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The following weather forecast is supplied by the Rev. D. C. Bates for 24 hours from 9 a.m. this day:— "Northerly increasing moderate to strong ■windß. Ruin probable. Glass fall slowly. ,, A man named Percy Smith was arrested by the police on a charge of having stolen a box containing eight bars of soup, which he had in his possession. The owner is unknown, the accused having explained that the box and its contents were given to him by a man in the street with whom he was not acquainted. Smith was remanded for a week pending further investigation into his case. The Auckland Hospital and Charitable Aid Board have been for some time in search of a suitable design for an ambulance, and Messrs. Coyle and Sturges yesterday reported that they understood the closed ambulance used in several American towns was lighter and easier in its carriage than the English-made vehicle. It was decided to invite the coae-hbuilders of Auckland to Bubniit designs. It was also resolved to ask Mr. Coyle to submit estimatea for the painting and repair ot two of the present ambulance vehicles. A tribute was paid to the memory of the late Mr. George Easton Dient Audit Inspector) at the meeting of the Grey Lynn Borough Council last night, when the Mayor (Mr. George Sayers) said Mr. Easton had proved, himself to be a most capable and painstaking officer. He moved: "That the Grey Lynn Borough Council desires to tender to Sirs. Easton its sincere sorrow and profound sympathy in the loss sustained through the death of her husband, Mr. George Easton, who, for the last seventeen years, was Government Audit Inspector, and who was considered ft most conscientious and capable officer of the Department." This was seconded by Mr. A. Donald, and carried in silence. A lad named Arthur Mullins collided ■with another cyclist near Cambridge, on Sunday, and is now slowly recovering from a concussion, shock, and some nasty bruises. A young man who left Palmerston to seek a fortune in Queensland a month or two ago, is already sighing wistfully for his native land. He is not at all enamoured of the land of bananas and Kanakas, and his advice to Palmerstonians, who have their faces set towards Australia, does not read very much like an advertisement for the northern State. He states: " li you meet anybody in New Zealand who is talking of going to Australia, you will do them a good turn by telling them to accept charitable aid in preference to coming here. You will see by the heading of this letter (Rockhampton) that I've got well into northern Queensland, and the more I see of it the less I like of it. Kockhampton is known throughout Queensland as the city of three s's —sin, sweat, and sorrow." The population of the northern portion of the State is somewhat candidly dissected: — " This part of Queensland is full of Japs, Chinese, Kanakas, and half-breds of various kinds, with a fair spn ikling of quar-ter-breds, try-backs, etc. Tiiey talk about their White Australia! Why, even the whites themselves out here turn black with the heat, or else become spotted like a- leopard, with mosquito bites, etc. As 1 s-it writing this the red ants are crawling all over the pap r r." Tlie directors of the Peninsula Shipping Company have decided to abandon to the underwriters what remains of tlie ferry steamer Matariki, which was partly der stroyed by fire on Thursday morning at Portobello. Tlie underwriters, it is understood, do not intend to ask for an inquiry into the circumstances of the tire, being satisfied that it was purely accidental. The directors will meet on Monday next to take steps to replace the Matariki with a more up-to-date ferry boa-t, which will be ordered either in New Zealand or Australia for delivery here in ■ October or November next.

