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A young woman gave birth to a child in Newtown Park, Wellington, on Friday afternoon. She was found by a passer-by and his wife, and the latter rendei/fed first aid. Dr. Giesen. was then summoned, and after wards mother and child were removed in au^ambulance., wagon to the Hospital.

A (turing robbery was committed at the Mayor's residence at Carter's rirrrace, Tinwald, late on Saturday ni.ij'.fc or early on Sunday morning. I'ho object of the thieves was to secure some of the Mayor's prized grapes, and they succeeded in their enterprise to the extent of about 501b.

The' Timaru Borough Council, at a special meeting yesterday, confirmed a resolution, to strike rates for three month's to make the rating year end on March 31. A second resolution: — "That rates be struck _ for the whole year instead of each six months"— has raised strong protests and is to be open to review. "*

At one time the Chinese who run the pak.ipoo' sweeps in Wellington used to have an insurance fund out of which to pay the fines of those who were caught and convicted. Out of the proceeds of every 100 tickets so much went to tlie insurancp fund. DetectiveSorgoant Ca&solls stated in the Wellington Magistrate's Court that the " banks " have latterly refused to keep up the fund, owing to the frequency of convictions.

An unusual sight was witnessed at His Majesty's Theatre,. Auckland, recently just before the performance commenced. The sultry weather was the cause of the roof being opened, when suddenly" rain began to fall, the patrons of the orchestral stalls being immediately underneath. Umbrellas were quickly opened and coats requisitioned, while there, was a general stampede, amidst, laughter and applau^ from those safely under cover. The roof: was quickly closed again before any serious inconvenience was caused.

At the meeting of the Ashburton Borough Council last evening, Or. Christian referred to the fencing of reserves, stating that one of the greatest mistakes the Council had made was to fence Baring Square West. If they had endeavoured to keep the public out of the square they could not have done it niore thoroughly than by fencing it.. He liked the custom of leaving the reserves unfenced, as was" done in American and other cities. Further, he would also move in the matter of having a nice, large, • semi-circular, central entrance to Baring Square East, from the footpath. At present, strangers could not easily see where the gates were. He gave notice of his intention to move that these alterations be'made.

There .'.'are now about 1000 ex-strikers at work; oh the Wellington wharves, and about 500 arbitrationists. The number of arbitrationists has been reduced daily since the strike was declared off by the failure of the men to get work. The new men are not unwilling to remain on, but they cannot submit to the conditions ruling on the wharves. At least one member of the executive has, according to his statement in a Wellington paper,' been given, to understand that if he goes down a hold he will be "carried up." Such threats are usually made by some friendly go-between, so that it is impossible to prosecute anybody, but the threats are being made, and in conseqiience of them, men who feel themselves to be in jeopardy are leaving.

Addressing his constituents, Mr Veitch, .M.P. for Wanganui, - said he was not a Freetrader, but thought New, Zealand had gone Protection mad. He quoted the timber industry, which had an enormous protective duty, giving it the whole of the market. Yet there was timber going into workers' houses, here, in Wanganui, too, that would not stand up till the .loans on the houses were paid off. It simply meant that the life of a house, with the timber now being used, would be only 25 year's. If they took the duty off timber they would still employ as, many men in the timber industry. Men, would still be wanted to saw imported timber, and would stili be wantr ed to handle it in the yards, and the timber would last longer. The time had come when they should consider building in concrete rather than in timber. Such houses be practically as cheap as wood, and would last longer, consequently loans could be granted for longer periods and insurance premiums-woulds-would be less. . ..■

The sclioolb:ook-:says. ::■■■■":-Whfit should we do if we had. no cow?'' 'and in Ashbnvton the question: "What should we do if we had no bicycle?" is almost as much to the point, for to local business people and employees the bicycle is almost as indispensable as tlie cow. There are few people in the town, irrespective of sex, who do not own one or more of these iron steeds, and the ages of those who pedal them range from about four years up to life's allotted span., Consequently, when they are not in use, owners have, some difficulty in finding k place to store such, a large number of machines, and one! result is that daily .the footpath in the main streets ;is .partly, blocked by unattended wheels" ;In addition, many people have the habit 'of wheeling their machines along; the footpath and further monopolising the, scanty space on the sidewalks.. This rnstom, is more objectionable than that of standing machines on the-walk, as they take up. more room and undoubtedly are a fireat inconvenience to pedestrians. Business people have complained <of these nuisances, and the Borough Council, at its meeting Last-night, decided to take, steps to have them, abated. It is not the intention to snnimon offenders immediately; warning is first to be given, and after that -has: i:'.had time'to soak in, then those Avho bro'fkthe by-laws in this rospeot ~- will bu hailed before the Court.

. Last week, the fishing huts situated on Mr HolwelPs land, near the railway bridge, Temuka, were burglariously entered, and a quantity of eatables were consumed, and sundry articles removed. The local police have the matter in hand.

At the next meeting of the Invercargill Borough Council Cr Wuul°p ha? given notice that he will move — I hat a remit be forwarded" to the Executive of the Municipal Association'-oh New Zealand, urging it to take such steps as will induce the various municipal councils to adopt the 'keep to the left rule for pedestrians, as it now applies to vehicles, thus bringing all street traffic into, one uniform rule."

