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LONDON, March 7

The death is annunced, ab iPutney, on Tuesday, from influenza, in his 52nd year, of Mr VV. Lotinga, who was well known for many years as a sporting journalist under the nom-de-ptume ot ''Larry Lynx," and also "Magpie."

There has been sent to the Ministry, of Food a cloth, once white, through which 22. gallons of milk as it reaches the London consumer have been strained. The result is a mass of foreign material, chiefly cow manure, caked on the cloth, and is an indication of the necessity of measures which will ensure cleaner milk supplies for the people.

A news agency states that the Admiralty have decided to reconstitute the Coastguard as a pensioner force, and the new. scheme will come into operation on May 1. When completed, tho force will consist approximately of 2UUO Coastguards, 600 petty oiiicers, 400 divisional oiiicers, and 385 chief officers. About 1000 pensioners will be required at once to complete the force.

British girls who have married U.S.A. sailors and soldiers -during their stay over here are having free passages provided by the American Government to their new homes .across the Atlantic, beverui batches of these brides have already departed in American transports from Liverpool and Southampton, and there is "Still 'a good number on the list waiting for boats. 'lhe brides come from England, Scotland, and Ireland, from the towns where fjiuted btates men have been visicing or billeted.

At Guildford Assises on Saturday Lieutenant • bidney Stewart Hume, K.A.i 1., was indicted for the murder or Private itobert J Aldridge, an orueiiy at Latchmere ; House ivLuiiary Hospital, Hani, by shooting lain. Tlio defendant was found "Guncy," but insane, and was ordered to De detained aurmg ins iUujesuy's pleasure. Air Travel's Jaumphrey.s stated that Lieutenant Hume gave up a lucrative position to tight _',r ms country, and tiiac it was ovvimj to his treatment in a Uerataii prisoners of war camp that lie became insane.

"I find you guilty of being a nigntwailcer and ail eavedropper, and X regret that i cannot senu you to ga'jl t»r six months.'" in these words ivxr W uidy, the Magistrate, at iyorth Londoa .Police Court, oil Saturday, addressed Albert J_. Holden (liU), . a porter, of iitoke Mewington, in ordering him to hud a surety ot £26 for twelve months' good behaviour, or, in default, to go to prison tor a month. Moiden was charged under an ancient law against "night-walking and eavesdropping." It was stated that nurses at the Metropolitan Hospital had complained of a man peering through, the oedroom windows late at night, watch was kept, and on January _4 Holden was seen to leap the'garden'wall at the nurses' home and inue m the oushes. .Later, when a policeman found mm in tiie bushes, Holden declared he was catching slugs.

On the principle that there is no such thing as rubbish, that ail rubbish is material, and that all material can be utilised in some way, tho -National Salvage Council, which was recently appointed by tlie .Local Government J>oard, has been working in this direction with very satisfactory results. what the Salvage Council want every local authority to do is to sell this socalled rubbish to anyone who will buy it m the open market, and their policy is to assist them. Germany has long known the advantage there was in acting on these lines and it is no exaggeration to say that without salvage of this kind she could not have held out as long as she did. • .before the war we were actually sending to her our old tins, which were eventually utilised for the purpose of munitions. There is now a shortage of raw material ail over the world, and tlie Salvage Council are looking forward to a brighter future resulting from the policy they are advocating in the municipal and other areas. The experience or the war has revealed quite a number of new methods of utilising what has hitherto been regarded as waste, material, particularly such things as condemned meat and food, and slaughterhouse waste, from which can be made valuable concentrated foods for pigs and poultry and cattie. In the opinion of the Council it is a crime that anything should be wasted, and they are doing all they can to prevent it.

Dr Thomas Mowat and Dr John B. Conner, two medical practitioners in Greenock, died on Monday night from the ellects of poison. According to the police information, Dr. Mowat, after iinishiug his day's work, paid a visit to Dr. Conner at his dispensary<in Mearns Street, and, producing a bottle, said, -'1 have got a good pick-me-up." Each took a glass, and almost immediately . Dr. Mowat collapsed ■ and died. Dr. > Conner, realising that a mistake had'been made, ran to'his residence, which adjoins the consulting rooms, and told his wife what had occurred. A number of doctors were summoned, but their services proved unavailing.

Dr. Mowat, who was 58 years'of age, was formerly in practice in Clydebank, and had been assisting in Greenock since the outbreak of war. Dr. Conner was 45 years of age. He was a native of the town, and at the time of his death was a member of the /Greenock Corporation. Both were married.

Mrs Conner, widow of Di> John B. Conner, said her husband left the house on 'Monday evening after six o'clock, to attend to his patients at his rooms. A few minutes before eight o'clock Dr. Conner burst into the hall in an excited state,, and shouted. -"Telephone for doctors! Mowat and 1 are both poisoned ; we'll be dead in ha'if an hour." She hastened to telephone, and rang up Dr. Lawrie's house, and thereafter ran to the house of ,Dv. Wardlaw, which is only 150 yards' away. Dr. Wardlaw and she returned to, the consulting room within a few minutes. Dr Mowat was lying on the floor with his head under the wash-hand basin, writhing in agony. '>• It was evident that Dr. Conner had been trying- to use the stomach-pump,- to assist his colleague. "There's Mowat, ipooifold soul," said Dr. Conner, who was siting on a chair endeavouring to'dissolve broniide of potasium for an', emetic.' for himself. Dr. Mowat was evidently past human aid, and Dr. Wardlaw and Mrs Conner concentrated their attention on. Dr. Conner, who was able to say, "It was all a mistake." He died about 'three-quar-ters of an hour after Dr. Mowat!

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HOMELAND MAIL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9598, 30 April 1919

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HOMELAND MAIL Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9598, 30 April 1919

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