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SOUTHERN NEWS.

(By! Telegraph.—Press As'sbcfation.) FERE* IN WELLINGTON. WELLINGTON, this day. A seven-roomed house in Adelaideroad, occupied by Max Simmon, -was damaged very much by fire hist night through the explosion of a kerosene lamp. The contents were'insured in the Guardian Office for £950. TREATMENT OF CRIMINALS. WELLINGTON, this day. The Hon. Dr. Findlay has obtained a report from Dr. Hay, inspector of asylums regarding forty prisoners who might be suitable subjects for transfer from gaols to existing tree-planting stations. The report deals with the-bir-cumstances, character and records of each prisoner, and only those whom the criminologist has recommended will Be transfer-red. It is understood this is the first application of scientific criminal orthropology in dealing with the outcasts of society detained in gaols. v GOVERNMENT MESSENGERS. WELLINGTON, this day. Some doubt has been expressed as to whether messengers in the Government service, over 65 years of age, are to be retired under the superannuation regulations. It <has now been decided, as a temporary arrangement at all events, that the messengers likely to he affected are to continue in the service. CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE CONGRESS. " WELLINGTON, this day. It is anticipated that fifteen Chambers iyill be represented at the Chambers of Commerce Conference in Wellington on the 15th- inst. and* the following day. A wide range of srxbjects concerning commerce is down for discussion. It is probable that a selection will be made of the New Zealand delegates to attend the Imperial Chambers of Commerce Conference in September next at Sydney. Efforts are to be made to induce the English delegates to that conference to. visit- New Zealand^ MINISTER FOR MINES. \ WESTPORT, this day. The Hon. R. McKenzie -(Minister for Mines) arrived in Westport last night, coming overland from Nelson. He was tendered a complimentary social in the Victoria Theatre last night. Ho received deputations from the School of Mines and the County Council this morning, and laid the foundation stone of the new School of Mines at noon, after which he attended a complimentary luncheon by the Council of the School of Mines. He left this afternoon for Seddonville. CUSTOMS RETURNS. WELLINGTON, this day. The returns of Wellington Customs duties completed for the financial year show all round decreases compared, with the figures of last year. Total, receiptB t including Customs duties, beer duty, .light dues,, pilotage .excise, and, port charges,,evidence.,.a. decrease, of. Actual Customs receipts show a % decrease of £73,7.45. Total receipts for- 1909 were £820,671. NEW PLYMOUTH, this day. Customs duties collected; at the port of- New- Plymouth last month totalled £3,690, as against £3,277 in March, 1908. The total for the. past year was £38,927, las against £38,794 in the previous year. WELLINGTON BtTRGLARIES. WELLINGTON, Wednesday. A young man named Alfred Burnecle was charged at the Magistrate's Court to-day with having entered the Ngahauranga railway station by night anS stolen articles of clothing valued at £4 4/6. Accused was committed for trial at the Supreme Court. Richard Lynch admitted haying entered a dwellinghouse and stolen jewellery worth £10 10/. He was committed to the Supreme Court for sentence. The .same accused was sentenced to seven days' imprisonment for stealing a travelling rug. INQUEST. WELLINGTON, Wednesday. At the inquest on'the body of S. Rogers, tailor, the evidence, showed that deceased was 56 years of age. He was married, though it is not known where his wife and children re'-'de. He came from Auckland in January seeking work, and had been worried through lack of employment. A verdict was returned that deceased was found drowned. SOLICITOR READMITTED. WELLINGTON, Wednesday. The case of Charies Edward Matthews, solicitor, was dealt, with by the Court of- Appeal. This was a motion on behalf of Matthews for readmission as a solicitor. There was. no opposition on the part of the Law Society. The Bench originally made an order that Matthews should be at liberty to apply for reinstatement at the expiration of two years, and in view of his character an order for readmission was made. BANKRUPTCY RETURNS. PALMERSTON NORTH, this day. During the quarter ending March 31 there were ten baiißfruptctes in "Palmerston North registration distriot. Of these two were filtd in Palmerston North, two at Feilding, and one each at Manakau, Foxton, Makino, Waikanae, Bulls, and Rongote, the local official assignee exercising administration over a particularly wide area. SUDDEN DEATH. DUNEDIN, this day. Mr. J. Steele, of Oamaru, died suddenly at Alexandra last night. Deceased, who was 75 years of age, and had spent 40 yers in Oamaru district, had travelled through from Dunedin yesterday. EGG-LAYING COMPETITION. NELSON, this day. The first egg-laying competition was concluded yesterday, and was won by J. A. Frost's White Leghorns with a total of 1272 eggs; Savage's White Leghorns second, 1269; Mrs. Roger's WhiteLeghorns, third, 1264. Then followed Coleman and Black's Brown Leghorns, 1256; H. O. Jacka's White Leghorns, 1236; W. Hockey's Brown Leghorns, 1227. Total number of eggs laid, 39,797; average of 1047 a pen and. 174 i eggs a bird.

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SOUTHERN NEWS. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 78, 1 April 1909

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