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CABLE BREVITIES.

Another violent shock of- earthquake occurred at Messina on Wednesday.

Brilliant weather prevails for the Easter holidays, and 75.000 holidaymakers left London yesterday for the Continent.

The emigration from Pacific States into Canada for the three months just ended is 50 per cent, above that for the same period of 1908.

A dock fire at Millwall, which did damage to the extent of £70,000, was started by a boy jokingly putting a lighted cigarette in'a package of jute.

The steamer Hero, from Bristol, collided with and sank the destroyer Blackwater off Dungeness, during the night time. The crew were saved.

The British shipbuilding trade is busier now than for some time past, 05,000 more tonnage being under construction than at the end of March, 1908.

The weather was fine for the holiday in Sydney. The attendance at the Royal Agricultural Show was 71,000. nnd the takings £3471, as against £3011 la3t year.

At Newcastle, Xew South Wales, a train of ten carriages backed into a shed rilled with carriages. Great damage to rolling stock resulted, but no one was injured.

The Anglican Primate of Australia (Most Rev. W. Saumarez Smith) is suffering from a slight paralytic seizure. His advanced age (73) makes the position more serious.

The Home Office has arranged a scheme of physical drill and gymnastics daily for prisoners between lii and 21 years of age. Special instruction in useful industries will also be afforded.

A young girl at Hobart, in a fit of despair over opposition to her marriage, committed suicide by taking strychnine. Her lover, Attwell, learning of her death, also poisoned himself, his life being despaired of.

The barque Blenheim has arrived at Melbourne, 14 days out from Devonport, Tasmania. She experienced terrible weather, all sails being carried away. The crew were unable to take their clothes off the whole time.

In the House of Commons last night Mr Burns (President of the Local Government Board) stated that the approaching abolition of the pauper disqualification would mean 217,000 additional old age pensioners, and an additional cost of £2.256,800.

The West India Committee states that quantities of plain spirits mixed with a small proportion of rum are being exported to the colonies as rum, and asks the Australian Customs to assist in stopping the practice, which seriously injures the West Indies industry.

The newspaper '"Statesman" suggests that Lord Kitchener (who is retiring from the command of the Indian military forces) should be the successor to Lord Minta, the Viceroy, owing to bis practical knowledge of India and keen insight into its administrative problems.

A deputation to the Federal Prime Minister (Mr Fisher), at Cairns, pointed out that Queensland banana growers had now to contend against a Victorian subsidised line bringing bananas from Fiji. Mr Fisher expressed doubts whether the subsidy was constitutional. If inquiries proved it was not. it would be stopped.

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CABLE BREVITIES. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 85, 10 April 1909

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