The following is Captain Edwin's weather forecast for 24 hours from 9 a.m.. this day:—"Westerly strong winds to gale. Bain probable after 20 hours. Glass fall." Speaking to a Manawatu deputation, 'the Minister for Railways (Hon. J. A. Millar) made an interesting reference to the timber industry. The question of ■ railway freight rates was under notice, and the Minister remarked, that there were deferential rates for timber in some localities. He was trying to have these concessions stopped, because he was not going to run the railways at a loss. If the rates were reduced the public would not get the benefit. That would go to the saw-millers and the Railway Department Would lose. The cause of the slump in timber was the tightness of money. It was only in certain lines that Oregon timber competed seriously with the New Zealand product, namely, in special long lengths, Something might be done in regard to the size of imported logs, but a Royal Commission had been set up, and be-could.'>-lW>fc--.say what they ' might or might not do. He noticed that eleven new sawmills had been started .during the last six weeksj--Mid-WeTe-send~ ing out timber as fast as they could. Another firm at Grcyinouth, after in- i vestigating the industry in America, was putting in a new mill to compete with Oregon timber. Five or six new mills were being .started, on -the Main Trunk! line. He was in hopes that the prospects of the industry, though not too bright at present, would slowly improve. An i easier financial market and a fall in the excessive land values would lead to a resuscitation of the building trade, and a ] greater demand for timber. Houses would then be obtainable at a reasonable' price for those who desired to have j them. I In the paragraph published on Saturday giving the Citizens' League credit I for having saved the city considerable unnecessary expense in avoiding a byclection to fill a vacancy on the City Council, an unfortunate typographical! error occurred. The concluding portion 6f the paragraph should have read as j follows: "In this matter tbe League has been successful in giving effect to popular public opinion, which .. considered j that this election was. under the circum-1 (stances unnecessary. The League desires to express its thanks to the above can- j ;didates (Messrs. W. A. Thompson and G. Davis) for agreeing to the League's proposal, which will result in the saving j of upwards of £100 of the ratepayers' 'money. The League also desires to thank Mr. P. J. Nerlieny who, having no in-, tention of contesting the by-election, placed himself in the hands of the League to bring about the above result." Ihe members of the Auckland Flying Club held the first young bird race of the season from Huntly on Saturday lest, a distance of 54 miles air-line. Eighty-six birds, representing eighteen left*, were liberated by the stationmaster at 12.30 p.m. The winner arrived at Mr. Stowell's loft a few minutes before two. Following are the results: H. Stowell's bl, cheq. c, A.F.C., 4SI (Potaka), Ist,'velocity 112S yards per minute: E. Preston's mealy c.'x.Z., 737, j 2nd, velocity 1110 yards* per minute; and P- Hay's blk.c, N.Z., 777, 3rd, velocity 1110 yards per minute. The many friends of Mr. J. \Y. Tighe, for fifteen years principal of the Jubileo Institute for the Blind in this City, will , regret to 'hear of his sudden death at Arncliffe, N.S. Wales, from heart failure. Mr. Tiglie commenced active work amongst the blind in New Zealand, with the assistance of the late Bishop Cowip, before any institute was contemplated. When, in the year ISSIO, the institute was founded, Mr. Tighe was- appointed principal, and lie remained in that position during the years of.its gradual growth and progress, and its ■ many struggles. His advice was of great benefit in moulding the institute on sound lines. He severed his connection with the Institute in July, 1905, and Teturned to N.S.. Wales, but always kept an active interest in the work going on here. His death took place on March 2, at the early age of 51. It is generally understood that the Prime Minister will deliver his policy speech about the middle of April in Christchurch, or in Auckland, telegraphs out Wellington correspondent. The. following is the stale of His Majesty's Prison, Auckland for the week ending 20th March, 1900:—On remand, 4 males, I female; awaiting trial, 10 males; sentenced to life, 1 male; hard labour, 242 males, 10 females; default of bail, 3 males; received during the week, 25 males; discharged, 21 males, 1 female; total in prison, 260 males, 17 females. The Suez mail which missed the Wimmera is expected to arrive here on Friday morning by the Rivera 1 ..
