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A Wellington Press Association message states with regard to the reported visit of his Excellency the Governor to the Cook Islands, that the Hon. W. H. Herries says the visit. has nothing to do with any reported unrest, but was arranged some months ago at the request of the Governor. So far'as he knows, the statement that two warships are to accompany the party is without foundation.

" The Chinese know too much to play pakapoo; they leave that to the Europeans'," said Detective-Sergeant Cassells, in giving evidence at the Wellington Magistrate's Court. For tho benefit of Mr D. G. A. Cooper, S.M., the detective-sergeant gave an elaborate explanation of the game of pakapoo. He said there were 10 banks at work in the morning and 10 in the evening. A big Chinese syndicate, having numerous agencies in the Dominion, made the big profits, while the agents only, got a penny on the pakapoo tickets sold.

In thq past (the Southland' " Times " states) .the County Council has , had some, difficulty in finding contractors to tender for the works in prospect, and at some of the recent meetings this has boon particularly noticeable. There was, however, a big improvement in the state of affairs when the Finance Committee met to consider tenders on Friday.-. Forty-one contracts were? ad-, vertiscd, and of this number 32 wore let. In all 141 tenders were received.

The-Salvation • Army is a flourishing institution in Finland. Hitherto it has worked most amicably with the; authorities, who have welcomed its cooperation, especially in social operations. The Army first started in Finland, in 1889, and has corps throughout a somewhat sparsely-populated country. At the present time there are 24' social institutions in existence. The.number of local officers is 622, wih 246 bandsmen; the corps outposts number, 95. Colonel Larsson, formerly chief secretary for Sweden, is the territorial commander.

A little incident' of the Christmas buiStle at the General Post Office which had a humorous side has just been unravelled (says the " New Zealand Times"). A Wellington lady who expected a parcel containing wearing apparel from the South Island was more than surprised when, on, hastil undoing the packet, she found a shaving outfit therein, while a bashful young man in another part of the city was wondering what use a lot of flimsy lace articles were to him. The solution of the mystery lies in the fact that the labels, of the parcels were insecurely fixed, and, becoming, detached in transmission, were placed on the wrong parcels. After making inquiries the parcels were at last returned to the rightful owners.

Sir Joseph Ward, interviewed at Wellington, expressed himself . strongly in favour of Earl Grey's scheme for the establishment of a Dominion House in London. He said a visitor, seeing the present scattered offices of the various oversea Dominions, could not be so impressed by the greatness of the British Empire and its marvellous resources as ho would be if each Dominon's reprcsentatvos and samples of products were housed in one great central building, where the public could not help seeing them. Sir Joseph Ward said he believed it would pay the Dominions well to secure' the advantages accruing from the position afforded, by this building. The practical .combination of'different sections of the Empire would be'advantageous to all, and would tend to increase the export trade of each Dominion.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8815, 11 March 1914

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Ashburton Guardian Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8815, 11 March 1914

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