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NEWS OF THE DAY., Auckland Star, Volume LXIX, Issue 44, 22 February 1938
NEWS OF THE DAY.
"Cows" on the Road. When the question of the appointment of a ranger for certain ridings in the Hutt county was being discussed at a meeting of the Hutt County Council, one councillor remarked that in his riding very few cows were ever to be found on the roads. "In my riding," said another councillor, through whose riding runs a much-used motor road, "there are thousands of cows on the roads, riding in cars." " Sea Devil " Welcomed. An assurance of a hearty welcome throughout New Zealand was given the "Sea Devil," Count Felix von Luckner, and the Countess at a reception held by the Auckland German Club last evening. Mr. W. J. McMillan, vice-president of the club, said that during the war New Zealanders had been regarded in Germany and elsewhere as gentlemen, and the Count could be sure that he would be received «and treated as a gentleman in the Dominion. Cost of Vegetables. Forty tons of potatoes, 17 tons of cabbages, 13 tons of cauliflowers and six tons of carrots are but some of the vegetable requirements of the Palmerston North Hospital Board for the next financial year. Altogether the board will require about £1500 worth of vegetables. Last year the cost was £979. Concerned at the mounting cost, the board is investigating the possibility of reverting to the growing of its own vegetables, and yesterday instructed its farm committee to report on suggestions made by the managing secretary.
Busy Wharves. Visitors to city wharves have for some time become accustomed to busy scenes, but the congestion has rarely been eo pronounced as yesterday,' when cargo was piled high in the storage sheds on Prince's wharf and lines of waiting traffic extended from the end of the wharf to well past Queen Street. Owing to the scant storage space available, the Port Alma, discharging Liverpool shipments, could not employ the desired number of gangs to work her. The bulk of cargo in storage is wheat from Australia and slag from the Continent. A Crash in Church A lucky escape from injury was experienced by the Rev. Angus McKenzie during the service at the Presbyterian Church at Taumarunui on Sunday night. He had just leaned forward in the pulpit to begin a prayer when there was a loud report and a crash of falling glass, while all the lights in the church went out. The cord supporting a fairly heavy light hanging several feet above the minister's head broke and the shade and bulb crashed on to the seat of his chair. Mr. McKenzie continued with the prayer, and when the switch was turned the lights went on again. Tribute to Chinese. "I know these young men are law-abiding and industrious. In that they are typical of their race," said Mr. Justice Blair in the Supreme Court at Napier when character references were offered by counsel for two Chinese who were on trial. "There is very little Chinese crime in New Zealand, oxcept in regard to one specialty of theirs," his Honor continued, "and they are straightforward in business. These men have been charmingly frank about the whole affair, and one has undertaken to do something I know he will do. When a Chinaman gives his word, he keeps it." Youth Still Lacks Work. Notwithstanding the recent cheerful review of the Minister of Labour of the employment outlook, there are still some 50,000 unemployed in New South Wales, and a considerable proportion of these are young men in their early twenties. To somt extent the anxious problem, "What shall we do with our boys?" is temporarily solving itself in its cruder aspects. Labour exchanges cannot supply employers' demands for youths under 17 and for girls and women for factory employment, but there are relatively few jobs offering for men of 21 and over. Most of the workless in this category originally made the mistake that is being made now by thousands of young boys—they accepted "dead-end" jobs, which they naturally lost as soon as they reached the age at which the law stipulates they should be paid the basic wage arbitrarily fixed for adult workers. '
An Australian Classic. In Melbourne the other day Mr. TTngh Dent, head of the well-known British publishing house, said that he was looking for an Australian classic to include in Everyman's Library. He was, however, finding it difficult to unearth a suitable work. "For the Term of His Natural Life" and "Robbery Under Arms" were suggested to him, but he hesitated to describe them as classics. "For Such is Life," by Tom Collins, occurred to him as a likely work, but he did not commit himself. Since then all manner of people in Melbourne have been making suggestions. Books like Boldrewoftd's "Miner's Right" and David Hennesgy's "Outlaw" have been mentioned, nnd C. J. Dennis' "Sentimental Bloke," which an admirer describes as "a classic of classics." Mr. Dent said that there was practically no interest abroad in Australian literature as such, and that any work would have to stand on its own merits if it were to command a sale large enough to justify publication. University Biology Block.
The two departments for which the new biology block at the Auckland University College is being built will not be able to occupy the building until the end of the present teaching year. A report to this effect was received by the College Council yesterday from the architect, Mr. R. A. Lippincott. The heads of the two departments, the report added, had been informed that there was no hope that they would be accommodated in the building in May, as had been desired. Though the work was well behind the original schedule and despite disappointing progress last month, due to the fact that the majority of the workmen had elected to take holidays considerably in excess of awards or arrangements, progress now was reasonably good. The concrete work was practically complete, and partitioning and the placing of pipes, ducts and conduit was possible on the lower floors. This would be greatly accelerated when the roof over the central part of the building was placed in position within the next ten days. Dangerous Swamp Road.
