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THE SAN FRANCISCO SERVICE.

The Chamber of Commerce has called a meeting for Tuesday next, with the intention of urging Government to arrange for the re-establishment of tjie 'Frisco mail service with Auckland as first port of call. We have so frequently dwelt upon the advantages offered by this mail service, and the loss and injury inflicted, not only upon Auckland but upon the whole country by its discontinuance, that we need hardly restate the case here and now, except to express our regret that no concerted effort has been made by the people of Auckland before this to retrieve the situation. Xobody needs to be reminded of the countless inconveniences to which we are constantly exposed by the lack of regular and rapid communication with England; and as loss of time commercially speaking always means loss of money, it would be -extremely difficult to over-estimate the amount of material damage that the community has suffered through the cessation of-the 'Frisco mail service. As to the prospect of starting it again on a new basis, we must reluctantly admit that our chance has been distinctly lessened by the establishment of the Wellington connection with Tahiti. When the agitation over the Island fruit service was in progress, we warned our readers that the new service would be used as an argument against the restoration of the 'Frisco mail subsidy whenever the question was raised, and we fear that our apprehensions on this score are likely to be justified. However, the case for the Txisco mail service, with. Auckland as first port of call, is as strong to-day as «ver it was. The San Francisco route is still overwhelmingly superior to every other route yet proposed as a means of postal communication between England and New Zealand; and' it is because we are convinced that the advantages it affords are not confined to Auckland, but are shared "by the whole Dominion that we are prepared to support the 'appeal of the Chamber of Commerce to Government to re-open negotiations for the re-establish-ment of the mail connection with England through the United State*- .

' The following weather forecast is supplied by the Rev. T. C. Bates: "Southerly moderate to strong winds; rain probable; glass rise slowly." Speaking at the Sailors' Home yesterday afternoon on the occasion of a presentation to the two lads who were successful in saving a man from drowning in the harbour last week, the Chairman of the Council (Mr. P. J. Nerheny) remarked that had it not been for the knowledge possessed by the rescuers of artificial their efforts -would probably huve been fruitless. He considered that in an institution like the Sailors' Home there should be some system of lectures on the subject, in order that tiiotee jnen who earned their living on the sea might be given an opportunity, of hearing them. In the course of his reply on behalf of the recipients, 3Jr. R. St. Clair (vice-Cousul for Norway) emphasised the value of these accomplishments, and said that they had , already prepared all data on this point. He had induced the Government to send for 2,000 copies of a work on life-saving. Preference could also be given for employment on the sea to those versed in the arts of swimming and artificial respiration. In reference to the Sydney cable message, telling of an exciting chase and the arrest of a well-known criminal named John Frederick Croke, a Press 'Association telegram from Wellington states that Croke entered upon a criminal career at an early age. He is only 23 years old, but -five years ago was convicted of a serious crime and sentenced to nine months' imprisonment. For breaking and entering the premises of Warnock and Adkin in Wellington, and stealing £50 worth of drapery in December, 1905, he was sent to goal on . three charges of theft, but escaped from custody in the following month, for which he received an additional six months' imprisonment. He was liberated from Lyttelton goal only last November. He is a native of London and a seaman by calling. A cable has been received by L/ieutenant Shackleton from the Lord Mayor of Sydney, on behalf of the crowded gathering which welcomed Professor David, congratulating him and his comrades on their safe return after the heroic march south.

