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The "Auckland Star,'* will not be published on Monday next, December 26th. Advertisers should make their arrangements accordingly.

The awkward and clumsy methods laid down for the conduct of inquests was the su/bject of strong comment yesterday afternoon by the jury empannelledfor the inquest in connection with the poisoning of the late Mr. Archie Myers. The foreman, Mr. Oaken, of Devonport, stated that the jury was only a suburban one, and knew but little of the procedure at such inquiries, (but already they had been occupied three days, and the cumbersome machinery had tired them out. They .were Ibusiness men, and in the throes of the Christmas trade, and could ill spare the time. The Coroner had -been courteous and considerate throughout, and they did not blame him for the long time occupied, but it was the faulty system. A lot of time could' he saved if the Coroner was supplied witb a typist to record the evidence. Without that assistance time was lost to the six jurymen, three doctors, and a large number of witnesses. "We don't include the solicitors," added the foreman, "because it ia theit business to be here, aad they are paid for it."

Arthur Windle Bailey, aged about 50 years, a remittance man from Home, of a good family, and graduated as a Bachelor of Arts, was found dead by a native last Tuesday on a lonely tTack ■between Cabbage Bay and Matamataharakeke. At the inquest it was stated that deceased was last seen alive dn December Ist, on which day he visited Cabbage Bay to sell gum and purchase provisions. He left the township with the stores on bis back, and apparently left the track to get a drink at a creek. Having suffered from beart disease in recent years, he appears to have collapsed upon climbing the hill on his return to the track. A certificate of death was given by the Coroner in accordance with the evidence. Deceased was highly respected by those with whom he came, in contact. Constable Spellman and others made a rough coffin, Mr. Howell, J.P., read the burial service, and the remains were interred close to the spot where he was found. He had lived in the district for some 16 years pasfc

In pursuance of its policy against the aggregation of Crown land holdings, the Wellington Land Board on Wednesday set its face firmly against several applications for transfers of sections. In one particular case, members were adverse to assenting to a proposed change of ownership. It concerned a block of land between 200 and 300 acres in area, which applicant wished to transfer to another individual whose -bona fides as a settler, in the true spirit of the Act, the commissioner questioned. "As the proposed transferee already holds four allotments in a township, in addition to lots 9, 10, 11, and section twenty-four in a certain village settlement, on which, he has failed to reside, as required by his lease," the board was not disposed, explained Mr. Mackenzie, to fall in with the request. Proposed transferee was, he stated, a minister of religion. It would be a different thing if the applicant had any intention of wielding the axe or handling the plough himself, but the speaker had little doubt that if the proposed transferee were offered £100 in advance of his price he would sell out to-morrow. Accordingly, it was Tesolved in this case (and one or two other instances) to decline the request, with, however, a qualification that the transfer would be approved to any eligible landless person.

A block of quartz from the Macquarie Islands has been presented to the Christchurch Museum by Captain J. Bollons. Such a specimen of vein quartz suggests, though it does not prove, that sedimentary rocks form a part of the group. However, it furnishes another link in, the chain of evidence in support of the theory of a former land connection between New Zealand and the Antarctic Continent. It has (says "Christchurch Press") been decided by the executive of the Enginedrivers, • Firemen, and Gleaners' Union to invite Mr. K. Hollis, Labour member for Newtown, in the New South Wales Parliament, to visit the Dominion early next month, and address the locomotive men in the different centres, and complete the organising of the union. Mr. Hollis has been for twenty-seven years secretary of the New South Wales Drivers and Firemen's Association. The election of eeven members of the Thames Drainage Board takes place at Thames Borough Council Chambers on Saturday, January 21st. The returning officer (Mr. H. J. Lee) has fixed the 14th of January for receipt of nominations.

