The following is Captain Edwin's weather, , forecast for 24 hours from 9 a.m. this day.'.—"South-easterly strong winds to gale; rain probable after ten hours; weather probably colder; glass rise." The European mail, via Suez, which missed connection with the steamer at Sydney for''this port last week, arrived at Wellington by the s.s. Eiverina this morning. The Auckland portion will come on by the night express, and will arrive here to-morrow morning at seven o'clock. The Northern Wairoa appears to be making great strides, and at Uargaville a number of very modern residences are in course of erection. The gradual opening up of Northern Auckland i 3 having a most appreciative effect on the Northern Wairoa, and Dargaville, being a commercial centre, is benefited accordingly. Now that the borough has been formed, sanitation, water, and lighting questions will probably be considered in due season. Mr. Sehley, of New South Wales, who is visiting New Zealand, called on the Hon. A. YV. Hogg (Minister for Labour) to discuss matters of mutual interest. Mr. Hogg was considerably impressed by what his visitor told him of some of the work of the New South Wales Labour Department. Some years ago Mr. Schley triei to pet a number of youths, who. seemed to be growing up to be mere loafers, placed as employees at some of the agricultural colleges, but the college authorities absolutely refused to have anything to do with them. He therefore took them in band himself on behalf of the Government, and sent them to a State farm some five miles out of Sydney. There they were taught to work, and instructed in all kinds of I farming operations. The scheme had been gradually extended, so that now a number of immigrants who require some training in agricultural and pastoral J work, are taken at the farm. They reI ceive no wagre, but after being two or j three weeks at the institution they are i ! usually offered situations with farmers, and earn at the start 5/- to 10/- a week j and their keep. Three or four hundred men have been fully equipped for work on the land by these means during the la3t three years, and there have been very few failures amonar them. At the present time the farm has scoree of applications from pastoralists and agriculturists seating employees, and Mr. Schley consi(f?rs that his experiment has amply justified itself by results. The Industrial Association of Canterbury has fixed the week commencing April 27th for the New Zealand indus- | tries week this year. Displays of articles ' manufactured in Xew Zealand will be j made in the shop windows of Christ- I church fio-.u. April 27th to May 4th in j cluMv.e. £he Association invites manu-J Ri'cturef's'Th* any part of the Dominion'f to send articles to Christchurch for that ' purpose. Particular? will be fuund in our advertising columns. Speaking at the meeting of the Auckland City Schools Committee last even- 1 ing. .Mr J. F. Pullen remarked that the \ weather and hygienic conditions at the j recent school encampment at Papakura ' had been perfect, and the whole affair \ an entire success. On his motion, the \ Committee decided to pass a vote of ■ thanks to Major W. Kay and the officers who had carried the movement to such a satisfactory conclusion, despite the criticism which had been indulged in by some of the teachers with the object of casting a damper on the proposal. Mr F. E. N. Gaudin condemned the action ' of teachers in expressing adverse opin- j ions in regard to the movement. The chairman (Mr P. M. Mackay) took exception to this remark on the ground | that teachers should have the fight to , freely express their opinions. Mr "W. ! Robins adtled that the dissatisfied teachers as a who!? were largely influenced ', by the head teachers, and their attitude j was therefore not surprising. Mr Mac- | kay: I don't think they were influenced I one iota. Dr. Hardie Neil considered j that although teachers should obey or- j ders. they should have a free expression of opinion. The interest felt in the ninety-mile bicycle race from Hamilton to Auckland on Saturday may be gathered from the fact that a number of residents of H",m- j ilton are coming to town in order to ■ witness the finish in front of the Tivpli tTheatie. llreat North-road. No fewer than forty sent-3 have been booked at the Tivuli by Hamilton people. The race starts at 10.30 a.m., and is expected to finish at from G. 30 to 7.30 p.m. There are twenty entries. The Auckland Co-operative Terminating Building Society's usual monthly advertisement appears in another column, announcing appropriations on* Wednesday, 31et mat., when £S,OOO will be distributed by ballot and sale. This is a record even for this progressive society, which continues its successful career in spite of the tightness of the money j market, and the croakinge of alarmists. I It Is an excellent finish to a highly-satis-factory financial year, which closes for the society on March 31st. This sign of continued prosperity should be very gratifying fo the society's 7.000 members, and of interest to the community generally. The Minister of Industries and Commerce (Hon. T. McKenzie), speaking at Kahuika, said the public, might have noticed that the Government was making some important changes in gome of iU appointments, and the Prime Minister announced at Mart on tha naturo of the appointments made to the High Commissioner's office in London. Speaking with somo knowledge of the Home market, and appreciating the good work of our present Produce Commissioner, there was great room for 'good work. The prices of New Zealand meat in the London market at the present time were becoming to approximate those obtained twelve years ago, when he (the speaker) visited London; and he had read in public reports, and had received advice from private sources, that the hyia-headed chicanery in connection with bogus claims was once more coming to the front in the Old Country, and if that was the case it would require a I strong hand to put it down. It was necessary that someone in close touch with New Zealand should be appointed to share the responsibilities in connection with the produce trade. Mr. Palliscr's appointment was a good one. His were largely the financial brains connected with our large financial operations in the Old Country, and his personal character and cultured manner fit him to worthily fill the responsibility of his high office.
