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The following weather forecast is supplied by the Rev. D. C. Bates for twentyfour hours from 1) a.m. this day: — "Easterly moderate to strong winds, increasing. Glass fall slowly." A collision occurred yesterday in Manu-kau-road, between a cab and a tram, opposite" Alexandra Hotel, Parnell, in which fortunately no one was hurt. William John Mud ford was driving a hansom cab which contained Mr. John Ross, who was a passenger bound for the rac;s. The cab had passed one ear, and then tried to cross the road. Tliere was, however, a second car approaching, and although the emergency brake was promptly applied by the motorman the hansom was turned ■ right over, and smashed up. The car was brought up in its own length, and Mudford had a. wonderful escape, being thrown on ' he line in front, his head being quite close to the car, but still he escaped. Tlie passenger was pinned underneath the ; overturned cab. but fortunately suffered no injury. The horse was unhurt, and the damage to the car was restricted to a few broken panes of glass. A young married man named T. H. Williams, a railway porter at Lyttelton, met with a very serious accident on Saturday afternoon while carrying out some shunting operations in the railway yard.' He was riding on one of the trucks, which were travelling at a good speed, and on approaching some points, which he had to manipulate, jumped off to run to them His feet were caught as he landed among the rails at a crossing where three linis meet, and, owing to the speed with which he was moving, he had no chance to recover his balance, and fell across the rails. The train was over him before it could be pulled up. One leg was almost cut off by the wheels, and the other, while it escaped such extreme damage, was caught and terribly bruised. William? was taken to the Casualty Ward, where the mangled leg was amputated above the knee, while the other foot had also to be amputated. In response to a requisition, Mr. John Rountree announces that he will consent to nomination for a seat on the Paxnell Borough Council.. The National Defence League announce in our advertising columns a meeting to be held in St. James' Hall, to-jiight, in 'support of universal training- ■

