts the damper on their lot. Nobody grumbles at the teamsters when the surface of the road is fairly dry, be cause everybody has to live, but when men travel and deliberately tear up the roads in wet weather we have cause for complaint. We would not think anything of it if such men had a microbe in the garret — we would pity them — but men who know that the settlers work hard on their roads to keep them in fair order deserve no leniency at all. The heavy trucks, with their loads, slip and slide about tearing great drains in the roads, and then the rush of water does the rest. If there is no law to stop this fool sort of work well then them ought to be. Mr. Carl Chelman is about to move into his new house at Cooperabung Creek. His brother, Mr. Ben. Chelman, is shortly moving back to here from Thora, where he has been re siding for some time past. We hope to see a good roll up of dairymen at the half-yearly meeting of the H. D. Co-op. Dairy Company, which is to be held here on the 26th inst., By doing so, much good accrues to the producers of butter, and many imaginary grievances are set at rest. It is the dairymen's own business meeting and everyone should try to be present and. not forget to express their opinions. . Mr. E. Harriott's little boy Jack has had a severe illness recently, and we hope the little chap will soon be quite alright again. A heavy German machine gun has been allotted to this centre as a war trophy. A meeting is to be called, I understand, to deal with the affair in the customary official way, to wit, the taking over, housing, etc., of the weapon. Strikes me we are entitled to a larger field-piece on the percent age enlistments. The Rev. H. L. Redman delivered a delightful, sermon here on Sunday, last to a good congregation. We never heard him to better advantage. His text was "Behold my bands." 'Twas the Saviour's. ' words to his disciples. The simplicity of the ad dress made it so much more appreciated — any child could follow the preacher. Much is written and said about our new Northern State these days. Well, let us hope that we will see more activity in the near future to try and bring off the coup. We were never more in need of decentralisation than now. It is no use ever expecting Sydney to give us a chance to have our own seaports further north. We must drag everything to Sydney, no matter what the cost, and be governed by Sydney's own particular set. Let us cut the painter and try our luck in, our own canoe.

Local and General News.

Butter Factory Meeting.

The 33rd half -yearly meeting of the Has tings District Cooperative Dairy Co., Ltd. (Port Macquarie), will be held at Telegraph Point School of Arts on Wednesday next, 28th inst The launch Oxley will convey persons to the meeting from Port Macquarie and the Wilson River, leaving the first-named place front the wharf at the foot of Clarence Street at 8 a.m.

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