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The following is Capt. Edwin's weather forecast for 24 hours from 9 a.m. this day:—"Southerly, moderate to strong wind 3; glass little movement, but westerly strong "winds to gale. Rain probable after twenty-four hours. Glass fall." i The New Zealand Education Department has been invited to send a representative to attend a conference of probation officers, who carry out the Children's Court Act in Australia, which will open in Melbourne on March 20. The invitation cannot be accepted, but the Under-Seeretary of Education (Sir Edward Gibbes) is contributing a paper, outlining work oi a similar character conducted ii New Zealand. The New Zi aland Education Act makes provision for the establishment of truant E;hools, but there has, fortunately, bsen no occasion to utilise this power, as the average attendance at the elementary schools is remarkably high. Last year it reached 87.1, which means that, only 13 children out of 100 were absent. A strange light on the by-products of the Ngauruhoe eruption is shed by the following, which has been sent tp the "Dominion" by the Rev. James Kattray, of Pongaroa. The writer cays:—Several residents of the Pongaroa and eur-. rounding districts were puzzled to account for a layer of fine pumice sand which ■ during last week covered the landscape. The sand was very noticeable when it fell on any white article. The uhevenness of the fall was -very marked. While in Pongaroa the fall was very light, yet in other parts of the district it was much more pronounced. At Matakona, for instance, a little to the north of Castlepoint, on the coast, the fall had been fairly heavy, the e-erub taking on quite a muddy appearance as a result. Maruka also experienced quite a coating of fine sand. On the verandahs of the--residences of Mr. A. Murray and Mr. Liverton, of Waihoki Valley, the sand was much in evidence. One housewife, who had left the front door opwi during the night, had. the passage covered with the sand. A resident of r.ongaroa, who had left a white enamelled dish contained clear water and some vegetables intended for pickling on the verandah overnight, made the discovery in the morning that the '■ingredients'* had been added to in the shape of peppery-looking pumice. The telegraphed accounts of the eruption of Ngauruhoe explained the unusual occurrence, and as Pongaroa must be nearly 140 miles from the scene of the explosion,- some idea of its dimensions can be gathered. The refusal of the flaxmills hands to consider the question of a reduction of wages in face of the great fall in the London market has had, says the "Rangitikei Advocate," the natural result ~0l causing several mills tp close down, and shortly 175 men will be out of work. j The secretary of the union has done his test to throw the blame for the present state of the industry on the high royalties charged for green flax, but the figures he put forward did not stand the test of investigation, and have been proved to be incorrect in nearly every case. The chief danger of a falling-off in the export of flax i= that the manufacturers who have machinery adapted fer Xcw Zealand hemp will throw it aside and turn their attention to Manila •or other fibres. Thus by the time the workers hnve been convinced that lower ! wages must be accepter!, the market for J .Vow Zealand hemp will be found wanting, and years will have to be spent in agftin bringing phormium into use. The B'ufl' correspondent of the ''Otago Daily Times" states that a mysterious discovery has just been reported from the vicinity of Murray River and Saddle Point, on the Foveaux side of Stewart Island. An island cutter Mas round in the neighbourhood fishing, and one of the crew, an Austrian, went on shore in a dingy. In exploring about he discovered a solitary individual wandering among the rocks. On being communi- : cated with the stranger was found to bo a foreigner, who seemingly did not understand a word of English. After a time it was