The urgent need for the erection of a properly-equipped mortuary was emphasised at the adjourned inquest continued yesterday concerning |he death of the late Mr. Archie Myers. Dr. Guinness stated that he liad to perform the postmortem at the residence of the deceased in a bedroom where the d°°r could not be locked, with members of the family walking in and out and the widow outside the door. The work had to be done with the body lying on paper On a table, and the preparation of complete specimens for analysis was impossible under such circumstances. The jury agreed' that proper facilities were required to carry out post-mortem*, and the opinion was expressed that had the doctor .attempted to collect all.the specimens required under the conditions he would have been absolutely heartless. The absence of a proper morgue was a disgrace to the city. After considerable delay a forward move has been made, in connection with the erection of a morgue. Borings were made some time ago on the site at Freeman's Bay, set aside by the' Harbour Board, and plans of the proposed buildings wer* submitted to a meeting of the Works Committee of the City Council yesterday afternoon. The plans are to be sent on to the District Health Officer for his approval, and later the local authorities liable to contribute to the cost of the work will have to be consulted. The building will cost about £1800. I The Hon. J. A. Millar (Minister for Marine) has accepted an invitation from the Harbour Board to take a trip round! the port, and inspect the various works during his visit to Auckland. The 6.5. Norseman, chartered by the Aberdeen Line to replace the logt Pericles, brought to Australia last week the largest number of passengers ever carried across the seas to these shores. The Norseman, to save time, came direct from London to Melbourne. When she berthed at the Victoria Dock, she had aboard S!)5 passengers, or a total company, including the crew, of 1071 people. The arrival of 60 many immigrants reI called the stirring fifties, When the rush to the diggings set in from the Old World (says the "Argus"). The long voyage of over 12,000 miles, with 1071 mouths to feed and no ports to touch at, necessitated great preparations in the provisioning of the steamer. The passage occupied forty-four days, but Mr. Aekerman, the chief steward, had provided plenty to eat for all, and some to spare. It took two days to load the vessel at London with provisions required for the voyage. The consumption of food was enormous, equal to the wants of a small town for" six weeks, for there was no milkman or butcher or baker to call each morning. A few items in the management of. this great household will give some idea of the quantity of food which went through the cook's galley. Nineteen tons of potatoes, 36,0001b of flour, 10.0Q0 eggs, and 10,000 lb of green peas were consumed, A great and glorious thirst through the tropics •was assuaged by the drinking of 6000 bottles of ginger beer. That there were many smokers on board is proved by the use' of 26 gross of matches, 3744 boxes. Of the 895 passengers, 322 were for Victoria. The remainder will go to New South Wales and New Zealand. Two hundred represented more of the fruits of the McKenzie-Mead delegation. Of these seventeen will take up land as soon as possible; the remainder practically all desire to be farm labourers. On account of the holidays, the elevator in the Victoria Arcade will be working all day on Saturday, December 24. The receiving office of the Bank of New Zealand' at Pukekohe is now opened daily. Plans for a new building are about to be prepared. A plate of mammoth figs is at present to be seen in the window of Messrs. A. Yates' establishment, Queen-street. The fruit is from the garden of Mrs. J. H. H_man, Remuera. The members of the King's Empire Veterans, with their relatives, spent an enjoyable time yesterday afternoon, the p_. Britannia having been chartered for the occasion. About 150 accepted the invitations that had been forwarded by the hon. secretary, Mr. I_ L. Levy, amongst those present being Col. R. B. Morrow (in command), Lieut.-CoL A. Morrow, Major Thos. Brown, Lieut.CoL the Rev. E. Gillam, Lieut.-Col. Surgeon J. Carolan, J. Stitcbbury, J. P. Major, J. Purnell, Captain G. Leahy, Mr. L. L. Levy (hon. secretary). Passing the warships in harbour, hearty cheers were exchanged with the crews. The weather was all that could be desired, and the Garrison Band enlivened the trip with a capital selection of —tuakl which was fully appreciated.

Report, of feeding experiments made in the School of Physiology, Trinity Col-, lege, Dublin: —The preliminary announcement of the results of the, experiments the Tequest- of the Local Government Board for Ireland during the past year, in the School of Physiology, Trinity College, Dublin, as to the nutritive value of Bovril, and communicated to the British Association at Sheffield ("Times" report, .September 3), has created considerable interest amongst the Medical Profession. In order to secure a decisive test, dogs were first brought to a constant weight on dried dog biscuit mixed with known quantities of water. Bovril—-from _£ to 71 grammes—was then-added to-the food, with the result that the weight of the animals went' up as much as 50 to 100 grammes, or,; in round numbers, 10 to 20 times the weight of the Bovril given. Afterwards Bovril was discontinued, and the animals fell back to the original weight. Compared with the effect of hardrbbiled white. of egg, it was found that from 8 to 10 times as much by weight of the latter had to be given to obtain the. same increase in .weight, or, taking the dried organic solids in the two foods, from 2i to 4 times as much egg* white had to be given to obtain the Bovril effect. In several of the experiments there was a retention of reserve nitrogen, and in all an increased utilisation of other foods. It was, therefore, concluded that Bovril had both a direct and indirect nutritive value, the latter by causing a more,- complete digestion and absorption of the other food- given.