As announced in our amusement column, Prof. G. Beaumont, of Paris, will give at the St. Andrew's Parish Hall, Syrnonds-street, on Monday evening next, at 8 p.m., a lecture and demonstration of the new psychological method of rapidly acquiring languages. Such a subject is nowadays of great interest to many, all the more so that this new system is not only recognised as the quickest, but also as the most easy and practical means of mastering rapidly the conversational difficulties of foreign tongues. Prof. G. Beaumont is already well known as a lecturer, and cannot fail to deal with his subjects in an interesting manner. Monsieur Robert Boeufve, Consul for France, will preside. The interesting ceremony of opening the new Onehunga Borough waterworks extension will take place on Wednesday next at 3 o'clock in the afternoon, when the Mayor (Mr. J. Rowe) will officiate. Invitations to be present have been sent to all the Mayors and councillors throughout the Auckland district. Reporting to the Southland Education Board, Inspector Wylie made reference to the daylight saving question. He said that in his opinion the scheme, if adopted, would be a decided benefit. In the summer afternoons the heated atmosphere induced languor of mind in pupils, and this was calculated to excite instability and irritability of temper. This could be modified by using the cooler part of the day for school work. The experiment in a small way had been tested, the summer hours in some echools having been changed from 9.30 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. to nine a.m. to three p.m. The change had proved very beneficial. A young man named George Albysius Williams, who is crippled in both legs and has his left arm deformed, was charged at the Magistrate's Court Keefton, before Messrs Scantlebury and Shepherd, Justices, with soliciting alma, and was sentenced to three months' imprisonment. Williams carried a card, on which was printed a verse of poetry entitled "A Cripple Boy's with a footnote stating he was collecting sufficient money to buy an artificial pair of feet. When arrested he had in his possession cash amounting to £24 11/4, a New South Wales Post Office Bank book showing £ 188 to credit and an. American Savings Bank book with 160 dollars (£32) to his credit, making a grand total of £244 11/4. He had also a number of the above begging cards printed in four different languages, a passport signed by the United States Ambassador in Paris for use in Turkey, and a letter from the Manager of the Canadian-Australian Line authorising the Agents to grant the accused a passage at a reduced fare on the steamer Marama owing to his straightened circumstances. The Bench characterised his action as most despicable and the worst case they had ever dealt with. He had to all appearances been carrying on this collecting for a number of years, and in many instances taken money from persons who could ill afford it, and who had not as many shillings as he had pounds. The accused pressed for a fine to be inflicted in lieu of imprisonment, stating he had an. aged mother in San Francisco and his imprisonment would have a serious effect on her. but the Justices refused to alter their decision. By request, the Rotorua Rowing Club had decided to add an extra event to the programme for the forthcoming regatta —a single sculling handicap, distance one and a-half miles, the first prize to be £4 and the second £1. The entry fee is 5/. It appears that the Tasmanian timber trade with New Zealand will shortly be placed on a much more satisfactory basis than hitherto (says a Hobart telegram to the Melbourne "Argus.") Tasimaniaii exporters and New Zealand importers have both felt the' need of a regular service, so that orders can be promptly executed, and ft has transpired that negotiations for forming a, syndicate of merchants in the Dominion, and Tasma-nian exporters for the purpose of running a steamer of their own in the trade have been brought to a successful termination. The steamer, which will be able to carry about 1500 tons 1 dead weight, is being procured from England, and the vessel is to be delivered at Albany about June next. It is stated to be the intention of the syndicate to also employ a steamer in the coal-carrying trade between Australia and New Zealand. It is shown in the New Zealand Trade Review in. dealing with the importation of foreign, pianos, tHat in IDO6 the importation was 1661 British to 2398 foreign instruments. Iα l&0>7 tlie importation of British pianos was 1655 and foreigners 2320. Last year the British instruments rose to 1851, Tvhile foreign pianos remained at 2320.

