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The following is Captain Edwin's weather forecast for 24 hours from 9 a.m. this day: " Moderate to strong winds from between west and south and southeast; glass little movement."

Passengers by the Wellington express, which arrived yesterday ihorning in Auckland, report that a very violent thunderstorm raged in the King Country during the whale of Saturday night. The storm started shortly after 3 p.m. on Saturday with a heavy deluge, accompanied by thunder and lightning. The storm rapidly increased in violence, and the downpour continued for several hours without intermission. The express ran into the storm between Taihape and Waiouru, arid* thence onwards thunder was heard at intervals throughout the night, and,the flashes of vivid lightning were incessant for hours and hours, making a most inspiring and magnificent spectacle as of the forces of the Inferno let loose. The peals of thunder every minute or so heightened the effect; at some times the noise was almost deafening. Passengers were relieved upon running into the calm, fine weather of Auckland. They say they will not soon forget their experience of Saturday night.

There was quite a field-day in the London County Council recently, between Tariff Reform and Free Traders. The question was whether an order for the supply of track-rails and fastenings for certain tramways should g0 to a Leeds firm or to a Belgian firm. The Highways Committee proposed that the tender of the Leeds firm be accepted, and Hir John Beim moved an amendment in fn.vour of the order going to Belgium; The differ-, ence in pride between the two tenders was £2824 ia favour of the Belgian firm. Sir John Benn proposed that should be saved and employed in the extension of the tramway system to. givs work to the unemployed. The (Leeds firm contracted to do the work for £24,263,. and the Belgian firm for £21,439. Sir John Benn remarked that it was easy to be patriotic with the ratepayers' money, but that noticed plenty ot foreign goods in the shop-windows of members of the Council. On the other side it was pointed out that 70 per cent of the outlay of this order would go in labour and benefit everyone —from the mines to the men in the rolling-mills—and that as to the small saving mentioned going to lay down an extension, of the system, it would cover just 273 yards. The Labour party supported the resolution, and the amendment in favour of Belgian raiis wa3 defeated by a large majority.

An interesting return of the wool shipments and shippers has been compiled locally (says of Wellington). It gives an bjilieation of how the Dominion's sta'pife': product has been cent to itii MofliV Thlfk'et;. The first i shipment was that by the s.s. Hakaia, which sailed on November 22, 190S, and the , last Idt dealt with is that'of the s-.s. Otaki, which was dispatched for London from Auckland last Saturday week. Altogether a total of 293,631 balea has been exported. Of this lan»e quantity the Mew Zealand Shipping- Company has lifted the lion's share, a matter of 133,643 bales having been placed under the hatched of vessels trading under the flag of this line. The .Shaw, Savill, and Albion Company's steamers have carried 100,997 bales. * The Tyser Company ■comes third on the list of carriers oi wool, with a total of 35,663 bales to its credit. The newly-inaugurated line ot steamships, run under the auspices of Mr. G. H. Scales, has also been well patronised, the trio of steamers so far dispatched from these shores having taken 23.250 bales. The Federal-Honld-er-Shire Line, which only trades to the West Coast of England ports, has transported thirty-seven bales.

The reservoir constructed in connection with the Onehunga Waterworks supply has been completed, certain defects having been made good. The work now appears to be most satisfactory in every respect. In a paragraph supplied by our Onehunga correspondent, the •word "blow" was used inaccurately, this expression being usually associated with some weakness in the cement, whereas, we understand inspection of the work showed that the cement used was perfectly sound in all respects.

At the Mauku Bace3 on Saturday last, Mungawhero, one of the competitors in the Maiden Handicap, bolted oft the course and threw his ridera lad named Gainsford, heavily. On being picked up, Gaineford was unconscious, but after a. while came round, and was then brought by train to Elierslie by his employer, Mr. K. Keaton. On inquiry this morning, it wae found, beyond a bad shaking, young Gainsfonl was uninjured.

The Bay of Islands Licensing Committee election resulted in the return of Messrs. Hall (032), Saies (sti4), Hartley (514), Diekeson (511), and Wilkinson (40(5).. There were twelve candidates, but no ticket and no great question were at stake, consequently the poll was a small one.

The death of one of the inmates of tha Auckland Mental Hospital formed the subject of a coroner's inquest on Saturday. The deceased was about SO years of age, and it was found that senile decay was the cause of death. The medical superiuteudent (Dr. Beattie) remarked in the course of his evidence, that, in his opinion, there was absolutely no excuse for sending the deceased to the asylum.

A meeting of tha residents of Birkdale Wii.s held on Saturday evening in tlie Birkdale School to consider the advisability of establishing a telephone bureau near to the school, which would be the most central place in the district. Mr. Brook (the chairman) reported the interview he had with Mr. Meddings on the matter, stating they would be required to guarantee a small sum yearly for at least five years. Several of those present expressed their views on the benelits which would be derived by the fruitgrowers in the locality. It was also suggested that a branch telephone might be established at Mr. Cookson's (now Mr. Lester'e) store, half way between Birkdale n»'id Birkenhead. This was also favourably considered, and three of a committee were appointed to canvas the district for subscribers, and it was arranged that a further meeting be hold in a fortnight's time, when it was hoped that the bureau would spring into existence.

