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SOUTHERN NEWS.

(By Telegraph.—Press Association.)

SLATJGHTEKMBN'S FINES. ' "CHRISTOTURdH, this day. With regard to the slaughtermen's dispute, the men have been cited to,appear before a magistrate on Saturday to settle what proportion of wages- shall be impounded in satisfaction": of; fines. The men met at noon'to-day,-and asked Mr: jTv E. : Taylor to represent' their case to •the. Premier to-morrow. -Mr. Taylor con'.sented to do so.

>*>~. FREE SCHOOL BOOKS.

ji u.i . - .-.'■ ■-::.■. ... ■ I,T " .. DUNEDIN, this day. The Education Board considered Xthe inspector-General's circular of the 4th yjnst. .on text books, and'adopted provisions' for the supply of books to the classes'; Standards L and 11, and decided, that be obtained as to the v nriees 'at which could, be sent to.-ihe schools. ' : ',",;

~' ! ~~\3F9lffi*. "MAN. DROWNED. ' '

|v ' '\ .•,'-.'. NAPIER. Tuesday. "A young man named W. Fisher,, whilst MlJn»- to-night,- fell, off the '■ Glasgow ■wharf, and;succumbed to the effects;of. the , immersion, '"although prolonged ;• efforts, at artificial respiration were made.' K3 .' - ' : ' " ■•.— '-■■ Ir ]pRIMEAN DEATH. -'•■ WESTPORT, this day. The death occurred this morning of ■MjyiDuncan McLellan, aged, 77, fan .oldi Crimean veteran gunner . in' the Royal Artillery. He fought at Alma, -Inkermarjji. Balaclava, and, the „ capture of Sebastopol, and was many years a resident of Kumara, and was well known throughout' the West Coast. He leaveß a |T»,(i}ow and . one- daughter. Deceased wlHiihave a military funeral. .»,*■• -

~ ' GISBORNE SHEEP EXPORT. ~• ; . ,""''... this day. .. ; . ThejiKspoirt of -sheep to Canterbury has .been" ye'ryv brisk -lately;*.'- having been exported' this .year. The tarport ;6f ' I rofcetrS meat is going- to be a record one.'Shee'pfarmers* Company's outoujg ahead of their, export during■: the Vsame period last''year,' and, ■butjffor the- present conditions, it.is estimated that 100#00ysheep and lambs i would have left the local farmers' hands ' this/Season. / , -.",. ..-./: ■--..- .-..d-, . ...

- •'-, v;"___ — -_. s --, .■ ■-■ V COACH. • '-' ' WEajJINGTON, this day. Tp'e Wellington Cricket Association has: received an offer from Buckingham, the welt-known Essex -professional, to act as £250 a year arid second-class coming out, but no action has been taken pending a report from, the centre, which iB dealing with the matter of a professional coach.

W S S*TEMATA FOURS. ■ ■'> T7Z

DUNEDIN, this day

regarding the suggestion that the Waitemata Club champion fours be gent to the Brisbane regatta in May, the Otago Association consider it too. late in the "season to make satisfactory arrangements for sending a representative crew, ahid decline a monetary grant owing to the low state of the association's finances. i:

f A STRIKE ECHO.

CHRISTCSURCH, this day.

An' echo of the' slaughtermen's strike occurred yesterday, when a number of men whose fines remained unpaid, received notice from the employers that they had been instructed by the Inspector of Awards to withhold all wages due them, pending the extinction of their liabilities. About thirty men are concerned, the amoimte varying from 10/- upwards. The men' intend to interview the Premier, <atd raise the point of whether a penalty-imposed under tbe old Arbitration Act can be enforced under the subsequent Act.

A* SETTLER'S DEATH.

Thos.- Grieve, one. of tlie best known settlers of.;jSouthlandi. died- suddenly, presumably from' heart trouble y> at his farm, "WaituT/'Mntaura, yesterday while harvesting. " He was for four years manager of the Bushy Park Station, Mataura, and was 56 yesirs of age.

GORE, this day.

i MISCELLANEOUS.

CHRISTCHURCH, this day.

Whelch has now settled down thoroughly to training for his match with Fogwell for {.he rowing championship of New Zealand. He scales lOist, and is in much better form than when he rowed in. Australia. ;

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SOUTHERN NEWS. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 65, 17 March 1909

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