A Wellington employer's faith in the unemployed was temporarily shattered under somewhat peculiar circumstances. It appears that two unemployed men applied in a certain - quarter for work. The work was forthcoming, tSe orders being to proceed, to a. particular house, one of his unoccupied houses in Thorndon, and remove the roof, as the house was to be rebuilt on top. "I don't know whether you want work," said the new employer, eyeing the workers suspiciously, "but there is 1/3 an hour if you take the job on." The toilers were glad to get the work, and set out for the scene of operations. On arriving they found two unoccupied houses, and at once decided on fhe house which they were to operate on. With some idea of impressing their employer and so getting further work, they plied their implements with unusual vigour., and only desisted when the roof was off and the windows out and a heavy rainstorm came on. Later they put the finishing touches to their work, and were proceeding to town to claim their remuneration when they met their employer. He had in the meantime been up to the house he had sent the men to, and had noticed that nothing had been done to it. He upbraided the men with considerable force, and was met with an indignant denial that the work liad not been done. Further inquiries elicited the information that/ the two unoccupied houses had led to complications. It appears that the workers had gone to the wrong one of the two houses, and ihad lifted the roof of the house next door to the one in which the contractor was interested. There are few papers published on any subject, or in any part of the world, that as fully meet the wants of the class of readers catered for as does the "New Zealand Farmer." As a body, farmers are conservative and undemonstrative, and when they go out of their way to gratuitously praise an article they have good reason for doing so. It is a pleasing tribute to the work of "The Farmer" that dozens of its readers in renewing their subscriptions, make enthusiastic reference to the value the paper has proved to them individually. If you are interested in any form of live stock— dogs and poultry are specially catered for—or ire engaged in agriculture or fruit-growing, you are a heavy loser if you do not subscribe to this monthly. The April issue is just out, and anyone who has not had the good fortune to see a copy of the paper should lose no time in securing the number from any news agent, or the Brett Printing Company. An agriculturalist, pastoralist, dairy fanner or fruit-grower who, after carefully going through even one issue of the paper, concludes that he can get on just as well without it belongs to that non-progressive class that fortunately i» becoming beautifully less in New Zealand. In giving decision in the WakatuStorm collision case the Nautical Court expressed the opinion that the look-out on such vessels was regarded practically as a farce. Owners', and not the officers, were more responsible in regard to this branch of the service, they considered. Last month New Zealand exported 44,0440z. of gold, worth £-150,522. In March last year the export was 41,5850z, worth £166,276. 204,0080z5. of silver valued at £20,343, were exported last month, as compared with 89,0380z5., worth £9051, in March last year. I There has been, some agitation*in rfc spect of the situation of the. ne.w post office to'"be"builE at Eps'om7"Tn J reply to a few who have written to him to have the. building erected in the vicinity of Greenlane and Manukau-road, the Premier has replied that in fixing the sites for new suburban post offices in Auckland, the Department is having regard to the distances between the offices. The site of the present office is twenty-five minutes' walk from the Newmarket office, but the site suggested would be thirty-five minutes from there, which would be too far. The communication reminded the petitioners that the present office at One Tree Hill will be allowed to remain. The Secretary of the National Defence League received to-day the following telegram from the President of the League, Mr W. B. Leyland, now in Dunedin with the Timber Commission:—"On your timely public-meeting,-on the almost entire adoption of our platform , by the Government, on the fact that the formation of the National Defence League has not been a wasted effort. Congratulations.—(Signed) Leyland." While working at his bord in Ralph's Mine on Thursday an elderly miner named William Tunny was rather badly hurt. Some coal, from the face which he was cutting fell on the head and upper part of his body, cutting the face severely, blackening the eyes, fracturing ■the nose, and inflicting a few bruises on the hack and body. Dr. Ea-st was soon in attendance. The patient is doing as well as can be expected under the circumstances. A general meeting of the Waitemata branch of the Liberal and "Labour Federation, is advertised for Tuesday evening next. We are informed by 'Mr. Henry Hughes (Patent Agent, Auckland) that the following applications for patents have been filed by residents in the Auckland Province:—D. F. B. Brown, track 'brake; J. Chambers and Son, Ltd., mining cage; H. P. Evans, fish-caring; M. Henderson, life-saving device; T. Jackson, scrubcutter; T. F. Leihy, egg-brander; D. MeLean, hydro-level; E. McPartland, dustpan; J. E. Owen, sewer block; S. G. PiOseman, broom head and bunching ana-chine; P. H. Webber, funnel; E. Wrigley, flax-dressing machine. The St. Andrew's Choral Class are giving an excellent programme in the East Street Hall on Monday evening next at eight p.m. in aid of the funds of the Mission; the programme will be found in this issue. Special services are to be held at Holy Trinity Church, Devonport, during Holy Week. The wholesale quotations for butter and eggs for the week ending April 10, 1909, are as follows: —Butter (factory), 1/0-1 per lb.; butter (farmers'), 7d per lb.; eggs, 1/6 per doz. The anniversary services of the Parnell Methodist Sunday School will 'be held to-morrow. If that long, exhausting illness has left you in a very, weak condition, let Steams' Wine of Cod Liver Extract give you back your strength by building up your tissues'. It makes new blood and vitality(Ad.) •>• From 39/6 you can buy one of our ready-to-wear suits. An article that has quality and style equal to tailor-made — Geo. Fowlds.—(Ad.)

Blankets and Flannels: You'll find blankets All sizes and prices. English, from 4s lid; colonial, los Hd to 49s 6d

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THE SAN FRANCISCO SERVICE. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 80, 3 April 1909

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