7th Feb 1919. Rugby Prisoners of War Fund, Balance to Endow a Bed in the Hospital

RUGBY PRISONERS OF WAR FUND,
BALANCE TO ENDOW A BED IN THE HOSPITAL.
DR HOSKYN’S MOVING APPEAL.

A meeting of subscribers to the Rugby Prisoners of War Fund held in the Benn Buildings on Monday evening to consider the method of disposing of the balance in hand, unanimously decided to endow a free bed for sailors and soldiers in the Hospital of St Cross. Mr W Flint; C.C, presided, and he was supported on the platform by Messrs C J Newman, G W Walton, A W Shirley, A E Donkin, F Pepper, and J R Barker (hon secretary). Others present were Canon Blagdon, Rev J M Hardwich, Dr Hoskyn, Mr C W Bluemel, Mr F Bluemel, Mrs J R Barker, Messrs J J McKinnell, J.P, C.C, J Carter, J.P, A Adnitt, A W Sheasby, H J Sheasby, J J Scrivener, T Faulkner, etc.

Before explaining the object of the meeting, the Chairman thanked the subscribers and all who had assisted the fund financially, and said that although the Committee had had to make many appeals they had all been; answered very generously. Shortly after signing the Armistice the Committee was officially informed that subscriptions to the fund must be stopped and that the fund must be closed. At that time they had a balance in hand of £732 13s 1d, and after very careful consideration the Committee unanimously adopted a suggestion that a bed should be endowed at the Hospital of St Cross. The money had been collected to relieve suffering, and the Committee felt that if it was handed over to the Hospital it would still be fulfilling this purpose. It would cost £1,000, however, to endow a bed, and consequently a balance of £267 6s 11d had to be raised. Mr Barker thereupon promised to do his best to raise this sum, and it was gratifying to know that he had succeeded. The subscribers now had to decide how this money was to be spent.

Dr Hoskyn made an earnest appeal for the money to be devoted to the Hospital. He said he looked upon himself as the prince of cadgers in Rugby. He was always cadging for the Hospital, and he was out for the same object that evening. It had been said that the money to be disposed of had been subscribed to alleviate suffering. Well, there was a good deal of suffering at the Hospital of St Cross. There were soldiers suffering from surgical tuberculosis. They had refused a number of applicants for admission, and Dr Williams, the Tuberculosis Officer for the County, frequently wrote asking them to provide a bed for a discharged soldier. They had had to reply that they could not fill the Hospital with such cases. Recently, however, Mrs Arthur James had generously transferred a large wooden hut, which would be erected at the Hospital and would be almost entirely devoted to the treatment of surgical tuberculosis and discharged soldiers suffering from old wounds, cases which required a great deal of fresh air and proper attention and feeding. This £1,000, which they proposed to transfer to the Hospital, would be of the greatest help. He mentioned that statements had appeared in the medical press to the effect that a great many of the prisoners of war, for whom this money was subscribed, would return suffering from debilitating diseases ; the actual figures were not yet known, but it was highly probable, from all the signs, that a great many of them would be suffering from some form or other of tuberculosis, including, doubtless, many surgical cases. Therefore, it, was very fitting that this money, which had been subscribed to help prisoners of war, should be transferred to the Hospital to help those who were suffering from diseases acquired whilst they were prisoners. He appealed to them to help the medical profession—which under very difficult conditions had done so much to relieve the sufferings of the prisoners—to continue their good work. Some day he hoped to make the people of Rugby give him £10,000 for the Hospital so that they could help the discharged soldiers and ex-prisoners of war to the greatest possible extent.

Mr Fenemore then moved that the balance be devoted to the endowment of a bed at the Hospital of St Cross to be called “ The Soldiers and Sailors Free Bed.”—Mr F Bluemel seconded, and it was carried.

Canon Blagden, after expressing gratitude for the generous way in which the Rugby public had supported the fund, said he did not think the balance could have been allocated in a better way than by endowing a bed at the Hospital.

A hearty vote of thanks was accorded to Mr J R Barker, on the proposition of the Rev J M Hardwich, seconded by Mr Adnitt, the latter suggesting that Mr Barker’s efforts in raising money should be commemorated by a brass tablet to be placed over the bed.—In reply, Mr Barker stated that 90 per cent of the parcels sent from Rugby reached the men to whom they were addressed. He had been informed by the Central War Prisoners Committee that Rugby was foremost in the country with regard to this work, and that many other committees were heavily in debt and would have to draw on the Red Cross Society, whereas Rugby had never appealed to the Society for a penny.

