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LONDON, March 7

Mr E. J. P. Benn, in a lecture arranged by the Industrial Reconstruction Council, at tlie Soldiers' Hall, said that the uselessness of expecting the Government to do anything practical'in regard to industry was illustrated by the fact that the windows of Windsor Castle were cleaned on the inside by tlie Office of Works and on the outside by the' Department of Woods and Forests.

At the City of London Board of Guardians the chairman congratulated Brigadier-General W. H. Ablewhite, the third assistant clerk, on returning to his duties from the war. He entered the Army as a private, and at the time of his demobilisation held the rank of Brigadier-General. He had also been awarded the Military Cross. The chairman said Mr Ablewhite had done honour to the board and credit to the citizens oi London.

Five thousand four hundred and twenty-one members of the Land Army have replied in the affirmative to the 1 question whether they wish to remain in agriculture after the demobilisation; and 3278 women have replied in the negative. It is hoped to arrange for further training of those members of the Land Army who wish to settle on the land as smallholders or as skilled labourers, in this country or in the Dominions. A number of women, mostly in couples, have recently started aa smallholders in this country.

The Bishop of Carlisle, in a speech at (Jarlisie, said'that- lie was in lavour of working men, whether labouring with nead. or hands, having as mucn leisure as they could take and working as tew hours as possible so long as they aid not impose that burden of tuna upon him. He calculated that, leaving out holidays, he could hod have workeu less than 12 hours a day, for the past 40 years, and he would regard anyone telling, him that he must only work seven or eight hours daily as a creator of his utter misery. . ,

The Irish lae.wspapers continue to puohsli ' luafly protests ■ against the abuse oi tlio syu'tem of out-ot-work (ionations. it i& reported that: owing to lack of skilled men tne nourishing toy industry at Shillelagh, County VVicklow, has been lorceel to suspend work. The lack of men is attributed directly to the influence of the donations. The expenditure in the y town of Wicklow alone is said to exceed £1000 a- week. It is reported that three pr four men in County Dublin recently hired a taxi-cab for tho purpose:/ of drawing their donations with greater idienity and comfort.

, Second-Lieutenant Alexander Campbell, Craig, R.F.A., who belonged to Auckland. New Zealand, was killed on Ben Nevis on Sunday. ' With a brother officer he set out to climb the lowershoulder of the mountain, which was in a highly dangerous state owing to ice j and snow. When they had reached a/| height of about 1000 feet, Lieutenant Craig, in attempting to negotiate a snow slide, lost his.- footing and fell down the slope. He was aead when found by his conipanion, who returnee! to Fort Wil|iarii\ and reported the matter to. the; authorities.] The body was recovered^ and' takeii to Belford j Hospital/ ■ . -A ■'./••'.' i ] : !

Major Reginald ; Oscar Schwarz, K.R.R.C, who played cricket for South Africa and ;Rugby football for England, playing against Scotland in 1899 and against Wales and Ireland two seasons later, and for Oxford against Cambridge in 1893, at the outbreak of war a member of the London Stock Exchange, who died from influenza in France on November 18^ aged 43, has left property of the value; of £26,147. One of the witnesses to the will is Sir Abe Bailey. The testator, gives £500 for charitable institutions, £500 to his office staff, and £1000 J;o B. J. T. Bosanquet (the Middlesex cricketer).

Mr Erouard Soennus, / the Russian violinist and Bplsheyik speaker, was arrested at Merthyr". last week on a deportation order under the Aliens Restriction Act and removed to London. He has given three concerts at one of the London halls, but no high opinion was formed of his;' playing. If he attracted large audiences both in the East-end and in South Wales,' as. he is said to have done, the fact was'probably; due to his speaking, which followed his playing. He is .about 38 or 40 years of age, and is by profession an engineer; He came to this "country as private secretary to Litvinoff, the Bolshevik Ambassador. ,\ \

A larce German mine exploded on the sands at Ramsgate, causing considerable damage to houses on the sea front. The mine had been left bigh and dry by the morning tide, and vyas reported to be in danger of exploding a,s soon as the sen. rose again. The residents in the neighbourhood were warned by the police, and left their houses. People on the sands-r—of whom there were many engaged in recovering sacks of flour washed ashore from; the steamer Plave, now wrecked on the Goodwin Sands—were also warned away. When the morning tide receded the mine was left with one of its prongs on a rock, and the afternoon tide it to bump iind to explode. The effect was felt all 'over the town, but the damage was confined to the sea-front, where a large number of windows were broken —-especially . those of the , iUndercliff-dwellings and on the Marino Parade. Indigna\ tion was at first expressed that the' authorities did not, between tides, remove the danger, b-nt it was explained afterwards that the: mine was inspected and that' it was considered unsafe to handle it. „ . ■. ': ;• ■ ■

A jewel robbery. - : .the chief part .in which was played by a woman, is the subject of', investigation by the Metropolitan Police. In response to a request received in the ordinary way of J business, a Hiitton Garden diamond dealer went to a West-end; Hat to show some iewels with a view to a sale. They included t\yo diamondslof 120 carats each and a gold ring set with two diamonds weighing just over 130 carats. . The dealer was received by a woman, who appeared to be inspecting the' jewels with great care, when she suddenly left .the- room and locked; the door 'behind her. The diamond 'merchant was,' of course, unable to follow promptly, but it was ascertained later that a woman aijswcrinn ..her description hurried into the .street and drove away in a taxif ;\b. Tho .value of ( the jewels is- put at Hose on' £3000. The \yoman, who is' 28 years of age, is described as,of. Jewish appeo-raiice, with Sai-k liair aud.eyefi.

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HOMELAND MAIL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9603, 7 May 1919

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HOMELAND MAIL Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9603, 7 May 1919

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