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The following is Captain Edwin's I weather forecast for 24 hours from 9 I a.m. this day:—"From between north! ! and cast and south-east strong winds i Ito gale; rain probable; glass fall." | The latest contribution towards the I controversy regarding the scarcity i !or otherwise of bricklayers in j Queensland is a letter received ] by the Trades and Labour Council i ■of Wellington from the Brisbane Brick- j I layers' Union. This states that there is j some work there at present, but there ' are bricklayers out of work. The members of the Brisbane Union are deteri mined to get all the bricklayers to join 1 their union. " This is one of the em- ] plovers' reasons for trying to flood the i market preparatory to making an attempt to get wages reduced from Vlf to 11/ per day." The lettter adds in con- , nection with the recent statement that i there is plenty of work for bricklayers in i Queensland, that the union warns brick- , layers to k«er> away froni Pt't'oKne.

The official count for the Manukau Licensing Committee election has just been completed by the returning officer (Mr. S. J. BrooMeld). The count was commenced on Monday morning, and was completed at 6 p.m. last evening. The following are the totals:—Dr. W. G. Scott, 2016; W. Westney 1998; G. H. Fleming, 1887; J. Flanagan, 1875; D. Hattawayj 1855; J. Rowe, 1848; D. Neilson, 1818; D. McLennan, 1792; A. B. Harris, 1738; A. W. Gordon, 1693. The total number of valid votes cast was 3775, there being 82 informal. At the Onehunga Police Court this morning, before Br. W. G. Scott, J.P., a middle-aged man named Cornelius Allen was charged with travelling by the s.s. Rarawa from New Plymouth last night without paying his fare. He pleaded guilty, and was fined £1 and ordered to pay the fare (£1 1/), in default 14 days. A phase of municipal by-election to be held next Wednesday to fill the extraordinary vacancy in the City Council was touched on at last night's meeting of Trades and Labour. It appears to the uninitiated a very short-sighted policy on the part of the shipping companies to maintain their passenger fares between New Plymouth and Onehunga at the old rates, and see the traffic driven to the Main Trunk railway (says the "Taranaki Herald"). Even if the fares were reasonable, which they are not, one would have thought that the companies woufd make an effort to retain a trade which must have been a source of great profit. The Northern Company, it is understood, is willing to reduce, but the Union Company, with which there is a working agreement, declines. As a consequence, the steamers are running with many empty berths. Perhaps there is some connection between the Vancouver route negotiations passing between the Union Company and the Government and the company's avoidance of keen competition with the Main Trunk railway. The potato moth has again made its appearance in this district (says the "Dunstan Times"). Last season's crop In Central Otago was practically ruined by the moth, but it was hoped that the wet weather experienced would eradicate the pest. The. grub of this destructive moth eats galleries in all directions in the tubers and so induces putrefaction. The Hobart "Mercury" of the Ist met. sßys: "The funeral of the late Mr W. A. Mclntyrp, who was drowned at the wreck of the steamer Penguin on the New Zealand coast, took place on Saturday morning. The remains of the deceased, which were brought to Hobart by the s.s. Talune on the previous day, were interred at the Queensborough cemetery, a number of relatives and a few close friends only being in attendance at the graveside. The burial service was conducted by the Very Rev. Dean Kite and Rev. F. B. Sharland. Among the flowers received were tributes from the Wellington branch of the Australian Navy L?agne, the New Zealand branch of the Merchant Service Guild, and the Union Steamship Company." Our Wellington correspondent reports as a mattei of interest to ironfounders throughout the Dominion that tenders