Pte Prior, a returned prisoner, stated that the parcels were received regularly, and had it not been for them very few of the men would have come back alive.—The meeting closed with a vote of thanks to the Chairman for his services during the past 3½ years.

WAR HEROES.

Lieut-Colonel R N O’Connor, D.S.O, M.C, Scottish Rifles, attached 2nd H.A.C (Italy), has been awarded a bar to the D.S.O for the following action :—“ He was entrusted with the command of the troops detailed to capture the Island of Papadopoli on October 24, 1918. By his personal careful reconnaissance and plans for attack the whole island was captured, together with some 600 prisoners, with small loss to his battalion. The operations were carried out at night in two phases under most difficult conditions. In the second phase he, with a few of his battalion headquarters, came across an enemy point manned by some 60 men and two officers, and immediately charged them and caused the whole garrison to surrender. By his most gallant and able leadership in these operations, the crossing of troops for the main attack was carried out without loss.” Colonel O’Connor went to France, with the famous 7th Division in September, 1914, and has been eight times mentioned in despatches. Colonel O’Connor is a son of Mrs O’Connor, of Overslade Manor, Rugby.

Mr Geo T Hilton, of Messrs Geo T Hilton & Co, cycle and motor engineers, North Street, Rugby, has recently been gazetted Major. Since joining up in October, 1914, he has seen service on all parts of the line in France. He has been mentioned three times in despatches, and has been awarded the M.C. Major Hilton, who has been with the Siege Park attached to the Heavy Artillery for the last four years, is expecting shortly to be demobilised.

BAR TO M.C.
Lieut (A/Capt) E Lattey, M.C, 5th Batt Worcester Regt, attached 3rd Batt, has been awarded a bar to the Military Cross. The following is the official account : “ Throughout the operations on September 25th and 26th, 1918, south of Neuve Chapelle, he led his Company with conspicuous courage and ability, making the most skilful dispositions in reaching his objectives, ensuring a minimum of casualties and entirely defeating a heavy counter-attack. It was due to his personal example and complete disregard of his own safety under the heaviest fire that his Company succeeded in the task set them (M.C gazetted September 16, 1918).” Capt E Lattey is the elder surviving son of Capt Lattey, C.C, lot* R.A.M.C, of Southam.

RUGBY SOLDIER SEES THE POPE.
PHOTOGRAPHED ON THE VATICAN STEPS.

The Pope has recently received in audience a party of about one hundred and fifty Catholic officers and men belonging to the British forces in Italy, to whom special leave had been granted to go to Rome. The Pope addressed them and talked affably to each man, giving the visitors his benediction. One of the party was Driver Ed Walton, of D Battery, 240th Brigade, 48th Division, R.F.A, Italian Expeditionary Force, Italy, son of Mr and Mrs Walton, of 12 Hill Street, Rugby. He joined up four years ago, and had been in Italy some 18 months. He writes home as follows :—“ Just a line to let you know I am having a very nice time in Rome, and I should have written sooner only my time has all been taken up in looking round. I expect you wonder how it is I am in Rome. Well, the padre got permission to bring 60 out of the Division, and I happened to be one of the lucky ones. We arrived here on Tuesday, the 21st, and are going back this afternoon (Friday, the 25th). I will write and tell you all the places I have visited, as I have not time now. I have also got plenty of photos to send you.” In a later letter Driver Walton says :—“ I started for Rome last Sunday (January 19th), and arrived there early on Tuesday morning after a pleasant journey. We did not go in cattle trucks, but in a very nice carriage, which, had been reserved for us. We had to change twice, first at Padova and then at Bologna. Father Butler, who is the senior R.C Chaplain in the Division, was in charge of us, and he looked after us very well. When we got there he took us to a Hospital, which was empty—it was a college before the war, and it was nearly as good as being at home. We used to have our breakfast at the Hospital and have our dinner at a restaurant at one o’clock, and tea at six. On Tuesday we made ourselves comfortable, and had a look round Rome. On Wednesday we visited the Church of St Maria Maggiore, and from there went to the Forum, and then on to the Coliseum, where the gladiators used to fight. From there we went to St Gregory s Church, and afterwards finished up by going to dinner. In the afternoon I was going to visit the Catacombs only I was tired, so I laid down and had a good sleep, and at night went to the Grand Opera, where “ Carmen ” was on and it was very beautiful. I finished up by arriving home at 12.30. On Thursday we had a very busy day. In the morning we went to the English Students’ College, where we heard Mass, and then we had cakes and wine. From there we went to the Vatican, where we had an audience with the Pope, but did not speak in English, but in Italian, which was interpreted by one of the Cardinals, and he said he was very pleased to meet us all. He then came round and we all kissed his ring. Then we gave him three rousing cheers. After we came out of the Vatican we all had our photos taken on the Vatican steps. In the afternoon we visited St Peter’s, and then we had tea at the British Ambassador’s. Afterwards we went to St Sebastian’s to benediction, and afterwards to a cinema show. On Friday we had another walk round the city, and then started back at 2.30 p.m. A lot of English ladies came to see us off. and brought us bags of oranges and biscuits. They gave us a jolly good send-off. I arrived back at the battery on Saturday afternoon, feeling rather tired after the long journey. But I came back just in time for the Battery dinner, which was given us by the officers to celebrate the winning of the silver cup in a competition which we happened to win. They are giving us all a certificate to say that we are the best Battery in the Italian Expeditionary Force.”

