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Impression Of Germans The impressions which many former prisoners of war formed of the German civilian population were well expressed in the words of Padre W. E, W. Hurst, who, before going overseas with the Second Echelon, was curate of St. James' Church, Lower Hutt. and who returned to Wellington last week. "The majority of the Germans I met were both stupid and simple," he said. "They could be led by anyone and listened to our propaganda as cheerfully as they absorbed their own." American "Invasion" Several cases in which American | servicemen had figured were included !j in a list of motions for decrees nisi j to be made absolute which were i; heard in the Supreme Court to-day. In one instance Mr. Justice Callan remarked that the case was the result of what had been called the American "invasion." Counsel in the case said he hoped there would be | no more invasions of the kind, whereI upon his Honor said such would j mean a cut in counsel's business. "It would mean a cut in the Court's busi- ' ness, too," replied counsel. Yes, said his Honor, "but the Court could stand it better than counsel." ! | Beyond A Dream i i "The reality has been beyond anyj thing I dreamed of," writes an Aucklander in giving his impressions of j his release from captivity in German prisoner-of-war camps. On a month's leave in Britain he spent the days | boating, swimming and sightseeing, [ mainly in Kent, Surrey, Cheshire and Lancashire and later, with occasional fishing excursions thrown in, on the E: says the Scillies it. of place among Eiauraki Gulf or at s. Their sheltered eadlands and reefs xitic, the deep blu« my days, and th< *re what he hac is. t;

Worth Only 5/ Clergymen attending the annual Diocesan Synod in Wellington related their experiences concerning marriage fees. One caused much laughter when he told how, on being approached by an intending bridegroom, he was asked what was the charge. "I will leave it to you. What do you think it is worth?" the clergyman replied. He was rewarded with five shillings. The majority of people about to be married, other speakers said, seemed to be confused as to whether a fee or a donation was required under the circumstances. Toe Tickle Saved Boy During a game in a tree with several other 'children, Barry Bowater, eight-year-old son of Mr. L. Bowater of Manawatu Heads, was saved from serious injury, by the prompt action of his friends. He apparently felt himself slipping from the tree and as an electric wire was the nearest' "straw," he grabbed it and was unable to let go. His friends thought he was having a game so began tickling his toes. As a result he slipped and the fall broke his hold on the wire. He is at present suffering from shock and severe burns. Winter Flowers Scarce Orfe of the most difficult winters for a number of years is being experienced by Auckland florists. The acute shortage of flowers which has continued for over two months is attributed largely to heavy damage done by a cyclonic storm at the beginning of the winter, followed by cold conditions. In some suburbs gardens were almost completely flattened by the storm and they have had little chance of recovering. To-day city florists are relying mainly on the supply of narcissi, Iceland poppies, golden wattle and a few other hardy flowers, augmented by armfuls of pinkish-white hardy heath brought from parts of » North Auckland and on branches of berry-bearing shrubs. The problem of providing wreaths and bouquets is a trying one.

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NEWS OF THE DAY, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 172, 23 July 1945

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NEWS OF THE DAY Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 172, 23 July 1945

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