(By Telegraph.—Press Association.) CARPENTERS' DISPUTE. WELLINGTON, Sunday. At Wellington negotiations for a, new carpenters' award were continued on Saturday, before Mr.. P. Bally, CpmaliaI tion .Commissioner. A. settlement "was ; reached on matters affecting suburban and country work, piecework, overtime, and under-rate workmen. Tie question of preference, apprentices, hours of work, and wages have yet to !be considered. MISOEIIiANEOUS. CHKISTCHURCH, Sunday. A fire, which occurred shortly before. 11 o'clock last night, totally destroyed a nine-rooined house on Idris-road, Fendalton. The property 'belonged to Mr. Crater, who is understood to be living at Queenstown. WELLINGTON, this day. Stables attached to the Provincial Hotel at Upper Hutt were destroyed by fire during Saturday night. Amongst the inmates was Zealand, who won the RuaI pehu Handicap at Trentham during the afternoon, but Mr. Buick's gelding was | got out uninjured. A hack racer belonging to Mr. Vavasour, of Blenheim, was suffocated. WAIROA (Hawke's Bay), fchaa day. ! Tr&vers completed a world's record of ',BiJ hours' continuous pja.no playing here -pn- Saturday night. On Saturday night the police raided a Chinaman's shop, and found a quantity of liquor. Probably a ohaxge of illicit trading -will follow. DUNEDDSf, this day' Margaret Smith, an elderly woman, wee knocked down by a Kajlcorai tram, and sustained severe - injuries . T!here is every chance of 'her recovery. ! Hugh Mclntyre was fined £1 at tihe I Police Court to-day for driving a motor oar at an excessive speed in Princeesstreet. ' NELSON, this day. A middle-aged man named FrancisJohn Sparks,, a- remittance- man, dropped dead in his garden this morning, follewing an epileptic stroke a week ago. WANGANOT, this day. A holiday is being observed here today, -as" the anniversary of the province. Delightful weather prevails, and there is a foig attendance at the. Caledonian. sports. ■ * ■ - ■ - . - ■ ■W3ELIJNGTOCN-, this day. The weather is perfect for the 'holiday celebrating Wellington's 71st anniversary t Large crowds have gone; to,,..the races and various local picnics. There is also a regatta in progress' on the harbour.
One evidence of the activity in unionism (says the "Sydney Daily Telegraph") is the crowded condition of the Sydney ' Trades Hall. It is now almost impossible for a new union- to obtain office accommodation there. Over -50 union headquarters are now located in the Trades Hall, several of them having to share offices with each other; also lach . night union meetings occupy every avail...able room:/ The additions recently added I cost £6000,. but- the completion of the hall, which is now urgently required, is '■ estimated to cost considerably more than ; that sum. "Mr; G. Rutter, the secretary intiniated yestPTdtiy that the question of ■additional space had been under conj sidrxation for some time.