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Production Slogan "Let us pledge ourselves to produce 'more meat to meet and beat the Jap fleet' —the invasion forces will take care of the rest," said Major Harris W, Hantaan, of the United States Joint Purchasing Board, speaking at the annual Auckland provincial baconer competition at Westfield, yesterday. "If we are to continue to ask men to fight and die," he added, "we must increase • production." Yachts On The Hard Mooring areas for pleasure craft in Hobson and Mechanics' Bays are to-day almost empty, and the haulingout yards are lined with yachts and launches on the nard for the winter. One or two keel yachts, however, are still at their moorings. Fitting-out for next season is well in hand, and the first craft will probably be refloated late in September or in early October. Rabbits Like Jam In an endeavour to stamp out rabbits a farmer near Masterton recently organised .a . poisoning scheme. As the rabbits would not eat poisoned carrots, raspberry jam was used. The poison was spread at points over 2500 acres and on the first pick-up 10,200 rabbits were secured. Good results are also being obtained with the use of this bait in other places. Homeless Returned Servicemen There.were 2282 applications from returned servicemen for State houses in the Auckland district, at the end of last month, reported a representative of the Rehabilitation Department to yesterday's meeting of the committee set up by various local authorities to investigate the housing problem. Of this figure, 872 related to childless couples, 1003 to couples with one child 232 couples with two children and 175 couples, with three children. Houses and flats at Western Springs allocated last month totalled 88, the speaker added. Forty-nine of the allocations were to returned men. Starting z Troubles Many motorists, especially those whose engines are.showing signs Of wear, experience starting troubles, and these have not been assisted by the spell of cold weather and by inferior petroi, although servicestation operators report that the latest consignments of motor spirit are better than the previous lot. According to the Dunlop Bulletin the fault in regard to' poor quality petrol lies not with Governments or oil companies; it is brought about by the exigencies of war and the processing of millions of gallons of aviation fuel. One means jof getting better results from the inferior petrol duxing the winter is to blanket a section of the radiator or grille so that the engine warms up as quickly as possible and enables the power unit to hold its temperature.

Unregistered Cars . Traffic officers in * Auckland throughout last week cast a wide net for motorists who had failed to secure new car licenses and certificates of fitness. The number of offenders ran into dozens, and investigation of the cases will keep the City Council's traffic staff busy for some days. New Orakei Infant School So rapid has been the growth in the school population at Orakei that immediately the four classrooms in the new infant block are opened next month the whole of the additional accommodation will be fully occupied. The capacity of the school will be raised by at least 160 Built of wood, with tiled roofs, the new classrooms will be modern in ventilation and lighting, with ample space for storing school equipment. Days Getting Longer The fact that the days are now lengthening has been noticed by early mprnittg risers, who are now able to switch off . electric lights earlier than some weeks ago. Another sign of th 6 longer days ahead came to the notice of a city worker this morning. His office opens on tb a light well and for weeks the sun's rays have not" penetrated, but today beams appeared over the window top. and gave, a foretaste of the longer, warmer days ahead. Seed Potatoes For Eating In an attempt to ease the problem caused by shortage of table potatoes many, city and suburban greengrocers and grocers, are now' offering seed potatoes to the public. Rather than be without potatoes, housekeepers are apparently prepared to pay the fixed price of 3ad a pound for seed potatoes, although the ceiling price for tabie is 2d. A retailer said to-day that the position already had been brought under the notice of the Ministry of Supply, which had. been informed that as the result of the sales being made there would probably be a shortage of seed potatoes. There was little margin for the retailers, who had to pay 3d. a pound for seed potatoes at the city markets, he added. Ageless Chocolates Any chocolate is good chocolate when sweets are in as short supply as they have been in the last few months, but it must be conceded that there is extraordinary quality in a product that can retain its freshness and flavour after 20 years, with no more protection from time's ravages than a cellophone wrapping around the box. A large box of chocolates of a well-known brand, secured as a trophy at the New Zealand and South Seas Exhibition in Dunedin in 1925, was opened for the first time the Other day, mainly because a patient in hospital at Timaru had a craving for sweets and none could be purchased through the ordinary channels. When the chocolates were unwrapped they were found to be in first-class condition, showing no sign of age or discolouring, and the flavour was unimpaired.

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NEWS OF THE DAY, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 167, 17 July 1945

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NEWS OF THE DAY Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 167, 17 July 1945

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