LOCAL AND GENERAL.
Word has been received in Ashburton that Mr Victor Beck will shortly visit this town to arrange for a flying exhibition by a noted aeronaut.
A Press Association note from Blenheim states that there are 258. applicants for the 43 Hillersden sections, the total number of applications being 1578. The - f ballot takes place tomorrow. •' At & conference of the Commercial Travellers! Association of New Zealand in Wellington (says a Press Association message), a draft of a reciprocal treaty with the Australian Association was presented and approved. It will be submitted to the Australasian conference to be held at Melbourne dur-1 ing Easter. . ' ■ ;.,. . . The Hawke's Bay. Agricultural and Pastoral Society's 13th annual autumn show was opened last night. There was a magnificent display of ( fruit, apples being the strongest feature. Pears.also were well represented. • The roots display was the best seen at a local show. The grounds and produce shed' were illuminated with electricity. , ; , . .;■ A Wellington Press 1 Association message states that the,,iCity Council has decided to acquire the Day's Bay bush, subject to the Government arid others ■ interested finding £10,000 out of the! £14,000 required. The Government has already promised £4000 and the citizens supporting; the purchase have undertaken to:, raise the remaining £6000; v >; -'m ■ ■ •>«■;.; '■ Mr F. W. iS^mith,:' plumber,; ;of ,Dan-; nevirke,: hals grown a sweet pet show-1 ing seven blooms on one sten\. This phenomenon is to be seen growing in Mr Smith's garden, Maine Street, Dannevirke. ! Sweet pea growers aim at producing four floweiV to the stem. Five are occasionally met with, but this is probably the first time that a seven has been produced, in' the Danjnevirke district at any rate. ; • i .Amongst information sought during "question time" at last Friday's meeting of the Dannevirke Borough Council was the " I desire to know " by Councillor Anderson ;as to how the general account at the bank stooch ; The clerk caused quite a commotion by announcing that there was a credit balance of £1088 Is lOd. Councillor Carstori: "Marvellous! Such a thing has never been known'in the history of Dannevirke!'?' Councillors agreed that the position was a most, satisfactory one.- .' .'. . ■■■.....: A function that v proved: extremely; popular arid which it is hoped will become aii annual .fixture was instituted by the headmaster of the South School, Timaru, to Friday afternoon (says the " Post'"'), when more than 70 mothers accepted an invitation to visit the school at work.. The visitors were taken through every class-room and expressed themselves as well pleased with all they had seen. ,-. They were' afterwards entertained, at., a short concert, and formally, welcomed by the headmaster. During the afternoon lollies and ice creams were sold to parents and children, and £7 was thus raised for school purposes.: The dainties were prepared by the teachers (the Canadian] teachers introducing niany novelties) and generous assistance was given by many of the parents. . . ,„; The headmaster of a small country school, writing to the.Tar'anaki .EduciK tion Board, complained of the very irregular attendance of one girl pupil, and the fact that'she had no readers and refused to get any. ■" Her attendance without books is only thwarting the work of the school," wrote the teacher. "If her parents were' not able to get the books I sliGuld make her a present of them, as I have always done, but I cannot make a present of books to children whose parents are better off than I am. It is my opinion that such children should be brought before the Court and sent to an industrial school. What am I to do in the interest of this school?" The Board referred the matter to the truant inspector. .' A request that he should be allowed to refuse re-admission to certain -boys who Lad proved themselves dull and indolent was made, by Mr ,J. W. Tibbs, headmaster of tho Auckland Grammar School, at the meeting of the Board of Governors last week. Mr Tibbs explained that this year about a dozen boys who had failed through indolence to pass the senior free-place examination after the usual period-of two years had come back .as, paying pupils, 'with the result that the fourth forms were over-full. Such boys wore doing little good for : themselves, and at the same time were helping to overcrowd the school and keep younger boys back. His opinion was that in niany cases I the parents were willing to pay the rtuition fpp bechuse they did not know pwhat to do with the boys.' The Board agreed that the school would not benejfi^ by! ; .the. presence: of boys who" would 'not work, an! the Ijeadniaster's request .was granted unaniri«ousljs..'^r iTibbs; remarked that in every case where admission was refused he would make a report to the Board..