The Sydney "Daily Telegraph" of April 12th states: "Mr. C. P. W. Long- j dill, of Parnell, New Zealand!, sends us a 1 treatise on a new form of banking cur- i rency, which, he claims, will cure all the i financial ills that flesh is heir to. He says 1 he is not a Socialist. But he states that t land values should belong to the State, j and a State bank should be •formed which 1 will give cash credits based upon labour ] and improvements. Existing freeholders i would have twenty years' free use of ' their lands, and imrovements would be _ paid for. All would be ,met by the issue { of State bank notes, the security for which "* would apparently be the wages and im- t provements. This solves the employment i problem, because every worker would be ; entipled to so many notes a week, and . the Government and Bank would accept < all notes at their face value. Then, there . must never be an excess of imports, as j the notes would not be payable in gold, i but in the product of labour. The State •: would assist local industries, so that < everything required would be produced in i the country, which would consequently . become exceedingly rich, and its surplus ; exports would soon free it from the Brit- j ish money-lender. What we cannot find • in this treatise is whether there would < be any limitation to the issue of the j cash credit and notes;-and what would be their security 1 They must , have a lien on something. If it is the product of labour, and that . labour produced a mine which was value- , less, or a crop which failed, or a house ■ which was burnt down, who would retire ; I the requisite notes? The State, the author says. If the State bank in effect purchased the entire product of the country, ' it would be subject to all the fluctuations !of that country. But it is claimed that every worker would have perfect freedom : to embark in whatever calling he desired. It would not matter if there was an excess of production in any such commodities. The author says the notes issued would return to the State bank at onee — which is likely enough if thereby one could be sure o-f getting what was required. But Mr. Longdill, we are afraid, will never see his scheme put to the test." The medical superintendent of the Auckland Hospital imports that on Saturday last there were 137 male patients and 80 female in the Hospital, 68 males and 29 females having been admitted and 52 males and 36 females discharged during the fortnight, while nine deaths had taken place—seven males and two females. The following persons have been nominated as candidates for the office of members of the Manukau Water Supply Board: Messrs. John Brown, E. W. Burton, W. S. Cochrane, H. R. Derwent, Robert Hall, and Samuel Hesketh. As the number of candidates does not exceed I the number of vacancies, there is no need for an election, and the above have been elected. Ngauruhoe continues to thunder and J vomit smoke in grand and awe-inspiring quality, and in the mezzo lights of early morning, the effect is said to be indescribable and weirly fascinating. Yesterday morning, in addition to the monster activity of Ngauruhoe himself, the whole -of the Tongariro Plains were alive With thermal excitement, dense* of steam rising from Te Mare aitithe red crater, and also' from. Kite.tahi Springs. Then about eleven o'clock the ■ volcano poured a mighty volume of heavy smoke several thousand feet high, while dust was discharged in dense shower after shower over Tongariro and on the Waimarino side. Tor nearly half an hour the mountain thus laboured and convulsed, roaring and rumbling the while within its depths so that the noise and. tremor of it •was appreciable ten miles away. The previous night, it was stated by the gTqom at Mananui changing station, was marked bj- more disturbance and explosive noises from the mountain than any time since the outbreak.' An amusing incident occurred at a fishing camp" at Muripara, reports the Christchurch "Press." The campers subsisted chiefly on tinned foods, and always gave what was left to the Maoris who constantly hung about the camp. Among ' the impedimenta of the party was a phonograph. Teeling comfortable cne evening after a' goad meal on what grows in tine, the pahekas thought a little music would add 'pleasure to the post-prandial smoke, so th& phonograph was turned on, much" to the delight and wonder of the assembled natives, who had never heard one before. After the last record had been rnn through one of the party said to the Maoris, "What do you think of it." The answer was, "By korry, he dere. Kapai te tinned pahoka!" A handsome silver tea and coffee-ser-vice was presented last evening to Mr. ' R. H. Irwin (Town Clerk of Grey Lynn), who has resigned his position to take up the duties of Secretary to Auckland and Suburban Drainage Board. The pre-j sentation was made by the Mayor (Mr. George Sayers), who said they were all' pleased to see Mr. Irwin receiving pro-i motion. He said that Mr. Irwin's work for the Council had been ably performed.! Recognising that Mrs. Irwin had given frequent assistance at functions, they J had decided to have the inscription: \ "To Mr. and Mrs. Irwin." The Town' Clerk returned his hearty thanks on j 'behalf of his wife and himself. ] The progress made by the Borough of Grey Lynn was referred to by the | Town Clerk, Mr R. H. Irwin, when bid-1 ding farewell to the Council last evening. He stated that when he was appointed six years ago, the total revenue of the Borough was £3787, whereas this year it was £8500. Six years ago the population was 4250, and now it was nearly 8000. During the same period the number of ratepayers had increased from 800 to 1500, and the roll just completed for the coming election had on it 4120 names as compared with 1200 six years ago. Ho had, during his six years of office, dealt with £30,000 loan money, and £35,000 ordinary revenue. Recently the Grey Lynn Borough Council decided to abolish the office of Sanitary Inspector, the idea being to have a joint officer to act for several of the adjacent districts. This necessitated parting with the services of the present inspector, Mr G. Jenkins. At last night's meeting it was resolved, on the motion of Councillor W. S. Smith, that the Town Clerk be instructed to write a letter, expressing the appreciation of the Council of the manner in which Mr Jenkins has performed his duties. The Mayor remarked that in the event of a ' joint inspector being required, Mr Jenkins would be at liberty to apply. The Minister for Labour and Customs, the Hon. A. W. Hogg, is greatly impressed with the country he passed through in travelling bet\veen Te Kuiti and Awakino. He informed a "Post" representative in Wellington that there are enormous quantities of limestone there, and the soil is very rich. Better sheep country he had never seen. In places, the limestone, jutting out of the hillsides, assumed strange shapes. One might imagine, he says, that he was looking at an ancient cemetery or a , weird collection of heathen idols. Transit difficulties, however, are a great handicap to the back-blockers, and, unfortunately for them, money ia not too plentiful.

