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TABLE TALK.

Head, the Bertha Clay serial. Harbour pirates again at work. Youth arrested at Awanui on a charge oL incendiarism. Steamship Aupouri aground on Western spit, Inside Opotiki bar. Governor's Urewera trip postponed foi one day owing to bad weather. Business is in utter confusion in France as a result of the postal strike. Contingent of 25 Swiss farming immigrants arrived by Marama in Wellington. Meetings are being organised in London and Liverpool to discuss the naval crisisSmall farmer near InvercargUl lined -1 and costs for failing to notify infectious illness. The Broken Hill Proprietary Company intends to test the validity, of the Arbitration Court award. "Record attendances at Auckland Technical School, including large numbers of civil service students. Mr McKenna says that the coming battleships will be 30 per cent, better than the Dreadnought. Mr Austen Chamberlain declares that Ministers have been living in a fool'a paradise in regard to the navy. Russia, much to Austria's disgust, insists on discussing the annexation, of Bosnia and Herzegovina at the Balkan conference. A plot to kill tile Ameer of Afghanistan has been discovered. It is attributed to the late Ameer's Royal wife in her son's interest. The daily average number at the Auckland Sailors' Home for the past month "was 43.5. as against 44.2 for tha previous four weeks. Mysterious French, castaway, quite destitute and subsisting on shellfish, found at Stewart's Island. Notling known concerning him. -, Captain G. S. Richardson, chief instructor of artillery, will act as director at the coast defence manoeuvres at Auckland during EasteT. Marine Department is unfavourahle to suggestion of jury that Penguin's position should -be located, on the score of heavy expense involved. , Magistrate Cutten fined Cameron Bell £30 at Taumarunui for sly-grog selling, and David Coleman £3 for introducing whisky into a Maori kainga. A large number of Russian peasantare applying for assisted passages to New South Wales on condition that tha Government finds them employment at farming. Hon. J. A. Millar informed local bodies losing revenue through taking of Manflwatu railway hy State, that Government does not admit liability for and will not pay local rates. In the Waitara murder case, Mr. C. -". SkeTrett, K.C., counsel for accused, is leading evidence of insanity. Mr. T. 32, Weston, Crown Prosecutor, intends to call expert testimony in rebuttal. An unpleasant surprise was given Gei*>> many when she discovered that the Bri* tish Admiralty had discovered what she had done almost immediately after tha additional battleships were begun. Mr. H. Yockney, town clerk, Onehunga, has received the sum of £2 5/0, contributed by members of the Church of Assumption, through the Rev. Father Mahoney, parish priest, to the fund norbeing raised to feed the starving poor c. England. At a meeting of the Nelson Borough Council last night a proposal was brought down to raise a loan of £200,000 in London, for the purpose of moot-;; the present indebtedness o: the fit" - nail i placing the fiiiancs- on a sati>f.teti>rT I footing. Consideration of mnUer | was deferred. j More new poods for all dpr_irt***"ntl [now Iv.'injr onon-cl. p.-r s.s. Ptiparo.i. Th.-*wj ' nt'p the e-riti-*!*l selection mntV.' by on To-wion buv-va. r°o them.—McCvilagh

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TABLE TALK. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 68, 20 March 1909

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