*■ i 1 The following is Captain Edwin's weai ther forecast for 24 hours from 9 a.m. . this day.—"From between north and . west and south-west strong winds to , gale; glass rise;; rain probable; wea- ■ ther probably colder." The Auckland Agricultural and PasfcoruJ Association's Winter Exhibition Committee, met yesterday for the purpose of appointing sub-conirnittees for i detail work. One was appointed to interview thu railway and steamer authorities towards obtaining reduced fares to ■ the exhibition. The exhibition will be • opened at the Railway Wharf sheds on , May 24 (Empire Day), and already entries are. being received in large numbers, especially in the butter and cheese ; classes. The following committees were > elected: Space Ground Committee: Messrs , T. Simson, L. Wallis, and A. Anderson; ! ground manager: Mr. T. Simeonj District Exhibits Committee: Messrs. J. G. '• Butheiford, J. H. Scott, J. M. Phillips, ; T. Himson; Judges' Selection Committee: ; Messrs. .]. R. Walters and D. J. McGowan; Press Committee: Messrs. F. Rollett, F. Baxter, K. ITEsterrc, A. K. Hayward, r and E. A. James. ' A meeting of creditors was called for f this'morning at the office of the Official ; Assignee, but as only the debtor at--3 tended, Mr Gerard remarked that if the creditors took no interest in the matter, he was prepared to accept the bank--1 rupt's statement as correct. The debtor 5 remarked that his creditors knew his j failure was the result of sickness. j At the Drill Hall on Friday night next the newly formed Highland Company • (which will be "H" Co. of First Bat- '• talion Auckland Infantry), will- be eni rolled and sworn in, the services of this , corps having been accepted by the Gov- . ernment. The strength allowed ia 60 rank and file with three officers, but as r about 80 names have been handed in it 5 will be impossible to accept all of these. Mr Charles Gre}- announces that he . will be a candidate for the office of Mayor of Auckland in April next. The Wanganui River service from the Ist April will be Tuesdays, Wednes- > days, Thursdays, and Saturdays, from ■ Taumarunui. i The funeral of the late Mr. Norman D. McKay- took place at Waipu on. Sun,- , day. ' A very large number of people assembled at the lower wharf to await T the arrival of the s.a. Gael with the body, r which was taken .direct fro'ni the boat !to the cemetery,- where the Rev. W. i Thompson conducted the funeral service. The funeral was conducted with Masonic ! emblems. The Rev. W. Thompson ga.ve i a short memorial service in the Church in the evening. ; The story of the Dreadnought and why she was built forma the subject of a remarkably well illustrated article in 1 this week's "Graphic." The pictures i show some of the latest types of the I fighting leviathans of the age, and in- , elude one of the new German Dread- [ noughts. The whole number is exceptionally well illustrated from cover to ! cover, and is in every way up to the . standard oi the brightest and most upj. to-date of the New Zealand weeklies. , The Union Steam Ship Company has decided to withdraw one of its steamers 5 from the Onehunga—New Plymouth ser--1 vice, and to continue running the other t boat twice a week from Onehunga to r New Plymouth and once to Wellington, ! announces Sir James Mills, the company's managing director. This in view of the traffic diversion caused by the ! opening of the Main Trunk railway, i Next summer, however, it is hoped to re- . sume the daily service. The fares have also been reduced. '_ The reason of the Wellington-Papeete five-weekly service being instituted is ; briefly explained by Sir James Mills, ! manager of the Union Company. The i Papeete-San Francisco service is fiveweekly, while the Auckland-Papeete service is four-weekly. The alternatives I towards obtaining a direct service via Tahiti, therefore, were either to"reduce ; the Auckland trip to a five-weekly one or • to institute another service from Weilington, which course was chosen. Koehfort, matron of the Te Waikato Sanatorium, is inaugurating a Patriotic Ladies' League for the purpose of raising funds from ladies only to assist the Mother Government to provide battleships, should they be requir- , ed; or in any other way to defend Britain from her enemies. The hearty , co-operation of all Mayors throughout the Dominion is being invoked, and the ' appeal will doubtless receive due atteni tion. Although it is proposed to re- ■ strict the subscriptions to 1/- and 2/-, , a goodly sum will probably be gathered in. A meeting to further the object will 1 be held in the Fanners' Club Room this afternoon. Mr R. C. Carr calls attention to the ( sale of houses and allotments ia , Jervois and Hamilton-roads, Ponsonby, on Friday, at 12 o'clock, at his rooms, Swanson-street. In furtherance of the scheme in which numbers of British lails will be brought to Australia and placed on farms, Dr. . Arthur, the president of the Immigration League of Australasia, while in Melbourne and Adelaide, made arrangements by which young immigrants coming to these State* shall be rftet on arrival, and thjsn taken to a boys' institution. They will reside there until they leave for the country. There is a great demand in all the States for lads even without experience, at good wages, and with excellent prospects of being in a position -to take up land for themselves . in course of time. Been reading by a poor light and got a headache? Never mind—Steams' I Headache Cure drives away the pain in I a few minutes—leaves your head clear. ■ Twenty million people use it. 1/- a box. (Ad.) We have the latest in silks. The new Roman vesting, worked with brilliant ■ metal threads, just the" style for cos- • tume waistcoats. The new "British" . made striped silks, for blouses or dresst es, 1/JIJ yardi taffetas, 1/3J to 7/11 yard.—McOuUagh end Gower, importers.
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