The second and concluding portion of the >; article entitled, "Command of the Sea" (the first portion appeared yesterday), will be found on page nine of this evening's issue. In the Magistrate's Court, Whangarei yesterday, James Bisset was charged with having sold five gallons of beer "without bemg licensed to do so. Defendant was one of the committee who managed tho Opuawhanga sports on January 30. \t the conclusion of the gathering, a fivegallon keg remained untouched, and a discussion arose as to what should be done with it. A member then came forward, and said he would give 10/ for the beer, and put the money down. There appeared to be some misunderstanding as to who actually received the 10/. For the defence it was held that the case was not in the same category as sly-grog selling, the liquor having been sold at a loss. being worth 15/ on the spot. Mr R. W. Dyer, the presiding magistrate, dismissed the information. An accident happened at Moehau, near Cape Colville, on Sunday last to the little son of Mr and Mrs Charles Gerard. The child fractured its leg, and was brought in Mr Bronlund's launch to Coromandel, and admitted to the hospital. A bag of mails for one of the townships on the Wairoa river accidentally fell into the river on Sunday night. A boat was lowered from the steamer, and the floating bag had to be chased some distance up-stream before being recovered. It was fortunate that the bag did not include anything heavy among its contents, otherwise it would probably have sunk. A fire occurred at Avondale last night, when a large stable and shed belonging to Mr Heron were burned to the ground with the contents. Fortunately the cattle and horses were out grazing, otherwise there would have been a further serious loss. The building and contents were not insured. After vigorously cross-examining a witness in the Police Court yesterday, a lawyer complained when suddenly pulipd up by the Magistrate, that Mr Kettle had listened to the wife's tale of woes, but would not hear the troubles of the injured husband, as represented by himself. "No, I aon't," promptly responded Mr Kettle, "it goes in one ear and out of the other. My attention is directed at the true issue of the case. All this nonsenso goes away, it evaporates." A special meeting of the City Council was convened at 10 o'clock this morning, when there were' present: The Mayor (Mr. C. D. Grey), Councillors L. J. Bagnail, R. Tudehope, W. E. Hutchison, \V. C. Somers, and A. J. Entrican. After waiting about the meeting lapsed for want of a quorum. The business was in connection with the electoral roll. An employer at the Conciliation Council proceedings to-day was asked whether he had had any complaints from his employees in regard to conditions of labour. His reply was that ho had only had a complaint from one man, and his complaint was that he was not boss. A meeting, called by the Maori chief, Te Heuhcu Tukino, will be held at Waihi, Taupo, on April 10, for the purpose of settling the Native land question, and more especially to endeavour to get the natives to fall in with tin? proposal to bring about a settlement on terms £iiita,bfc'*i.Q. both "Natives and Europeans. Invitations liave been issued to his Excellency the Governor, Ministers of the Crown, and between 400 and 500 leading chiefs of both islands. Te Hcuheu explains, in connection with a statement published on March 13, in which :ie spoke of "' shooting the Government" if they did rfot accede to the demands of the Maoris, that he only used the words as a joke. He points out that the Maori is too courteous to threaten to shoot people whom ho has invited to become his guests. —" Dominion." A rather curious accident occurred on the Cambridge-road on Monday, fortunately without serious consequences. A couple of youths were driving along in a gig when part of the harness gave way and the horse drew out of the trap and raced along the road and round a corner with the driver, still holding the reins, dragging along the ground. Finding itself free, the horse commenced to prance about, and finally rushed at a house, chattering the window with its head. The driver received a bad leg bruise, and the other occupant of the trap, who was thrown to the ground, sustained a slight injury to his head. On investigation it was found that the harness had been previously broken, and had been fixed together with a lace which had now snapped presumably with the upward jolt of the shafts in going down hill. The horse, which had been borr.owed from a friend, was badly cut about the head and hind legs. The trap and harness was hired from a local livery stable. Eleven claims have been made upon the A.M.P. Society in respect to Penguin wreck victims who held insurance policies with that office, one being under an industrial policy. In two cases (the New Zealand "Times" says) the policies were effected in 190S, and a similar number was taken out only in the previous year. It is probable that considerably more than £2,000 will need to be paid by the society in settlement. A meeting of old scholars of the Grafton District School was held last evening, about seventy to eighty old pupils (boys and girls) being present, and it was decided that a suitable presentation be made to Miss Hopper. Much interest with the object in view was expressed by scholars present, and in order to suitably recognise the esteem in which Miss Hopper is held, it was decided that a presentation should be made at a social gathering of old scholars, such gathering, time and place to be left to the Committee to determine. The Sydney Marine Court has suspended the certificate of Captain Flint, master of the steamer South Australia, which ran aground, for 12 months. The Auckland Mounted Rifles Band, under Bandmaster Whalley Stewart, will play the following items in Albert Park this evening:—March. "Clear the Way" (Leary) ; selection, "Faust" (Gounod) ; clarionet solo, "Alsackinnes" (Godfrey), by Mr. Lewis; "Down \>outh" (Myddleton); waltz, '"Donan Wellen" (Ivanivoci); "'Salut d'Amour" (lilgar), and "Scotland" (Godfrey). Just opened. Sp-3ci.il shipment of rattan and reed furniture; latest designs; selling exceptionally cheap to clear prior to stocktaking. Tonson Garlick Company, Ltd.—(Ad.) The Collar Counter. If it is a collar in either cloth or celluloid, try us for any shape. Geo. Fowlds. — (Ad.) Tho Hat House. Hundreds of dozens of men's hard and soft felt hats, caps and straws, in our selection. Geo Fowlds.—(Ad.) Iron bedsteads. For a few days prior to stocktaking we arc offering exceptionally cheap lines in iron bedsteads, to reduce our stock. See our windows. Tonson Garlick Company, Ltd.—(Ad.)
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