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THE SAN FRANCISCO SERVICE

V We are not surprised that tie announcement officially made this week to the effect that a regular mail service has been established between London and Wellington via Tahiti and San Francisco lias been greeted with a considerable ; amount o{ adverse comment in : Auckiiand. It. is. understood that the arrangement has been made at the suggestion of the Imperial postal authorities who have naturally felt the inconvenience resulting from our lack of 'rapid and direct communication with England. But it cannot be said that the new.service is likely to benefit the colony much, so far as rapid mail transit is concerned. Mails by th,e new route will take from 41 to 45 days from London to Sydney, and consequently from 36 to 40 days to Auckland j and we need hardly remind our readers how unfavourably this contrasts with the records of the old 'Frisco service* It is of :ourse true that the present mail service via San Francisco is unsatisfactory; but in our opinion this should have induced Government to. make every possible effort to secure better provision for mail transport by wha£ has long since proved itaelf to be much- the'shortest route between England and the Australasian colonies. We canS hardly blamo the British Post Office £<ji' urging more expedition; but the conditions under ■which the new service is to 'be conducted are such as will certainly .not; promote ■the convenience or interest of Auckland in particular or New. Zealand m general. The Taliiti-Saa Franciscpi service is very slow and unsatisfactory, and dependence on connections of this sort usually ends in. disappointment. If our Parliamentary representatives had combined and concentrated' their Sn securing a, renewal of the old SanFYanciSco service, or a reasonable substitute it on practicable terms, the whole country would have 'benefited, and Auckland would have profited as weJLj As it iSj the case for our 'Frisco service has been allowed to go largely by default, and, as in the case of the Island fruii trade, the advantages Auckland might have secured will now in all probability be diverted, to Wellington, The following is" Captain Edwin's Weather forecast for 24 hours from 9 a.m. tbia day: '-'From between north and west and south-west moderate to strpn» winds. Glass little movement." Apparently an excellent relationship ia growing up between -employers and employed in Ohristchm-ch. yhe Hon. J. Barr, ALL-C, when in informed a "Press" representative that conciliation is the watchword. The unions have met the employees in private conference without even the intervention of the Conciliation Council in some cases, and there is a very general desire, Mr. Barr says, to avoid the necessity of going before the Arbitration Court. This spirit will make for expeditious settlement of disputes, and the avoidance of strained relations. .The Vice-Consul for the Netherlands, the IJon. Charles Johnstoiij has been advised by the Consul-General for Australasia, that the exhibition at Amsterdam of various samples from the Commonwealth of Australia and New Zealand has attracted many visitors, a number of whom have written to the ConsulGeneral for further information. The samples from New Zealand include scheelite, tauilding stone, copper ore with molybdenum, antimony ore, iron ore, greenstone, leather, and tannin material. In the Magistrate's Court yesterday afternoon, Mr. C. C. Kettle found for the plaintiff in the case. , in which Walter John Hood sued Mrs. X'orrie, of Parnell, for £24 14/1, balance'of the cost of removing and erecting a building. In giving his decision, Mr. Kettle said: "In my opinion no agent has any right to recover from any person, except his principal, any payment of a secret character without the full knowledge of his principal. If he does he must pay the money over to his principal." These remarks were prompted by an architect's statement jbhat he had received money from a contractor, in addition to the fee from his client. The Wellington' Trades and Labour Council are presenting to the City Council a petition signed by 4500 persons praying that a poll be taken on municipal election day''in regard to the weekly half-holiday. The petition favours Saturday, But the Shopkeepers' Association intend! to fight the Saturday ■forces todth and nail, and Have established a fund for ttie purpose. The First Battalion Band will play the following programme on the Rotunda Albert Park, next ,Sunday afternoon, commencing at J o'clock: — -'March, "Constellation; , fo. Clark) ; grand contest "I, Lombardi" (Verdi) ; valse, "Lcs. I&eurs,,d'Australia" (Henri Laski); selection;, from Wallace's "Maritana ,, (by request)'; intermezzo, "Arcadia" (Tudor) •; quiok step, "8.8. and OF." (Ord-Hume). The wholesale quotations for butter and eggs' for the'week ending April 3 are as fallows:—B\ii;ter, factory 1/OJ per lb., farmers' 7d> per lb.; eggs, 1/6 per dozen, ? ,' Big value in trousers from 4/11 pair. Special purchase.; clearing 25 per cent, to a third off regular prices. At Rushbyo6k and Bridgnian's premises. Open till 9 p.m. Saturday.—, (Ad.)

