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The following is Captain Edwin's weather forecast for 2-1 hours from 0 a.m. this day:—"From between west and south and south-east strong winds to gale; glass rise; rain probable) weather probably much colder." The origin of destructive fires is often shrouded in mystery. An incipient fire at Outpun on Wednesday, fortunately discovered in time, shows that both the cause and the discovery may both be novel and curious. A cyclist riding by the Outram Hotel at 5 o'clock in the morning was surprised to see the door of that hostel apparently abjaze. Dismounting, be found that the lamp above the entrance had become overheated, end, having melted part of the metal work of the lantern, was emptying its j ignited contents down upon the panels of the door. The cyclist gave the alarm, and the flames were quenched with a few buckets of water. Mj". Bland Holt, the well-known actor, recently shipped a valuable horse for Sydney by a New Zealand boat, which arrived there last week. It was consigned to Eppstein's stables in Williamstreet, and, on being removed from the steamer, was put in the charge of a stranger, who agreed, iij r-eturn for the usual couple of shillings, to lead it safely from Uie New Zealand wharf to the stables. Neither the horse nor the stranger lias since been seen or heard of, and an empty stall n, waits it, The nniin.il is a dark chestnut, about 14.3 lmniU high. The English Court of Appeal recently decided that a woman who has obtained a Police Court separation from lier husband on the ground of desertion, unless the desertion has lasted more than two years before the order is obtained, is for ever debarred from obtaining a divorce, no matter what the subsequent conduct of, her husband may be. The decision is the I most imoprtant in divorce law evere delivered. In an interview, 3lr. Geo. Hutchison, a well-known Wanganui barrister, ! expressed the opinion that as the New Zealand law was based on the English law, the ruling would hold good out here. In connection with the resolution passed by the Northeote Borough Council, congratulating the frovernment upon their offer of a battleship to the British Savy, Sir Joseph Ward has replied to the Mayor, Mr. H. C'adness, as follows:— " Please accept yourself, and convey to your councillors my sincere thanks for their expressions of appreciation at the action of the Government in offering a battleship to the Mother Country. I am, pleased to inform you that messages of I approbation have been pouring in from all' sides.— J. G. Ward." Referring to Mr. I ~ Kent's remarks on the arrangements recently made for! a regular mail service from London to Wellington, via San Francisco and Papeete, tbe "Post" says the Wellington province and the South Island agree that the steamers in the new mail service via Papeete will not set the sea Qα lire. They know it is a " makeshift," but a makeshift is better than nothing. We i have no doubt that a much faster connee- i tion will come by and by, with Auckland or Wellington as the terminal port. Wellington has to be convinced that it would be to New Zealand's best interest to make Auckland the base for the distribution of the inland mails, but Wellington has really no provincial feeling in the matter. If tlio die is cast in Auckland's favour, hereafter, we are sure that Wellington will not begin to sulk and remain moody. The people here nre accused of grab-all propensities, but actually they are the most difficult public in New Zealand to be stirred up for their own advantage. But for the kindly interference by the police, the probabilities are that a serious riot would have occurred at Auckland Trotting Club's meeting at. Alexandra Park last Saturday. After the favourite had won the sixth race, one j 6f the bookmakers (a stranger to Auckland) was unable or unwilling to pay out, and resorted to the now commosi practice of what is known as "balancing-" or : n other words, paying back the backers' own money and promising the rest in the "sweet by and bye," Tbe crowd of victims rushed the bookie, hustling him considerably and it looked i as if he was in for a bad time, when he was rescued by the police and escorted to safety. Shipping sheep from the "Sorth to t.he South Island is (.fays the ' 'Timaru Herald") not exactly the cheapest thing in the -worM. The two boatloads of sheep which 'Mr. C. H. Bosley has just landed at Timaru from Gisborne cost £IoGO in freight, and, in addition to this, his bill for wharfage totalled £40. It is proposed to remove the sittings of the Native Land Court from Wanganui because some townspeople have raised objections to having so many Maoris j about the town. The tradespeople are I incensed at the proposal, for they say the Xafa've trade during the three months of the session is worth £6000 to them. There is. unfortunately, a gang of welshera at present exploiting I the Dominion. who are. it is I stated, undesirables from the other side anil in addition to welshing, add as well) the crime of picking pockets, several ( people? having be en victimised of late. At tho circus the other evening, one man had his purse deftly removed, and the mention of circus to him now, is like a red nig- to a bull," while on Saturday, one of the victims of tho welsher, while crowding up to try to get his money, had his pc«ket turned inside out and thp contents extracted. It is about time the various racing clubs gave the polk'e instructions to keep their courses clear of these gentry, or racing will soon be I shunned by numbers of its best patrons. Industrial matters are very peaceful just now/ said ths Hon. A.W. Hogg, j Minister, for Tjabouv, to a ""Dominion" reporter. "In fact, I never knew the Ltt'bour world more calm than it is at present, and it will be my object to keep it so. The Conciliation Councils are creating a impression, and the new system, of keeping employers tp to the mark by means of the Magistrates' Courts will have a most salutary effect. ; The long delays hitherto experienced in j getting wrongs righted have led to a • large amount of friction, but the prompt methods of the magistrates in dealing with tho cases brought before them are bound to clmust prnvwt abuses of any

