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NEWS OF THE DAY

The Old Cherrytvood

A train traveller from Wellington to Frankton discovered on leaving the train that he had left his cherrywood pipe in the carriage. Later he telephoned a friend in Auckland, ask- _ ing him if he would call at ttie railway station and retrieve the precious - ~ pipe. It was duly recovered and posted to Hamilton. "It only cost him four bob some months ago, but as pipes are so scarce these days, he thought it well worth the four shillings spent on a toll call to me to pick it up," said the friend in tell- ' ing the story in a city-bound tram this morning. Nelson Cathedral At last year's session of the Nelson Diocesan Synod a report was received regarding a proposal to endeavour to collect a million shillings (£50,000) for the purpose of carrying the building of the Nelson Cathedral a further' stage and of assisting parishes in their building ■ p programmes. In the course of his charge at the opening of this year's session of synod, Bishop Stephenson announced that an organiser for the fund had been appointed and that an appeal would be launched this year. More than 6000 shillings have already been given. Sculling Anniversary Yesterday was the thirty-eighth anniversary of the day on which William Webb, of Wanganui, won * the world sculling title from Charlie Towns on the Parramatta River, Sydney. In those days sculling was a front rank sport and rivalled a world boxing fight in the amount of public interest taken in it. The result was widely acclaimed in New Zealand, ■ " and particularly in Wanganui, where enthusiasm was unbounded. Mr. Webb still resides at Aramoho, and in the rowing season is to be seen on the river in his skiff, sculling with something of the same skill which won him national fame in 1907. Education And Culture One aspect of the work of a teacher was his part in the development of a cultural race, said Mr. J. Barnett in his presidential address at the annual conference of the New Zealand Teachers' Institute. "I mean the ability to admire and appreciate the . _ beauty of a poem in stone, or some =' I&tained glass window," he said. "The ability to appreciate craftsmanship, : such as a Spode cup, as opposed to a railway refreshment mug, the music of a poem or the beauty of a piece of literature, the difference between a Beethoven sonata and a concentration of caterwaulings under the title of 'hot rhythm'; good manners; kindriess to others; absence of snobbery; 1 a realisation of spiritual worth, and a love of freedom."

Post Office Cleaning The busy Auckland East Post Office in Jean Batten Place underwent a "spring-cleaning" this morning. Advantage was taken of the comparative quiet of Saturday, when the majority of city offices are closed, to scour walls and floors with brooms, mops and vacuum cleaners. It was the first time for thwee years that the post office had had such a thorough cleaning. Unusual Trophy It is possible for a team in one of the Wellington Rugby Union's lower grades to fail to win any match in a season and yet win one of the most coveted of the union's annual trophies. This is the Griffiths Memorial Trophy, which is awarded to the team obtaining the most points for such things as punctuality, behaviour on and off the field, appearance, and filling in of team slips. Points are filled in on special forms by referees.

Sugar- Beet In Taranaki The suitability of certain areas in Taranaki for the growing of sugar beet is to be investigated in the near future, with the object of rtarting a new industry in connection with post-war reconstruction and regional planning. Investigations are also being made in the Temuka district of the South Island. Several Government departments are concerned in the starting of a sugar beet industry and the Government has also intimated that it is interested. Whisky In Trust Hotels A plea for a more equitable distribution of the whisky available daily in the trust hotels was made by a member of the Invercargill Licensing Trust at a meeting of the trust. He said that the available whisky was dispensed in the bars from 5 p.m., but the worker who did not finish until 5.30 or later rarely saw any of it—it was "cornered" by the man who was able to be on the spot at five o'clock. He suggested that naif of the daily ration be withheld until half-past five, so that the late-comer could get a "spot." Native Linguists The multi-lingual powers of some natives of the Middle East was instanced by Major M. D. Harvey at a meeting of the Citizens' Lunch Club in Palmerston North, when he told the following story: In Cairo a Greek printer was talking over the telephone in French when, shortly after the arrival at his premises of Major Harvey, who was greeted in English, a Greek 'foreman exchanged words with his employer. Soon afterwards an Arab servant entered and conversed in Arabic with his master, who, after making a remark in English to Major Harvey, continued his telephone conversation in French, Major Harvey said he also knew a girl of four years who spoke four languages.

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NEWS OF THE DAY, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 183, 4 August 1945

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NEWS OF THE DAY Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 183, 4 August 1945

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