In addition to the facts regarding a •reduction in fares agreed upon by the Union and Northern Steamship Companies on the West Coast service from Onehunga. to New Plymouth, it is announced that the freight charges have been increased from 10/ to 12/6 a ton. The Union will maintain the present service until April 2, after which only two trips per week are to be made. On arrival at Wellington on March 31, the Kotoiti withdraws for overhaul, her place being taken by the Tatapuna. On the overhaul of the Rotoiti being completed she will take.up the Takapuna'a runmag and this service wiD continue during the winter. The. service from Wellington to Onehunga will be maintained by the Takapuna leaving Wellington on Wednesdays and the Corinha on alternate Thursdays. The Koonya proceeds fortnightly from Wellington to iSew Plymouth. The Northern Company will maintain the present service during April, and.at the cad of that month, the board of directory will consider the advisabilSy of reducing the number of the Rarawa's trips per week , to two each way, the same as the Union Company. It is. expected that during the winter the, number of steamer passengers will , increase considerably. The Harbour Board, In committee, yeaterday'afternoou recommended increases Mi the rentals of a member of sections that are let for short terms.- In the case Of lot 1, Devonport, it was agreed to recommend the Board to raise *he rent from. £6Q -to £100 per annum. Mr. Napier said that the section was occupied by the Devonport Ferry Company as a repairing yard, and he believed that the people of Devonport would subscribe tfte hundred, a, year to sweep the beach clear of those unsightly sheds.." New Zealand is to be strongly represented at the coming re-opening- of the International Exhibition at Shepherd's Bush, Londoij. The Government biolo,gist states that a collection, including fruit, grain in the sheafs gra,ss seeds,' preserves, and jams, frozen poultry, etc.; in tact, covering the whoie gamut of the Dominion products,, was to be gent to supplement and strengthen last year's exhibit at the Franco-British exhibition. Some of the goods have "already ljeen forwarded, and the remainder will follow later. Included in the general c'ollectwn will be special exhibits of bacon, ham and lard and frozen hare and game. The decision arived at to Be represented was too late to allow of. f§e wool and frozen meat being.obtained in New Zealand. These wiU be supplied frQm/the London end. , "■ ' At a meeting of the Wellington Trades Council the secretary of the Seamen's Union (Mr W. T. Young) urged that the provisions of the Workers' Compensation Act. should be extended so that relatives in any other country . might be able to claim cojn.pensa.tian. foif ' deaths happening in New Zesh>nd. H> \ moved that the Government should, b> ' asked to introduce iegislsition to. extend l the provisions of the Act. The motion was adopted unanimously. The council of the Otago Acclimatisation Society has unanimqnsly approved of the following motion the opinion of this council the introduction" o< ferrets, stoats, and. weasjes into New Zealand was a disastrous mistake, they having almost exterminated a most interesting native fauna and inflicted in.calculable loss and damage on imported game and domestic birds, while the bit,; which stoats and. weasdes were In? I tended to destroy, shows Jitfcle sign jo| lessening in -council/etttirely sympathises with the efforts nan , being made to keep such a pest out of th,e Commonwealth." In connection with the forthcoming Easter holidays, the Railway Department announce that commencing Wednesday, 6th April, until,(Tuesday, 20th ' April, two express trains will be run from Auckland. The first train, leaving. ; at 10 a.m., -will run to Rotorua, and mi ■addition to taking passengers for Rotorua branch, will' take passengers for Cambridge branch. The second leaving at 10.35 a.m.j will run t<? Thames, also taking passengers for'Taumarunui line and Waihi branch. The second, express train will, between Auckland and MorrinsvUle, make the stoppages as the ordinary express, Passengers fP? ; Taumarnnui line and for Thames and Waihi branches ahould notice th»t thejj travel by the second express, the first express not making, & connection with,, the trains for these lines. The second express, -which travels at the same specd 1 as the ordinary express, will have a din-ing-oar attached between Auckland and Frankton. Amongst other train arrange, ments, which aTe advertised', is a. late train, which will leave Auckland