were invited some time ago by the Mines Department for the supply of a boiler and snwmilling plant, but Cabinet decided not to accept any tender, as a very favourable offer has been received of an up-to-date sawmilling plant in full working order, for a sum considerably below the. tendered prices. Tenders for air receivers are still under consideration. It is intended to hold a special meeting of the New Zealand Rifle Association at Treiitham in November next, instead of the usual March fixture. This decision is, of course, subject to the approval of the Government, and io their agreeing to subsidise the gathering to a greater extent than is the case with the Associa-; I tion's ordinary meetings. The Empire I Riile Match is to be held in Oetoher next: [ at Sydney, and it is understood that' I Great Britain, Canada, Australia, New 1 Zealand and other parts of the Empire j will be represented. A meeting held in j I New Zealand the following month would,' jit is considered, be attended by these I teams, and the association is n{ opinion \ this would result in mnrked improvement! : in shooting and in popularising the pur- ! suit of rifle shooting. The proposal is; almost unanimously favoured, and should I the financial aspect be satisfactory, it is practically certain to be carried through. Notice to retire from employment in the Government Printing Office was served yesterday on those members of the staff who are over the age of 115. i Three months' salary to date from the 31st inst will he allowed each man who is retired, and afterwards he will receive i a superannuation allowance, as fixed by the Act of last session. ■ ; The Committee of Christchureh ladies; interested in the question of thp free immigration of single women suitable for! domestic service have received many letters from «ill parts of the Dominion cxi pressing sympathy with the scheme and ; j offering assistance. A petition to Parlia- j I ment is being drawn up, and a canvass for signatures throughout New Zealand : will be made shortly. Mr A. Hamilton, director of the Colonial Museum, has just returned to Wellington from an extensive tour of trie j Moawhango country in search of live' I specimens of the huia bird. Mr Hamilton, who was accompanied in his scare!] i by several natives, fail?d to find any I traces whatever of the bird, which he believes to be now practically extinct. MiHamilton, however, has hopes that it I may yet be found in the stretch of rough ! and heavily-bushed country between Cape Palliser and Penearrow. I The Trades and Labour Council brands J the Government's immigration policy as , i " indiscriminate immigration." In reply; I to a communication on the subject from I the Council the Premier has stated that! I for several year? the High Commissioner has restricted the granting of assisted j passages to domestic servants ami to agriculturists who had at least £25 above their passage money. The number assisted j last year was 4478, and 6570 paid their I pas? ages. The Premier's reply was read j before last night's meeting of the Council I ! and it was resolved that immigrants' ! should not be assisted in future until the | ; surplus labourer in New Zealand had been \ ! found employment. One member said' that it cost the Government at least £7 I J each assisted immigrant, and when the] ; number exceeded 4000 in one year the j amount was more than the country could I ' afford. The motion was carried. : At this morning's sitting of the Magis- j trate'a Court, Mr. C. C. Kettle, S.M., in- i timated that he had appointed the first; j Wednesday of every month, at 10 a.m. for ! the hearing of complaints by Inspector of Awards and Unions under the Act of last session. His Worship stated that as a I good many cases for breaches of awards i might come before the Courts, it was I necessary to fix a special iU.v for tlu> hearing of same. He trusted the parties would endeavour to be prepaid! to gu o:i '. with the cases when called, a,s frequent 1 adjournments blocked the business ofj the Court. |