It hardly seems necessary to shed many tears a_>ut the case of the Auckland shipowner who states that he'is disposing of his fleet of sailing vessels because the New Zealand shipping laws are prohibitive (say 6 the New Zealand "Times"). As he is celling an older type "of craft in order to purchase vessels propelled'by steam the explanation-of his reasons appears to discount itself at the commencement. If Mr. Craig were going out of business altogether the statement he puts forward might at least have the virtue of plausibility, but since he- still regards the carrying trade as one in which "satisfactory" experience may be looked for his complaint is probably not made with very serious intention.. Just at the moment we are not able to state what "laws" prejudicially affect the owner of sailing ships, but it is more than likely that Mr. Craig, like dozens of other people before him, has simply discovered that steamers are a much more profitable mvestment than ".windjammers." This is a common experience. All over the world the sailer is rapidly disappearing from the ocean highways, not in consequence of "harassing legislation," but through the advance that has been made in engineering skill. When we are told in one breath that a shipowner is disposing of his sailing vessels because, of restrictive legislation and in the next that he is joining a large syndicate to build and run steamers there is clearly no need to summon a special session of Parliament.

About 6.30 last night a fire -broke out in. a building in Princes-street, Qnehunga, used as a storeroom by the Onehunga Sawmilling Co The fire brigade under Captain W. C. Hill, were promptly on the scene, and quickly got the fire tinder control. As there was a strong wind blowing at the time considerable damage would have been done .but.for ihe. promptitude of the'brigade. The damage, however, was •light.-' .'.' v ;.:.7 ..'..-.. ; . . Following "are the winning' numbers of St. Cecelia's Convent (Otahuhu) Art Union, drawn on December 22nd, 1910: — 3721, 2904, 57, 5248, 5750, 1443, 4281; 1032, 4232, 4290, 4942, 1124, 4133, 1030, 2920, 1363, 5368, 4725, 1697, 3709, 1070, 846, 334, 340, 81, 4285, 4594, 2008, 3540, 5205. Under the Education Amendment Act of last session a School Committee may j require the Board of Education to make attendance of scholars compulsory at continuation or technical classes within j the school district for boys and girls up to 17 years of age, the compulsory attendance being" five hours per week on two evenings in the week. The Devon-1 port School Committee last evening adopted this course, being so far as we know, the first Committee that has done so. - ' Between 400 and 500 men from EQf.s. Powerful and Cambrian, accompanied by a band, and under the command of Lieut. Burt, of H.lf.s. Powerful, landed shortly after 9 o'clock this morning and made a route-march to the summit of Mount Eden, where some -skirmish—tg and signalling exercises were gone through. The men attracted a good deal of attention as they marched down Queen-street to the steps. The return to the ship v was made about 12.45. A labourer named Garrett (Fitzgerald, employed on a filling in Tokomaru Bay (Gisborne), died in his tent on Wednesday afternoon. Deceased knocked off work about 3 o'clock in the afternoon, saying that he felt unwell, and when a comrade got to the tent about five o'clock, he found Fitzgerald in. a serious condition on the ground. He died shortly afterwards. A syndicate is being formed to work what is regarded as a valuable coal deposit on Mr. D. McKenzie's property at Kamo and on adjoining land. According to reports, the seam covers an extensive area, and the article is described as a first-class household coaL ' The school teachers of the Gisborne district-identified with the cadet movement intend-to take part in the instruction camp to be held' at Auckland during the holidays, while the East Coast Mounted Rifles -will attend a regimental encampment at Waipawa in January. The Auckland Co-operative Terminating Bu_ding Society intimates by advertisement in another column that names are now being taken at the Society's office, Harbutt Buildings, Vic-toria-street East, for shares in Group 21. The .Queen-street retail warehouse* have been so busy this Christmastide that many people will be glad to take advantage of the opportunity of shopping at John Court's, Ltd., upper shop this evening. Exceptionally well-stock-ed with all Christmas requirements in drapery, clothing, and millinery, and showing a wide assortment of novelties and fancy gods suitable for Christmas presents, these well-known premise.-; will be open till 9 pjn. this evening. The extensive electrical illuminations at the J.CL. corner will be lit from 7.30 to 9 pjn. this evening.— (Ad.) ladies' white underskirts, 6/11 to 19/IIY Hundreds to choose from. J. A. Bradstreet, draper, Karangahape-road.— (Ad.) Christmas presents! —This season Tonson Garliek's are making a speciality of presents at 6d and 1/- each, suitable for old and young. Inspect our tables before purchasing elsewhere. —(Ad.) A Warner's corset is only felt for its comfort, sense of support, and perfect fitting.—(Ad.) Style means a lot to a woman, consequently we recommend .Warner's rustproof corsets, —£Ad._