for Rotorua on Thursday, Bth, at 10 p.m., arriving Rotoma at Q. 20 on. Friday morning. A return special express train, leaves Rotorua for Auckland at 7.15 p.m. on Easter Monday, 12th April. These trains will enable passengers to' visit Rotorua during the holidays. A large amount of petty pilfering ha* been going on for some time amongst the yachts in Auckland Harbour, and, several oases were reported only a few days ago. Two further instances have now occurred during the present, week, both on vessels moored in St. George's Bay. rM T. Percy, the owner of the yacht Celox. visited his vessel the other day to find that a quantity of lead (for ballast) had disappeared, whilst the owner of the yacht Sybil has lost several valuable rugs. These sneak thefts, are becoming altogether too common, and it behoves all owners of pleasure-craffc anchored in the stream to keep every transferable article tightly under lock and key. Mr. Justice Edwards has dismissed the appeal of the Mitchelson Timber Company and David Gpldie against a decision of the Commissioner of Stamps. The question involved was -whether- an instrument granting timber outting rights for a term, of years was a grant of leasehold interest within the meaning of the Stamp Act. The Commissioner held that such an instrument did grant a leasehold interest and assessed stamp duty accordingly. The appellants moved to have that decision reversed, but his • Honor upheld the Commissioner, stating that, in his opinion, the questions raised had been determined by the judgment of the Court of Appeal in the case Commissioner of Taxes v. the Kauri Timber Company, 17, N.Z. Law Reports (C.A.), 606. The Court of Appeal held, unequivocally ithat such instruments as those under consideration created a leasehold interest. By that decision hi 3 Honor says , he is bound, and it is useless tc inquire further. Messrs. F. E. Baunie, K.C., and R. McVeagh appeared for tho appellant David Goldie, Mr. T. Cotter for the appellants the Mitohelson Timber Company, and the Hon. J. A. Tola, Ji.C. (Crown solicitor) for the Cpjnmissioner of Stamps. ! A ■writ was this day served by Mr. M. McGregor, solicitor, on behalf of Mr. J. H. Brndney, of Auckland, on Mr. Peter Virtue, claiming £500 for alleged slander in connection with the recent Harbour Board elections.

I- The Registrar of the Supreme Court S -tfr Thomas) delivered in Chambers yes'tS_t the reserved judgment oi Mr Igfiee Edwards in the case of Samuel ! v. Eobert Stone Florance m Agnes Bramley, a motion to quash rf order made by Mr Florence, S_L, at 1 Sngonui, under" the Destitute Persons By this order complainant, *4s Bramlev. was entitled to a pay„r of 5/ a week maintenance rrom Xoir-L of hex child in January, 1906, / Sd until January, 1907, and of 10/ a - £5_ from that date unta the age of 14 v . c It was sought to quash the order . r the around that it made provision for .V maintenance, which a magistrate I not empowered to do. This was adied by the other side, who contended, aowever, on the authority of Eegina v. Pater (19 L___C, 185) that the or_r might be amended, or if not amended, -it on the authority of Regina :.-e'en (30 LJ_LC. 16S), be abandoned ta nrmrd to past maintenance, and only elforced in respect- of future maintenance. -Xo* this petitioners replied on the autho--itf of Begins v. Tomlinson (_-_. S QJJ. v- , a case 20 years more recent than -r.-Hna v. Green,"that the order embodied error in adjudication, and could not :-: , amended, but must be quashed. Peti-->i<=rs : also relied on in re "White 26,

•" JjJL, (S.C) 1265, in which Mr. Justice • viffiams held that the Court had no BOtrer to amend an order of tills enarae>r. The jndge held that he must be by Begina v. Tomlinson, and in S White", and quashed the order accord- ' *fr. Mr. J. B. Beed for plaintiff; ilr. 3. C. Bloomfield for defendant Agnes Yesterday Mr. Justice Edwards reserved judgment in a Native land case fcaving reference to the Kanotewhenua Block, involving a question as to the light of appeal from a Native Land Court sitting as a Compensation Court, c - delivered- by the Registrar of the .oreme Court (Mr. R. G. Thomas), a land hod been taken for scenery j-eservatton purposes by the Crown, and the owner, who was dissatisfied! with the compensation awarded him by the Satrve land Court sitting as a Conrpensai?on Court, appealed to the Native Ap*n?rte Court! That Court sought the ad- * - rf the Supreme Court on the quesixt whether such an appeal was good in law. TTig Honor holds that such, an appeal is good in law. The" matter