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Oyster Season Closing IJisposal of the shipment of oysters brought to Auckland *rom the Hauraki Gulf yesterday by the Government ketch Te Wai will mark the end of the season, probably towards the end of the week. The demand during the season has often exceeded the supply, and the closing date is about a week earlier than last year.

Potato-Saving Tips "While potatoes are scarce," says Consumer News, "use the utmost care to avoid waste in preparation. Remember that up to 25 per cent is wasted by peeling potatoes, and that a potato fast-boiled is a potato spoiled. To stop potatoes breaking up and going to waste, boil steadily but don't 'gallop;' also to reduce blackening, add a dash of vinegar to the water. Help out the potatoes by serving dumplings, Yorkshire or suet puddings with meat and fish dishes."

"Officialese" "Women do not say at the shop counter, • 'In the matter of hosiery, I have to state that my requirements are nine and a half and I should be glad of the favour of two pairs'," writes Ffofessor I. A. Gordon in this month's issue- of the Public Service Journal. "Nor do the men say, 'WiTJ? regard to the liquor problem, and having cognisance of the presence of two friends, please supply Ime with three handles. I would be glad if you would expedite the order at your earliest convenience.' Not at all. They say, 'Two pairs of stockings, size nine and a naif,' or 'Three beers, Jerry, and make it quick.' But too many people imagine that if they talk in this latter fashion it is something of which they should be ashamed. Pen in hand, they feel they must expedite orders and have regard to matters. The Public Service must learn otherwise."

Man-Made Famine There was no doubt that the famine in India in 1943 was man-made declared Dr. CJarfield Stewart, of Takapuna, during an address yesterday to the Auckland Creditmen's Club on his experiences while serving with the R.A.F. in India. There was an acute shortage of rice at the time and starvation was apparent but as the result of action taken by Lord Wavell, on his appointment as "Viceroy, to secure a small shipment of rice the hands of those holdings stocks were forced and more was released to the public. Dr Stewart described the sufferings of the people and referred to the many deaths. He recalled having given a sandwich to some Hindu children who, on finding it contained beef, threw it away, despite the fact that . tUpy were starving. "I wonder how many people In New Zealand would stick to their principles and starve under similar circumstances," he said.

Trolley Buses In view of the proposed change from trams to trolley buses in Auckland in the post-war years, the If m ? rk ?i O CT? a P tai . n w - B - Ada ir, son v * M £ Adair > of the Auckland Y.M.C.A. Boys' Work Division, on the subject are of interest. In a letter to his father, Capt. Adair writing from Trieste says: "It will be great when the trolley buses come to Auckland. Here In Trieste there are trolley buses and trams, and the difference is amazing."

New Civic Centre The announcement yesterday that plans are being prepared for a civic centre for Auckland recalls the proposal made last September to add to the Town Hall by erecting an administrative block at the foot of Grey's Avenue. This would have involved the deviation of the avenue into Bledisloe Street. The May* Mr. Allun'. said this morning that the whole question .of a civic centre was still open and the Grey's Avenue scheme had not been lost sight of. All plans would be fully investigated before any decision was made.

Egg Weights The method by which the various grades of eggs were determined was explained by the Naw Plymouth district egg floor in response to numerous requests for information. It was pointed out that because of the speed at which the grading machine worked and because of the volume of eggs handled all were not necessarily strictly t*» e ir specified weight. One dozen eggs, however, averaged the weight of the particular grade. The grades, with the specified weights, are: Heavy, 2ioz, or more; standard, 1 15-16oz to 2ioz; medium grade, 1 9-16oz to 1 15-16oz; pullets' eggs, lioz to 1 9-16oz.

Tobacco Quotas The loss of one working day in New Zealand tobacco factories means a production loss of the equivalent of 9,000,000 cigarettes. Factory output per head to-day is greater than it has ever been. Up-to-date plant has been installed,. and there is plenty of tobacco leaf both locally grown and imported. Because of staff shortages, however, supplies from the factories, though comparatively regular, have been in quantities insufficient to satisfy the existing public demand. In aiming- at a fair distribution of available stocks of tobacco and cigarettes throughout the country, the supply and distributing authorities have made provision not only for the normal population of each area, but also for the moving element in population, which in wartime is larger than usual. This means that district quotas vary from time to time. Where a survey—such as is provided, by the number of ration books issued from each post office— shows a substantial increase in population in a district, a corresponding increase in the cigarette and tobacco quota is made—and vice versa. i

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NEWS OF THE DAY, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 180, 1 August 1945

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NEWS OF THE DAY Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 180, 1 August 1945

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