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May 1916

Isle of Wight Observer:-

May 6th 1916:  BOROUGH BENCH – Monday was a “white glove day” for the borough Justices, there being no business to transact.

May 6th 1916:  LOCAL MILITARY HERO – Particulars have come to hand of the services for which Lieut. R. L. FLUX, solicitor, of this town, has been awarded the Military Cross, during which Lieut. FLUX and his two companions had some very narrow escapes.

May 6th 1916:  THEATRE ROYAL – The chief films at this picture house next week will be “Odyssey of the North,” and “The Derby Winner.”

May 13th 1916:  SAVING – The Government has been at last convinced of the advisability of putting a daylight saving scheme in force.  This will have some effect in reducing the inconvenience and dangers of the darkened streets at night.  This will also reduce the consumption of coal and labour requirements of the gas and electricity works.

May 13th 1916:  GOAT CLUBS – These societies are doing their best to induce householders living in the country or outskirts of large towns, to keep goats, and thus to increase the production of milk.  The refuse food of an ordinary household would go a considerable way towards feeding a goat.

May 13th 1916:  FOOD ECONOMY – The sugar refiners can only produce one-half the sugar required.  In addition to sugar we must take into consideration bread, bacon, butter, cheese, flour, lard, meat, and tea.  A start might be made by enforcing a weekly meatless day in all hotels and restaurants.  That would not only save supplies but educate people in the possibilities of an alternative dietary.

May 13th 1916:  SPECIAL CONSTABLE – At the Borough Bench sitting on Monday Mr. Alexander RANDALL, of Balmoral House, Strand, was sworn in as a Special Constable for the borough.

May 13th 1916:  WOMEN AND THE LAND – On Friday afternoon of last week a meeting for women was held at the Town Hall.  The Rev. G. L. DAVEY presided, and Mrs. GOODE addressed the meeting on war work on the land for women.

May 13th 1916  HINTS FOR WOMEN – When the nerves get out of order the whole system lags in sympathy.  The digestive system, the liver, and the heart all refuse to do their work.  Every nervous woman should eat several times a day.  She should eat three meals, have a light luncheon between meals, and never omit a warm drink taken just before she goes to bed. Gentle exercise and work are as necessary to a woman with nerves, as food and fresh air.

May 13th 1916:  OBJECTORS – The Council stated that they were not willing to engage men having a conscientious objection to military service, nor had they any vacancies for them.

May 13th 1916:  SUBSIDENCE – A serious fissure has occurred in the retaining wall at the southern end of the Esplanade railway tunnel, and this has brought about the subsidence of the house immediately above, facing Monkton Street, and belonging to Mr. W. R. TAYLOR, posting master.  We understand that the imminent danger of its collapsing at any time has determined the owner to pull the property down.

May 13th 1916:  NOVELTY NEWSPAPER – A soldiers’ paper called “Blighty” is the newest development of the war.  It is to be a present to our fighting men on land and sea, produced weekly, and sent free of charge to the Fleet and Army abroad.  It will have no bad news, no dull news, no news of the war, or politics, or crime, or the city, or anything stupid.  It will aim to have all the best pictures and tell all the best stories.