discovered that He wns a ' Frenchman. To all appearances the man was in the depths of distress, both as regards food and clothing. Indeed, it , was found that ho was collecting shellfish for his subsistence. The Austrian was enabled to make him understand a ' few words, but the stranger seemed to : he mainly desirous of being left alnno. , Indec-d, be seemed to resent interference, and therefore the cutter people left him us they found him. Xo one on the island knows anything about him. ! neither ns to who he is, nor the cireumi ntancfs under which he came to ho where , he was found. The matter was reporter! to the police, and no doubt steps will ' be taken to probe the subject further. 1 In conversation with a Dunedin Press I representative the Minister for Justice i (Hon. Dr. Fincll.iy) said that he could give no intimation at the present time as to who were to be appointed to fill the vacancies caused by the retirement 1 under the age limit of Captain Wrav. ■ Mr Kennv. and Colonel "Roberts, P.M.'s , The appointments would in all probability be made r.ext week. Promotions to he made consequent on the retire- ■ ment of three gaolers, a number of , warders and othei-3, would also lie con- , sulerocl by Cabinet next week, added Dr. Findlny. Thoso who were to be retired ' would leave tho service on 31st inst., ! find the new appointments would accovd- . ingly require to be mnda very soon. I [stocktaking.—Remnants of muslin for curtains and drapery; linoleum and car- ' pat remnants at half-price.—-Toneon Gar- • lick go., Ltd.—(Ad.[

« to theupkLp of S .t_3gH Hellmgton Hospital, which W " J^iß; amed a chronic invalid _ 0 »r : z to be saddled with this e-X-peS Dr. Valintine ruling _K*S. ■aY arge on the CharitableAi. ZPtM At the adjourned meeting of the Charitahle » yesterday a sum of money was ™J^rtH to the maintenance of chroni Si VV. Hogg, who disagreed with Dr V_r.t X Vlfi ? ° f the 1 1165410 - 1 ' the amendment was lost andtheestiS 5 P aß , Mr Hogg intimated that acS m the law was desirable, and that T siss? d wto * A private cablegram received ™ *«r_i- H Trlt^^^i tour of the*L 'V<~ e A% concluded* leading par 7 Xrfilt t0 . play sation in En t ~ ad g ,* UCh V*"" 1 *- Interviewed by , t " -, the present positio f.he'nw LT. in London, Mr. WaU- - Woods of a leading butcher, cb^Sa m **\ a S er ' AVellin g ton. S who has * a prolonged absence abroad*_?2f from not at all hopeful of substantial improvement in any unsatisfactory prices of Nel l^ n _ meat in the English market^i_^**l < ! not see how tf ew Zealand co#S to command former prices' so^kP^■ - her competitors were so powerful. The get up, transport, S anil price of other frozen fe W^* l v nothing of Continental mea t anfr* 7 \ ) stock from North and South N killed in London, were not.be jgnored. He wasT,_s4?B_ - sanguine as to former obtainable again. It is _ farmers must seriously consider fo?them selves, and endeavour to goWa 'if;t*n_ market were to be retained. : ■'"■".'* The official declaration of c r &sul of the Marsden licensing election MM that 1407 valid votes wereptllef __f& votes were rejected as infoi'lMj.' : tS ' Temperance Committee of five dectei k ' as follows: Carter SS4, Hawkes'ViJb MS Kay 703, Wright 756, and Todd '717/^ In connection with the mueh-aiscii_"ei subjects of the reorganisation of <*r_yerninent Departments it. has: .*<& strife ed, says our Wellington corresnendenf I that the offics of Sun-evor-GcneraJ which is shortly to be vacated by MtT Humphries, who retires at the: ena-of the present month on superahnuatioii is not to be filled, owing to. the- prbhaMl.'• lty of the werk of this branch:, of ".&» service being merged into-" the Ljmcls'Department. "As a matter',.'of-fact,? (says our correspondent f, "the. Sur-veyor-Generalship branch has'" been for some time, part and parcel 'of. the j Lands Department, Mr Humphries be- L' ing subordinate to the. .Under-Secretary of that Department. I'have good ressons for stating that, it;is' not intenddj to abolish the. office of. Surveyor-General, but that Mr Kensington, Dnder-Secre": tary of the Lands and' Surrey Depart-mc-nt, will discharge the former duties until Mr Humphries' successor'is 'installed in office. I see no reason j»t : this stage to alter my previously" "c* pressed opinion that either Mr'Striw* chon. Commissioner of Crown Lands it : Auckland, or Mr Goldsmith, Co*n_iia» •'.'