Observer, Volume XV, Issue 837, 12 January 1895, Page 6
— That there is sweating even in the f rait auction business. — That the only thing a man wants, after he gets all the money he needs, is more. — That on the Kaipara lately, one single haul with the fishing nets secured 7.000 mullet. —That Mr G. G. Stead has raced horses at the Cape. What is that little story that is told about the rail ? — That a Taieri settler suffering from cancer in a bad form has received great relief from the cinnamon cure. — That the electric light at the Herald Office will make a difference of several hundreds a year to the Gas Company. — That the talk about the probability of Mr Ward visiting England is promoted for the purpose of creating a political scare. — That the Devonpprt Torpedo corps won't be satisfied till they get a new racing cutter and whop the Auckland Naval Artillery — : That Host Meider made a splendid thing out of the booths at the Ellerslie Baces. That was partly the result of good advertising. — That the Auckland Racing Club has received more than one resignation as the result of the Bloodshot-Bluefire episode. Perfectly satisfactory, eh ? — That apples are being sold in Auckland as low as sixpence per case and then retailed in some shops at f ourpence per pound. Who pockets the difference ? — That it is not a fact that Mr Gee Gee Stead will return to Auckland for the purpose of reciting in public Mr Lindsay Gordon's poem - ' How We Beat the Favourite.' — That the wages now earned by the Newcastle miners are barely sufficient to keep body and soul together, and it is difficult to see how they can get on at a reduced rate. — That during the last two and a half years Melbourne has lost 46,000 inhabitants, and at the present time there are ten thousand houses to let in the" city and suburbs. —^That Mr Brough specially stipulated that • their firm's ' donation of ±'50 to the Wairarapa Belief Fund should not be made known tul after the Wellington season lest it should be regarded as a form of advertising. — That the screaming of the sisters McKegnie has been a source of annoyance to the residents of Kyber Pass Road and vicinity since they were sent to gaol last week. These women appear to be beyond punishment. — That Mrs Besant has a warm champion in Mrs Sara Draffin, of the Auckland Theosophical Society. But Mrs Draffn is careful not to prejudice the cause of Theosophy by regarding Mrs Besant as an immaculate high priestess. —That Mr J. L. Scott, one .of the retiring railway commissioners, had a position offered him on the railways at £800 per annum, but he was not disposed to take office Itder the new system of political control, and the business firm he was connected with desired him to resume his old position with them.. So he declined the .£Boo. ' — That during Christmas week there were nine bankruptcies in the colonytwo labourers, a printer, a journeyman tailor, aa hotelkeeper, a baker, a fellmonger, a carpenter, and one whose occupation is not stated. But fancy a hotelkeeper going bankrupt at Christmas time. Things must indeed be changed in New Zealand. — That the most unhappy individual at Ellerslie, on Boxing Day, was a man whose wife had given him ten shillings to invest on Deadßhot, the colt that paid the £103 dividend. He put the money on Kingsman, as being the safer thing of the two, and when •we saw him he was in doubt whether or not he would go home again. — That in manufactures of all kinds, Victoria finds employment for 167,000 people, and produces £22,000,000 worth of manufactured goods per annum ; New South Wales employs 140,000 persons, and turns out goods to the annual value of £16,000,000. And yet the greater part of the poverty and distress is in protectionist Melbourne. —That the late Mr John Walter, of the Londo-n Times, whose personalty, according to cable, has been shown at rather more than a quarter of a million, was father of Mr Walter, who has jnst taken over Mr Bullock- Webster's charming estate on the borders of the Lake at Hamilton. Mr Webster was recently married to Miss Gore, of Wellington. .
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— That there are still some fools going from Australia to the Hue Australia settlement in Paraguay. They will soon be satisfied. — That the Christchurch biscuit firm of Aulsebrook and Co. paid every hand in their factory a bonus of 1J per cent on the wages earned during the year. This takes the cake. —That the Bluefire- Bloodshot affair helped to spoil the Wellington Park sale. People who were expected to buy largely would not bid at all in sheer- disgust. They were full up of racing. — That the Legge party of tributers have cleared some thousands of pounds for the last twelve months' work at Coromandel. And yet our young men crowd each other on the road to distant fields where death is more certain than gold. — That when Mr W. Crowther was asked his opinion of a certain race at Ellerslie recently, he retorted : ' Oh, we don't need to go to the South for swindles. We can work plenty of them ourselves without help from anybody else.' And he told the truth, too. — That a glaring case has recently happened- of a country constable being removed irom his district simply because he insisted upon the local publican observing the law. This sort of thing is a disgrace to the police administration, and yet it is common enough.