being troughs witnia the ordinary jurisdiction ef the Native T*""1 Court, and there leing no -words which indicate a contrary trtenidon on tie part of the Legislature, fee same righA of appeal exists -with respect to t>iio case as with respect to dl other matters within the jurisdiction of that Court. An appeal lies to the yntutf Appellate Court for every order made -rmAtr? section 91 of the Act, upon any ground, whether of law or fact (indt'ding inadequacy of the compensation awarded), upon which any person interested in Hbe matter before the Native Land Court can show that he is aggrieved. TTis Honor adds, "I feel no dtrnbt that I am giving to the statute the effect iniendied by the legislature. Bearing in mind! the large interests wlncii may be involved in pTafmg for compensation under section 91 it is extremely improbable tJhafc Parliament intended that these pTa/irgg should be finally determmedi Tjj* one gentleman, ■who can have no special qualification: to enable hm to deal with such matters. The Bmjrar to the question, put in the case etstea by the Native AppeHarte Court is that an appeal lies in the Native Appellate Court for the order mentioned in im6 case stated." 9/6 is the popular price of our black isrd hats. They have the cokrfcr and sba.ye thai! wear welL Geo. Fowlds.— .(Ad.) Eeeently s dispute lit tie butchery trade was filed for hearing before the Conciliation Coimmissioneg. Under the powers conferred! upon him ! by clause 41 •-■- the Act of last year, Mr. Harle Giles advised the parties to hold a friendly conference, over >which he offered to preside unofficially. The employers agreed to the proposal, but the employees deeEned. The dispute will therefore be dealt with in the ordinary way. There was a -fair attendance at Messrs. fonmel "VaUe ami Sons" auction rooms yesterday, when several properties were offered. A property at Elierslie, containing- S« acres, with residence, was passed ill at £.1000. A native lease at TVialcalane, in the estate of Norman J. Levien, iras sold by order of the Official Assignee for £60, and attotment 202, Parish of Ikupiri, was sold at 10/- per acre. Telephone communicai-ion between Pnfcekohe and Auckland: -sras completed to-day. T3ie 'bureau at Pokekohe expected to be in operation on Monday b-Mr. Webster's office. Just opened: A fine lot of printed House flannelette, direct from makers. 4i£ ofd, 6|d, 7fd, Bfd, up, a special line •t 3Jd; excellent value in striped and plain do., 4|d, 5Ji 6fd, TJd. Sfd, up.—At McCullagh and Gower's.—(Ad.) Jttst opened. Special shipment of jstfan and reed furniture; latest designs; -'aTitng exceptionally cheap to clear prior io stocktaking. Tonson Garlick Company, Ltd.—(Ad.) Just opened: A big shipment of gloves ITwo-dnme in beaver and browns, 2/6 2/11. 3/11. 4/11; green, navy, and violet fcH, 3/6, 3/1 L 4/11; "long"ditto, 6/6; suede, two and three domes. 2/11, 3/11. 4/8; long white kid, 3AI, 4/11, up; -'■brie gloves, all colours, 1/ to 2/11. —At McCnUagh and Gower's. See windows.— fid.) For 6/11 yon can have a good-looking fflg-wearing suit for your boy. Ask for p£ tunic—Geo. Fowlds.—(Ad.) We have the latest in new striped fr*«eds and friezes. Special single dress lengths, from 25/9, up; plain colours, in great variety, in Cheviot frieze, double ~idths, from 2/6 to 3/11 yard; Amazon, Sedan, and costume cloths, "Dreadnought" finish.—McCullagh. and Gower taporters. —(Ad.) rom 39/6 you can buy one of our iy-to-wear suits. article that hag ,- .iity and style equal to tailor-made.— Eeo. Fowld3.—(Ad.) Costumes, faultlessly cut, and made of file most fashionable tertnxes, in leadJng shades. Large selection just opened, 29/U to S guineas.—McCuHagh and Cower.—(Ad.) Neglige shirts from 3AL Tasty patteas and choice colourings, the best to w seen and had in town.-45e0. Fowlds.— JAd.) We have the latest in wool blousings tew- cachemire flannels, new satin lames. English delaines, etc., for between Kasca wear, just the righi; weight, and good washing; prices to suit you.—McuiDagh and Gower, importers,—(Ad.) The place to get taking ties from 6d. •■awards. iGles and miles of attractive in this shop.—Geo. Fowlds.— Two big sample lots of lovely plain §jim and Cheviot jackets, beautifully rammed, and latest styles and colours; -jaly one of a kind, from the foremost *?ns, !wEght cheap, selling • cheap.—At

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THE SAN FRANCISCO SERVICE Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 74, 27 March 1909

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