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SOUTHERN NEWS.

(By Telegraph.—Press Association.) ELECTRIC POWER FOR RAILWAYS. • A DUNEDIN SUGGESTION. DUNEDIN, this day.. The Mayor lias instructed the city electrical engineer to lay before the Minister for Railways a suggestion that trains running between Dunedin and Mosgiel be driven by electric power supplied by tlie Waipori works. • "BETTER THAN A DREADNOUGHT." GISBORNE, this day. ■ At a meeting of tlie Land Board to-day Mr Lane gave notice to move: "While approving of. the proposed purchase of Tangaoio Estate for closer settlement, the Board draws the attention of the Government to the suitability of much of the Hawke's Bay province for closer settlement, and considers that the money borrowed for closer settlement constitutes a far better defence of this island than the offer to Great Britain of an empty Dreadnought, which a single boat may send to the bottom." AN OLD MAN'S SUICIDE.;; WELLINGTON, Friday. . lAn inquest touching the death of Joseph Thawley, an elderly resident of Paraparaumu, who was run over by the mail train yesterday, was held to-day. William Duffy said that immediately the train whistled he sawy deceased run round a corner, and op to the line. Bystanders called out, and deceased moved back a step till the train was a chain away, when he appeared to deliberately throw himself across the line. Witness saw the train strike deceased, and the engine-driver pulled up almost immediately. . " After "hearing further . evidence,, the, jury brought in a verdict of suicide while temporarily insane. THE TIMBER COMMISSION. GREYMOUTH, Friday. ' The Timber Commission now sitting at Greymoivth were engaged to-day in hearing evidence of sawmi'.lers arid "the Commissioner of Crown Lands: A large amount of information was.forthcoming, and figures were, quoted to show.jthe state of the industry on the West .Coast. One sawmiller advocated an increase of one shilling per 100 feet duty on Oregon pine. Larger areas were also -urgftL The Commission will visit Hokitika and Ross to-morrow, and will resume it 3 sitting in Greymouth..on Monday morning.

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SOUTHERN NEWS. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 0, 17 April 1909

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