Cork is holding its breath for the election results and Echo has travel tips for March!

THE counting of votes in yesterday’s national election began at the courthouse today at 10am today, the Echo reported 100 years ago on Saturday June 17, 1922.

The task is tedious under the direction of Michael Meighan, a gentleman who knows the proportional representation system inside out. Calculators are EJ Murphy and JF Wrenne.

There are 114 ballot boxes to be checked and at noon 60 have been made.

An adjournment was then taken for lunch, after which the count of “first preferences” began. In all likelihood, the first intimation of the people’s votes will not be available until 5:30 p.m. The total number of votes cast was 30,934 and the quota will be at least 6,076.

Agents of candidates are present from the beginning of the counting, as well as MM. de Roiste, Walsh and Robert Day, the Labor candidate. Alderman Beamish paid a brief visit.

The Irish Republican Police are on duty outside the courthouse and no one is admitted except the candidates, their appointed officers and the press.

Small crowds are gathered along the hallway in the vestibule and outside the building, eagerly speculating on the outcome.

Traders protest

At a meeting of the Cork IDA executive, a strong protest on behalf of importers and traders in the city and in southern Ireland was recorded against the detention and search of the SS Stella Maris by the British at Haulbowline.

Undue delay, expense and inconvenience resulted from the detention and it was decided to make a full report on the matter to the Ministry of Economic Affairs.

The action of two city architects in specifying British Portland cement and Bangor slates for the reconstruction of two premises has been harshly commented on.

The secretary was instructed to contact the local association of architects and obtain an explanation of the incongruity of specifying British materials for the reconstruction of premises which had been set on fire by order of the British authorities in Ireland.

Tourist tips for March!

For those who, in the near future, may wish to travel by aerobus for a stay on our neighboring planet, I add a few details concerning the climate, etc.

The air on Mars is thinner by half, and snow and ice cover a considerable part of the surface.

These facts combined make producing hot air rather difficult. Because of this, the place is not suitable for American tourists.

The seas are frozen for half the year, but as it lasts 687 days, no one should miss out on sledding.

Now that the Lough has turned from water to mud, Martians expect an influx of skaters from Cork around Christmas. Likewise, the excellent system of Martian canals provides ample regatta space and, unlike ours, no dredging is required thanks to the melting snow and ice from the mountains leaving them clear and clean.

In this respect, the Corporation could advantageously present the Martians with the southern branch of the Lee as an additional channel. Alternatively (and for the same purpose) he could get a few Martian Mountains on loan and throw them in the vicinity of Muskerry Station.

Contradictions of cork

Passionate about tennis since the heyday of table tennis, I frequent the places where the knights and ladies in white “come to play holidays in the sun”.

But the contradictions of Cork demand and deserve expression and I think it is a pity that so many of our young men are recklessly given a bat to hold at a cricket wicket when it is abundantly clear that they were born to the tennis court.

Meanwhile, many of our young ladies are prevented by one cause or another from taking the place of these young men and thus greatly improving the cricket to be seen in Cork.

It is pathetic to see some of the contenders during their warm-up gallops trying to befriend the ball so that later on it will drop them easily after leaving the bowler’s hand.

If cricket balls could smoke or soak, centuries would be ordinary business with some local batsmen.

But in the hallowed name of cricket, why not arrange to swap many young men in white with ladies in tennis attire, and so do sporting justice to the parties and the games – and a suffering observant public.

Tomorrow’s meetings

Athletic Grounds, 3.30pm: 1920 Club Hurling Championship semi-final, St Mary’s v Fair Hill.

At Lisgoold’s new ground, Midleton versus Lisgoold and Carrigtwohill versus Rathcormac. Macroom versus Nils at Macroom. Blarney versus Inniscarra at Cloghroe. Sarsfields v Nemo Rangers at Riverstown. Aghabullogue c. Schoolchildren at Coachford.

Parisian suicide

A well-known Parisian cafe was the scene of tragedy today when a young man pulled out a gun and killed himself as the cafe terrace was packed. He left a letter on a table addressed to Miss Margur Dufour, Vitry-sur-Sein, saying: “Since you are abandoning me, I will kill myself, Charles”.

Creeping rage

Large-scale rabies has broken out in Constantinople and 650 people are being treated for dog bites. The large-scale destruction of dogs is underway.

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