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"Chilled 12*) Towing a rake of refrigerated wagons, a railway engine clanked its way slowly along Quay Street. The explanation for a burst of laughter that went up from a group of lunchtime idlers as the train passed lay in the mutilation of a stencilled notice on one of the vans. With considerable skill someone had altered the letter "f" to "r" in the legend, "Chilled Beef." ' Welcome Gift "If you can send me a tin of dripping I shall, in thought, fall on your neck," wrote a resident of a village in Surrey, England, to her aunt in New Zealand. A previous tin sent to her, said the writer, was delicious and gave a beautiful taste to all the cooking. It can be appreciated how acceptable a gift is the homely tin of dripping when the fat ration in England per person is cut down to one ounce a week". Samaritan's Misfortune A woman motorist on her way to Howick two Sundays ago noticed a girl, who had been thrown from her horse, lying unconscious by the roadside. She pulled up and, removing her valuable coat, wrapped it around the unconscious girl, pending the arrival of a hospital ambulance. Another equestrienne, whose identity is unknown, agreed to leave the coat at Panmure after the victim of the accident had been safely placed in the ambulance. The motorist called for the coat as arranged, but it had not been returned as promised. Apparently the adage that one good turn deserves another has still to be learnt by some people. Theatre Solo One artist who gained applause at a film screening, at Hawera recently was not facing the audience from thi stage; she was sitting unobtrusively in the middle stalls, and her performance was unsolicited and unrehearsed. A supporting film was screened, featuring Irish songs and requesting theatre patrons to sing. Half-hearted humming accompanied the first numbers until "Believe Me, If All Those Endearing Young Charms" was presented. Then a woman, -whose .Irish heart was apparently inspired, sang lustily from the audience, her vioce rising to a loud crescendo. The theatre was hushed but for.her voice, and when the song ended her solo was greeted with prolonged applause from other theatre patrons.

Telegrams To Norway The Chief Postmaster advises that all public codes authorised for use in overseas telegrams,may now be used in telegrams to Norway. World's Longest Bar Australia's longest bar is that at the Workingman's Club, at Mildura, the Victorian irrigation settlement, which was founded 60 years ago by the Chaffey brothers, who came from Canada, via California. It is 297 feet —99 yards—in length and is claimed as the world's longest. Its nearest rivals are the bar of the Shanghai Club, China, and the new bar at Tia Juana, Mexico. Australia's second longest bar—lß9 feet—is in the United States Furloughees' Club, Sydney. Travel Modes The Rev. D. N. MacDiarmid, M.8.E., M.A., director of Presbyterian Missions, told a luncheon gathering of the Auckland Y.M.C.A. Optimists' Club that in a five weeks' tour of the New Hebrides he'd travelled in jeeps, various other "American motor monstrosities," canoes, outriggers, barges, planes and the old steamer Hawera, built in the '80's, but still capable of a steady four knots. He added that missionaries had to be good navigators. "Outriggers are all right in calm water, but if you're out for an evening you need to take a spare pair of pants with you. You sit low on the water, and if it's rough you sit in it," he said. Bodies For Trolley-Buses The chassis, motors, and control equipment only of the ten trolleybuses on order from Britain will be imported for Wellington, and. the bodies will be made here, largely of a special plywood to come from Australia. The building of the bodies will be commenced well before the chasses arrive, working from chassis and equipment drawings from the British manufacturers. Some of the hardwood poles for the overhead lines outside the city proper have already arrived, but steel poles will be used in the mid-city lengths of trolley-bus routes. Because trolleys run on pneumatic tyres double power lines are used. Seating accommodation is for 40 people, with standing room for up to about 20. The bus has fast acceleration by electric onotor up to 30 miles an hour, and is capable of negotiating the steepest Wellington mils, of grades of one in nine. Luggage is placed in a boot at the rear and there is accommodation for three full-sized prams.

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NEWS OF THE DAY, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 182, 3 August 1945

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NEWS OF THE DAY Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 182, 3 August 1945

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