The acquisition by Government of Mr; S. Williamson's Ngatapa property -for closer "setltejnenifc is meeting with 5 ; much appreciation' among Gisborrie land seekers. The property contains some good land, aud will make about 20.seet;ous. f A neighbouring owner is also said to bs TvilJing to dispose of some valuable farming land. ■ . '..-■•: -Mr. J. Lupton, of Limestone Island, had rather an exciting experience in Wliihgarei Harbour last Sunday, while on a ■pleasure trip in a 16ft. open boat. ■ Being capsized by a sudden squall, he managed to cling to the overturned boat, and remained in this awkward -predicament for two hours, when* he was sighted and rescued by Mr. Hewlitt's launch, being hone the worse for his lengthy immersion. Great indignation exists in the Opunake district (says the. Opuriake "Times") in connection with the death oi Mrs. Broenan, which took place at H&.wera recently. It appears that on Monday (the day on which a storm was raging) Dr. Barron was called to the Arawhata-road, Oaonui, to attend Mrs. Biosnan. He considered her condition so critical that lie ordered her removal to the Hawera Hospital, also forwarding a letter to the hospital doctor describing the case. The ambulance was sent for, and la-te in the day the unfortunate patient waa on the road to Hawera. At Manaia Dr. Noonan was consulted, and he recommended getting to the hospital with all haste. About one o'clock on the Tuesday morning' Mrs. Brosnan was admitted into that institution, but after being there less than an hour instruction were given for her removal, as such cases were not taken here. Out in the cold night, a shelter had to be sought for the sick vroman, and she was adKitted into a private hospital, where she gave, birth to a still-born child. Even ot this place the woman was not allowed to remain, as there were not the necessary appliances there for jthe full treatment of the case. Once again the dying woman was raised from her bed and taken out into the cold. Another home was found, and it was there that she parsed away at eeven o'clock on.the Tuesday evening, 18 hours after she was admitted to the public hospital, and rejected. The prompt application of the eineri gcncy brake averted what might have J been a serious collision in Wellesleystree't East yesterday afternoon. A car was coming up the hill, and also a equad of field artillerymen, with feheir guns, on the way to the Drill Hall. \ second tramcar, in charge of Motorman V, Hayden, was coming down, and just before the csrs passed, the volunteers wheeled across the street, evidently not ob'Servinj? the <3oivn-ccming car. .One gun, drawn by four horses, wae across the line when Kotorman Hayden saw the danger, and at once put on the emergency-brake, pulling up the car within a few'inches of the gun. A party of seven residents of Manunui made an ascent of Xgauruhoe on Good Friday. On the previous day they walked across the Waimarina Plains for 20 miles, and then camped for the night. .Friday was a perfect day, and by noon the party had completed the ascent. AH the way up great clouds of smoke could be seen issuing from the crater, and when they -reached the' summit. a great sight was presented. One of the party, Air. W. Wilson, in referring to the expedition, said that columns of dense smoke were going up a height of fully 1000 ft, while showers of stones were also sent up, but fell back into the crater' again. Loud rumblings were heard away, down in the crater, and later, as the party descended, great clouds of steam were seen issuing from cracks in the mountain side. It- -<wae also noticed that the river, which had been running down the mountain side a month before, had disappeared, and ■chasms 20ft wide and lOtt. deep were seen running off into the bed of the creek. When the foot of the mountain wae again reached, many loud explosions were heard, like the report of many cannon being fired at once. ' The Queenstown Regatta, which was to have been held on Easter Saturday, could, not be got off owing to the turbulent state of the lake, and accordingly the officials decided to hold the regatta on Sunday, which was done, the first race' starting at 7.15 am. The " Otago Daily Times " comments this , morning on the incident as follows:—''While the members of the rowing clubs who went from Dunedin, Invercargill and Riverton to Queenstown, to take part in the regatta there, have, every claim upon our sympathy in the disappointment they suffered in the fact that the' state of the weather rendered it impossible to hold any races on the lake on Saturday, we find it impossible to express approval of the course which, in these circumstances, the officials of the regatta thought fit to adopt. Such an occurrence as the holding of a regatta, at which crews compete for money prizes, on a Sunday, is entirely opposed to the not altogether narrow-conception we have formed of the fitness of things. We may safely go further and aflirm that neither :it Auckland nor at Wellington, neither at Christchurch nor at Dunedin, • would a.'body of officials have dared to (lout the susceptibilities of an important section of the community hy holding a regatta on tlie day of rest. ' It seems to us, therefore, that the action of those upon whom rests the responsibility merits severe condemnation, and we hope that the New Zealand Rowing Association will take cognisance of the circumstance." The question of the exemption of the Government from harbour dues is still under the; consideration of the Harbour Boards' Association. The matter has on more than one occasion engaged the attention of the Harbour Boards Conference, and representations have been made for the amendment of the Harbours Act. The amendments which have been asked for are three —(1) "That goods belonging to the Government or to Government officials shall pay wharfage and harbour dues; (2) that Government departments shall pay charges for storage and charges for services rendered; (&) that the Government shall be subject to the harbour by-laws." On the assumption that the Government exemptions may perhaps to some extent .be regarded as a set-off to the exemption of Harbour Boards from the payment of various taxes, the Harbour Boards' Association has requested the Harbour Boardsto supply information showing the amounts which would have been payable had the Boards been liable for ordinary land tax, mortgage tax, graduated land tax, and income tax, and also the amount payable by local bodies an the event of their becoming liable under the Rating Act to pay rates on land used as quarantine, pilot, or signal .stations. • The Tokaanu native conference opened yesterday, and will last for several days. The Hon. A. T. Ngata was present, and he explained at same lenjfth the proposals and working of the different Acts applying to native affairs. He also addressed the natives on matters generally affecting the welfare of the ■race, and particularly referred to the need for adopting proper sanitary pieth- ™* 8 IT , > omes - *» ■**• afternoon Mr. Ngata left for Ketorua. i •

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Auckland Star Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 88, 14 April 1909

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