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The following weather forecast is supplied by the Rev. i>. C. Bates for 24 hours from 0 a.in. this day:—"Northerly ■wind, increasing after Iβ hours" to strong winds to gale. Rain probable. Glass

Commander Blunt,: of the . 2sew Zealand drillship .Pioneer, . writing from Sydney 'unddr dite pf_April 10th, has;notified Captain G. G. Smith, Royal Naval Registrar at TVellingtbn, that the Pioneer will. arrive in, Auckland from Sydney during the first week in May. All naval reservists who are due for drill from the Auckland district are to be ready for their drill, commencing on Monday, Hay 11. ; : ■_ .. s ,: J The/travelling evangelist who writes Ms lnesaages on flnger : p6stk has managed to make a strong impression: on a Minister of the Crown. During liis recent motor liour to Mount Cook, the Hon. T. McKenzie and his party lost their way .in the wilds, ft was pitch dark, and the. only thing tfrey were positive about was that there was a sneer drop of some 1100 feet in the vicinity. The"Minister, seeing a finger-post looming on the roadside, got down and began to strike matches and peer for the inscription. Th 6 match flared and threw a feeble glow on what looked like a gibbet. Then,; in the midst of all that dark lonelinessj with the precipice yawning somewhere near, lie read, "Heaven or h. ; which is it to be?" " ; "The large number of degenerates in Great Britain is now somewhat of a menace. It is supposed that there are Something like. 10,000,000 people in England classed, as .degenerates from one cause or another," observed Colonel Burns, the managing -'.director, of Messrs. Burns, Philp and Co.< Limited, who returned to Sydney last week from a tour of , the world occupying nina months, and embracing visits to Java, Singapore, China, Japan, the United States, Canada, England, Scotland, Switzerland, and France. "I do not mean criminals," he "but undesirables, weaklings, men who have ' not been taught a trade;—in short, unemployable men. This class doee not assist a country in its progress; on the contrary, it is to a large extent a. burden on those who do produce. The .30,000,000 workers of the United Kingdom are severely handicapped by reason of the fact that they are required to maintain the practically useless 10,000,000. I am glad to be able to say that when I left there were indications of a change in the shipbuilding industry. A good many contracts have recently been let, .particularly on the Clyde, where a better state of things appears to be in view." A weMcaown Parisian botanist, re- ! cently- back from Chili> has discovered a very remarkable plant that not only breathes, tut coughs and sneezes. The least grain of dust on one of its leaves (says the botanist), or even a. passing gust of wind, is encugh to affect its sensitive system, and provokes a "fit of coughing." The leaf at once becomes red, seems to be shaken with convulsions at regular, intervals, and emits_ a sound very like a sneeze. The botanist vouchsafes no further ■ information on his amazing discovery. Fourteen prisoners were transferred from the Hokitika Gaol, now - to be ! closed, to the tyttelton Gaol, yesterday 'afternoon. The men, uilder an eScdft of police, were taken, in a special carriage from Hokitika to Otira, a special coach from Otira to Broken River, and a special'train to Lytteltpn. The Farmers' Co-operative Stores at Invercargill were visited By a'burglar on Thursday. A passer-by saw a light burning, in the building, and informed the police. " Two constables visited the scene, one going to the front door and the other to the back, but feeing unable to get inside they returned to-the police station for however, the thief leaving a pile of food just inside the front door. The directors of the Peninsula Shipping Company, together with tKe