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February 1914

Isle of Wight Observer:-

Feb 7th 1914: SOLENT TUNNEL – If some people who are continually agitating for a Solent Tunnel from Portsmouth to Ryde would turn their attention to something that stood a chance of being carried out they would do more good. The boring operations have been in progress for some weeks near Fort Victoria. A depth of 260 feet was reached and the strata was almost entirely of clay suitable for tunnel construction.

Feb 7th 1914: LETTERS – The rather careless person who dropped a small bundle of love letters tied with blue ribbon near Binstead Church can rely on the fact that they have fallen in discreet hands. The finder after glancing at one or two, would not even hand them over to the police, but
wishes the Peripatetic to give his name to the owner should she apply.

Feb 7th 1914: DIRECTION POSTS – The Rural District Council are arranging to place direction posts on the footpaths in the Island. This will be a great advantage to visitors who miss many of the prettiest of walks in the Island through ignorance of the footpaths.

Feb 14th 1914: ST. VALENTINE – A St. Valentine’s Fancy Dress Ball was held at the Forresters’ Hall on Tuesday evening, when an enjoyable time was spent, about 90 being present. Music for dancing was supplied by the Ammunition Column 2nd Wessex Brigade.

Feb 21st 1914: REGISTRAR – Mr. W. ABRAHAM, Registrar of Births and Deaths, was on Thursday appointed registrar of Ryde, in succession of the late Mr. A. TUTTE. Mr. ABRAHAM has lately removed from Swanmore-road to Lonsdale, Pellhurst-road.

Feb 21st 1914: SOCIAL – A pleasant social evening, held annually in connection with the St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, was spent at the Foresters’ Hall, on Thursday evening, when a fair number assembled. An interesting musical programme was well carried out.

Feb 28th 1914: FUNDS – A successful whist drive and dance, held in aid of the Ryde Schools Boot Fund, took place in the Town Halls, when there was a splendid gathering, a goodly number appearing in fancy dress. Mr. M. De LAUNAY took flashlight photographs of the proceedings.

Feb 28th 1914: FOOTBALL – A Championship of the second Division I.W. League was played at Binstead before the biggest gate of the season. Notwithstanding the heavy going the game was fought out at a great pace. CREWS played a good game for Binstead nearly netting the last kick of the game.

Feb 28th 1914: TESTIMONIAL – H.R.H. Princess Henry of Battenberg has consented that her name should be associated with the testimonial which is being promoted to Mr. C. J. DASHWOOD, who for many years very capably managed the I.W. Races and has long been connected with sport in the Isle of Wight generally.

Feb 28th 1914: ISLAND’S DEFENCES – A large body of officers drawn from the Regular Army, the Territorials and the Reserves are engaged in an important “staff tour”. Strict secrecy is being observed, but it is understood that the main idea is a test of the Island’s defences in case of invasion.

Feb 28th 1914: CENSUS – Analysis of the 1911 census in comparison with former censuses reveals the interesting fact that while the last decade has shown a slight increase in the proportion of women in occupations to the total of women, the present portion is slightly less than 1891 and 1881.