Apropos of the • Thames, a correspondent ?F *?* ' 'V Aroha Mail" sa ,> peggers of ground' on tfaii_STk ,? *W the Waiotahi Creek which they were pretending.___? 3»» m_t have cut the outeron n n£ brated Manukau ■*„, was found in the Golden' famous Caledonian. T-v^v" 4t!l « claim, where the outcrop by Cook and Jones t_i_o_f_3„ as Manukau Jones). Ama3fc nsh, who was afterwards'ft£___§3_i the Thames, and who we n the claim in the first instance;"__'■!?' sleeping half of his shareitol:^^." ward Wood, the consideration'_S_ ! _" 'i purchase of a miner's right." . ; i ß '^' •The children who'are lyingo_Vj-i of sickness at the .hospital were _«j!' remembered this yearby _r E. W. G. Rathbone, who gave Christmas party this _terno6n; ;i So-J ■ days ago the nurses' prepared'i'liet _! the toys each child desired _ott __■• so in'every'case the little im_j_j "£3 ; what they had beenldn_hig'.fp r ,(Hher gifts were added, and they a!s6 : __ ' _.. : extra pleasure of a pleasantDuring the afternoon atprograajneof gramophome selections was : nrach $3 joyed by the children./. Mb/iuj _!«! Ratbborne wish to thank fhe'sifiiaeraieig" whose generosity made it : possible foi* them to give this annual _—piwhWj is so much appreciated by,"those' foj.4 whom it is arranged.- .;'/<;.'.-',;''■■■■) A bankrupt engineer, _une4-;!Gfloisrti' Bastin Mead, of Rotorua, •who.liss; be_ working on pleasure l___es, 'seta oufci his liabilities at" £59 a_d"'_s._set, B j £ 14. The nature of his\«^lj^ <9_kspr_ carious, but latterly the had..•.»_£_' a launch on the Green .lake,, and ''hat good prospects when he "*ni»-- urestet on a judgment summons for ddit.;_ieai facts were . given in a:, statement/ tht bankrupt has filled' at,. _e L signee's office in Auckland. ■Jfr».)ni'nj offer to make. • yx'- v ; , .1 The estimated pcpnlatton/fj^^lie fa£ chief centres of the the end of November was as'loflow Auckland, 97,929; 78,605; Greater Greater Dunedin, €2,584. !_«•- total births in the four.. -pnnopal centres amounted' ■[ fp- ; ?72, •:«" against 618 in October, a'decrease of 45, The deaths in November were 199 a do crease of' I*4 on Of the total deaths-males;;C— trilmted 120, females 79, and; 33 • were c_ldrefl under five years ofage,be_g IS&.'pa : cent of the whole "number. \'.'.."'j,'v.-V'• The whole of the new Vaudejjlielcorn. ■pany that commences a tia rejuvenated Opera House".- to-morroai night, have arrived, and are buiy rehearsing, in order to •—.ye ewrytliia in readiness. The turn, of tbe : <ihiiu—ma Baby Company is said to be very ; „nny, and wherever they have- played !l_v ft even where their language _ hot andei» stood, never iailed to createheafty-linghi ter with their- -Sp__sb-Tdr_aor ict Three trained dogs are,: inthrodjjced, andthey add to the fun.' \The'te,ii_ „:.' lively first part, urtth fonriend-ni—?, sad plenty of serios resumption of vaudevilleasi traction should he warned bj| entertainment-lovers.': Pop—ar/prices-ars to be charged.. a* Wildman and Arey's. nees on Mpnday,:and Tuesday 'next? : SMdal^». , _J years of age^Wfadigg: at 60, _tnto_£: street, Weilihg^ii^^'adim'^^vtho: l hospital on a? v ; fracture of the sku_,"_ caused-by-a- brick;: falling from a. building' on to _s hted. / .