KILSBY.
Mr L Cumming, of Kilsby, received a telegram from the Air Ministry announcing that his son, Lieut C L Cumming, R.A.F, was killed on January 31 in an aeroplane accident. No further particulars were given.

WITHYBROOK.
The sad news has reached Withybrook of the death of Pte George Haycock, of the Sussex Regiment. He fell into the hands of the Germans in March of last year, and died in July at Tincourt War Hospital from pneumonia. He was the youngest son of Mr and Mrs A Haycock.

VICTORY BALL.—Tickets should be taken early for the Empire Victory Ball, which will be held in the Co-operative Hall on Monday, and as the event is being organised with the idea of aiding the endowment of a bed in the Hospital of St Cross in memory of prisoners of war who have died in captivity, it is to be hoped the attendance will be a large one. Intending visitors are warned against putting off the purchase of tickets to the last minute, as the demand is a large one.

Mr J H LIDDINGTON, Architect and Surveyor, of 23 Regent Street, Rugby, has been discharged from the Army, and has taken into partnership his brother, Mr R B Liddington, who has been with him for the past 16 years.

WOUNDED SOLDIERS ENTERTAINED.—On Saturday the Rugby Volunteer Company, R.W.R, entertained the wounded soldiers and nurses from the Infirmary Hospital to a tea and concert in the Howitzer Battery Drill Hall, which had been tastefully decorated with flags and bunting by Sergt Weobley. A substantial meat tea was followed by an entertainment, sustained by Professor Hamilton (Leicester), conjuror ; his sister, who gave a clever display of paper folding ; and Mrs Hutton, Misses Shillitoe, Pte Warden, Corpl Farrar, Sergt-Major Clueit, Messrs Birkett, Bissell, and Hibberd. Pte Littler was the pianist. During the evening presents were distributed to the guests whose chairs bore the lucky numbers. The arrangements for tea were made by Lieut C C Wharton, assisted by lady friends of the members, and Corpl Seymour arranged the musical programme. Amongst those present were Capt C H Fuller and Lieuts Wharton and Yates.

FAREWELL VISIT OF THE “ MASQUERADERS.”—The Masqueraders, Military Costume Party from Weedon Cadet School, who have proved so popular on their previous visits to Rugby, gave farewell concerts in the town on Wednesday and Thursday evenings last week, in aid of the R.F.A Commemoration Fund. The large Co-operative Hall was well filled each evening. The arrangements were again made by Capt Doherty, and, as on the former visits, everything went with a swing. On Wednesday the programme consisted of concerted numbers, ducts, quartettes, humorous and sentimental songs, all of which were delightfully rendered. Sergt N Pollard (Barrie Seddon, in civil life), a well-known pierrot entertainer, was again prime favourite, and his comedy sketches were very popular. The concerted items were remarkably good, especially “ Italino,” ” Our Idea of a Perfect Day,” “ Billy Brown,” and “ The Crocodile Crawl.” Individual contributions were also given by Lieut G W T Coles, Cadet Collier, Bomb C J Roots, and Sergt W H Drakeford, the latter being associated with Sergt Wilkinson in a duet. Gunner C Kirkham was the pianist. The programme was completely changed on Thursday evening, when the room was again well filled.

