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TABLE TALK.

"Ngauruhoe again active. The first session of the Court of Appeal this year will open on the 29th iust. The Sydney contingent of the Austrai lian. eleven has left for the Mother ConnI try. I The Women's Christian Temperance j Union opened their annual conicrence ac Wellington to-day. 1 The Persian revolutionaries consist ! mostly of Caucasian Christians equipped by committees abroad. The Supreme Court, Xapier. has convicted William Brown of stealing 44 head of cattle from Rununga .Station. The interest in the Waitara murder charge is causing the New Plymouth Supreme Court to be crowded daily. Three million letters remain undelivered in France as a result of the strike. The telegraph lines leading froiii Paris have been cut. The "Pall Mall Gazette 7 ' says that Austria is laying down Dreadnoughts which must in future be reckoned as a part of Germany's navy. A special meeting of the New Zealand Rifle Association will be held at Trentham next November, instead of tha meeting lixed for a year hence. The I'nion Steam Ship Company's newo offices at Wellington are to be erected. at the corner of Custom House-quay and Johnson-street and will cost about? £ 40.000. k German dockyards and factories are" working night and day on the construction of warships, the Government in some cases paying: 25 per cent above the orig« inal estimates. President Taft. has presented s.n urgenS message to Congress asking it to expedite the revision of the tariff and put am end td the disturbance of business by ai speedy decision. Admiral Germinet. of th.' French navy, who was recently retired for indiscreetly, informing a Pressman that the French! naval ammunition was useless through; deterioration, has been reinstated. The Auckland Fire Brigade were hoaxed last night, being summoned per. telephone to the Albert Hotel, Queenstreet, by a story of fire which proved to be non-existent when the hotel waf reached. The London ''Chronicle." formerly a, " little naval " paper, declares that it i 3 no longer a question of whether Ministers are justified in proposing so much, as whether they are not justified in proposing more ontlay on the navy. Mr J. L. Bruce, Chief Inspector of Stock at Otaf£>. has submitted a. report to the Goveresnent showing the areas of agricultural Irad in Central Otago which could be irrigated. Mr Bruce'a estimate includes nearly 222,000 acres. The Canterbury Kassstiva the New Zealand Farmers' Unfsa bavd SBsASed to> write to the Prime jEnlßfep SSSssing him tthat there is plenty for agricultural workers in tSS {ESSi&rion, and asking him to recognise B9 immigration scheme.

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TABLE TALK. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 66, 18 March 1909

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