representatives of 'the insurance companies; visited Portobello, when it was decided to' abandon to the underwriters' What is left of the ferry steamer- Matariki. The directors will hold a meeting on Monday to take.steps to immediately replace the vessel by an even more.up-to-date boat, or, at any rate, one that will carry" a great many more passengers. Interesting flguree as to the .growth of the Wellington afch-dioc'ese : since Archbishop Redwood took .charge in 1874 were given by his Grace at a dinner tendered him by the Roman Catholic clergy in celebration, of his having attained the seventieth yeaT -of his age. In 1874 the Wellington arch-diocese was, he said, bracketed with the diocese of Christchurch. There were then in ■■ the combined diocese only 20,000 Catholics; now there are 50.000 in the^,arch-diocese alone. There were .only 27 priests'.in.the combined diocese; now there are 78' in the arch-diocese. Then there was no place in-which, ecclesiastical students could be trained;; now-there is a college at Wellington and "one at Auckland, and colleges ior the -training of Meanee and Mosgiel.. Then there were very few nuns; now in tlie ! arch-dioceae alone there are 345 nuns. During the progress bt the inatcb for the junior' polo cup, between Remuera and Clevedon y-este.rday afternoon, W. Hellaby, one of the former" team, received a nasty cut, over, the eye. He had to leave the field and eeek medical attendance, Tnit after Having the wound stitched was able to get about as.usual.\ The, charge,of trayening by rail .'upon an expired ticket, preferred against a youth at the Police Court yesterday was] in connection with a ticket issued for the section between New Lynn and Mt. Eden. The charge, .as stated yesterday, was -dismissed upon a satisfactory explanation having been given, ,\ There is still an air of holiday bustle about the Auckland railway platform when the big trains ■ depart and arrive. A good complement of passengers by the through train from Wellington this morning, while the.Hofcorua express went away with ten carriages well filled, the thermal township being the objective of the ; greater number. The extra «xi press to. the Thames and. King Country lines was also well patronised; largely by countryfolk returning after from holiday-making-in town. ■■ ■■■ ■ - The trustees Of the Waihi district hospital conferred with Mr Allsop, architect,, last evening, regarding the new operating theatre and, additions to the building. Several matters of detail and improvement in the hot water services were suggested. The wholesale quotations for butter and eggs for the' week eliding April 24 are as follows:—Butter (factory), i/Oj per lb.; butter (farmers'), 7d. per, lb.; eggs, 1/6 per dozen. l'he. Garrison Baiid will play .the following programme under (i. F. Cater at Eden"'Park on Sunday afternoon:— Match, "ABCDEF , (T. H. Billch); overture, "Les Truriipett-ee de " la Corunne" (Ord Hume); naval patrol, "Our Bluejackets" , (W. Rimmer>; : selection, .. "Girls Gott6nbei'g" (Z. Monckton); waltzi *'over the Waves" (A. J. Dryland) ; . intermezzo, "Cavallieria Rusiicana (J. Ewart); march, "Little Giant" (Moens), The favourite shop for juvenile clothing. From hats right down to stockings we dress the lads rightly and cheaply.— Qeo. FOwide.—iAd.) ~