TO THE CITIZENS OF RUGBY & DISTRICT.
APPEAL ON BEHALF OF THE DEVASTATED PARTS OF FRANCE.
The result of this appeal has been most gratifying, and we have despatched nine large boxes of clothing, boots, shoes and blankets, valued at £160.
In addition, donations amounting to £47 10s will be forwarded, less the incidental expenses.
The Rugby Brotherhood wish to thank all friends for contributing so generously and making this effort such a success.
WM WARD, International Secretary.
W H CLAY, President, Rugby Brotherhood,
J CHISHOLM, Secretary, Rugby Brotherhood.

HILLMORTON.
PARISH COUNCIL : THE WAR MEMORIAL.—A special meeting was held on Tuesday evening, when Mr J W Cockerill was in the chair. The Clerk reported having received a letter from Col Bucknill’s solicitors stating that as the Council were unable to accept his offer on the terms stated, the offer was withdrawn, but in the event of the War Memorial for the village being combined with the Church Parish Hall to form a village Institute he would be willing to give a slightly larger plot of land and head a subscription list with a suitable cash donation. Mr A T Cockerill said that according to promise he had had an interview with the solicitor to Mrs Rogers’ bequest, who informed him that they (the trustees) could proceed to build a Village Hall with the money at their disposal without consulting anyone, but in the event of a desire to amalgamate other funds, it would be necessary to have a parish meeting, and in the event of such scheme being adopted then the Charity Commissioners would have to be consulted. They would no doubt submit schemes as to the management. The Chairman said that seemed reasonable. Mr T W Cockerill said he believed he was right in saying that it was the wish of the parish that a Village Hall should be erected. Assuming that to be correct, they now had the opportunity. The Clerk said it was possible that other schemes would be submitted at the parish meeting. The Chairman said they had better leave further discussion of the matter until the parish meeting, which is to be held on Tuesday the 18th inst.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR.
SOLUTION OF THE SERVANT PROBLEM.
SIR,—As the servant question is occupying the minds of so many at the present time, may I say a word on their behalf. I think every mistress should provide a suitable sitting-room for rest, needlework, and reading, with a bookshelf of good literature, so that there would be no need to buy penny novels. There should also be a couch or reclining chair. I would also mention warm beds and hot-water bottles. I feel sure if those things were more considered there would not be such a difficulty in procuring servants or in keeping them. I feel very strongly for servants, having been obliged to go out into service after being left a widow with no family to support me.—Yours, etc,
COOK-HOUSEKEEPER.
Rugby.

DEATHS.

DATSON.—In ever-loving memory of Lance-Corpl. CHARLES DATSON (late of Brownsover), who died of wounds in France on February 9, 1917.
“ What peaceful hours we once enjoyed,
How sweet their memory still ;
But death has left an aching void
The world can never fill.”
—MAY DATSON, Peterborough.

IN MEMORIAM.

COLING.—In loving memory of our beloved CRISSIE, killed in France, February 4, 1917, aged 21 years.
“ Days of sadness do come o’or us,
Tears in silence often flow,
Thinking of our darling Chrissie,
Killed two years ago.”

FRENCH.—In loving remembrance of Pte. OLIVER FRENCH, R.W.R., youngest son of Robt. and Emma French, of Napton, who died in France on Feb. 10, 1917.
“ I came to Jesus as I was,
Weary and worn and sad.”

HAYCOCK.—On July 22nd, 1918, at Tincourt War Hospital, from pneumonia, Pte. GEORGE HAYCOCK, the dearly beloved son of Mr. & Mrs. A. Haycock.
“ Sleep on, dear son, in a far-off land,
In a grave we may never see ;
But as long as life and memory last
We will remember thee.
Could we have raised your dying head,
Or heard your last farewell,
Our grief would not have been so hard
For one we loved so well.”
—From his loving Father and Mother, Brothers and Sisters.

RICHARDSON.—In ever-loving memory of Pte. J. RICHARDSON, of the 3rd Battalion Coldstream Guards, who died from wounds received in action at La Bassee, February 11, 1915.
“ Father in Thy gracious keeping
Leave we now our loved one sleeping.”
—Never, forgotten by his loving Mother, Sisters, Brother, and Grandmother, of The Banks, Dunchurch. |

WEBB.—In loving memory of our dear son and brother, Sergt J. H. WEBB, D.C.M., Rifle Brigade, attached King’s African Rifles, who died February 6th, 1918, of enteric fever in German East Africa,
“ Thy will be done ” seems hard to say
When those we love are called away.
—From his loving Mother, Father, brothers, and sister, Churchover.

13th Jul 1918. Rugby Soldier Honoured.

RUGBY SOLDIER HONOURED.