Gentlemen's Ties and Collars.—Right here is the place for neckwear that is nobby and new. Miles of designs.—Geo. Fowlds', Victoria Arcade. — _IAd.J.

ter and taste." And next S^■ "An .Engildunan'e wf whelmmgly substantiated all *«w Zealander-had said as to &J* mg power of the patriotic pl^:^" The funeral o» the lato Ti a '' - took place yesterda? at attended by a large cirek *"* friends. The Law SociW ? rSonal Canon Nelson, as tt family, conduoted the fu *J^ "*• - Among the mail matter thkf i neiaia ; that the payment was -fc method of payment asked fdr by .-tl* contractor, the Board war no* nowi™ ble for the amount, and tHe loss nuisirfc borne by Mr Tstley. -.The letter w£ registered, but the Post' Officers liability does not extend beyond £2. Hcmevet the Board did not wish to take advafi^ tage of the legal position, aMfoiJld sooner lose the money than see Mr' ifetloy lose it. The- notes, whicli. tioniiisted of a £50, and a £10 note;-and- twft single notes, were all Sank of'iTeW Zealand paper, and the,.Chainnsn >iewed.jthe Ideal Bank', manager,: wh» said-it was probable the Sank: wonld supply, the "(tosh if the Board,gave air' indemnity that the ribtes, if 4i& r£; cohered, would be restored td the Banki The numbers 'of the notes., were noi known, but the * prospect of the note* ever, going into circulation again , wwars 6s r s6 remote that the Bank was quite billing ttf thus: simplify the pOßitiofi.;The':Ghairihan was authorised to rfentiired indemnity to the Bank;-.; Iheie-is' an obvious moral attached 1 to the inddeni-U always deal by cheijue. • ■■;■; : -'* ■;'■'• -'V.--r/.-At the Onehunga : Cbiirt to-day, before 3lr. Svorthcofe, McLennan, registrar of electors forllamt- •: kau, applied to haye the electoral js\ ■ purged of 60 or 70 naines'l'o which iIA; had received objections? He;fealled upoa) the persons named shoW capsejrhy their names should not, be, Struetoff tie:.' rolL 3lr. Xorthcote asked, what advaa-. tage would be gained by. bringing :ttese cases before him, seemg 'that : .names of all persons who hadaiot voted at; tKi recent licensing electiOfi' *6ttld be removed frbni the -■sir?3lclsenS»n r» plied. that'He-Wai^t§rd'^ ; %B ■.Act' to take action ££ Ee r 6dnaiidersd tfiVtsßjecT. tions reasonable.;. 3e,furthbFs<*t'ed-{Mt a new. roll wotildr. li priJtted' as fnim ; April 15th- nfesfc" -th*' called, and as none df'.the , - partie*'ilppeared in. answer thereto," tneiff" names were ordered to be struck' oSTfihe r6U. It was expected that--fche : ilagietrate would fte asked to deal .with vfcliaify of the votes on Pakatoa. Island, but these" were not nlentioried'Dy::the ;T registrar, ■Mr. -McLennan stating that--an elector could only be disfranchised, il! lie had committed an. offtoce., rendering Mm liable to twelve months', imprisonment. Men had been declared habitual driniIcards j.rid committed to Pa.katbi:lsliiid for periods ranging from, six to 12 months, but the maximum penalty-for habitual drunkenness was ;six' mpntW imprisonment, consequently these nieacould not be deprived of their right, to vote at an election, although some o{ them had to remain on the dsland jfqr 12 months. ' . '^ Owing to the fact that Wednesday Stet is a partialholiday, the meeting of ttb Auckland and Suburbans, nrainage Eoat'd has been postponed until Wednesdayj t&e 24th inst., at 7.30 p.m. . j^V,';'

The traffic, across the Tasjnan Sea is now very heavy. The Manuka; which arrived from Sydney yesterday, broiight 126 saloon and" 114 steerage : passengers. A considerable number of have mapped out a tour of the DoSlinion, commencing at Rotorua, and ending at,tlw Bluff. The outward-bound. Sydney steamer, the Mokoiaj which leaves Auckland this evening, will be even more largely patronised. Every ; 'berta in her saloon has been • "t*** a up, and it was feared vtßw saloon passengers wouid have out, no accommodation being available for them. The steerage cabin will also be crowded, the bookings for this class being exceptionally heavy. In the salotra the steamer will have l.» Bto 200 passengers, whiie the bookings for the steerage this morning totalled 200. Mr G. B. Osmond holds an important auction sale at his rooms, 159 Queenstreet, to-morrow, at noon,' when .» valuable property opposite All, Saint* Church will be offered for sale; l»aving>frontage to Ponsonby-road of 80 3: W, tastefully laid out; modern eight rooms and offices. Also, a roomed house, situated in Arfjmoreroad, Fonsonby, allotment 40 x 112,- pettily laid out. An extensive athletic programme is advertised for the Thames United Foresters , Easter fete.

Hard Hats for Men.—Our new seasons line of hats are just in. Now is the time for a good pick.—Geo. Fowlds'; Victoria Arcade. — (Ad.) " ' g>

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Auckland Star, Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 63, 15 March 1909

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