Wattle Club is disarray with their purpose questioned

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RECENT happenings in the working of the Wattle Club make one wonder if a drastic change in the management would not be advantageous.

Those who know anything of the valuable work carried on by the Club cannot but feel great regret that straw splitting and personal enmity is now rampant among some of the “autocrate”.

Recently we were told (at a Sunday gathering to entertain sick soldiers) that it was members only who were to be admitted. Why? Is the money contributed by the members only or by the public also?

No; it is public funds for a public purpose, and we emphatically object to the Wattle Club reserving these functions solely for its members.

We notice that its euchre parties and dances are well patronised by the public It is not a case of ‘membership only’ when there are a few shillings to be got out of the public, who are not considered good enough to be admitted to functions where no admission is charged.

This club is becoming too “high-handed” altogether, and the sooner alterations are made the better.

It is only recently that at a public welcome home to two of our local Anzacs, organised by the councillors, that this Club absolutely refused to lend any of its furnishings or to assist in any way.

Lovely “patriotism” to be shown by those who profess to possess an abnormal amount.

Swelled heads and petty jealousies (with an occasional quarrel) are bad companions in an organisation such as the Wattle Club is intended to be, and the sooner a little more intelligence and broad mindedness is displayed the sooner will this Club regain some of the prestige it hitherto possessed, but which at present seems irrefutably lost.

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A MEETING of Wattle Club members is advertised for Friday next at 8 o’clock, in the Mechanics.

The business is to elect members for vacancies on committee.

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ALEX Scott and Co Pty Ltd will hold a horse sale at the Tanti yards, on Thursday, October 31st, at 12 30 sharp.

Sixty horses and ponies will be offered.

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TONIGHT (Saturday) a two act comedy drama entitled “All that glitters is not Gold” will be staged in the Frankston Mechanics Hall, by the Langwarrin Dramatic Company.

A glance through the programme, and remembering the object of the effort (benefit to Mrs J. Cameron) should be sufficient to ensure a crowded house.

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MESSRS Brody and Mason will sell by auction, on Thursday, 31st October, on the premises, Cranbourne road, Frankston the stock, etc, belonging to Messrs Clark and Roadley, who are leaving the district.

Attention is drawn to the advertisement in another column.

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Readers are reminded of the public meeting which is to take place in the Frankston Mechanics’ Hall, on Wednesday, 30th October, in connection with the Y.M.C.A. appeal.

The work of the Association at the Front will be the subject of a leading speaker from the Y.M.C.A.

Staff and a good programme of vocal and instrumental items will be gone through.

There will be a collection to defray expenses.

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ON Friday Nov 1st, a clearing sale will be conducted by Messrs Brody and Mason on account of Mr Henry E. Thornell, who is leaving the district when a number of useful farm and orchard implements; spray materials, household furnishings, etc will be disposed of.

This extensive sale is to start at 2.30 p.m sharp.

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READERS are reminded that the re-opening of the Melbourne Ragged Boys’ Seaside Home, on Oliver’s  Hill, Frankston, will take place today at 3 pm.

Everybody is cordially invited to be present.

The ceremony will be performed by Mr Jas Menzies M.L.A.

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CHILDREN’S Flower Day will be held in the Frankston Park, next Friday, November 1st.

A very fine programme has been provided and a good display of flowers will be made.

The special attraction however, will be the competition for the Baby prizes, for which a splendid lot of babies are already announced as keen competitors.

It is hoped that our local babies will “Show the mettle of their pasture” and not allow the prizes to leave the district.

As the proceeds will be devoted to the Frankston Soldiers’ Repatriation funds a big attendance is expected.

A concert for the same fund will be given on Saturday evening, 2nd November, in the Mechanics’ Hall.

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T. REEVES – BEGS to announce that he is prepared to supply fresh milk from his own cows daily, fourpence per quart – special milk for infants and invalids.

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RETURNED SOLDIER Wants Few Days’ Work Weekly. Urgent – DUNN, Dandenong Road, Frankston.

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Frankston Court of Petty Sessions. Monday, 21st Oct. 1918  (Before Mr Knight, P.M. ,and Messrs Williams, Oates, Grant and McLean, J’s P.)

Nicholas Ryan was charged by the police with being drunk and disorderly at the Frankston Railway Station on the previous Sunday evening.

Defendant pleaded guilty, and in answer to the Bench said he had served two yearsat the war.

After administering a caution to defendant to be more careful in the future, the Bench discharged him.

Harry Brasher v H. Gamble.

Unlawful assault, Mr W. S Cook for complainant, and Mr Manchester for defendant.

There were also two cross summons for unlawful assault and insulting language. The three cases being heard together.

It appears that on the 24th Sept. last Brasher went to Gamble’s Shop in the afternoon and demanded 13s from defendant’s son which he said was due for the purchase of a watch some two years ago.

Gamble junior denied the liability.

The defendant hearing words in the shop went in and ordered Brasher off the premises.

One word brought on another.

According to the complainant when he got out of the shop Gamble hit him and knocked him down.

The only witness for Brasher said that he saw no blows struck, but saw the two men hugging one another and then fall to the ground, Brasher being underneath.

The defendant denied hitting Brasher, but only pushed him off the premises.

After Brasher got up from the ground young Gamble was leading a horse from the stable when he was hit by the complainant and there were several blows struck.

In cross-examination Brasher admitted that while serving as a revenue inspector he had been charged with perjury, but the charge had never been proved, also that while a member of the Rechabite Lodge he took goods on several occasions. He had been asked to resign from the Lodge.

The Bench decided to dismiss the three charges.

There was one case of neglecting to send child to school the required number of times, and the defendant was fined 10s or three days imprisonment.

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From the pages of the Mornington Standard, 26 October 1918

First published in the Frankston Times – 22 October 2018

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