Sergt A Neal, of the Rugby Howitzer Battery has been awarded the Croce di Guerra for gallantry under shell fire with the Italian Army, and was decorated by the King of Italy on June 7th. On March 19 & 20, when the Battery was subjected to heavy shell fire, he set a fine example to all ranks by his calm behaviour and total disregard of danger. On May 20th he was N C.O in charge of a party making a dump in No Man’s Land. The party worked under continuous shell fire, and under most adverse conditions Sergt Neal again set a splendid example. He is a native of Hillmorton, and was employed as a fitter at the B.T. H. His wife lives at 12 King Edward Road.

RUGBY MILITARY MEDALIST MARRIED.—Much interest was taken in the wedding which took place at the Baptist Church, Rugby, on Wednesday, of Corpl J R Mayes, Royal Berks, son of Mr & Mrs J Mayes, of South Street, and Miss Ethel Davison, daughter of Mr & Mrs T Davison, of Acacia Grove. The bridegroom was formerly a staff-sergeant in the Boys’ Life Brigade, the members of which formed a guard of honour at the ceremony. His ambulance training with the brigade helped the bridegroom to win the coveted medal, for he gained it by going out under heavy fire, dressing the wounds of his comrades, and bringing them to safety. He has been since wounded twice, and also gassed. There was a large congregation at the ceremony, which was performed by the Pastor, the Rev J H Lees. Two hymns were sung, and Mr Harris (the organist) played the “ Wedding March.” The bride was given away by her father, and Misses Winnie and Jessie Davison (sisters) and Miss Katherine Mayes (sister of the bridegroom) attended as bridesmaids. Mr Mitchell, of Kilsby, was best man. Amongst the presents was a silver egg cruet, given by the Boys’ Life Brigade.

THE amount realised by the sale of War Bonds in Rugby for the week ended July 6th was £71,750, making a total for 40 weeks £293,305.

LOCAL WAR NOTES.

Lance-Corpl R Robinson (Rugby), of the Queens Royal West Surrey Regiment, has been reported missing.

Mr A D Stocks, formerly of Misterton, near Lutterworth, and in recent years articled to Messrs Seabroke & Son, solicitors, of Rugby, has received a commission in the Coldstream Guards, and is now stationed at Windsor. Mr Stocks is widely known in the Midlands as a hockey player of international fame, and also in cricket circles.

Capt A D Stoop (O.B), the Queen’s, the famous English Rugby international football player, has been awarded the Military Cross.

Capt J C Palmer, 22nd Rifle Brigade, Balkans, formerly Second-Lieutenant, Accrington Pals Battalion, and Corporal, 9th Hast Surrey Regiment, has been awarded the Military Cross for distinguished services in the field. He is the eldest son of Supt J T Palmer, Church, Lancashire, and grandson of the late ex-Supt Palmer, Rugby, and has served in Egypt, France, and the Balkans.

The death is announced, as the result of a flying accident, of Lieut Raymond Coape-Arnold, sixth and youngest son of Mr & Mrs H J F Coape-Arnold, formerly of Wolvey Hall. His machine came to grief through a side-slip. The deceased, who was an officer of considerable promise, was 26 years of age, and after completing his education he visited various parts of the world, including Canada and South Africa. On the outbreak of war he joined the South Staffordshire Regiment, and became a commissioned officer in November, 1915. He joined the Air Force last year.

Captain Eric Lattey, of the Worcestershire Regiment, has been again wounded in France, this being the third time his name has appeared in the list of casualties. Captain Lattey is the elder surviving son of Captain W C Lattey, RAM.C, of Southam, and was educated at Greyfriars School, Leamington (of which he was the captain), and at Bradfield, where he won an Entrance Scholarship. His brother was one of the earliest victims of the War, having been a midshipman on H.M.S Hawke, which was sunk in October, 1914, off the coast of Scotland.

We understand that Col F F Johnstone has resigned his position as Recruiting Officer at Rugby, and that the Drill Hall, Park Road, will be closed for recruiting after July 17th. During his term of office Col Johnstone has carried out his duties with considerable tact and consideration, and has taken a great interest in everything appertaining to the comfort and well-being of both soldiers and their dependents. Major Neilson will still have an office at the Drill Hall as National Service representative.

NEWBOLD-ON-AVON.
MISSING.—Mrs R Collins has received official notification that her husband, Rifleman R Collins, Rifle Brigade, has been missing since the night of May 27-28. He is the second son of Mr & Mrs T Collins, of Stephen Street, Rugby. and joined up soon after the outbreak of war.—Mrs Sinclair has also received notice that her husband, Pte F J Sinclair, of the Royal Berkshire Regiment, has been missing since May 28th. Pte Sinclair has been previously wounded three times.