At. the Ashburton Police' Court this I morning a first offend or, who pleaded gujlty to a charge of drunkenness, was fined ss, in default 24 hours' imprison r merit, and ordered to pay 2s cab hire. Thomas !£.■ Atkinson was also charged with drunkenness, and there was n second charge of breach of a prohibition order preferred against him. -As to.-', his doings some time prior to his arrest yesterday,;his .mind appeared to bo «y-complete blank, for be told the presiding Justice that he did not have the slightest recollection of being drunk, nor did he remember being .arrested . Constable Turner seated .'■■■ that defendant was very tl r'iink. He, (the constable) had heard the ticket inspector, ordering him off the first express from the south yesterday, and though accused had a ticket for Ashburton ho wanted to go on to Dromore. .On alighting at Ashburton he . hired a taxi-cab and went to -transact some business.- He had n flask of whisky with him, and - after lie had finished his business he appeared to get worse, and was staggering along: the street. He (Constable Turner) then arrested the man. A fine of os. in default 24 hours' imprisonment, wns imposed on the first c!large, and the second^ was adjourned, it not being within the jurisrliction of n Justice of the Peace. ■■ Mr W. W. White, J.P., occupied the Bench.
All the rivers were again clear today. ■'■..;' ■'. ' ' ■ •.--.-.'.'■ '■' ..
A Press Association message from Timaru states that the "TJ ma/ u ' Post' Newspaper Company, Limited, has sold the business, as a going concern tb a proprietary ccnipany, which has entered into possession. It is understood that the old company will go into voluntary liquidation.
Mr H. R. Jenkins, of Eltfaam, has disposed of the patent rights for the United States and Canada of the Gane milking-machine. The " Argus says that he has received a cablegram from Chicago, which brings to a conclusion negotiations lie had entered upon when in America for the sale of certain rights, his price, £20,UUU, having been agreed to.
At the Supreme Court to-day (says an Invercargill Press telegram) Thonn;-; J-aws, aged 21, married, pleaded guilty to breaking into a store, and was sentenced to reformative treatment not exceeding three years. Duncan McDougall, on a charge of theft, was found not guilty. The same accused is being re-tried now on a charge ot breaking and entering, the first jury havina disagreed. ' ,
A limit of game bags to 25 ducks and 12 pheasants in one day, is one ot the regulations which the Auckland Acclimatisation ■ Society has approved its recommendation that . the . regulations in force last year 1 should, be enforced during next shooting season. Unless some restriction is applied in the meantime, there will be an open season this year fpr native pigeons. The.sobiety has decided' not to offer any suggestion in this' respect to the Department of Internal Affairs.
'•'" A New Zealarider' sends a very L'glooiny acourtt of the. state of^' affairs in America. ','■! understand," he says, f,'you have-very bad times in New Zealand. Well,/.do, not let anyone come here. He would'"'be jumping from the 'frying-pan,''hot into the fire, but into (a furnace, for-i everything is very bad -, this country,-, ■ The:. whole .:ofi the States ar'e*a series.of bubbles. A.bp-;k could be'easi.<j- written on the subject, and the end is not yet., I think about the end of the Wilson Administration will see the beginning of the end. ,1 have thought for many years that there would be a civil war, labour against capital, and it certainly looks as if 1916 w,ould see such a war. Wilson is trying and is ■ squeezing the water out of the business, but while this may be. all right in theory, it cannot be done in Wilson's way in practice."