.. sioner of Crown Lands in Canterbury, will replace Mr Humphries, the fornief for choice." _■....',■,_ 3 ;.■■•:_ r . ■■_' .. JWe wish to - draw, attentiqh. to t_» amusing sketches by Steele Kudd; now ap/ pearing on page 15 of our issue of Satuft ■.'■'. day. These sketches are-complete ia themselves, but 15.0 one who:l£_s. .'t__\ one of them will care to miss., airyiof the series.'' They afford an admirahlii picture of the life of a one of the small and ppverty-strick« selections out back, is l&stern Auitr»U». Owing to the late night ah 4 earij morning hours at which the' expresl, trains from North and South..,land' ; ]*ur. . sengers at Taumarunui, viz., midniglii and 4.30 a.m., it has ibeen deci.ded '■'s ! abandon the 6.30 a.m. river trip to a liter. I hour, 11 a.m: River excursionists ~ijl stay overnight at the hpusebp'i.t, the'folv lowing night at Pipiriki, and connect wit! the express and arrive at "Weuihgt** the following day. The trip wiirthhsta made a two days', instead of as. »t ft?; ] sent, one day and a-_alf, trip, ah--54 ' j away with the. e_r\y morning startjaj hours so much complained of, . The programme of the Helensville, Ti Pua and Parkhurst sports appear-?p? this issue. The sports are to on Easter Monday at Helensville, i__ ' the excellent progi*amme should #ftr-<_ many competitors and a good attencUaoi . of the public. ... ... :.:.'.'■'. A m&sting of the old scholars'of-thf: Grafton School of both sexes who attended the school during the period -H« M. E. Hopper has besn atached;t6 : tw staff of the school, will be held jn tin 1 schoolroom, Kugent-street, on Tuesday, evening next. , • A' big Hauraki-chief, Haora Tupae* died yesterday at Paeroa, at his cousjn'* (Hoaia Tararanui) kainga. He was aW in great respect by both Maori m I pakeha. The tangi has intoxicating liquor will.be allowed.£xtracts from our Home unyers'/ letter :—-'We may say that we hav-__takeij considerable trouble in the purchasihg M your goods, and think they should -helf you' to have an excellent season. We d>< "sending you tliis season special cashmeres, amazons, Sedan cloths m tweeds; got samples in from dj?? 1 ? ] ent makers, and compared. Also,.:* grand lot exclusive dress lengths, spfflt jobs, but correct in style, and a new* *jB.silk and wool satire much in vogue neWt and a nice lot chiffon velveteens. $9<W of the double damask cloths and **fl*?' kins arc 20 and 25 per cent under price. The printed flannel and delaine, aro an|C« lot.; the plain, striped, and fancy flaWiel* ettcs are a good make, and cheap qtt comparison. As regards mantels, yfttt have some cheap goods coming forward. The two sample lots of medium awL exclusive jackets are from two OpiWi most foremost firms, and bought at-a big discount, and there is nothing ' D = tt * ! ? made to-day. Costumes: Have bought-* splendid lot of useful as well as sittap> 1 stylish exclusive novelties. Milliner*** | Large hats predominate, and the shade* are the latest. The goods are froffl j best firms, as you will notice by the...a- j voices. Am sure we shall 'have ft goQ,- 1 lcport of rcady-to-\vears. Furs '45? , splendid property, and am sending you ». | grand lot of nice class furs. The cheaper lines aro from the same firms as y?V liked last year. Hosiery and gloves ate lower than last year. You will fine* splendid selection of new patterns W laces and trimmings, and feel suro:ti« neckwear and belts sent will sell VfCll. These goods we have now ppenod Wi and ready for your inspection. McCa- ,- lagh and Gcwer for value and variety.-** (Ad.) -~,-' Stocktaking.—Linoleum and carpet remnants reduced to liaif-pricc.-r-Toa*-* Garlick Co., Ltd.— (A&J, ..

