Shire to clamp down on overdue rates

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THE sum outstanding in the Shire of Frankston and Hastings for arrears of rates totals something like £800. 

At last Thursday’s Council meeting it was decided to get this amount in without further loss of time. 

Defaulters are given 14 days in which to pay up, failing which legal proceedings will be instituted. 

Ratepayers, who through carelessness or oversight have neglected to pay their rates, would do well to communicate with the shire secretary immediately.

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ATTENTION is directed to the advertisement of Mr M. L. Goulding appearing in another column. 

Mr Goulding, who saw active service with the 58th. Batt. of the A.I.F. has taken over the garage adjoining the Pier Hotel, Frankston, where motor cars may be hired at reasonable rates. 

The requirements of motorists will also be attended to with promptitude and efficiency.

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MANY admiring glances were directed to the 35 h.p, “Itala” which Mr Bradbury, the manager, installed in the Company’s garage at Frankston this week. 

The car is a superior class of Continental make. It presents a very handsome appearance, and has the advantage of being able to seat seven persons comfortably besides the driver.

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PROTESTANT Federation. Under the auspices of the Frankston branch a public meeting will be held in the Mechanics’ Institute next Friday evening, when the Rev. Hugh Kelly will speak. 

A good musical programme will be submitted, including items by Miss Crome, of Melbourne, and other visiting vocalists. A collection will be made.

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FRANKSTON Police Court. Monday, 31st March. Before Messrs S. Sherlock, (Chairman) and W. J. Oates, J’s.P.

Vaccination Case.

Francis A. Wilby, charged with failing to have his child vaccinated, was fined 40s., with 6s costs, in default distress.

A Good Samaritan in Trouble.

Alex. Dawson, for allowing a motorcycle to stand on the roadway without lights, on the night of the 16th March, was fined 10s with 6s 6d costs, in default distress.

The evidence of Alfred Owen, cab driver for Mr Stephens, of Carrum, went to show that on the night in question, at about eight o’clock, he was driving his vehicle along the main road in the direction of Frankston. 

He pulled off on to the side of the road to allow, an approaching motor car to pass, and in so doing ran over, defendant’s motor cycle.

When he got down to investigate, he found the machine lying half on the sand and half on the asphalt. He saw no one about.

Defendant: Didn’t I run out and try to stop you ?

Witness: Not that I know of.

Constable Cole, of Chelsea, said he met defendant, after the accident, wheeling the machine along the road. He had no light then.

Defendant, in extenuation, said he got off his machine, and left it standing well off the asphalt, to go to the assistance of a man he saw lying by the roadside, and while he was thus engaged the cab ran over his motorcycle.

Constable Cole said he saw a man in defendant’s company who appeared to be injured in some way. They seemed unwilling to discuss the matter and would offer no explanation as to the man’s condition.

The Bench in fixing the amount of fine said defendant was liable to a penalty of £20. They accepted his story that he had acted the part of the good Samaratan.

Interpleader Case.

Catherine Bineham appeared as claimant in an interpleader summons arising out of a seizure made on a warrant of execution issued at the instance of Thomas. and Co., against Thomas Bineham.

Mr Utber appeared for the claimant and Mr Chambers represented the judgment creditor.

Constable Diaball stated that he executed the warrant and made a seizure of certain property including a cow, piano, carpet and racing sulky.

In reply to Mr Utber witness said that the claimant, Mrs Bineham, claimed the property as hers at the time the seizure was made.

Claimant, in her evidence, said that the piano and carpet were given to her daughter and herself by witness’s sister, who resided at Warragul. 

The cow was given to witness by Mr. Southen, and her money paid for the racing sulky.

The receipt (produced) was for the vehicle in question, and was issued in her name.

Cross-examined by Mr Chambers, witness stated that she earned money of her own by keeping boarders. Her people also gave her money.

Wm. Southan testified to the fact that he gave the cow to claimant.

Thomas Bineham, the defendant in the original complaint, said he had no claim on the property in dispute. At the time the sulky was bought by him for his wife, witness was an uncertificated insolvent.

The Bench said that on the evidence the claim must be allowed.

Mr Utber’s application for costs was refused.

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Heard in the Train

THAT Seaford is crying out for “more light.”

That Hastings says it wants the same commodity – only more so.

That Frankston could do with a few more lamps this winter.

That footpaths in Frankston could do with a top dressing of gravel. Miniature lakes are alright in their place.

That some of the side walks leading to the railway station are in a bad way after an hour’s rain.

That the Military officers who recently inspected the junior cadets at Frankston State School said the boys had the best teeth they had examined.

That our soldiers, in embryo, are now prepared to chaw up all before them.

That a group of citizens discussing the position the other night agreed that there was a great future ahead of Frankston.

That the future is ahead alright – always had been – but only a few are trying to overhaul it. Too many are satisfied with the present.

That in another five years the premier seaside town won’t know itself with its electrified trains and vastly increased population.

That the “wise heads” are getting in early and picking up the plums.

That building operations are to start shortly in the erection of a substantial brick shop and dwelling.

That the enterprising owner has further additions in view.

That Frankston intends doing something big to celebrate the declaration of peace.

That the public meeting on Wednesday night made a wise selection in its secretaries.

That Somerville and Hastings are also organising for their respective centres.

That 2600 shares have been allotted in the extension to Somerville cool stores which the directors have decided to carry out.

That the matter of providing cool storage at Frankston is being seriously discussed, the enterprise to embrace the manufacture of ice.

That the latter project requires plentiful supply of water – but not cold water.

That local enterprise too frequently, has to contend with a super abundance of the last named commodity.

That the Councils’ quarry proposal is still in the lap of the gods.

That members of the Country Roads Board are to be invited to inspect the site and pass verdict on quality of the stone.

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FROM the pages of the Mornington Standard, 5 April 1919

First published in the Frankston Times – 1 April 2019

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