Rain in plenty, and a little more. Lieut.-colonel Seeley says that Britain's splendid generosity is unparalleled. Two Japanese warships wrested from the Russians are to visic Canada in May. The London wool sales have closed witjh all classes showing a good advance on' earlier prices. Union Company's big turbine steamer Marama made her first appearance in the YVaitemata j'esterday. The inquest on the man killed'through the collapse of a roof in Petone is adr journed till to-morrow. A quarter of the meat and poultry, marketed at the great Sinithfield markets during 190S was Australasian. A conference between the Kiripaka Coal Miners' Union and the mineownera is likely to eventuate at an early date. Prince Alexander of Servia declares that he will not take; the place of his iaSS^jtojiiaesEa "thef succs£ '* si'on. An ambulance Saturday collection at Timaru realised f 128 in the town, while country lists are expected to bring , it up to £140. Conciliation Council on the private hen tel and restaurant keepers again this morning. All but four employers cited struck out. The Conciliation Council will hear the dispute between the Auckland butchers and their employeesAn Wednesday, the 14th of next month. a * There are indications that Canada intends to build a navy of her own and release the Motherland from the responsibility of her defence. I About 2900 names have been attached to a Wellington petition for a halfholiday determining poll. Signatories wanted Saturday to be fiexd. The Lord Mayor of Sydney has cabled to Sir Joseph Ward congratulations oa his noble offer ! adding that Australia has no alternative but to follow the lead. Thames branch of Auckland Educational Institute considers that the sixth standard test of the proficiency examination is too severs and the time allowed insufficient. ■Congratulations continue to pour ia upon Lieutena/nt iSiiackleton and 3 >.s intrepid explorers—the most recent from his Majesty the King and from the Polar Commission. An Italian boardinghouse-keeper died at the hospital yesterday as the result of an alleged bottle throwing affair at his house a fortnight back. Inquest opened this morning. The daughter of a Californian archdeacon, who is to marry a Japanese, was mobbed at the San Francisco railway etation, and was finally rescued by newspaper reporters. Harbour Board re-election to-day. Peculiar circumstances attaching ensure extraordinary interest, both on part of the general public and those entitled to vote—payers of dues and vessel owners. Plucky rescue by two young Norwegian sailors of a man who fell over the Railway wharf on Saturday night. Landed him unconscious, while they themselves were exhausted. Very strong tide to contend against. Mr. Fisher's policy speech will indicate that, the aim of the Federal Government is to provide such a fleet that the Imperial squadron may be withdrawn and the Australian navy may patrol the South Seas and police the lands. Mr. Runciman, President of the Board of Education, declares that the British navy is impregnable, and that the German has only two-fifths the number of -sailors available. The Government's motto was safety without superfluity. The dispute between the Auckland Builders and Contractors and General Labourers' Industrial Union of Workers and the Auckland Builders and Contractors Employers' Union and others comes on for hearing before the Conciliation Council on Tuesday, April 6. Guide Warbrick, who ascended Ngauruhoe on Thursday with two tourists, declares that Wairoangu in all its grandeur was but an infant'"compared to what in to bo eeen at Ngauruhoe at present. The distinguishing feature is the great quantity of mud ejected. An important decision recently by English Appeal Court, that a woman who Ims obtained separation from her hushand in the police court on the ground of desertion is for ever debarred from ob-. talniHo divorce, unless the desertion had lasted more than frwe years before the order was obtained, }§ exercising New Zealand legal opinion, ;New Zealand la\y being based pn English laSv, it is considwed the decision liolds good here
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