]*et of -a,* social work kried on*k Mission in Sydney and the ' very pressing and pwmismSv ' .are dealt -with. He^ g X». I timing home for the h(^7 of twelve sisters who do charitiwf * $'' ■ the great Lyceum Hall and b^M:,-^ ££^i*4Js^' trated with lantern slides/ and' at ! 'w conclusion Mr. Taylor was accord*!*'' hearty vote of thanks. ' corae< * *• For the third time in his career, Ca D t Cox, master of a Wairoa has saved a man from drowniajr It i Wars that on Saturday John Powell fell off a &&*&&£&& being towed by the launch to the , ■ Ayapohu He fell into the riy Pr I widest part, a nd though a goo J swim iner, was dragged down by the weight i,i i •' liis clothing. Captain Cox instantly cagt- ; his punt loose, and put back,to assist" Powell. He sprang overboard, aid eo t a! ; Jme xound the:■ :■ for the last time. When. board Powell was unconscious,' With a view to minimising the risk of. oss through money and valuable articles 1 ' " being sent in unregistered letters the' Postal Department .has issued' a BpSwl notice in leaflet form, requestfiiir t&a public to see that all such letters are » V gisterei at will hardly be ,credited"' people who exercise ordinary.prudenS" in such matters that it is a commQtt thii» _ to find in the post office letters aimtt '■ full with hank sotes, very, of tea in the'■ flimsiest of covers. tents protrude from the or ; are found loose in the jnaibbagV; havfef burst their envelopes, and &s frequentP : letters filled with notes are cj^eedy- :- thrown loose into railway-vans for tl», ' guard to deliver with the mails;;■-Jianri ':'• other cases could be instanced of pes3 on the part of the public ia money by post. It often 'happ ?n5 containing money are '.aUe«ed^j- : have been lost in the post-office, W,> has generally been proved $iat suctf iefc; ters were either.not posted or ; ,jnj§jlaid or lost after due delivery!.■■( WJwi an unregistered have been sent by poet, is reported ing, it may happen that suspicion 'is ««£- ---on everyone concerned—viz., on the * son supposed tp nave posted, the the officers of the, post office, throrait , ' whose hands the letter would' pass; and';' ■ *he person >vho .would in ordinary, ■ receive the letter from the post office either from, a street-door letter-bor. atfp'<*. private letter-Vox;, over the post ofta', counter,. or from. the.hands- of.a'jettefr' carrier. No record,is.kept of tered lette'rs}and pertenswKo'poit HWh, letters containing-money,expose tose»p-V ■tation everyone; thrpagh: whose'; Sinde they may pass, anil in the event of. noadelivery suspicion, is cast on juajjr jnni> cent persons. ' — -OnrJvawi the petition to''Parliament^tWohinenmri licensing jjoll will be fifcactive circa-".' lation -this' week througHobti iti %trtl:' of the electorate. When- theVilnt inti-' nation of this /radyemerit, appear|Ed-;iji the "Star" there were • over \BO ?6ignv.. tures on the first copy : pV thei>peUtion.v The petition has no connection witli. Auckland, having originated'hi Wailju ; 'j The results of the guessing competi?/,:" tions at the recent show in Cajttbridg*;/T liave been declared as follow:\ Cow,' height prize,. W. J. AYik'>': liamson, 10801b; second, A., h. Soutei;" 104i51b; third, W- G.?Paifc,lo43lb J 0. H. Scott, 10431b.- Steer,'weight 750ib--: ; : First prize, Si Webb,' exact weight y:\V: second, S. C. Macky, 7571b; third, M. W,\ Ru3scll, 7531b. S: Fisher guessed Three sheep, weight 2201b—First pri«,::" : S. Webb; 2121b, and H. Weal, 2ifß>, -:, equal; K. Brookfield and A. H. Waring, 2221b and 2181b respectively, divide tlriiij. prize. Pig, weight 11911b—E. A. Barflett: ./ 1201b, H. Driver 1201b; S. Richardson-: 1201b, L. Ryburn ljbitb, divide the money. There were five others who guessd 1191b. The aggregate was won. by v W. 'Brockelsby, with SSJIb out, Ji.iW... Eussell being second with 631b out.. Tb* :, total number of guesses received forth* ? competitions was "242. . ■■ Passengers to Wihangam ■ this sliould note that the s.s. KgapuH if* iberthed at Queen-street wharf, easteia; tee. little Jessie Omond, a clever child S»' ? , lad vocalist, will' make her first ap]jeii»V: ance at the Opera House to-night, v * : l
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