The Minister -for ' JusHm Dr. Findlay), replying to ♦£ ■ * -B * made by the Mayor" of the closing of the local in) ■*** "The Government has sideration, decided to close the B<*V?" gaol. Tte number of sent m the gaor is twelve, m d •W^ cost of -keeping prisoners,™ the^^ E land prison. The immediate M *r * the State by closing the .Life" 8 ta will amount to several .thousand : per annum. Apart from; any the saving, the removal of miS? 0, the smaller gaols to the to the prison camps-, necessary classification anions tts - soners which is wholly i m * ,T. ?"• sucll a gaol as Hokitik Jl n SSb' b b e '» fore of'the immensely reauceS*, an improved system; the GoverhmS;! 1 felt compelled to close the s JSg| of the Dominion. The question of S ** vukng prison accommodation :f,?Msoners awaiting trial at the Court at Hokitika has: sidered by Colonel Hmne, aud it?^ paratively small e.vpeilse jC onßiderK few prisoners to be dealt with ■ twP , be. conveyed to either WeMinvT J "* Lyttelton. I regret this fe" forced upon us in the interesfe CT economy." . - , ™ ■■/f u,> 'K The Lending Library at the &K, : f stitute, Ponsonby. re-opens li * building on Monday Jxt. fer enee Library will be closed night for tion room continues open as liauJlJ 5 * The "Jlarlborough Hevalf • , h (r that one of the masts of thfe jjuK Penguin, has been found on tfe Hear tie Ure River/ south" or S bourne, by Mr rreeborn-Parsoris; of the. Benmore Station.- The'inasf , broken and is about 20 feet long. William John Stokes,- bush contra tor of Mare Mare, has Bled ■in bankruptcy, The first. creditors -will be . held at the 0& Assignee's office, on April 27, at: 11 i^ Revs. W. Ready and G. S. Cook : Who were appointed by - the •laetiiMetlifijt Conference to the Pitt-street circuit it this city,- will occupy the pulpits at Pitt street church ana MkAlbert' respectfc ly, to-morrow monung and official welcome by the circuit/williiijj place in connection with : Sunda-y School anniversary -on inst. ''' .7 "',, \ .'""■'■■' : y?k The Ponsonby Literary and Debatini Society announce in 'ou*. advirtieSg columns - their inaugural meetingvfo the 1900 session on" Wednesday iejt. The Rev. Macatnay GaiawellrwiU/dSTtt' an address"on "Books.". The-corinfiltfej specially invite all interested in literaiy matters to attends. .._._.. At the request of. a number, of tit ratepayers o£ Parnell.. Mr . Chas.!.E. Palmer lias "decided to stanj'fdr reftctioa at the forthcoming, poll. ' ' : .'LOST—- A. violent" ieidacliej-ffiffilj after taking Steams' Headache Cm Anyone else wishing to lose a headMhi quickly should get a box <ai thb'rertiit. remedy."* ' 1/-7. ".'"." "'": '■ Correct styles in men's, neglige shirts. There is no end to the variety of'shirt designs here. Have you aeen'oan!Geo. Fowlds.—(Ad.) Striped Amazon cloths, 2s 6d, 2a, lljd, 3s 6d; all-wool plain do., and .Bedia, unshrinkable, 2s6d, 2s lid, 3s ild,is Jld, up; dark Is lli-d, 2» 6d, 2s Hi These make good costumes, aiid ire hart also" the striped linings. Iftjd : Is \{i tt 2s 11^-yatd/ ; Snese will -Wi£'£tea[ request for this season's, use.—MeOnllagS and Grower, importers of dress goods.— :.; - ' Just in. We now lave a .splejiidiji range of ready-ta-wear suits.; B«ji nicest cut, and low Jdwldli —(Ad.) - v Velveteens.: Sp'Cciar fayottrites-for thif season. AVines, blues, brown, greeiu, etc, Is 6Jd, Is SJd; self-stripe,'bifo*iij n»vy, or grenat, IS 6§d. Our great range in fine twilled .back.' quality],; stteflially imported, in all cotoure and black,: wears well, - and jgiyes- good stftiAfaJctiott, pric» Is Hid; better numbers at- 2s fid 1 aai 3s 3d, "chiffon flni3h"; cream or aivy cords, from Iβ 3Jd"; brown, Horn Is 9Jd; green, Is ll*d, and Gower, importers of velvets.—(Ad.); Ties! Ties! Ties. The nobbiest, newMt and latest in neckwear is here.- All colours and shades.—Geo. Fowlds.---|Ai) Our establishment will remain : open until 9 o'clock this evening. Smitfi-and Caughey (Ltd.) ; — (Ad.) Fresh shipment of hosiery for vintei wear just opened, in plain ;and"TibW} bla«k Cashmere.hose, Is, Is 6d, Is lid, b 3s 6d; ladies' tan ribbed hose, Is m Iβ lid, 2s 3d; boys' wear-well hose, ail sizes, all prices;—At McCuUagil »ai Gower's.—.(Ad.) I

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Auckland Star Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 0, 17 April 1909

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