" Since our last report," says the " Trade Review " in commenting on the position of the money ; market, "there has not been any very pronoiiriced movement-towards easier conditions, but the tendency of the market' is in that direction, and there is 1 a-gradual easing going on. The real- :- isations from our exports are coming in now, and helping the position, and before long the Government loan'riioney will be available. When this money gets into circulation, say, in another .twor months, it will materially assist the money supply..locally, and stimulate trade all round. Our exports are keeping up splendidly in volume, ibeing on the whole well ahead of last season, and the prices realised are maintaining an excellent level, so that when the season closes we should see a total value ahead of all previous records. We look for a gradual but steady improvement 1 in the monetary position from now onwards, and a good period of steady satisfactory "trading hr .all sections." ■ '■'. ■ '■ ■'■ "■' ■ ■ .': '-.'■ .-■.i-:,.v -.:•■ •■■•-.'. The members 0f.., the Royal Victorian Oommissibn appointed^.tp..inquire into the '.manufacture of bricks an,^ the .cost to. consumers paid ■■'&•■'. visit to Sydney the other . day, looked f «ver the brick works, and took a good deal of evidence. ,Mr'- Sydney Huttori, the manager of the State brick works, told the commission that, although: during the last financial year there had been a loss of £1600, the price, charged being 30s per 1000, the Government had saved between £7000 and £8000, representing the difference between the price paid for the State-made bricks and that which would have been, paid to private !, manufacturers. .It ■ was shown that' i there had been a great demand for State-made bricks outside, but it was only the surplus, after the Government departments had all they wanted, that were sold. It was not the desire to make a profit at these works, but to j give the Government an opportunity tb construct its own works as cheaply as possible. At the same time, it was acknowledged that it was only a State concern that could be 1 run on such lines. The private brickworks had not, it was asserted, suffered any loss through the establishment of the Government works, a fact that ; . was due to the rapidity with which buildings were being put up, and the increasing demand for bricks. '.?! ■■■■,■■■
Bachelors of over 30 years of age in France are to be taxed. The, Budget Committee of the Legislature-has decided in favour of a surtax of 20 per cent. For some time'past there has been a strong demand, in France for the shifting of some of the burdens 'of. taxation from the shoulders of the heads of families to those.of "bachelors and childless householders. The news'of ■ tb is... new legislation will - give the British bachelor qualms,,^,; When, simir Tar laws; were enacted' in Russia and Bulgaria he was quite unmoved while the adoption of the ideal in America he dubbed as "freak"! legislation, but France brings the idea very, near home. The effect of the new proposal in' France is that the bachelor there will payyone-fifth more in direct.taxes; such as incomes taxes, than the married men. It follows close .on jbhe heels of. a law giving needy French patents grants, of ■ from 48s to 72s for eacli'-cliilcl more than three below the .age of 13, thus encouraging large faririlies, and it'seems as if the "selfish bachelor" will have to pay for these endow/inents,'.. In England and Wales there are about 500,000 bachelors over 30—this vat 10s a head would mean £250,000"a year. But if the liability to taxation commenced at 21 the Chancellor''would have-about 1,500,000 bachelors on his . books— £750,000 a year. ;, ■■:'■:;
, c .Jad^Regitiald Frew, who was badly by a motor car on Saturday arternqpn last; is progressing favourably.i^hough, he has not yet been pronounced out of danger.
It is announced that, because of the annoyance caused to bystanders and to residents in the vicinity of raihvay stations by the prolonged ringing of the station bell, the customary ringing of itne bell five minutes before the departurt of a train will be discontinued on and after April 1. r
■ Itj is reported that some large, purchases of' sheep are being, made in •faouthland by Canterbury buyers. Six thousand head are said to have been railed north .during • the past three weeks. At the same time there is general complaint: of a shortage of' .sheep in Southland;- 1-•••■•'v'..' ■"' ': ■'■
An Oamaru Press Association telegram states that '24 defaulting Territorials were mulcted in fines ranging from £2 and; costs down to 5s and costs by Mr Bartholomew, S.M., to-day. In all cases the charge was for failing to render personal service, and against one_ an additional charge of insubordination was laid.
A Press -Association telegram from Auckland states that at the Police Court Jim Saturday Harry' Magnusson^ aged-57, was charged with having> ; assadted- three members of the executive of-the Watersiders' Union with intent to do grievous bodily harm, and was convicted arid committed to the ; Supreme Cbiirt for'sentence.
!>.; The ;r Hamiltori OounCu j states a'Press, Association .telegrami has decided, to ; emit five municipal dwellings at a cost of £400 each, the rental :to' be £fi. to : £10 1:a year.;' Preference (of .-• occupu'ricy is tbVbeF "given to the' borougli employees, who by paying 15s ..weekly, will;,,b'e able to acquire .the pro.perty inj.2o years. Hamilton is tile first town in the' Dominion to try the experiment, :•■; -• •-//.:->'':-'o.-'-. ;■■'■:• ■■'.
