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AUSTRALIAN ITEMS.

MOCKING AT 'in H KING'S DEATH. There was a disgraceful scene at Xferliscrmirst on Saturday night (says the Sydney "Daily Telegraph" of Monday last). According to the official police report, a number of German sailors from ships in port left a Bondi-bound tram at Darlinghurat shortly before 11 o'clock. One man bore a. .drum, half-muffled, and decorated with streamers of craps. Another man carried a concertina, similarly adorned, wiilst a third was attired in fpnmle clothes. These three individuals c Tv«re apparently the leaders of the troop. And the sailors were evidently ad!u>rmg in their movements to some pre-arrantTPd plan. Immediately they alighted from the tram they fell into inarching fine, with the leading trio at the hrad. Many of the other men also had crape draped fantastically about "hoir clothing. The procession, when ready. commenced marching along Bourke-sfcreet. crossing Oxford-street. Tlie drum began to beat, in no mournful Eanui-r. send, in T&spoase to quick and powerful beats, the concertina jerked out lively airs, and the men themselves Fans- p_nd sfeorrted in the most hilarious fashion. Passers-by began to realise what the gro-testjne display all meant. It was very evident the Germans were celebrating in the manner which appealed most to tbem the King of Engfor.d's death. There "were angry remarks passed, and expostulations uttered; but the sailors' numbers protected them, and they continued on their way. They <".id not travel very far, however, for their ranks were soon scattered, the crowd of onlookers being reinforced by people who harried from all quarters, and every individual seemed to suddenly prow extremely .=erious. It was seen that the mock monrnera -prare really r>romT>tfd in tiresr freakish antics by a idcsire to offer insult to those who really mourned £he loss of their King. Quickly the saikwe, of whom there were about 25, were ssrrounded, and after a brief altercation, or series of altercatior?. a gEneral melee ensued. The pitches! battle lasted for some minutes. According to an eye-witness of the aifair. the fighting was characterised by rxtreß3f» fer-oerty. Bottles were used in club fashion., and stones were thrown. . Soon, "however, a number of police arrived, beaded. t>y Sub-Inspector Spence. j They lad no easy task in separating the combairaiis. Eventually the sailors "were resened. Every one of them was ■more or less damaged. The drum was ]i r> more a dnnn, having been torn to pieces. The concertina had disappeared, and pieces of crape strewed the roadway. It "was a sad and sorry lot of sailormen -who -matie post haste from the scene of Sierr disgraceful and unhappy misadveirfc.se. One man was arrested, the individual rimer as a woman,' and at the Water Police Court yesterday j morning he isas fined 5/- on a charge of j drunkenness. It was stated that he had j been locked np for bis own protection. Jt could not te ascertained from what ship he came. However, it is said that the sailors "who took part in the affray rec erred black eyes and similar injuries usual in such street disturbances, ■ so that they Hrig&t at least be identified by the niaxks of battle. But the police pay that they are not proceeding any further in the matter. At any rate, the offenders have 'been, severely punished outside the issf.

STBASGE SHOOTING AFFAIR.

SYDNEY, May 7. There -was a startling occurrence at Ashfield eaaiy to-day. ilrs. Quong Tart, who lives at Arthur-street, Ashfield, was asaakened from sleep at about three o'clock by the barking of a dog. Calling her son, she armed herself with a revolver, and opened the front door. The two then sa.-w a figure huddled upon the verandah. They called for an explanation. No Teply being forthcoming, Mrs. Qaong- Tart "fired four shots. The fourth report was followed by a woman's scream. It was then discovered ■fchat the irrtnrder was an elderly woman, who had apparently taken shelter from the -weather. The Petersham police were communicated with, and the ■woman, -who had been shot in the ab- ' domon, was taken to the Western Suburbs Cottage Hospital.

CHOKED AT BBEAKFAST.

At Petersburg, South Australia, on | May 9j Francis V. AVood, a remittance ■ man, who was employed at McCoy's i WtjlJs station as a cook and general j knockabout, choked himself while at j breakfast. About a week previously- | Wood went to Petersburg for a holiday, I and stayed at the Petersburg Hotel. Du'r- ; ing the last few days he had been drink- ■ ing heavily. He put a piece of steak i about three inches square into his j month. Hβ tried to force the meat down ' his throat Trith great pieces of bread. Suddenly it was noticed that the man ' was choking. A doctor was sent for, '■ but before fes arrived Wood had expired, j

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AUSTRALIAN ITEMS., Auckland Star, Volume XLI, Issue 115, 16 May 1910

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AUSTRALIAN ITEMS. Auckland Star, Volume XLI, Issue 115, 16 May 1910

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