“SAFETY first,” is what Mr. M. Jacobs, cab proprietor, believes in.
The remark originated owing to the question of cutting the overhanging trees. The matter will come up for discussion probably at the next meeting of the Council.
Yesterday Mr. Morris Jacobs, the well known Frankston cab proprietor, called at “The Standard” office and invited the Editor to spare 10 minutes to take a drive along Melbourne Road.
Mr. Jacobs’ request was not prompted by anxiety to give the Editor a “breather” from the grind of office routine.
He simply wished to demonstrate that cause existed for the complaint he has been voicing for some months past, that the scrub overhanging the highway in question renders vehicular traffic unsafe, and constituted a menace to the general public.
Mr. Jacobs was driving his large covered-in cab, and after passing the Honor Avenue, it soon became evident, from a position on the front scat, that the encroaching scrub in places badly required attention.
The limbs of some of the trees overhung the road to such an extent that it was impossible to drive Mr. Jacobs’ high-hooded vehicle on that particular side of the road.
Mr. Jacobs stated that very frequently he found himself placed in a very awkward and dangerous position owing to the motor traffic.
The approaching motorists expected him to give them their fair share of the road, and it was not always possible to do so, owing to overhanging trees.
The hood of his vehicle bore many signs of rough usage, caused by contact with ti-tree.
A dangerous spot on the Frankston side of Mile Bridge was noticed where the scrub obscures a proper view of the road.
Another dangerous point exists at the junction of Gould Street and the main road.
While traversing Gould Street Mr. Jacobs was fortunate enough to meet Cr. Mason, who was out with his motor car.
Cr. Mason, while promising to bring Mr. Jacobs’ complaints before the Council, warned him that there would probably be strong opposition on the part of the residents to any proposal to cut back the ti-tree in Gould Street.
Mr. Jacobs said that the motor traffic in Gould Street, particularly on Saturdays, was heavy, and the narrow roadway, and vehicles passing at certain points, did so only at the risk of serious accident.
Mr. Jacobs indicated that his motto was “safety first,” and he was not at all pleased that the Shire Engineer – to whom he had complained – had not taken action to remove many of the overhanging trees.
From what Cr. Mason said, the matter of cutting back the trees will come up for discussion at the next Council meeting.
MR. Murray, contractor for the fine additions to the Frankston School, was unable to have the rooms ready for occupation at the beginning of the school year.
The delay was due to a shortage of special materials, over which Mr. Murray had, no control.
It is expected that the building will be completed early next week.
AT the Frankston school assembly, after the holidays, the head-master presented the prizes donated by Mr. Robert Fairnie, for dux of grade 6, to Miss Clara Holt.
These consisted of a fine gold medal brooch and a valuable Morocco bound volume of A. L. Gordon’s poems.
Hearty cheers were given for Mr. Fairnie for his liberality and public spirit, and to the clever winner.
IT is with deep regret that we as certain that our highly esteemed citizen and friend, Captain S. Sherlock, J.P., recently met with a very serious accident.
He had been attending a sick horse, which was well on the road to recovery, when by some means or other the worthy vet received a severe kick, which was both painful and dangerous.
We understand, however, that he is making good progress towards recovery.
This paper extends its sympathy to him, and prays for his speedy recovery, as we know do all those with whom the kindly disposed gentleman comes in contact.
THE many friends of Mr. Tom Lawrey, of Cranbourne Road, Frankston, will be sorry to hear that he has been suffering from a very severe attack of ptomaine poisoning.
We understand, however, that the worst has been passed, and that he is now on the mend.
We wish him a speedy restoration to health.
DR. Torpy, of Brisbane, who is on a visit to Victoria, visited Frankston this week. In conversation with a friend, whom he met here, he declared that before leaving Queensland he had been told to make a special trip to the “Fernery,” at Frankston, whilst in Victoria, as it was certainly worth while.
Therefore, added the doctor, I came, and am indeed delighted at having done so. As my friend correctly said, the visit was worth while.
MR. and Mrs. W. Cattanach have been staying at the Tower Golf House, Frankston, have now returned to their home.
VISCOUNT Leverhulme, of Lever Bros. Ltd., England, who is at present visiting Melbourne, was one of the guests at the “Fernery” on Monday last, on the occasion of the annual picnic of the office staff of J. Kitchen and Sons, Melbourne.
The distinguished visitor was loud in his praises of the beautiful surroundings, which even the inclement weather could not mar.
A DEPUTATION from the Frankston Shire Council waited upon the Chair man of the Railway Commissioners today, to endeavour to get some relief for the passengers who travel by the 5.50 p.m. down train, a full report of which will appear in our next issue.
DURING the rain storm on Saturday a large iron tank, on the premises of Mr. W. H. O’Grady, burst with a loud explosion.
Fortunately no one was near it at the time, and the only damage done was to the tank and its immediate surroundings.
ON Monday last people about the Mornington Road were startled by the sound of a loud report, and in these days of unusual happenings, they at once wondered what had occurred.
However, upon inquiries being made, it turned out to be nothing worse than a bad blow out of someone’s back tyre.
A DEPUTATION from the Frankston and Hastings Shire Council waited upon the Minister for Water Supply today, with the object of getting some modification of the load borne by the settlers on the Carrum Swamp.
At the time of going to press no report had come through, and it will therefore have to be held over for our Friday’s issue.
FRIENDS of the Ragged Boys’ Home on Oliver’s Hill will, learn with delight that Mr. Minton has received a great gift towards his work, which will enable him to build one dormitory.
The donor does not wish any publicity, at present; hence the large amount cannot be disclosed.
The Governor-General has granted his patronage to the movement. Mr. J. B. Jolly, that energetic jolly good fellow, has received the approval of the Board of Control to finalise his effort on behalf of the homes.
From the pages of the Frankston and Somerville Standard, 30 Jan & 1 Feb 1924