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SOUTHERN NEWS.

' • "* (By Telegraph.—Press Association.) FIRE AT GORE. GORE, Wednesday. A fire occurred this evening in a drapery store, the property of Simon McDonald, but it was subdued before much damage was done to the building. The stock was destroyed, chiefly by water. The stock of Samuel McDonald, bootmaker, of Invercargill, who occupied a portion of the building, was damaged to some extent. WOMEN'S TEMPERANCE UNION. WELLINGTON, Wednesday. The Women's Christian Temperance Union Convention closed to-day. Resolutions were passed congratulating the American white ribboners upon the tremendous strides made by the prohibition movement in the United States; sympathising with comrades in the Old Land on the defeat of the Licensing Bill by the House of Lords; urging that the age for protection of girls be raised to 21 years; that hospital provision be made for persons suffering from venereal diseases and voluntarily presenting themselves for treatment; that as the restrictions on women's time and labour contained in the Factory Acts were prejudicial to their interests, sex distinctions be abolished. It was resolved to send Mrs. Cole, the New Zealand president, to Sydney, to represent the Dominion at the Australian Women's Christian Temperance Union Convention, to be opened next month. AN ACCOUNTANTS DEATH. DUNEDIN, Wednesday. The body of Mr. Andrew Geddes Kerr, accountant in Irvine and: Stevenson's factory, was found on the Town Belt to-day. There were no marks of violence, and death would seem to be attributable to internal causes. During the past two months deceased had been obliged to give up work owing to ill-health, and insomnia. AN UNDESIRABLE IMMIGRANT. WELLINGTON, this day. Regarding the case of the man Baldwin who was refused permission to land at Lyttelton, the (Minister of Customs, the Hon. A. W. Hogg, states that the case had been before the Customs Department the last two years, and the present Minister and his predecessor had both, refused the man permission to land. The man's relatives were neither able nor willing to maintain him, and permission would not be granted without the execution of the bond required by section four of the Retriction Act. MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS. WELLINGTON, this day. A deputation from the W.C.T. Union waited on the Premier, and asked for the repeal of .the CD. Act. Press reporters were not admitted. It is understood that .Sir Joseph Ward said the law was, recognised to be .a dead letter, and that fact was a big .argument in favour of its repeal. Their representations would be considered by the Government at an early date. To-morow Messrs Samuel Vaile and Sons hold their weekly land sale when the following properties will be submitted: —50 years' lease of 520 acres at Whakatane, by order of the Official Assignee; 8$ acres with villa residence at Ellerslie. ! Building lots in Maxwellavenue, Grey Dynn; and CommercialToad; Arch Hill; '50 acres Taupiri and a building for removal in Lome-street. 9/6 is the popular price of our black hard hat& They, have the colour andshape that wear well. —Geo. Fowlds.— (Ad.) - "' ■ ■ In cold weather try WOLFE'S SGHiNAPPS hot, with, lemon. " , t •

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SOUTHERN NEWS. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 72, 25 March 1909

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