<**#*& last He evaded capture j-:2fovemberjMt Februar y ( and was tSen arrstett ai Gaol wasn t Blenheim- apparently, and gs* enough for o * ice P p heard that *. escaped- J- rt *V_iro_ Gorge, and Footers workup Foote was out to gather Maher _ tash-felung to ride six The arresting constable * -ales through the twsn 8 had oad evenly 8 leavy swag to carrj Piling a part of the ffiT overlooked a steep bank, track J the <*uUy and escaped, tohed down «»-W hel d . aimse lf foote has, *"•»■£" h ; s able to to bicycles; enroute a (go purchase clothes and , * iS Twt been seen since the Thle witnSsea him diving down the %- He isa fine, upstanding young "honest" looking. A competition of a most interesting i wructive nature has been origin-Slo-d -Jlen Bell, of Hamilton, ggSS children of New Zealand. J Vstvled the "Cecil Ehodes" Patriotic i^ p^o^^e d yo«eS JuWic schools, and the mean, riopted is to annually offer a trophy Sued at £10 for the best essay on £&. subjects. This year the subject _h he- "Patriotism, and what it has £_. for the British Empire in the Past. Se funds for the trophy are bemg prodded hy the sale of a series of "Military £Ln-es-> ■ and speeches delivered by Lionel Bell during the past four years. Xse are being re-published. The trophy £. to he known as the "Cecil Rhodes Patriotic Trophy." and will be awarded to-the boy or girl under 16 years of age on December 31 next, and attending a n_blic school, who sends in the 'best essay. -Lars are limited to one thousand words BBd-inust be written in school under the pipe-vision of the teacher. Should there (be more than -be from any one school the head teacher shall choose the best six. A separate sheet is to be attached thereto, giving the full name of the miter, age, school, and address, while ( a certificate from the head teacher statj_c that the conditions have been complied with must accompany the essay,] is to be written on one side of the sheet only. Tha maximum number of marks will be 100—75 for best definition j and instances of the part patriotism has played in building up our Empire, 25 for composition. Competitors will forward j their essays to the secretary National I ■Lea-Tie of New Zealand, Hamilton, on or before the 31st December, 1909. Fur- j ther information may be obtained from! the secretary. " Probate has been granted in the wills | of the following deceased persons: —■ Eobert Hall Bakewell (Mr Moody), John Quinto Cnrta (Mr Coleman), George Brown (Mr Shera), Jane Augusta Cox ! (Mr Prendergast), Charles Duncan Cameron (Mi* Jackson). Letters of administration have been granted in the estates of Mark BemTose (Mr Jackson), and Mary Ann Smart (Mr Clayton). The ownsTS of yachts and motor launches anchored in the harbour have frequently -offered from the attentions of boat thieves, and two recent cases are doit engaging the attention of the police. On. Thursday night the yacht Thelma was boarded by "harbour pirates," and two dourAe-DarreUed guns, a rifle, a pair of field-glasses and a toilet case were stolen from the cabin. The gang then transferred their attentions to the well-known launch Matareka, appropriating two more rifles and a patent oilcan. The correspondence and leading article iil the Auckland "Star" anent the silting of : the river has (states our Paeroa correspondent) caused much favourable comment there. A public meeting concerning this question is being held tonight. la the telegram from Christchiirch yesterday regarding the Friendly Societies Bill, it read "Independent Order of rpresters," whereas it should have been "Independent Order of Oddfellows," as that is the title which the American Order of Oddfellows is registered under in New Zealand. Thus it was that Mr. McLeod was made to say in his interview that it was the American Order, and not the 1.0.0 F. that was meeting at Christchurch, that should have read AO.F., or "Ancient Order of Odd-, Mows." The recommendation of the coroner's: jury that some attempt should be made to locate the wrecked Penguin is not viewed with favour by the 'Marine De-1 partment, -the possibility of finding the I "flTeck being considered very remote. No one appears to have any idea where tie wreck lies, and therefore so large a field would have to ibe dragged with grapnels that a month's work might prove futile. The cost of a vessel like the Tutanekai when in commission amounts to something like £30 per day, and the Department does not consider the search should ibe undertaken unless more definite instructions concerning the vmi-ity of the vessel are forthcoming. Tie Council of the Auckland Sailors' Home met yesterday. Present: Messrs B. J. Nerheny (president), Potter (vicepresident), T. Gresham (chairman of the House Committee), H. Giles and E. PMpps. Accounts amounting to £172 19/ frere passed for payment. It was stated Hat the average attendance for the teonth was 43.5, as compared with 44.2 for the preceding month. _ Laymen's League in connection with »c Church of England is being formed, and members of the Church desirous of -pang, associated with the league are •*ited to send their names to any member of the provisional committee, the j'anies of whom and the objects of the league are set out by advertisement in another column. to the master bakers holding weirppeai ca i c on "Wednesday, 24th inst., easterners are asked to note that on t&at.day there will be\no baking or de"Very of bread.

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Auckland Star Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 68, 20 March 1909

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