The mail steamer Arawa, which arrived at Wellington from London yesterday, V brought 245 passengers, of whom 217 I were in the third class. They have arrived c in the best of 'health—in fact, the port s health officer (Dr. Pollen) declared that v they were the most satisfactory confcin- I gent of immigrants that had. yet passed 1 his inspection. The health of all on s board the ship has been excellent t throughout an exceptionally fine passage. * The destinations of the -passengers are: < For Auckland 61, Napier 10, Lyttelton f 50, Oamaru, (Bluff, GTeymoutJh, and f Wanganui one each, Dunedin 17, Welling- * ton 56, New Plymouth 3, Westport 6. The - assisted passengers : bring between them i a declared capital of £636, distributed t among 36 passengers only, for in the i case of the 30 nominated passengers in- i eluded in the other 66 assisted, it is" not l necessary to declare possession of capital, as they come to friends who are j responsible for them not becoming a i charge on the State. As a matter -of fact, ] ■many of them consist of wives anr child- „ ren coming out to join breadwinners al- j ready settled in the country. The occu- , pations of the assisted passengers by ■ the Arawa are: Domestic servants 15, \ i cook 1. farm labourers 4 farmers 6, joiner I. The "Otago Daily Time*" is informed \ lon what is considered reliable authority ' that a new phase of the Government's retrenchment scheme is that all officers , I over 60 years of age, who have been emI ployed for 40 years in the Public Service, I are to be retired. , At the close of the Grey Lynn Borough Council last night, the Mayor (Mr. George Sayers) said he wished to thank the Councillors for the hearty support accorded him during his term as Mayor. : He felt regret that the time had arrived when they had to paTt. He trusted all - the Councillors who offered themselves • for re-election would be returned to a man. He wished to thank the retiring Councillors for hearty support in the past. Mr. Schofield thanked the Mayor on behalf of his brother Councillors and himself. Mr. G. J. Garland moved the thanks of the Council to the Mayor, coupled with the hope that Mr. Sayers would be returned as Mayor of Grey Lynn. This -was seconded by Mr. W. J. Holdsworth, and carried unanimously. Speaking at the annual meeting of the Hawke's Bay County Council, the Chairman (Mr. T. M. Chambers) said the increase in Hospital and Charitable Aid levies year by year had become a heavy charge on the Council's revenue. This year the amount would be £1,154 in each case, or a total of £2,308. For the eight years ended March 31, 1002, the Charitable Aid levy averaged £380 a year; now it was £1,154 a year, an increase of 300 per cent, which he considered to be excessive. At a meeting of subscribers to the Transvaal Patriotic Fund, held at New Plymouth last night, it was resolved to devote the balance in hand of £ 137, with another £63 promised, to the cost of erecting a memorial on Marsland Hill to the memory of men who fell in the South African War. The memorial will probably take the form of two obsolete guns. It is desired to make the memorial distinctly commemorative, and at the same time emphasise tlie military character of this historic hill, on which has just been erected a handsome marble monument,' at a cost of £700, in memory of the Colonial and Imperial troops . and members of the nary who took part in. the Maori Wars. This memorial will probably be unveiled by the Governor on May 7. The meeting of creditors in the estate of Messrs. Mordaunt and Bailey lasted tlie greater part of yesterday. - Finally it was adjourned to meet at Te Kuiti on May 11th, the debtors in the interim to make up their books, also a statement showing receipts and disbursements during the time they had been in business. Judging by the latest indications, better times in Wellington are approaching. Our correspondent states that a recent, report submitted to the City Council by its chief building inspector showed that permits had been issued for buildings in the city, which are valued at some £ 15,000. That increase is likely to be accentuated in the near future, for the inspector has on his table at the) present time plans of projected works in the city which have been set down! by the architects at an aggregate value I of £ 84,000. Nearly one-half of this total I is for one work (the Union Steam Ship! Co.'s new offices), but the remaining £ 40,000 odd is made up of a goodly I number of large buildings, and the effect 1 of these works