Some very good slaughtering tallies have been put up at the Longburn Works this season. One of the workers, a Longburn resident has the limit numbc-i--. of 148 sheep-in a day to Ins credit, and iit was only this limit which prevented him from increasing the number, lie has other tallies ofj 100 and over, and has killed and dressed 20 rough wethers in an hour. His cheqvies, for two respective fortnights were £17 and. £16.

During February the estates of 18,7 deceased persons were assessed for stamp duty, , The largest was that of Thomas George, Macarthy, of Wellington, amounting to £389,689. The Canterbury estates were as follow:— Henry Anderson, £26,902; John G. McGimpsey £13,158, James W. Trounce £10.043. Heinlich Mahrteus £8529, Arthur E. Davis £7746, Christina Fry £5310, John Lee £4580, Andrew J. S. Power £3470, Ann Quinn £3255, Elizabeth S- Cameron £2794, Christina Kirk £2440, Anne Goldsmith £2230, Catherine Graham £1862,,': Richmond Keele £1472, Robert G. Forge £1315, Magdalene M. Hoft £982, Elsie Gray £969, George B. Nichplls £723, Michael Per-. kaski £695, Susan Dykes £614, Sarah J. Robertson £548, John Leader £537, William J. Lynskey £515

The team of New Zealand Boy Scouts which attended tlie big gatho--ing recently held in Melbourne rdcr, .-- -cd most hospitable treatment from i LiAustralian comrades and from distinguished Australians. A visit was paid by the team to Government House, where Lord and Lady Denman gave them a warm welcome. The naval depot, Parliamentary buildings, and the Zoo were among the other places 'visited by the young New Zealanders while in Melbourne. An Australian paper observes that New Zealand is the only place where a complete khaki outfit has been adopted by the scouts, that used in the ..States across the water being navy blue knickers and coloured shirts.

A Wellington Press Association mes-' sage states that afi conference was held this morning between the Hon. W. F. Massey, the Hon. R. H. Rhodes, representativesof the, Auckland and. Wellington Chambers of Commerce, and the Union Steam Ship Company, regarding,the San Francisco .and,-. Vancouver mail services. The discussion centred- round the flat rate for. the carriage of dairy produce from all New Zealand ports, more refrigerating space on steamers trading between New Zealand, San Francisco, and Vancouver, and an alteration in the system of booking ahead for space. The result of the conference is. that the. representatives of the Union Steam Ship Company are to meet ihe^representa/tives of the' Chambers of Commerce arid .thresh out the details''wifhj'them.--. ■] ■,

A case of some importance, relative to the engagement of persons outside the Dominion, came before the Wellington Magistrate's Court on Friday. Robert Hannah, boot manufacturer, claimed £40 from F. G. Pearce, .being bal-, ance of £46 for fares advanced on behalf of defendant .and his wife from England. It appeared from the evidence that, during a visit to England the plaintiff engaged defendant to come to New Zealand as chauffeur, and it was agreed that defendant should refund the' fares. Defendant denied any agreement to pay back the fares. Mr O'Regan, who appeared on his behalf, contended that any agreement made was in direct contravention of the Wages" Protection and Contractors' Liens Act, 1908, which specified 'that wages must always be paid in full; that the performance of the contract could not be completed within a year, and consequently that ; the .contract shouH have been evidenced by writing, in conformity with Section 4 of the Statute of Frauds.' Mr Cooper, S.M., intimated that he would reserve his decision.

The late Sergeant O'Malley, when in Master ton, told a good story (says the Wairarapa "Age") concerning the police force in the early days. He said that two constables were on duty in 'Christchurch on a bitterly cold night. One of them suggested that a drop of the elixir of life would not be amiss, but the other, who was a raw:'recruit, stated that it was impossible, as all the hotels were closed.,, "Oome along, and I'll show yez," said the senior of the f two.. They marched to the nearest hotel. "Sthand up beside the light," said the knowing one.; The recruit did as he was told v Then; the senior clambered on to his shoulder, and extinguished the kerosene flicker .which the licensee was compelled- to keep burning throughout the,,,night. There was a rap at the hotel door. .' 'Who's there P" came from a head that peered from the window 1 'into*a frosty night. "Police! Yez light'is out, and yez are .a-breakin' the law !" ; The publican hastily dressed^,himself, j rushed .downstairs, apologised for tlie default of a rouseabout, whom' lie promised to dismiss, . and brought out two large bottles, which had the desired effect; Those, said Mr O'Malley,;were, the.good old days. .. , " "-'-■; '";■.

! The medical,insDeciors attached to tiie Education Department have already gone through a good, many of the schools of the Dominion. They could not, owing to their limited 'number, make an exhaustive Examination -.of the children at every school and what they have done is to examine the children irv one or two standards at each school visxied. They have reported upon their inspection as far/ as it has gone, and have drawn up 'a classification of the ailments' from which the children were found to be suffering.'..,. This has been submitted to the Education Department and later on will be laid before the Minister of Education (the Hon. James Allen). The object of the classification, the Minister stated on Tuesday, was to see whether the children could be arranged in groups which would receive special attention in the way of physical education or otherwise. It was hoped, Mr Allen added, that the treatment would bo largely preventive in character. As to whether any other treatment would be provided that was a matter to bo determined in the future. '

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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8808, 3 March 1914

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8808, 3 March 1914

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