"There are so many disputes amongst people nowadays," re-marked Mr. C. G. Kettle, S3L, eadly this rooming, "that everything should be be put in writing. Receipts should always be obtained on payment of money." A most unpleasant experience befel passengers of the oil launch JJita a few evenings ago, when the little Vessel was running between Waingaro landing and Raglan. There was a mishap to the engines, and the man in charge of the launch (Mr. Chorleton) inspected them by the light of a lantern. The glass of the lantern must have been cracked , or broken, for the benzine vapour exploded and the launch amidships was quickly aflame. The benzine in tins was thrown overboard, but there was no means of cutting off the supply from the tank. There seemed to be great danger of an explosion, and the craft was in 20ft. of •water. The fire, however, subsided, without reaching the benzine. The launch was paddled ashore, and relief obtained after midnight: A novel method of dealing with the caterpillar pest hae been described to a representative of the "North Otago Times." In the early days of the North Otago district caterpillars were a greater scourge than tha yare in these days of the small bird pest, and a farmer in the district determined to try a method he had seen in operation in South Australia. He noticed that for about a chain wide and several chains long myriads of caterpillars had settled down on his crop, and were destroying the heads of grain. He took the rope reins from a team, and he and his ploughman, stretching these across the affected part of the crops, at about six inches below the tops of the heads, marched along with the rope taut. The grain bent down as the rope passed along, and when freed of the pressure, sprang back with a jerk, throwing every caterpillar to the ground. Natural instinct warned the insects of danger, and they swarmed out of the crop and on to the road, where an opportune "northwester" shrivelled them up. In a case in which a barber was prosecuted for a breach of an award this morning in employing a non-unionist, Mr. Kettle, S.M., asked defendant if he admitted the section of the award. "Suppose I must," said the barber, "but I don't approve of it!" This elicited much laughter. A writer in the Dunedin "Star" states that recently, in the interior of Otago, he met two people who had spent nearly the whole of their lives without ever having seen a city and its wonders. One of these was a woman". Twenty-eight years ago she left the heather hills of Scotland, and landed at Porth Chalmers. She found her way to a station by the banks of the Upper Waitaki, and she has never been in Dunedin since. All this long interval she has spent in the same place, as cook on the station and as mother in a shepherd's home. And now, after these long, laborious years of humble toil and rearing a family to enrich the State, she is passing the evening of her days in a little cottage, far away among the inland hills, which her thrift has secured for her. She has never seen a tramcar or ridden in a train, and has no ambition in that direction. The other case is also that of a woman. She ! came from Scotland to Dunedin 25 years ago; she went to reside near Oamaru, and'during all these years has never been in Dunedin again. "The mere statements in a book are not always evidence of their truth," remarked Mr. Kettle, S-M-, at the Magistrate's Court this morning. "You can't cross-examine a book." 'His Worship pointed out that the mere fact that an order was entered in a storoman's book was no proof of delivery. Despite the contrary view expressed . by " seafaring~~inan, as recently stated 'in a report received by us from Sydney, the chances of salvaging the Aeon are very optimistically regarded by Captain Ross, who is one of the principal promoters of the expedition. Captain Ross snys that Captain Robinson, who is in i charge of the expedition, has special j knowledge of salvaging work, and has I been very successful in such ventures. iHe salvaged one wreck which was bought ' for f6OO, and secured f20.000, and £16,000 [was distributed among the shareholders. 1 Mr. David Gouk, the salvage expert, was ' I also confident that the expedition would ! succeed. With Captain Robertson were ! ever two dozen Niue seamen, who be- : longed to a race of wonderful salvagers. : The expedition was the best equipped ; which had ever left New Zealand. Contrary to what had been said in Sydney •. there was a good anchorage two miles I from the wreck, and an excellent harbour fifteen miles away. i The Auckland Citizens' League will hold a public meeting to-morrow night in the i St. James's Hall, Wellington-street, at I 8 p.m. Leading citzens will deliver adj dresses concerning the City Council byi election and the Harbour Board franchise. I At the Magistrate's Court this morni ing, Mr. C. C. Kettle, S.M., comment- | ing upon the litigation arising out of breaches of industrial awards, said he ! hoped that a reasonable spirit would ] prevail as to observance of awards. It seemed a pity that inadvertent and purely technical breaches should be seized on, and made the subject of prosecutions. Proceedings should only be taken I where substantial breaches of awards j took place, and not where they were j obviously unintentional, and purely technical. I Manufacturers' sample towels—a big ■ purchase, just landed, and selling cheap lat Grey aiid Ford's, Ltd., Newton. —(Ad.) j Men's umbrellas 2/11 each; overcoats, ! macks., and rainproofs all heavily reduced. Great realisation sale at Rushbrook and Bridgmnn's, Queen-street. — ! (Ad.) i Opened this week: A lovely lot of ex- ' elusive dress lengths, also all shades in ■ Amazon, Venetian, Sedan cloth. See •j our Sedan-finish cloth, 24 shades, at 2/11. j— McCuliagh and Gower — (Ad.)

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Auckland Star, Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 66, 18 March 1909

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Auckland Star Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 66, 18 March 1909

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