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_ The Labour Department's offices in Christchurch are shortly to be shifted from the first floor to the ground floor or the new Government Buildings. Mr J- W. Collins, chief clerk of the head ofiice of the Department, is at present m Christchurch arranging matters m connection with the removal.

The Opawa Bowling Club received support in its non-alcoholic principles from the Christchurch Prohibition League., when, at the annual meeting last night, a resolution was passed expressing appreciation of the action taken by the Centre in connection with the discussion regarding the supply- of intoxicants on the bowling green.

A. huge 1 coaling trestle, comprising 1000 feet, is at present being erected by the Railway authorities at the Linwood yards. The object of the trestle is to dump the coal . waggons - into storage heaps on either side of it. There is a total capacity for about 15,000 tons of coal. The trestle is just like a big bridge. It is the first to be constructed in Canterbury.

Amongst new buildings in Christchurch, the construction of which is to be put in hand \at once, is a thrieestoried one in Casliel Street, near High Street,■■which is to be erected on the site previously occupied by one of the Christchurch Meat Company's shops. The building, is to be erected for the Dresden Piano Company. Another building to be started on shortly is an insurance office in Hereford Street, almost opposite the New Zealand Shipping Company's office.

For some time past the work.of overhauling the Cathedral bells has been proceeding under the superintendence of Mr Shaw, the chief ringer. New fittings have been put in, and'the result will make the bells not only easier _to ring, but will tone down the clanging sound that has characterised them in the past. Mr Shaw says that the clanging is largely dua to the inexperience of the majority of the ringers, and until the ringers become expert the practices will be held with partially muffled bells. To-morrow morni'g, however, a full performance of the bells will be, given.

In connection with the movement to i build a number of week-end residences on the Diamond Harbour Estate, re-; cently acquired by the Lyttelton j Borough Council as a trans-harbour settlement, the Council is now inviting tenders for six residences. Applicants i will have the option of purchasing tho freehold of tiny land and cottages I straight out, of submitting a price for ihe cottage, together with an annual rental for the land on a Glasgow lease for a period of 20 years, or. of tendering for the purchase- of the cottage, together with an annual rental for the land on a Glaigow lense for a period of 21 years, with right of purchase, to be exercised within 10 years at an arbitrate! value.

The annual meeting of the Christchurch Prohibition League was hold in the League's looms last evening. There 1 was a crowded attendance, and Mr J. McCombs, M.P., presided. The report stated that last year had been a year of steady preparation for the campaign in 1914. Literature had been regularly distributed and open-air meetings had been held. The election of the officers and of the general committee resulted as follows: —President, the Rev., J. W. Cocker; vice-presidents, Misses Roberts and Henderson, the Rev. T. A. Williams, Messrs L. M. Isitt, M.P., J. McCombs, M.P., C. E. Salter, and T. W. West (secretary); committee, Mesdames Hale, Herbert, and Newton, Miss Gordon, Pastor Gebbie, and Messrs F. Caverhill, G. Fisher, R. M. 1 Spiers, J. Fraser, Suckling, Wicks, and I R. H. Taylor.

A considerable amount of consternation has been occasioned in business, cricket, and rowing circles in Christchurch (says a Press Association telegram) by a rumour that a well-known ex-cricketer, who is the representative in Dunedin of a big Christchurch firm, has disappeared, leaving no trace, or practically none, of where he has gone or what has happened to him. Last Wednesday the young man booked a return passage from Dunedin to Lyttelton, and telegraphed to his friends in Christchurch tliat he was'paying a visit to this city. There seems little doubt that he boarded the Maunganui at Dunedin, for his handbag, which comprised all his baggage, has been found on the steamer, and the purser has in his possession the return half of the missing man's steamer ticket. He did not apparently arrive in Christchurch. and did not' go on by the steamer to Sydney. What has happened to the young man is at present a complete mystery.. There were no suggestions >,hat business affairs were worrying him. He was to have been married at Dunedin next week. As far as is known by the Steam Ship Company officers, the young man left the steamer at Lyttelton. The missing man is Mr W. J. Hebden, the representative in Dunedin of Messrs Mason, Struthers and Co.,:' Ltd., of Christchurch. ;

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THE CITY., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8788, 7 February 1914

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THE CITY. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8788, 7 February 1914

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