Following is the weather forecast for 24 hours from 9 a.m. this day: "The indications are for easterly wind's, moderate to strong and backing by east to north; weather e| o „dv to overcast at times; barometer little movement. Tides moderate; sea moderate."' At the meeting of the Auckland Education Board yesterday, the question of a proposed centra] school in place of the present Napier Street and Nelson Street schools, -was mentioned, but consideration was deferred. As the Public Schools' Amateur Athletic Association's annual sports had been fixed this year for April 17, the board decided to grant a special holiday to all schools on that date. The Mayor and councillors of the Borough of Takapuna having entertained the epidemic workers and residents of the borough in celebration of the relief from the. late epidemic, and al6o our freedom from the war, it is intended to hold a monster picnic for the children of Takapuna on Tuesday next. Takapuna beach is to be flagged for the occasion, and games, swimming, and other attractions will follow short addresses by the Mayor (Mr. W. Blomfield) and the Rev. W. Monckton. The headmasters of Takapuna and Belmont schools, the school committees, and teachers have been very enthusiastic, and have undertaken -to take-every care of the children. Results of the weight guessing competition in connection with the Hauraki A. and P. Show are as follows: Three sheep, actual weight 1691b, Mr. E. A. Vawles, Netherton, and Mrs. A. Robinson tie for the first, both guessing the actual weight. One pic, actual weight 951b. E. A. Vawles, Netherton, and C. J. Vedder, Hikutaia, tie for the first, both guessing the actual weight. Bullock, actual weight nß3lb, James C. Miller, Kopuarahi, actual weight. Champion for person entering three classes and proving to be the best all-round judge of the weights of stock, was F. .1. Wells, whose computations were, pigs 83$, sheep ISOJ, and bullocks, 585. From a statement made by the Rev. J. P. Cowie, Anglican minister of Pukekohe. on Sunday last, it would appear as if the Queen Victoria school for Maori girls in this city is likely to be closed if financial assistance towards its upkeep' is not forthcoming immediately. The reverend gentleman was making an appeal for financial assistance for the institution when he made the statement He first of all referred to eases of great advantage having been derived from the education of Maori girls, and expressed a hope that his hearers would extend their generosity to the utmost degree, as the school was in sore need of help. Tie feared that unless £1000 was forthcoming by March 31 the institution would have to be closed. To-morrow is Soldiers' Hostel Day in .Auckland, when, by permission of the City Council, a street collection will be made for the funds of the institution in Upper Queen Street, which provides a home for returned men. That the hostel was wanted is proved by the fact that it has been crowded ever «ince the day it was opened, and alongside it is now erected a large marquee. ''Soldiers' Duty Badges" will be offered for sale, added to which there are to be guessing competitions, art unions, raffles, as well as stalls for the sale of articles donated to help this movement, which should be sure of generous support from all patriotic citizens. The trials of navigators of craft on the Waikato River have been considerably increased during the past few weeks, through sandbanks that have developed, causing boat.x to become unexpectedly stranded. The menace is seriously interfering with the big developing traffic on the river, the time lost in refloating the vessels into deep waters causing consignees—which are spread along the i river as far as Cambridge—a lot of in- | convenience. Although the river is fall- | ing it is still about two feet above sum- | mer leved. A movement is afoot in Pukekohe to form a Sports' League for the Franklin County, the ultimate object in view being the formation of a raring club. Before this latter step is taken, however, it is intended that the league shall be on a sound basis so far as membership is concerned. In the event of the venture being successful a deputation will wait on the Minister of Internal Affairs with an application for a race and totalisator permit prior to allotments of dates for next season. One of the most interesting spectacles to be witnessed in the Dominion | throughout this season will be the rnass-l ing of the Maoris at Ngaruawahia on i the. 17th March, for the ceremony of i opening their new Parliament House.! As this happens to be also the day ot! the well known and popular Ngarua- j wahia regatta, the Railway Department has made arrangements to run specialtrains, and interested spectators will be able to witness the regatta, and return | to town the same day. The Maoris arej expected to canrp for a considerable time, and already preparations are being made for building a huge pa. oa. the western bank of the Waipa Fiver.
