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rv Tll° new Christchurch Telephone directory numbers up to 3667.

Good, progress has been mode with tne disposal of old books at the Christ church Public Library. The authorities oi the Timaru Library have purchased 200 volumes.

llio following notice of motion by J^ 1"- H. B. Sorensen will come before _?< m\ tj Council at the next meeting : lhat all permits giving leave to preach, speak, or hold meetings of any Kind m Cathedral Square be withdrawn ,'> - /

A large party of citizens of Christchurch,. at the invitation of Mr ft. Moore, chairman of the Lyttelton Haroour Board, made a trip down the Uaimakariri in motor;launches yesterday.

Leslie Sykes and David Rowe, ■ two able-bodied men, were charged at the Christchurch Magistrate's Court yesterday, before Mr H. W. Bishop, S.M., with being idle and disorderly persons in that they had placed themselves in Cashel Street to beg alms. " You are a nuisance, you fellows who hang about town and won't work," said the Magistrate. " I would work, sir," protested Sykes. " I was on my way to a job." Rowe, in view of his record, was sentenced to a month's imprisonment, with hard labour, and Sykes was given seven days' imprisonment. " You'll get a little more next time," warned the Magistrate.

It is not an uncommon sight to see a dog run over in the Christchurch streets. The trams often claim their victims, though more often careless motorists are responsible for these canine fatalities. But on' Saturday a mongrel cur, in proof of the adage that every dog has his day, secured revenge for his lost tribe. A motor-cyclist was riding along Oxford Terrace; the dog was crossing the street. As a result of the collision, the man was thrown clean over the handle-bars of his machine, and the City Council having kindly removed a chain or so of railing, he landed gracefully in the river. The bicycle followed, but the motorist war; able to stop this before it, too, took an unwelcome bath. —The " Press."

The excuses urged for release from attendance as jurymen at the Supreme Court sessions yesterday • were various. Two small' master bakers, practising "on their own," claimed exemption ,oti the ground that they could secure i:o one to take their places ' One man stated lie had been working since 1 v.m. in order to bo present at the Court, and the other claimed that he had had to leave his wife to finish off his work so that ho could attend. In each case Mi Justice Demiiston,granted exemption, saying that they could not ruin a, man's business, and each had endeavoured, but unsuccessfully, to secure a man. A lawyer's clerk pleaded that he comprised the whole stall' of his employer, who was ill. The Judge specially granted his exemption, saying that it would be a waste of time to keep him on the jury, as he would bo challenged, by one and all. Other pleas were from small men who pleaded, that their business would be neglected. Few of these received consideration.

The Chinaman See Poy, who was stabbed in the head during a fracas in his house in Madras Street on Sunday night, and who was admitted to the hospital, was reported to be improving yesterday morning, and it • is not thought that any serious complications will arise. On Sunday night Detectives Eade and O'Connor and Sergeant Jackson spent several hours in a fruitless search for the . Chinaman who stabbed See Poy. They visited several Chinese quarters, including two houses occupied by market gardeners at Woolston and on the north side of Ferry Road, but could find no trace of their quarry. Many of the Chinamen questioned by the detectives indicated that they could not " savee " ] any questions put to them. The affair soenis to have caused some commotion amongst the Chinamen living 1 in the city and the suburbs, although , they preserve a strictly non-committal attitwde in the presence of the police. The name of the man who is wanted is known, and the detectives have a fairly good description of him. The hunt continued yesterday, and, although the man is evidently in hiding, it is expected that he will soon ■be apprehended. ,

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THE CITY., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8790, 10 February 1914

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THE CITY. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8790, 10 February 1914

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