KILSBY
MISSING.—Mr & Mrs D Conopo received news on  Monday that their son, Corpl L Conopo (Middlesex Regiment) is missing. They have already lost one son, who was drowned when serving on H.M.S Queen Mary in the Battle of Jutland.

STOCKTON
OUR MEN.—Perry Hodges has been dangerously wounded.

DECORATION.—Q.M.S. Sam Griffin, R.E, son of Mr W Griffin, Coventry Street, Southam. has been awarded the D.C.M. Last year he gained the M.C.M, and he also holds the Mons Star.

WAR WEAPONS WEEK.
£83,000 RAISED.

The result of the special effort in Rugby last week was very gratifying to those taking part is the campaign. Not only the town itself, but all the adjoining villages responded splendidly to this special call ; and although the figures have not yet been fully analysed, it is believed that the average per head of population in some of the villages is higher than that for the town The total amount invested during the six days’ campaign was £83,239 8s.

This was 66 per cent. in excess of the amount asked for by the National War Savings Committee ; and the controller, Mr Theodore Chambers, has sent the following telegram to the hon secretary for the local Campaign Committee :—

“ Very hearty congratulations upon splendid result of Rugby War Weapons Week, which is proof of to patriotism and fine spirit of its people.”

About £78,000 was subscribed through the banks, and remaining £6,000 was divided between the Selling Depot at the Lover School and the Post Office. At former about £5,000 worth of bonds and certificates were sold, Saturday being an especially busy day. The arrangements were made by the Executive Committee of the Rugby War Savings Association, of which Mr H Lupton Reddish is chairman and Mr G W Lawson secretary.

Certainly the local committee has every reason to be satisfied with this result, coming as it does so soon after their previous effort in connection with Business Men’s Week.

As a result of this the town will have the honour of giving its name to an aeroplane.

THE COAL AND FUEL ORDER.
APPOINTMENT OF LOCAL OVERSEERS.

A special meeting of the Rugby Urban District Council to appoint a local fuel overseer, as required by the Household Fuel and Lighting Order, was held on Tuesday evening. Mr W Flint (vice-chairman) presided, and there were also present : Messrs S B Bobbins, R W Barnsdale, F E Hands, W H Linnell, L Loverock, T Ringrose, R Walker, and H Yates.

The Clerk (Mr A Morson) explained that it was necessary to appoint a local overseer to carry out the Fuel and Lighting Order, which came into force on July 1st. Such appointment must be made within 14 days of the order coming into force, became after July 8th the protection of men engaged in the coal trade would depend upon the certificates granted by these officials. Although the order came into force on July 1st, the local authorities did not receive it until July 4th. The Local Government Board suggested that borough surveyors should be appointed overseers where possible.—Mr Loverock : What are the duties ?—The Clerk : The regulations occupy 94 pages. The duties will be important : coal merchants will have to be registered, and consumers will only be able to obtain their coal through the merchant with whom they are registered. The local fuel overseer will be responsible for issuing permits for merchants to obtain the coal they require and for seeing that it does not exceed the allotted portion.—The Chairman suggested that Mr Sharpe, the surveyor, would make an admirable overseer, and the Clerk said if the Council agreed to this, arrangements could be made whereby Mr Sharp could give plenty of time to the work.—Mr Loverock : If he has to carry out these duties he will have something to do.—Mr Robbins : He will have to have to have a clerk.—Mr Linnell said now that there was very little building going on Mr Tew would be able to assist the Surveyor.—The Clerk said unfortunately Mr Sharp had had to go to Yorkshire to attend his father’s funeral ; but he had informed him (the Clerk) that he was quite willing to take the post. The Clerk added that he was anxious that whoever was appointed should take up the work from the beginning—Mr Loverock : What is the remuneration ?—The Clerk replied that it was based on the number of inhabited houses in the district, but it would probably be revised.—Mr Yates said he did not always agree that they should accept the recommendations which came from the Local Government Board. If that body could not manage better than to send out an order four days after it came into operation they could not give much weight to their suggestion as to who should be appointed overseer, especially when they suggested that an official, who was supposed to be fully occupied with work, should be appointed to take over very onerous duties. Although this scheme was not of the same magnitude as the food rationing, it would entail a tremendous amount of detail work, and in the measure in which this was done effectively the comfort of their fellow-citizens would depend. If they had large queues of people whose requirements had not been attended to owing to the lark of facilities for dealing with them, the Council would be the responsible party. They should, therefore, appoint someone who would be able to devote his whole time to the work. The work would have to be put in hand straight away, and an office and staff would have to be provided. At present people who were in the habit of getting their coal in by small quantities were letting things slide, but they would come in with a rush latter. Although he had the greatest respect for Mr Sharpe’s abilities in other directions, he did not think he would have the necessary time to take on this work.