It is understood that an application for telephonic communications . bstweeii the Katikati aiid Wjuhi has been granted. ~Si_ilar','o6 mmufijcatioa between Waihi, '• Waikinbjhake is • also urgently heeded "in-'dases of mining accidents, etc .-,'.' .1. .7..V.;,.':. "; Keen interest is evinced in a chopping match between DyerViand'GriffinFwnica takes place .at Whangarei ■on Saturday. It has been- decided to. havsLthe contest in the Drill Hall,' in stead• of" •the : :,.opea

air. ■ . . ■' -"■' V ' ;■_■....■.■.«; ■.-■>« _•:.-■'■■, At the Magis-ate's,Cd_ii,!^ug»r ei i yesterday, James Wilson;: a' mM'-With several aliases andia" lengthy list of previous convictions, was.sentenjidi.,tq.BiX months' imprisonment ■fori.;beihi an Wr corrigible rogue, 'with insuffidw.ineaiH of support. * . ' '-'*.:,, . 0_« GaxriMh.Bs_i'JS*y,ft* following pfogramime . under- .Conductor G- F. Cater, at _den' Park, Christmas ' (Sunday)";' iiienpon tt .3 pjn.:—March, "Contest JtoffhlJectowP (Etherington); -valse, . a ftayer£^P«J' i! sion" (F. H- Bulch) ;<grand Lombardi," by. request '(Vetdihs«ipl»r nium, solo, '3nto (Rimmer); aria, "StabaT: Mater" .(Ori Hume); march"''Elephant" (J. Bwne« "God Save the King." " «''■/ ',*. Queer experiences may befall » fIjWK man even in educated One met the otherday-mother,anow,; parishioner, leading "Has this child ever —en I* asked. "No, sir," -< potter ;ieph* ; "Then it's about time;—at it ws*>':V.said. "Very good," was the; ; « s Pj'J_fv 'Svill you do it?" Theparsori;:consenwat, named' a day, and— formed, whereupon" h»fl devoutly " followed the "Thank you, sir, but. the other minister _d-when he her." " . '.••» • .->..-•' ; " :r '- i .-■ The Auckland Garrison pM^g 1 * a performance at Eden next Sunday afternoon.. •■ • • " :t -~ : "Z/l Messrs. E. J. Watt and Stead. (Omstchurch) have bought 20,000; acres.:« Butcher's Estate at WahakeL-,,Tney.in-tend to develop the land by' farming.; / A mild eruption occurred:-on raring Pan Flat, Waimangu, on Tuesday. ing. Much rubble, mud,-«t-»ywere;«l??r?..' to a considerable height, and> ity prevailed for a time. At latest-"" ; vices Waimangu was quiet. '■■:.- • ;'< '■;'■. ' Good value in soiled la« curtains, etc., at Grey and Ford's Great Alteration 'Sfele.—The Old. 'Beehive-Hew, ton.—(Ad.) ,: ' ■..',' "'y'yz: Children's Teady-mado white':. frock:., all sizes, 4/11 to 15/11- n *_ goods. J. A. Bradstreet, draper, K_» ngahape-road.—(Ad.) ' ' 4j_ _.. J. Fernandez, The UpperSW*?? street Boot Importer, has someyiiice ia** for Christmas" customers.—-(AdO":,. •_ Christmas shoppers should, visit' Be** Stores for all supplies.—(Ad.) •. j. ■-•■•/ Visitors to tpwn would do. weUj.tO*' their shopping "at Grey and' Ford s, Maine Old Beehive, Newton, where a. .&&?, alteration sale is now proceeding. Evfry article bears a big discount, and a, .via* of inspection will repay you.—-(Ad.) - Ladies, don't risk a substitute Warner's celebrated corsets; ;remen*et every pair is guaranteed. —(Ad.) . The ROYAL WORCESTER and BON TON CORSETS; non-rustable and P erl '*J c fitting.—Smith and Caughey, Ltd., 6<a * agents.— (Ad.) . . ~-*Z-yr'i?' Ladies' white muslin and linen, draw skirts, 5/11 to 15/11 each. Large,««"£ ment. J. A. Bradstreet, dra;jer»*OT? v ngahape-road. —JcAtLjj _ .-._ f

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