FURTHER RETIREMENTS. (By Telegraph.—own. correspondent.) WELLINGTON, this day. The retirements under the Civil Service reorganisation include Mr D. Barron Commissioner of Crown Lands, Otago, and brother of Mr A. Barron, who is also being retired from the position of Lands Purchase Officer. The report says the Public Health Department trill lose the services of Dr. Mason. Chief Health Officer, and Dr. Pomare, Native Health Officer. INQUEST AT DUNEDIN. DUNEDIN, this day. An inquest was held this morning on the body of Albert Edward Burden, who died suddenly yesterday when clearing out a gas holder. After hearing evidence, the. coroner said: "I have no hesitation in coming to the conclusion that, death was solely due to the effect of gas poisoning. I have also no hesita 1 tion in saying there ie nothing to show that there was any negligence or want of proper precautions. Death was purely one of inadvertence, no blame being attachable to anyone." A verdict was entered accordingly. A RISE IN BREAD. DUNEDIN, this day. Owing to the continued high price of flour the cash price of bread for the 4lb. loaf will be raised to 7d from Monday next. LYTTELTON CUSTOMS REVENUE, CHRISTCHURCH, this day. During the year ended March 31st, 1008, the amount of Customs revenue collected at Lyttelton was £457,075 2/1. Beer duty amounted to £ 17,009 8/2. The total revenue, including excise duty and other miscellaneous receipts, was £481,086 19/2. During the year ended on Wednesday Customs revenue was £424,204 7/11, and beer duty, £17,201 14/6; total revenue, £445,887 12/1. WELLINGTON RETURNS. WELLINGTON, this day. The Customs returns far the port of Wellington for the past month show a general increase in the value and quantity of exports compared -with those of the corresponding month of laet year. T-Ee total value was £524,372, as against £333,340 last year. For the quarter the value was £1,585,070, as against £-1,296,060 In the same period in 1008. MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS. GISBOBNE, this day. A banquet was 'held last evening to commemorate the completion of the successful membership campaign of the V.M.C.A., which organisation enters into its new club rooms next week. In three weeks, by active canvass, the membership was raised to 313. DUNEDIN, this day. Mr, McPherson (president) and Mr. iPcter Barr (secretary) will represent the Dunedin Chamber of Commerce at the Chambers of Commerce Conference to be held at Wellington at Easter. WELLINGTON, this day. It is understood that the position of the Government Meteorologist, vacant by the retirement of Capt. Edwin, will Be filled "by the appointment of the Rev. D. C. Bates, who has been on the office staff for some time past. CHRISTOKURCH, tMs day. IJieut. Shackleton has -written to. the Harbour Board declining an invitation to a banquet owing to pressure of vyork and the scattering of the members of the expedition. In acknowledging the <!ompiiment, however, he expresses his lhanks to the Board for the many kindnesses shown to himself and other members of the expedition, and placing the harbour resources wt his disposal.
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