The Chairman said he had thought over the question thoroughly, and Mr Sharpe was perfectly willing to take the position and to get the scheme into working order. He proposed that Mr Sharpe should be appointed.—Mr Loverock seconded.—Mr Yates protested, and said the matter ought to be considered in all its bearings. The Clerk had suggested that in order to ensure efficient working someone should be in charge form the beginning, but to suggest that Mr Sharpe should get the scheme in order, and then hand it over to other people, was not the proper way to do it. There were men disabled from other work who might take the position, and devote the whole of their time to it. The work was not only for the coming winter, but would last for a number of winters, and to saddle an official who was already in charge of very important work with these duties was to make a hash and a fiasco of it.—The Chairman said he thought if Mr Sharpe found he could grapple with the work there was no reason why he should not keep the appointment permanently. There was little work to do for the Plans Committee now, and Mr Sharpe had rather more spare time on his hands than usual.—The Clerk pointed out that the Council could appoint Messrs Sharpe and Tew jointly if they wished, and the proposition was amended to this effect and carried. Mr H Yates voting against it.—It was decided that the offices should be situated at the Benn Buildings for the present.—The matter of appointing a committee to carry out the scheme was left to the monthly meeting of the Council.

SPRAYING POTATOES.

Continued experiments have shown that on an average of a series of years spraying has increased the yield of sound potatoes by approximately two tons per statute acre ; while in a bad season the neglect of this operation often means the loss of a large proportion of the crop.

Although there is no authentic record of an outbreak of the disease in Warwickshire up to the present time (June 24th), yet several suspicious cases have been reported ; these on investigation were found to be connected with “ leaf curl ”—caused by planting seed from worn-out stock—or were the result of a check to growth through drought. The time will, however, soon arrive when the real and dreaded disease “ blight,” which has so often ruined our crops, may be expected to again attack them. Fortunately spraying with Burgundy mixture provides a means by which serious damage may be prevented ; therefore, in view of the food shortage, it is the patriotic duty of all to spray mid-season and late potatoes as a method of insurance against loss.

It is not so necessary to spray First Earlies, because they are usually lifted before the disease affects the tubers, and it is always a good plan to lift and store them as soon as ready, and thus prevent risk from disease. Where, however, First Earlies have been planted late they should be sprayed, because the disease may develop on their tops and spread to Second Earlies or Main Crop potatoes growing near. The first sign of disease visible to the naked eye is the appearance on the leaves of blackish spots of irregular size and shape on the under surface of which a delicate white mould may be seen, especially round the edges of the diseased parts. Frequently the disease is first seen on the leaves near the tops of the haulms, but where the growth is dense (through close planting) disease may first occur on the leaves near the ground.

From the 8th to 15th of July is usually the most suitable time to give the first spraying in Warwickshire, but in some instances it may with advantage be done a week earlier. The second spraying should be done two or three weeks after the first.

Leaflets giving full particulars regarding the potato disease and spraying may be obtained on application to the Horticultural Organiser, 12 Northgate Street, Warwick.

BILTON.
WOUNDED SOLDIERS ENTERTAINED.—On Wednesday Mr B Morris, of Bilton Manor, celebrated his daughter’s birthday by entertaining about 200 wounded soldiers from the local Red Cross Hospitals. Owing to the unfavourable weather, the first part of the proceedings took place in the house, where enjoyable entertainments were given by the artistes appearing at the Empire and two entertainers from Leicester. Tea was provided in the garden, where a number of ladies and gentlemen assisted in waiting upon the guests. A gaily decorated stage had been erected on the lawn, and after tea a “ free and easy ” concert, in which several of the guests participated, was given. Several valuable presents were presented lo Miss Morris by the soldiers from the various hospitals.

NEW REGISTER ON OCTOBER 1ST.—The Local Government Board have issued an Order in Council which fixes June 29th as the date for the publication of the first list of electors and October 1st as the date when the new Register under the Franchise Act is to come into force. Naval and military voters can claim to be placed on the Absent Voters list up to July 31st. Registered civilians may be included in this list if they satisfy the Registration Officer that owing to the nature of their occupation they might not be able to vote in the ordinary way at a Parliamentary election.

