Conflagration, at Bulls. Much needed rains last night. Sorth-easterly gale last night. Movement on foot to establish a ho*" pital at RotorUβ. Bertha M. Clay's latest serial con** mences to-morrow. Humanised milk is the food of 134 babies in \Dunedin. Avondale Jockey Club committee dii« qualified the owner of Lucio for life. fietropoßtan Racing Club committee endorsed Wni taker's disqualification. King Edward at Pan watched two) successful flights of Wilbur Wright'* aeroplane. The new American tariff bill will in* crease the revenue by eight to ten mil*' lions. I i Rotorua is reported to be full of visitors, including eighty firemen belonging to various brigades. Marine inquiry into the circumstances of the wreck of the skip Forrest Hall watf re-opened thie afternoon. Porty-.two new volume 3 just arrived for the free library. History, travel, science, industry embraced. British cocoa firms refuse to purchase cocoa grown in Portuguese islands on the ground that it is virtually grown by slaves. Britain has now seventeen slips on. which warships could be built, and two others capable of alteration for use in this "way. The steamer Countess, formerly engaged as a ferry boat in Wellington Harbour, -will shortly be added to Napier*- ,- trawling fleet. It is calculated that 40 million rat* in Britain do damage annually to thf extent of fifteen millions, and a bill has! been introduced to extirpate the ro* dents. Miss Annie (Parker, a eingle woman.; SO years of age, was drowned at a rive* crossing near Gisborne. Her brother, who " was unable to save her, narrowly escaped! a like-fate. . A column of motor cars and lorries: seven miles long, carried a battalion ofguards with their baggage from Londonl to Hastings in 31 hours, only a Mt ■ minor accidents occurring. There should be a-fine exhibition «t the- winter show to be held in May. An acre of floor space wilt be covered by the exhibits, which will be of a very varied and instructive nature. The Swiss system of providing desertf* ing workless witli employment was approved last night by Mr. F. G. Ewington, ■when lecturing on poverty problems,- m the best means of dealing with the unemployed. A scheme has been inaugurated for * Firth Clyde canal at a cost of 17 millions. It would enable warships to b» built on Loch Lomond, 12 miles outside possible gun range, and would employ] 30.00Q men for nine years. Lecturing on mission work among %h» Solomon Islanders, Ifcss Florence Young eaid, la«t nighl, that the average daily attendance at the classes numbered letwjen 6000 and 7000, and that a, great many -of the Kanakas-werer converted. ; "Dr: Justice, ;&& " dares that police, reports dp not disclose ijßjfccondition oi : ,'£Enj|js or.imprqprfetiee on' the farfc' 'mn*xm&wffiWB l Sffcs& police have any reason to complainot '■ but stricter supervision will be exercised , to keep racecourses "clean." Dr. Purdy, Hearth Officer for Auck* land, protests against taHng babies to " the fheatre—in the interests of the little ones themselves, Wen entendu. He ale* proteefa against the use of a, soo4hina ayrup, -which he states has the effect of ■ paralysing the resisting power of brain J and will, and has a predisposing tendency; . towards the drink habit in later years. . .
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