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NEWS OF THE DAY.

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A young woman went up to a soaked and smoke-blackened fireman, who was resting after Ills strenuous effort,-? at the fire in the Now Zealand Loan and Mercantile Company's building in Wellington on Saturday night, and said, "Has there really been a tire":"' The fireman looked at her and said, "Oh, no, we are only doing this for a bet."' Riding Without Lights. The offence of cyclists ridirjg without lights at night is becoming a general nuisance to motorists, and the by-law is often honoured more i» th" breach thanin the observance. The Auckland Automobile Association drew the attention of the One Tree Kill Borough. Council to the matter last night, and suggested that a stricter watch be maintained by the local traffic inspector. The council decided 'to assist the association to the best of its ability. Use For Old Bedsteads. Scrap bedstead frames were used for the construction of a hot plate at the Auckland Infirmary, according to a report made to the Hospital* Board by "the resident engineer yesterdav. The hot plate, said the engineer, was designed and built in the hospital workshops. It would hold 300 plates and 100 basins, and had already been installed in the men's dining room. The material purchased for the construction of the hot plate cost only £6. Borough Revaluation Sought. As a number of the ratepayers in the Mount Albert Borough had recently taken a definite move towards securing revaluations of their properties, the Mayor, Mr. W. F. Stilwell, at last evening's meeting of the council, moved that the Valuation Department be asked to make a re\alaation of the borough at the earliest possible date. Mr. Stilwell said that if any advantages were to be gained from a revaluation everyone should share in them. Cause of Cliristchurch Fogs. Household fires are blamed by Mr. A. R. Galbraith, Christchurch city engineer, for much of the fog that is found in the southern city. Speaking at a meeting of the Town Planning Institute, he said that the city was peculiarly favourably situated . r or studying the pollution of the atmosphere, for one could witness the state of the air from the hill-. He was of the opinion that if by some means electricity could be supplied cheaply enough to heat all the houses by radiators it would" be a great step toward the solution of the fog problem. Satisfied Ratepayer. "Ratepayers are always ready to roar when the rates go up, but they forget to say thanks when they are lowered, and I for one take this opportunity of congratulating the Mayor and council on' the reduced rate charge this year." So wrote a satisfied ratepayer to the One Tree Hill Borough last night. The Mayor, Mr. 1. J. Goldstine, remarked that such grateful ratepayers were all too few. At the same time, it did not fall to the lot of all local bodies to be in so sound a financial position as to be able to reduce instead of increasing rates. Help For Devonport's Needy. The drive for clothing and goods for the needy, inaugurated by the Devonport Welfare League, met with a liberal response yesterday. Over £-S0 was collected in cash by local BoyScouts, while eleven motor cars collected full loads of clothing and supplies. Donations at the football match on Saturday, initiated by the Auckland Eugby Union and the Devonport United Club, totalled £0 17/. To these amounts must be added the proceeds of a bridge evening promoted by Mrs. C. Seagar, some £23 11, a d—ation of three tons of coal by the Hon. E. W. Alison, and one ton by Mr. W. Meiklejohn. Many of the lady residents of Devonport are engaged in making' up and repairing articles of clothing for distribution. No Discount on Rates. A deci-inn not to consider the granting of a discount on rates promptly paid was reached by the Mount Albert Borough Council last evenilisr. The Mayor. Mr. W. F. Stilwell, said that the question could not be considered now that the rates had been struck. In any case, he thought it would create a hardship to those who had to pay their rates by placing a certain sum away week by week, and he submitted that the majoj'itv of the ratepayers in the borough belonged to the latter category. Mr. P. Floyd said that while the council was working on an overdraft it would benefit by 2 per cent by offering a discount for the prompt payment of rates. Mr. F. A. Jarrett said Mr. Floyd was making a mistake. The rates woulo be paid in six months, and the interest on overdrafts war calculated yearly. There would not be a saving by discounts, but a loss. Hospital Ambulance Service. A suggestion that it should take over the hospital ambulance service was made by the St. John Ambulance Association to the Auckland Hospita! Board at its meeting yesterday afternoon. The St. John Ambulance the letter said, was equal to anything of their kind. Conditions of the association taking over the whole of the hospital transport in Auckland were that it should be paid an annual subsidy of £1000. that it should be given control of the ambulances now owned by the board, and that it should be allowed to use the garage accommodation at the hospital. The association's offer was referred to the finance committee for r report. It was stated in the house manager's report that the two ambulances in use at the hospital had been on the road for three years, and were in need of an overhaul. A third ambulance was considered to be beyond repair. Volunteer Fire Brigades. Diiring the debate last Friday on the Addrees-in-Renly Mr. A. M. Samuel, M.P., for Thames, made' an urgent appeal to the Government for more sympathetic treatment for volunteer fire brigades "He said it was false economy to_ cut out the grants fur these institutions, especially as the volunteer fiie brigades rendered the Government great service in protecting their property. He pointed out that their grant was cut down from £1000 to £">OO. which was used mostly for the purpose of providing passes to firemen going to conferences and demonstrations, but now the grant had been abolished altogether, and even that of the railway pass given to the advisory superintendent. Mr. Samuel a.so stated that it should certainly be possible tor the Government at least to find the railway passes, as that would be only a case where a book entry would be needed, a' a charge from one Department to another. He at?ked the Government to reconsider the necessity for giving assistance to volunteer fire brigades when the year's Estimates were being framed. Barred and Barbed. An instance of the Railway Department's lack of consideration for a number of its regular suburban passengers was given at the meeting of the Papatoetoe Town Board last evening. Mr. W. J. Nicholson., chairman, said the Department had closed up an entrance to the station platform which had been in use at the northern end for ten years. It had. been a great convenience to a hundred passengers. The way had been barred with barbed wire, and none but an athletic youth could climb the fence and leap across a nearby Irain. The only alternative was to reach the platform by a ramp at the southern end, which meant an 'extra walk of almost a quarter of a mile. A petition protesting a ? aiDS >- the Department's action had been signed by li. residents, who represented in train fares at least £20 a week. It was decided to ask the Department to erect a ramp at the northern approach to the station, and to draw official attention co the f : .cr that in the whole of the time the old approach was in use no one had been hurt, nor had any train been stopped because of those who went across.

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NEWS OF THE DAY., Auckland Star, Volume LXII, Issue 171, 22 July 1931

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NEWS OF THE DAY. Auckland Star, Volume LXII, Issue 171, 22 July 1931

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