THE INFLUENZA.—Owing to the widespread epidemic of influenza, all the schools in the town and New Bilton have been closed. In some cases nearly 50 per cent. of the scholars were affected. Hundreds of adults have also fallen victims, and a number of deaths from pneumonia following the influenza have been recorded.

DEATHS.

HANCOX.—In ever loving memory of our dear son and brother, who died of wounds in France on June 5, 1918.—Deeply mourned by all who knew him.

HALE.—In loving memory of my dear husband, Pte. A. G. HALE, of Yelvertoft, who was killed in action, May 28th, 1918.
God took my loved one from my home,
But never from my heart.
Too far away thy grave to see,
But not too far to think of thee.
—From his loving wife, Bernard, and all his friends.

RICHARDSON.—In loving memory of Sergt, L. RICHARDSON, of the 11th K.K.R., who was reported missing since Nov. 30th, and has now been reported killed on that date.
He marched away so bravely,
His young head bravely held ;
His footsteps never faltered,
His courage never failed ;
But his unknown grave is the bitterest blow,
None but his loved ones ever will know.
—Deeply mourned by his sorrowing mother, sisters, brother, grandmother, and Nell, of “ The Banks,” Dunchurch.

IN MEMORIAM.

BENNETT.—In loving memory of our dear brother, Pte. G. BENNETT, M.G.C, of Union Street, killed in action on July 14, 1917. Inserted by his loving brother and sister, Mr. & Mrs. T. Bennett, of Dublin.

CLARKE.—In loving memory of Gunner T. CLARKE, killed in action in France on July 11, 1917.
“ Days of sadness still come o er us,
Tears in silence often flow,
Thinking of the day we lost you :
Just a year ago.
Too far away thy grave to see,
But not too far to think of thee.”

DEXTER.—In ever-loving memory of our dear son, GUNNER P J DEXTER, who died in France July 10, 1917.
We cannot forget him, we loved him too dearly
For his memory to fade away like a dream.
Our lips need not speak, though our hearts mourn him sincerely,
For grief often dwells where it seldom is seen.
—Never forgotten by his Father, Mother, Brothers, and Sisters.

HIPWELL.—In loving memory of our dear son, Pte. ARTHUR HIPWELL, killed in action in France on July 14, 1916.
“ No one knows the silent heartache,
Only those can tell
Who have lent their loved and dearest,
Without saying farewell.”
—From his loving Father & Mother, Brothers & Sisters.

KENNEY.—In loving memory of Sergt. ROLAND ISAAC (1/7 R.W.R. Territorials), dearly beloved son of Mr. and Mrs. T. Kenney, Stretton-under-Fosse, who was killed in action on the Somme in France on July 14th, 1916 : and 23 years.
“ He fought for his country,
He answered Duty’s call ;
His home, his friends, his comforts,
He sacrificed them all ;
But he won admiration in Britain’s glorious name.”
—“ Peace, perfect peace.”—Never forgotten by his loving Mother and Father, Sisters and Brothers.

PAYNE.—In loving and affectionate remembrance of my dear son, LANCE-CORPL. E. PAYNE, killed in action at Verdun, July 15th, 1916.
A faithful son, a loving brother,
He bravely answered, Duty’s call,
He gave his life for one and all.
Two years have passed, but still we miss him,
Some may think that we forget him
When at times they see a smile,
But they little know the sorrow
Deep within our hearts concealed.
—Gone, but never forgotten by his loving father, brothers and sisters.

PAYNE.—In loving memory of Lance-Corpl. E. PAYNE, who was killed in action, July 15th, 1916.
“ We do not forget him—nor do we intend,
We think of him daily—and will to the end ;
We miss him and mourn him in silence unseen,
And dwell on the memory of days that have been.”
—From his wife and children.

PEARCE.—In loving memory of our dear son, Sergt. B. PEARCE, 8th Bedfords, who was killed in action somewhere in France, July 12th, 1917.—From father, mother, brothers and sisters.
One year has passed since that sad day,
When our loved one passed away,
But the hardest part is yet to come,
When other lads return ;
When we shall miss amongst the cheering crowd,
The face of our dear son.

THOMPSON.—In loving memory of our brother. Pte. A. H. THOMPSON, who died of wounds in France, July 17th, 1917.—Not forgotten by his brothers and sisters, Will, Tom, Emma, and Harry.