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TABLE TALK.

Parliameat will meet on June 10. Tramway picnic on Good Friday. Uo cars anywhere. There is a strong agitation in Austria, for the construction of a iDreadnou<»ht fleet. The Czar makes a tour of Europe next month, which significantly excludes Germany. Admiral Cerveras, who was defeated at the battle of Santiago, died at CadU yesterday. Mr. Dyer, S.M., is to be transferred from Auckland city to another part of the district. Conciliation Council sat to-day in the Builders', Contractors' and General Labourers' dispute. A fire in Fort Worth, Texri, rendered 400 people homeless, and damage totalling a million sterling. Another Henderson railway sensation yesterday. Baker's cart smashed up; miraculous escape of driver. An ex-railway servant named Denis Tuffley, aged 65, dropped dead while killing a pig at Clinton, Otugo. Argument proceeding in the Appeal Court respecting the legality of the Ohinemuri Licensing Commission. A violent nor'-wester followed by a thaw in the mountains, resulted yesterday in flooding the Bealey River, Canterbury. The Wallabies' tour of Britain resulted in a loss of £1500. The All Blacks, first in -the field, netted a profit of £ 10,000. The N.D.L. lost £592,600 last year. Dr. Wiegand, managing director of the company, did from nervous prostration, due to the crisis. The King of Italy has inaugurated a movement for a memorial house at Rome to the memory of the English poets Keats and Shelley. , A terrific cyclone in the Xew Hebrides caused great damage to plantations.buildings, and shipping. A tidal wave added to the devastation. The German newspaper "Kreuz Zeitung" favours Germany coming to as understanding with Britain on the financil question, owing to the deadlock. Aeronautics will play an important part in the forthcoming German military manoeuvres, and the value of guns on autos in pursuit and attack will also be 1 tested. The lucky syndicate of eight South Islanders who four years ago purchased the Moa Flat Estate for something like £140,000, have just received a first dividend of £10,000- each. It is reported in Siberia that many of the peasant families are intending to emigrate to Australia.. Encouraging letters have been received Srora those already in the island continent. Mr. Bunciman, President of the Board of Education, says that lack of money is not the cause of further Dreadnoughts not being laid down. When the Budget comes down patriots won't squeal. An almost unrecognisable body has been found on Deadman Beach, \Molyneux Biver. Supposed to be the remains of a man named Wilson, missing for six months past from Knwaru Station. A sad feature in the drowning of Mr Clarkson, director of the Napier Techni- : cal School, is that another swimmer ; whom he clutched, cried for help, but the lookers-on regarded it as a cry of "wolf!" until too late. Prison reform scheme includes the closing of Wanganui and Hokitika gaols, , and possibly one or two small prisons. - Government intends establishing reformatory farms to induce prisoners to turn .to honest employment on release. One of the evils of owning an uncom- ■ mon dog is the danger of having it borrowed or stolen. One Auckland- gentleman 'has a handsome canine - pet, -the ; mother of which -was ■with. the "Dia- ! covery" on the first (Antarctic expedition. It shows the force, of heredity that ' the owner is continually on a voyage of discovery to locate the whereabouts of i his dog. Justr at the present time it is • as much lost to him as if snowed up in \ the regions of eternal ice. . ...

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TABLE TALK. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 82, 6 April 1909

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