Today in History

Tuesday, November 5, 1918

News of Victory

THE news that Austria is altogether out of the war (WW1) was received here in Levuka with tremendous satisfaction. The opinion is freely expressed in diplomatic quarters that Germany must very soon accept the terms which the Allies have lately been formulating.

Veteran returns

EX-RIFLEMAN Edward Mathews son of the Reverend and Mrs RT Mathews of Suva returned to Fiji by the SS Talune after two years on active service. He enlisted with the 1st Reinforcement in June, 1916 and was in France from November of that year until May, 1917.

Wednesday 5, 1958

Served gaol term in the United Kingdom

A YOUNG Indian-described as a “Fijian” was flown back to Fiji last month after having stowed away in the liner Strathnaver during a voyage from Sydney to England, according to the Sydney Sun Herald. The reported stated that Ambrika Prasad, aged 20, had paid his fare from Sydney to Bombay and had then hidden in a friend’s cabin from Bombary to Gibraltar.

He was discovered in a routine landing check near Gibralter. On the return passage to Australia he was confined to the liner Strathmore’s brig. Prasad said he had kept himself in pocket during the trip from England to Australia by cutting the crew’s hair.

Enthusiasm over molasses

in diet increasing in Fiji

THE belief that a daily dose of molasses is beneficial to general health is held by an increasing number of people in Fiji. This was arranged in an unusual way. The management agreed to keep a drum on hand which was obtained from the Colonial Sugar Refining Co. at Nausori and those requiring molasses could go to the store to fill their jars.

Tuesday, November 5, 1968

21 Fijians gaoled for attack on two Indians

TWENTY-ONE Fijians were gaoled for 12 months in Nausori Court for offences connected with an incident involving two Indians at Nabukaluka Village, Waidina on the night of September 15. They told the police they stoned a car and a lorry and assaulted the driver of the car, Shiu Ram, a teacher, because a car carrying the Minister for Commerce, Industries and Labour, Ratu Edward Cakobau, was stoned following an Alliance political meeting at Vuci, Nausori, in 1968.

Many changes in Penal Code Bill

SUICIDE will cease to be a crime if the Legislative Council approves a Bill, which also proposes other important changes in the Penal Code, including the creation of new offences. A new section will be inserted in the code to make it an offence to practise witchcraft. The age of criminality will be raised from eight to 10 years meaning a child under 10 cannot be “criminally responsible for any act or ormission”.

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