After a connection of over eleven years -with the Boys' Training Farm at Weraroa, Mr. and Mrs. Williams, before leaving for Auckland, where Mr. Williams has accepted a position with the special schools branch of the Education Department, were made a presentation on behalf of the farm, by the manager, Mr. Marryatt, who expressed regret that two such valued members of the 6taff were leaving, but wished them all happiness and prosperity in the North. A remarkable escape from instant death occurred recently near Melbourne, when a young married woman named Mrs. Milton got beneath the 8.40 a.m. train to Melbourne as it entered the station. She had a child of three with her and was carrying an infant about twelve months old. As the engine approached 6he seemed to go off in a iaint, and disappeared under the tram. The driver at once stopped the engine, and the insensible woman and her infant, which was uninjured, were brought to the' platform. The toddling child walked outwards from beneath the second carriage apparently quite unconcerned. The mother and baby were taken to the hospital, where, it was found that Mrs. Milton was unhurt, save for an abrasion on one elbow, and 6light shock. Fish for food, fish for fertiliser, fish for glue, fish for efficiency—as part of a big repatriation plan—is commended to the Government by Mr. John Hutcheson, of Wellington, in a thoughtful speech given to the War Relief Association. He condemned the laok of vision in the Government's repatriation scheme, from which he anticipated very little good at a. very great cost. He urged that one way to provide work for a large number of returned soldiers would be in the. establishment of a fishing village in Queen Charlotte Sound—the beginning of a sound fishing industry for the benefit of the whole community. He referred to the loss suffered by the neglect of the wealth of the 6ea, and the wastefulness of the present methods, in which there was no provision for the treatment ot offal. At present this material, instead of being turned to advantage, was dumped into the sea, and became a nuisance. Some of the trawlers that had been used in the war should be obtainable for New Zealand at a reasonable cost. In connection with the determination of the Public Service Commissioner to apply thoroughly the regulation which imposes retirement upon those who have reached the age of 6.5 years, our Wellington correspondent writes:—"The Minister of Justice decided about a year ago to retire a number of magistrates who had reached the age limit. I understand that only one is now left to whom the regulation applies, and he is marked for retirement. The experiment of putting young men into the magistracy seems to have worked well, and should encourage the Public Service Commissioner to place responsibility on younger shoulders than those which have hitherto been deemed suitable. This question is now agitating the Railway Department's staff, and will no doubt be strongly represented to the Minister by the men's organisations, as the latest important appointment, that of assistant general manager has been made without regard to the superannuation provision, the new assistant genera! manager being,' lT'is's'aicir entitled to retire at "once on an allowance of about £460 per annum. Though the new general manager, Mr. McVilly. could also retirg on superannuation, he has not reached the age limit." The Wellington Law Society has put on record a protest against "the hasty passage through Parliament of important legislation without proper and adequate consideration." Its members have a number of specific instances of difficulty owing to incomplete provision, and it is necessary to take a lot for granted in reading some of last session's statutes. A certain local body, very particular in observance of the law. commenced to w-onder if it could legally pay the expenses of peace celebrations, though the Government has sent it an elaborate programme, and an invitation to spend liberally on this worthy object. The doubt arose through the statute of last session, which says that a local body may out of rates "contribute" to any fund for the celebration of peace. If the local body is the prime mover it will pay the cost, and the question was considered whether it would not be risking one of those interesting Auditor-Genpral's "tags." unless the Mayor started a -fund" with a few shillings from his honorarium, and let the council "contribute" the remainder, in compliance with the law. However, it was decided to take a risk, as many ether people have to do in connection with some of last session's hurried pieces of legislature. The Armistice Night proceedings at Cairo and Kantara have (says the Sydney "Bulletin") effectively 'cleared out the illusion that Billjim and the Maorilander are the. bad boys of the family. Several thousand Tommies took Cairo by storm, and there was looting far and wide. Many shrewd attempts were made to entice the Aussics into joining the mob, but they were not •biting. Not content with stuffing bags with spoil, the maffickers passed on to the Ansae Hostel, making a wreck ot that institution, though it has been almost entirely a Tommy concern since the Australian infantry's departure, and has provided them with the only lodirinc within their means, together with the. cheapest good-quality meals. A descent was also made onthe Australian and Maorilander Soldiers' Club, the one small patch of Aussie left, us, but a few willing Diggers quickly settled that argument. The G.O.C. troops in Egypt has issued a public proclamation thanking the Australians and Maorilanders for their strong support, in limiting and quelling the outbreak. Since, certain still-not-to-be-mentioned proceedings at the Wazzir, in retaliation for numerous murders and fatal doping, the Australians -have had mud thrown at them on every possible occasion. Just a 6 frequently have been told to take an example from the disciplined Tommy. Now dabblers in pitch arc floundering in their own defilement. Mrs. W. R. Wilson, of St. Leonard's, Takapuna. gave a luncheon party to-day to which representative ladies were invited to meet Mrs. K. M. Rhodes, of Seattle. In the afternoon Mrs. Rhodes gave a short address to about fortjK ladies, who were invited to take afternoon tea with her by Mrs. Wilson.
