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TABLE TALK.

. Eimrodback from Antarctica. New Zealand's offer of a Dreadnoughts is described in London .as ;magnifieent.'. ' It.;is expected that a -solution-of tha Balkan* difficulty'will shortly be^'arrived at;-: ...,....,..-..* ,-...-.-.y. ... An English-mail via Suez is due to ; arrive here from Wellington-on-Thursday ; next... . '■<•''■" '-' - ■■■ Zeppelin's. airship, carrying gers, covered 150-iniles*"iri a four hours' flight. ft'- -ft"" ■ * New : Zealand's offer of 'a 'battleship' 3s arousing immense-enthusiasm in thia Doi minion. . . All .the London-newspapers-placarded New Zealand's offer outside their-offices yesterday/"" -"'-—»; --- Railway Appeal Board still sitting, tho cases .under dispute being objections to classification. ...•_. An Austrian "named 7'KostanioH'waa drowned -. at ~ Parengarenga yesterday whilst out ■•- . N i..-—' .' The Aiipoiiri has been refloated from the Opotiki „bar,7. aint has - sailed for Ohiwa and Auckland. - There are signs that the French postal strike- is collapsing; and already" some of the aervices' have -been resumed. "'-'' : '■/ White Island is again very active, columns of smoke-and -steam- having, risen to a height ofynearly 6000 feet, .ft .:. 7 - ;._- CardmaL,.iJfora'a. describes .the proposal' to give a Dreadnought to Britain as a piece of hysterical fanaticism. Auckland Stock Exchange unanimously applauds the Prime -Minister's offer of s battleship to the Mother Country. Suspects supposted to be implicated in the plot against "the Ameer haye been •blown in 'hundreds- from the guns. The Defence Council has selected Jour officer's (including three" Aucklanders)- to proceed Home. to undergo, .two yearly training. Between '600 -and 700 signatures have already been. attached to the petition] asking for a new local option poll in Ohihemuri. .. . 1....7-. Mr W. Crombie, late stationinastet a< Auckland, describes the staffing of tht service.as one ot chronic inefficiency ;andf inadequacy. . "At a. juncture of this kind, delay ■would be -out of. the "question..."'.' , .-.- < Act at; Joseph. Ward on th« battleship offer. . ft ~ The manager of. the Cosfley Home ha* appealed. for a hearing, "roth regard; .to the recent inquiry into the-management of the institution. "' f» ', iForty-four' "cases. "- of-".",measles have -"hrOken. out oil hoard" the Corihthic,Avhich arrived at Wellington from London and. Hobart yesterday. Astonishment is expressej in New South Wales, that the Government '(has not followed New Zealand's lead in offering a. Dreadnought. " "Mr. Fisher (Federal Premier)" proposes to deal with the question of the defence of ! Australia in his policy speech at Gympie on Monday night. The Prime. , Minister . points Out. that ■the- actuaL.- interest; to vbe; paid.;loir, "the New, .Zealand battleship undertaking would only be 1/3 per. head.jThe question of establishing, a dental hospital -in- .7tocMß.-ria.*ha's after -' futtEexT discussion. yjbeen leferredyback to thi -committee for a further report. ■The..German., cruiser. Yon der fTans will-be ready for sea six "months hefof« the .-official" date. She cost only. £6,004* less than the German Dreadnought Nas* sau. ,_,'■/ •Brazil denies that she has any, intent tion to sell her Dreadnoughts to; any Power, and declares that they.'are, sary for the protection of-her own long coast. ._. . ' '.['.■': ■ ."ft :. :. -, The_ '.Times" military correspondent,, fearing that it .will be impossible to ;sufficiently re-establish Britain's naval -sU< premacy, urges -the raising-of well-trained territorials. "' •-/---■ Bevievring.';Sir .Joseph 1 Ward's "state* ment as to the financial, position,-Ml W, P. Massey, M.P., thinks atconsider* able change, aaid not-for-the better, has taken place during,the past-year.- 7 -~v At a meeting of ladies of. Auckland yesterday it was yderidedS'to raise;:.fundg7 for the endowment of a bed in the Auck* land Hospital in memory- of the brav*f stewardesses of the ill-fated "Penguin. - '. Congratulatory messages of a -strongly patriotic nature are pouring in. on tha, Prime Minister regarding Cabinet's. offer of a battleship to Great Britain. .As big wave of enthusiasm appears to ba sweeping the country. — George Edawrd Darton, an unsuccessful candidate for Waiapiiat" the general elections, has been, committed, for .trial on a charge of having .paid, money _ on, .a** count of the hire of, carriages for con- . veyance of; electors to; and ,Jfrom the polls for the purpose of promoting ihii ?■-•>-» '" 2 >

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TABLE TALK. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 70, 23 March 1909

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