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TABLE TALK.

Selwyn centenary to-day. Ninety-two cases of cerebral meningitis are und<*. treatment in Paris. Oxford beat Cambridge in the boat raca on Saturday by three lengths. The Transvaal Legislative Council hat adopted tke Federal Constitution unamended.. A record attendance at the volunteer Easter encampments is anticipated throughout the Dominion. The Federal Parliament is to be called together a month earlier than was intended in order to discifcss the naval situation. Bullion to the value of £ 104,146 wa3 taken away by the Waikare an Saturday afternoon for transhipment to the s.s. Paparoa. The N.DL. reports an unprecedented falling-off in passenger trade to the s United States last year. No dividend will be declared. • x Director of the Napier Technical School (Mr R. P. Clarkson) drowned on Napier beach on Saturday afternoon while bathing. The Salvation Army is raising a million sterling for a world University ot Humanity for the training of workers in the social service branches of their work. Four big ocean goers, approximating 6000 tons apiece, have arrived in the port during the past 24 hours. A busy week generally promises in shipping matters. Saint Yves, a French won the American professional Derby Marathon from Dorando; Longboat, Hayes, Shrubb, and Mat Maloney being defeated competitors. "Are you a married man?" queried Mr.Kettle, S.M., of an offender in tha Police Court this morning. "Not ia Auckland, your Worship," was the candid reply. Lieutenant Shackleton, the officers and shore party of the Nimrod were entertained at a banquet by the Canterbury Philosophical Institute on Saturday evening. English Nonconformists are forming an Anti-Socialist Association to combat Socialism in the free churches, and- 1 discountenance the introduction of politics into the pulpit. The memorial tablet to the late Archdeacon Dudley who was for 36 years in charge of St. Sepulchre's was unveiled at the church last evening by Bishop Neligan. At a public meeting in Onehunga on Saturday night the Council's drainage scheme was heartily approved, and a poll decided upon. The poll •\vill be taken on Wednesday, the 21st inst. The people of Lawrence are highly indignant that work on the LawrenoeRoxburgh railway formation has been curtailed to ballasting operations. A public meeting is to be held in protest. Bishop Grimes, head of the Roman Catholic Church in Canterbury, made a stirring speech in approval of the Premier's Dreadnought offer to the Empire at the banquet to Lieutenant Shackleton on Saturday night. A quarter of an hour after the opening of the reserved seat plans on Saturday, for Lieutenant Shackleton's lecture at His Majesty's Theatre, Christchurch, on Wednesday next, every seat had been booked; an easy record in the booking history of the theatre. The "Spectator" says that the world will not realise the strength of the ties uniting the various communities of the Empire until the moment of peril arrives. New Zealand's gift will be used to make assurance doubly sure, not to relieve the British taxpayer. The luck of the convivialist attended a man who chose the Henderson railway line for a couch on Saturday night. The driver saw him in time to slacken up enough to knock him clear in one piece. He is now suffering from a severe scalp wound and three amputated fingers. The new 1,000,000 cubic feet Dunedin Municipal gasholder has been finished, the allocation for the work having been £20,000. Other work has also been carried out to bring the machinery and retort houses thoroughly up-to-date, £50,000 having been raised for the whole outlay.

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TABLE TALK. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 81, 5 April 1909

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