The Para Swamp, on the Picton-Blenheim highway, was the scene of no fewer than six motor mishaps during Saturday afternoon and night. Throughout Saturday large numbers of cars were travelling between Blenheim and Picton for the Maeport Cup race at Picton, and the soft nature of the road surface, caused by heavy rain, was mainly responsible for tl»e mishaps. A remarkable escape was experienced by the occupants of a car driven by Mr. A. Hope. The vehicle was travelling close behind another car when the one in front stopped suddenly, giving Mr. Hope no option but to pull out to the left and run alongside the other car. What appeared to be solid road surface was only a layer of gravel mounted on thick blackberry growth. The car immediately rolled over and came to rest upside down in about 4ft of water, with the four occupants trapped inside. Mr. Hope immediately opened the door nearest him and dragged the other occupant of the front seat out, while a brother of the driver forced a way out through an opening in £he floor after lifting one of the beards. The other back-seat passenger was trapped for a time, but eventually i he was rescued alr=o by means of lifting a floor board. J
Trout Fishing Conditions. Heavy rains of the past fortnight raised Lake Rotorua to winter level, causing trout, shoals to 6hift from Waitete, Awahou and Hamurana to the deep water, reports the fish and. game conservator, Mr. A. Kean. Despite this, several limit bags of rainbow were taken, tit* fish weighing up to 61b. Floods affected the river fishing, especially in the Bay of Plenty area, but good fly fishing was obtained in the Waikato at Atiamuri and below the Huka Falls. At Taupo the lake and rivers provided good sport, and the fishing was good ateo in the Tokaanu area. Discoloured water made the fishing patchy in the Tongariro River. Objections to City Values. A list of 546 objections to Auckland city valuations for the next financial year has been compiled by the city valuer, Mr. P. F. Notley. The list is longer than that of 12 months ago, and includes 968 assessments, of a total annual rateable value of £196,000. In past years many cases have been withdrawn, and the majority of the others have been settled by negotiation before the sitting of the Assessment Court. Last year only 27 out of 486 objections actually came to a hearing. It is expected the Court will eit during March, the usual date being about the middle of the month. A Distinction. The distinction between instantaneous and "eudden" death, debated in the Arbitration Court at Gisborne, furnished a sidelight on the discussion of a tragic happening on the wharf in Gisborne some months ago. Counsel for a claimant was leading medical evidence, and secured a statement that "sudden death" might take several minutes to reach its culmination. Opposing counsel suggested that the statement would call for an emendation of the Prayer Book. The president of the Court, Mr. Justice O'Regan, commented that on one occasion, long ago, three men were hanged at Nelson, two having died instantly, while the third survived for an appreciable period, with the hangman clinging to his legs. He thought that the third man's death illustrated the distinction drawn in this instance. "It was pretty sudden!" commented Mr. Cecil Prime, a member of the Court. Wonders of Moreton Bay. Although it is nearly 168 years since Captain Cook sighted Moreton Bay and the bay for over 100 years has been the entrance to the oldest settlement in Queensland, and there are sailing men and fishermen who know every square inch of its waters, very little is known of it from a scientific standpoint. With a view to making a commencement in the direction of a systematic survey of the bay, a score of university students put in a fortnight in the bay and made a study of various phases of bay formation, life and conditions. Professor H. C. Richards has drawn attention to the fact that Moreton Island is one of tlie highest sand dunes in the world, and it also has been stated that the fag end of one of the greatest geological wonders of the world, the Great Barrier Reef, is to be found in the bay, but there is a great unexplored world behind and beyond these unique geological features. A party of geologists, biologists, entomologist#; and other scientists is continuing the work of research.
Collision With Elephant. Collisions between motor ears nnd horses and cows on the highways are common in this part of the world, generally the vehicle suffering the least, but an accident involving n car and elephant in Wanganui is uncommon, to say the least. The visit of a circus to this city serves to recall an incident of several years ago concerning a motor cur and an elephant, in which the latter secured the honours. Late on a Saturday night a Wanganui motorist was driving along Taupo Quay at a leisurely pace, when out of a light fog loomed a huge shape that towered over the car. Too late the driver applied the brakes, and with a dull shock he struck the object, which had resolved itself into an elephant. The beast slowly turned its head to examine the ear, which had struck it* hindquarters. The elephant was unmarked, but the car did not escape so lightly. The front fender was severely dented r.nd a mudguard driven against a tyre. Celebrities from Patea. Among old scholars of the Patea public school, which celebrated its diamond jubilee last week, are some who became well-known in after years. Harry Coutts, of North Auckland, who attended as a scholar on the opening day, rose to the rank of captain in the South African War, and had the distinction of winning one of Queen Victoria's scarves, which now reposes in the lobby of the Parliamentary Buildings in Wellington. Cecil Wray. of London, was a first-dav pupil, and is one of our best-known New Zealanders. Arthur Hirst, a well-known composer nnd conductor, who lives in London, who lectured in New Zealand a few years ago, is another old scholar. A. Dabinott is a prominent architect at Hollywood. Brian Horner is a well-known surveyor in Malaya. N. B. (iadsbv is a leading medical man in Aberdeen, and O. .T. Hawken was Minister of Agriculture in the last Coates Ministry. J. F. TTollowav and J. Baxter became owners and editors of papers. W. A. Collins became chairman of the Wanganui Education Board. Many other pupils became prominent in civic life.
NEWS OF THE DAY., Auckland Star, Volume LXIX, Issue 44, 22 February 1938
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