.*£? the Conciliation'Counet Z *»■ agreement the results of such Icon France W puld not be Ending, the SS. great difficulties are anticipated, hot ment " at an amLca We 4tlt A petition has been Ipdged with the o Irngton Town Clerk requesting that" poll be taken on the question of deter fifng the day for the statutory Jeefchr halt-holiday in Wellington district The - names attached total about 2900 and it is a question now whether this number deludes at least one-tenth of the municipal electors for the combined district JSo more signatures can be added he" «mse the time for filing the petition has closed. The promoters, w ho 8e purposeiß to secure Saturday as the half-fcoli-day, urge that the assessment about si natures should be made on the basis 'of names actually on the roll at the time v.iien the petition was sent in. However, even if this. plea is granted it is questionable whether the required tenth has been obtained. Last year the muni- ' ' cipal roll for Greater Wellington alone • ran to over ?8,000 names, and' it is believed that the list fpr the combined district niust now be somewhere near os|ooo. ■ t ■ i. An incident, as exciting a,s it was : : probably unique, occurred during the last Homeward voyage of the R.M.S. Orpya from Sydney. Shortly after the Jjner had. ■ rounded .the island of Perini, in the Bed bea, an unusual commotion forward attracted general attention, the passengers and crew running to the side of °the ship to see what had happened. Their astonishment can be better imagined than described when they found that ai ; enormous tiger shark, fully 23ft long was firmly embedded on the oowpf the dmer. With its tail the shark conducted" a terrific onslaught on the starboard, side of the steamer, which jras Jiunyin" forward £it a speed of 15 knots. At length finding that the monster was really im. : paled, Captain La/ws decided to bring the : Oroya to' « standstill, the engines thea being reversed. Directly the liner, oqm- > menced to move astern the shark swept : clear. .-■••♦■ m A' man named Laurence Hart, whilst proceeding to the sidewalk a-t the toppf Vincenf-street from a* .trajnear "on < Saturday night, camo into collision with a bicyclist, fta a result of μ-ffifh both were severely bruised. A man named E. Winthorpe met >vith 1 a serjons accident on the Bemuera-road •whilst riding a .bicycle or Saturday afternoon. He turned to apeak to .somfr 1 one, and in doing so ran Jnto a tramcar which was standing still. He sustained concussion of the ; biaw, and w&s reniQved 1 to the hospital, •'' Fast-growing children are delicate because their vitality is -Steams, ' Wine of Cod- liver produces sound flesh, nwscle, tissue aptf pure rich red blood in their veins. Children liktto take it .".."""" r v"

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Auckland Star Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 75, 29 March 1909

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