It has been suggested in the city that' fresh cases of influenza have broken out in Auckland, and that there are a number of cases at the Auckland Hospital. Inquiries made at that institution to-day show that there is absolutely no truth in the statement, and that there arc no cases of influenza there. People nowadays seem so ready to accept statements and pass them on with embellishments, that they should be careful. It should be remembered that influenza is a notifiable disease, and the Public Health Department would be the first to hear about it. In recognition of the good .-ervice ; rendered to Mt. Eden district by Mr. j Oliver Nicholson during the years he j occupied the position ot Mayor of that; borough, residents have raised a fund : for the purpose of presentation to that; gentleman. Upon being informed of the; matter, Mr. Nicholson requested that' the money should be devoted to a fund 1 for the assistance of necessitous 1 scholars from Mt. Eden and Maunga- j whau Public Schools, who desire to. obtain secondary education. The pre- 1 sentation is to be made at the meeting of the Council next Monday night. | Mr. A. Martin, of the voluntary, motor corps, advises that the members will not be required to-morrow morning in connection with the arrival of tlie i Zealandic'6 men, but will be proba.biy: required on Saturday morning. They will, however, be notified by tomorrow* "Star." The Auckland Automobile Association propose, to give a victory motor run to 600 children in various* institutions Hi and around Auckland. Owners of cars are invited to assist. The 'affair will start at 1 p.m., and arrive back about 1 5.30 p.m. Advice has been received from the i Viceroy of India that arrangements are! now being made for all the New Zealand wireless personnel serving in India, and who are fit to travel, to be returned to the Dominion. They will probably be dispatched during March. The Canterbury Automobile Association is to contribute. £800 towards the cost of a ferro-concrete bridge at Selwvn. If the half cost of the bridge amounts to less than £0000, the Association's contribution will be reduced in proportion. The drying up of the swamp lands in .the Waikato is proving a boon to "farmers, the extra feed resulting from! the changing conditions being very] acceptable ut the present juncture- With \ this additional feed there is now am abundance of good foddei fo? stock, andj good results should accrue from the operation* of settlers on the river flats during the present season. Mr. Albert Bruntnell, M.L-A... X.S.W., will give a lunch hour talk at Quay Street to-morrow, at 12.15. He will 6peak on "Liberty v. License." Everything is reduced at the .T.C.L. Colossal -Sale, which commenced to-day. John Court, Ltd., Queen Street.— (Ad.) No rubbing! No rubbing! No rubbing! No rubbing! No rubbing! No rubbing! No rubbing! No rubbing! No rubbing! (Ad.) Parents! Test Wade's Worm Figs. Wonderful worm worriers, 1/6. (Ad.) - xvz srczw • •-': Phosphorus is the necessary element for bulldi§gj«j*3vaAt«(l nerve tissue —an element which the nervous system must have. Marshall's Fospherlne cores nerve disorders in a natural way. It has proved Its efficiency In thousands of cases. Every 2/fi bottle make« 100 doses. Get it to-day from j-our Chemist or Storekeeper! (Ad. l In case of plague or an epidemic, cremation becomes absolutely necessary to protect the living.— (Ad.) Imported groats are too often old and stale. Doctors' Cream o' Groats is always pure, fresh and nourishing. All grocers. (Ad.) Th 6 soap that* raaning j\ew Zealand famous "TANIWRA." It's just perfect for every requirement of the home.— kitchen, laundry, bath. — (Ad.)