'.■;■■,■ , ■ '■'■ :'.-.•': ■' : - • . .(.-. tU^ ."■■■•■: ■•- ■■'I'-'-. ' ;■ i.Hr "SV?.-;J'- O'Connor's Merry ' Widow" Opera, Company had an unenviable experience at Woodyille last ..week."' The Company had dates for race week, but when'--they reaehed'-town they found it impossible to obtain decent accommodation, as the hotels were all congested. The result was that six male members had to sleep in a railway truck,' and six others in the theatre, whilst, eight of the ladies had to share a small room at an hotel. It was ;too. much of a good, thing,! so the season was curtailed, and the company came on to :Wellington.. > -, ' •
The' cost of a gathering such as the recent band competition at the Exhibitionl (says the Auckland "Star") may be estimated from the fact that ■:■ no fewer than 10 of the bands had new sets of silver-plated instruments, • whiph average about £700. per set. The visiting bands averaged aibout a cost of £200 each for the trip, and as 95 per 'cent.:» of the men '• belonged.-.;' tot the artisan classy who lost their wages while away Irom 1 work, it will be, iseen thiat even the winners of prize-riioney will not gain by attending the contest. In addition to!this, many of the bandsmen spent money freely: during their sojourn in the city. ..
Many a golden, head of daffodil will be missing from! the bright ranks ,of next spring (says the /"Evening Post). A pe-sf> has come among the bulbs—a little'wriggler of large appetite—and the havoc is widespread. , Mr, L. McKenzie , says that .this- latest enemy of the much-worried gardener canie with bulbs impbrted fromvi.'Holland. "The destroyer enters the'leaf and worjks down to the,root. Mr McKenzie'Relieves that the'bulbs'of other plants—onions, ■ for example^may'; be attacked, and therefore he urgesV: a vigorous campaign . against the devastating immigrant. When lifted, the bulbs 'should be ; sun-dried, fumigated with cyanide potash, and replanted in fresh-ground each season; ■-■•■ ■'■■■■' .-■■ /-'.
A somewhat ..interesting- case, will come lip for heating- at ' the Magistrate's Court at. Palmerston. next Thursday. , (says the "'Otago^' Daily Times "). At the annual show of ■ the Palmerston and Waihemo Agricultural and Pastoral Asspciation in December, a lady residing '.in Palmerston was 'awarded A number of prizes in the dairy, produce competition for butter, entitling her to cash amounting to £4 ss, ,and a trophy valued at £6 6s, to be held for one year. One of the conditions under which the competition was held was '.'. that exhibitors of dairy produce must be the actual producers. Objections were made in some quarters that the lady prize-winner had not fulfilled.the conditions, in. that she made ; the butter shown, from cream which she had purchased. Ata meeting of the- committee of the association last month, it was decided although no protest had been lodged, to uphold the objections made, The lady objected strongly to this course, however, and consulted her : lawyer, with, the result that the society received a demand for the prizes. They were still withheld, and the ' society was served with a summons -on^Satur-. day. A j .meeting [of the committee was hurriedly convened in the afternoon, land 'ififtwas arranged to secure the.jserv.ic.es,.of \ a Diinedin lawyer to defend,, the •■•case. ; •■■:■■•,..- ■■■*'■
'. •'■'■'"ln modern; times a surgeon, comes into an operating room which is equipped with every convenience, and it is almost riipossible for him to introduce >germs into a wound;" said Dr. Purchas in his address as president of the Medical I.■-.! Congress (says the Auckland "■Star.") "How different it .'was. in the.old days when chloroform was only j list known, antisepis was unheard of, •and the trained nurse -was' ■ not avails able.'-.lfc was* in surroundings such as these that my father, who was medical superintendent of the first established hospital in New Zealand, conducted a series of 13 operations upon the ab'doimnal cavityj 12 of which were successful. .The. first was done in 1870. The'last'two--I had the privilege of as.sisting him with were done in 1885 and 1886. Of that -list there are, at least,:.to my lcnowledge,..four still living, three of whom are present, to-night. The! instruments wei;e made in Onerhuriga .'"'by the village blacksmith." Dealing briefly with the subject of alcohol, Dr. Purchas said that as a drug the use of alcohol decreased very much in the past 25 years. It was, however, just as good and indispensable a drug as-mercury or digitalis. If people were in the habit of taking these -two lastnamed drugs to excess,. they would have societies for their suppression; and .volumes of literature which .would go to show that neither was of any use at all. As regards alcohol, it was not the use which could be objected to, but the vile abuse, and it was a very good thing to see that its consumption was tending all the time to decrease.
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