upon the* labour market should be extremely beneficial at the I present time. The figures quoted above I take no account of the big contract in-] volved in the construction for the Government of the new general post office, nor of the new post office at] ITe Aro and one or two minor jobs now I in progress for- the Government. I The Prime Minister never gave his critics a. bigger problem to solve than I , the question of bow to save £250,000 \ i by Civil' Service reorganisation (says the "New Zealand Times"). Estimates J of expenditure for the coming financial ['year are now being compiled by departi mental heads, but nothing has leaked out so far as to the actual details of | r the retrenchment scheme. The reor- , ganisation contemplated must be very drastic if a quarter of a million is to | .be saved annually. This big economy could not be effected in salaries alone, . as—apart from the Railways and Post 5 and Telegraph services—there are not , more than two thousand civil servants ; in the clerical ranks. As the average I salary is under £250, retrenchment 1 simply at the expense of clerical em- - ployees would mean dismissing half of t them. But this is apparently not going j to be the principal feature of the i scheme. The Prime Minister has left a i good deal of important information to he made public in his policy speech, the t date of which has not yet been fixed. t At the Ruatangata Nursery near Kamo, > the Lands Department lias a surplus t stock of young totara trees this year, - which it is proposed to distribute free to - settlers and others for planting on their ; holdings. .Where are 710,000 trees avail--3 able for distribution in parcels up to t 250 each. Applicants will be required '. to pay freight only, and their requests E should be made to the nurseryman in r charge at Kamo. FOUND—At leading chemists', a cerl _ tain remedy for headache. The name is Steams' Headache Cure. One wafer gives relief in any case. Anyone m > get same by paying 1/- for a btx si . Evening dress for gentlemen. We have . just received a line of ready-made dinner , jackets and white vests. "Nice cut and good cloth. —Geo. Fowlds.— (Ad.) \ New ideas in neglige shirts. See our r Queen-street window for some nobby j lines. Note the golf cuffs.—Geo. Fowlds. 2 —(Ad.) c Dozens of new ties with the latest s novelties in our selection. Just look in i and see what we have.—Geo. Fowlds — t (Ad.) ? What about, an umbrella ? Be prepared r for all weathers. We have all ribs and all prices.—(Geo. Fowlds.—(Ad.)

*^^^***^ mm ' V. The big, green, electrical. propell^: : : watercan known as the tramway snrUV-> ! ler is not entirely satisfactory \t 0 "?-" » of the municipal bodies. Last niBMTH* - - agreement respecting the I was presented to the Newin tT!IS Borough Council to be signed. Coimoni U H Teed said that the CoSncilw£ "■: a kind of moral obligation .to siui +U ' document, but would nqt do so unllT something better was given." Anoth ' ' councillor sai* that the Council -a% fully under the impression that tK sprinkler would meet all an s,.} es f e " expenditure. It was resolve — Lhat the Council were of the; opinio' that the present system of Bprmklln did not meet with the Council's approve and that the Council did mot conside itself justified in signing the agreement under the present conditions." The question of preference to union ists was considered by the Wellington Employers' Association, when the fol lowing resolution was passed unani imously:—"That this association heart ily approves of the resolution recenth' [passed by the New Zealand Employers l - Federation Advisory Board with refer-i ence to the question of preference til'j unionists, and records the determination of those present at this meeting to resist any attempt to curtail their rights of free selection of their work- - men. This meeting declines to; qcgepfc the dictum of the Arbitration Courtthat employers should refuse to engage workers unless they become members of unions, as such action would be sub- - versive of the right of every man to \ earn a living at his chosen calling and would amount to coercing workers into unions in which they may have no confidence or to which they are opposed," We are ready for the boys this coming -.';- winter. Plenty of euits, overcoats, ant jerseys.—.Geo. Fowlds.—>(Ad.) •■ t\ :, j;.

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Auckland Star Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 93, 20 April 1909

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