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In Fresh Fields? One of the "smash hits" of Miss I Gracie Fields' tour of Australia was her rendition of "Waltzing Matilda." A New Zealand pressman recalled this to the visiting artiste, with the added question. "Are you including any New Zealand songs in your programmes?" "Are there any?" asked Miss Fields.

Farm Settlement Scheme Eighteen of. the 125 boys admitted to the Auckland Youths' Farm Settlement Scheme' in the past ten years have taken up farm work on their own account, states the distrrict vocational, guidance officer, Mr. A. A. Kirk, in a report to the Auckland Vocational Guidance Advisory Centre. Thirty-eight of those admitted resigned in the early stages of their training but this should be considered a comparatively small number, states Mr. Kirk, in view of the fact that many of the original recruits started on farms in the depression years.

Gracie To Kick Off

Miss Gracie Fields will kick off at the local semi-finals for the Chatham Cup, at the Basin Reserve, Wellington, next Saturday! The Wellington Football Association intends to present her with a set of jerseys' of the colours of her home town club, where the clothing shortage has caused sports clubs some difficulty in procuring equipment. Before the match, .Miss Fields will address spectators from the grandstand and appeal for support for the Unrra clothes drive. The proceeds of the grandstand admission are to be made available to Miss Fields' fund for sick, and wounded servicemen.

New House-Hunting Plan A new method of procuring a house for himself has been devised by a man in Christchurch. He endeavours to persuade people in rented houses to vacate them by promising them a sizeable sum of money. The .people in one rented house were-visited by him and informed that he had bought the house, ■which he wanted for himself, adding that if they promised to get'out he would give them £25 in cash and on the day they vacated the premises he would pay them, a further £75. Naturally, the people were worried to learn that the house had been sold over their heads and they complained to their landlord. The landlord was greatly astonished and assured the tenants that he had not sold or contemplated selling the house.

Spare Parts For Cars Far more spare parts for motor cars will be available in the immediate future than there have been- in the past, stated a letter from the New Zealand Retail Motor Trade Association received at the meeting of the general committee of the Automobile Association (Southland). The letter added that it was understood that substantial shipments of parts for both English and American motorvehicles were arriving, and it was anticipated that this would generally ease the position.

Hospital Bus Service The question of whether the Auckland Transport Board or,the Hospital Bus f ™ Company, Limited, should operate a bus service to the Green Lane and Cornwall, Hospitals was decided in favour of the Transport Board by the Metropolitan Licensing Authority yesterday. The service will run from the city transport terminal, and there will be a feeder service along Green Lane to the tram routes. The board was given permission to begin the new service on September 1, or as soon after that date as it obtained a vehicle.

Treatment Of Enemy Aliens Surprise at the resolution passed at the recent Dominion conference of the R.S.A. in Wellington calling for the deportation within, two years of all enemy aliens who arrived in New Zealand since 1939, taking with them the amount of property that they brought with them into the country, is expressed in an editorial in the "Methodist Times." The article states that it is hardly credible that the conference should have, passed such a resolution and it . was sincerely trusted that the Government would pay no need to it. The opinion was expressed that the action of the R.S.A. would not be endorsed by any fair-minded New Zealander.

Ambitious An amusing story concerning FieldMarshal Sir Bernard Montgomery that particularly delighted his audience was told to the Napier Rotary Club by Brigadier R. V. Sherston. "Montgomery, as you may know, is a very austere person. He doesn't drink and he doesn't smoke, but he is, a man who always manages to catch the public's fancy," said Brigadier Sherston. "Oh one occasion the King I visited the Middle Bast when FieldMarshal Sir Harold Alexander was in charge, and, when commenting on Montgomery to the King, Alexander remarked: 'That man puzzles me, I believe he wants my job.' Tp which the King replied: 'Do you really believe that? You know, I believe he wants my job'."

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NEWS OF THE DAY, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 179, 31 July 1945

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NEWS OF THE DAY Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 179, 31 July 1945

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