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Gifts To Crippled Children Through the generosity of members of the staff of Steel Ships,: Limited, at Mechanics' Bay, inmates of the Wilson Home for Crippled Children will receive gifts of toys. At a meeting of employees it was decided that a surplus of £40 in the tea fund be expended on purchases of toys from the Disabled Servicemen's Re-establishment' League Representatives of the staff, will attend a party at the home to-morrow when each child will receive toys. All In The One Parcel Neglecting the advice of the old adage never to put all one's eggs in one basket, a male passenger in a city-bound tram last night suffered the penalty. He had two parcels of bottled beer, and decided to place all the bottles in one package. After a lot of sorting and shuffling of. bottles, he eventually made up one parcel, but this soon came to grief and beer flowed freely on the floor of the tram. As he was about to leave the car the reveller stuffed the remaining bottles into the pockets of his coat and trousers. Reflections On Manners An interesting sidelight on the difference of the ways of New Zealand and those of England is provided in an article in a recent issue of "New Zealand News," a London publication relating to Dominion affairs. Life in New Zealand, it is pointed out, is much less formal than it is in England, with the result that English people frequently find New Zealanders "casual." "In England," says the publication, "people seldom drop in to see their friends: they are invited, and they either accept or refuse. If they accept, then of course they go at the appointed time; if they are unavoidably delayed, they telephone. New Zealanders have been known to arrive an hour late without any warning, or even to fail to arrive at ail. New Zealand's fightIng qualities and indeed her pioneering abilities are so widely acclaimed, and recognised that it is a pity for ; her good name in this other sphere, just as important for every-day life, to be smirched by carelessness and want of thoughtfulness on the part of a few," says the article.

Value Of Arbor Day Children present at yesterday's Arbor Day ceremony in Grey Lynn Park were given the opportunity of displaying their knowledge of the significance of Arbor Day and also of winning a half-guinea. Prizes of 10/6 to each of the three schools represented at the ceremony for the best 800-word essay on the value and purpose of the day were offered by Mr. J. B. Paterson, president of Auckland Justices' Association, and a former chairman of the City Council's Parks Committee. Mr. Paterson made a similar gesture at last year's ceremony. No Train To School "Two unusual factors have affected school attendance in a minor degree," states the biennial report of the Auckland inspectors of schools for the years 1943-44. "With the curtailment of rail services some pupils of secondary departments of a district high school were able to attend for only three days a week, as no trains ran on the other two school days The closing of certain secondary schools almost two weeks before primary school children began their vacation resulted in an abnormally large number of requests from parents asking that they be allowed to take their children on holiday before the end of the school year. Synchronisation c£ the dates of commencing the third term holidays in the different types of schools would seem to be an advantage." Fruit Trees Damaged By Hares A new problem resulting indirectly from the recent snowstorm —extensive damage by hares to the bark of apple and pear trees at Loburn —was reported by Mr. A. R. Grainger, orchard instructor of the Department of Agriculture, Christchurch. Describing the problem as fairly serious, he said that the hares had no doubt been short of food and had begun to feed on the bark, some trees having been almost completely ringbarked. The hares had ample shelter in a nearby riverbed, and their extermination might be difficult. They normally did not take poison bait used against rabbits, though they might be hungry enough to do so now. Otherwise shooting appeared to be the only remedy. Mr. Grainger said that some growers were taking immediate action against the hares. He counselled concerted efforts by all growers in the district.

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NEWS OF THE DAY, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 181, 2 August 1945

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NEWS OF THE DAY Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 181, 2 August 1945

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