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Sign Of The Times Standing on three wheels, with the fourth corner jacked up by means of a soap box, an old model car seen in Queen Street early last night gave an indication of the times. Having no spare tyre and tube, no doubt due to the shortage of rubber, the motorist apparently had to resort to the use of the box while having a puncture repaired. Farm Labour An- increase during the year of 700 in the number of men employed on farms in the area between Mercer and Wellsford was -reported by the district manpower officer, Mr. C. G. S., Ellis, to the Auckland District Primary Production Council yesterday. At January 1 last there were 1173 new category "A" men held on appeals in the area, including men from the Third Division. After the re-definition of men was completed and appeals heard, there were, at June 30 last, 698 of these men. Of this number, 152 were made available for the Armed Forces but not more than 80 to 90 were- mobilised. To offset the loss some 300 men from the Pacific Forces were placed in farming and, in addition, placements of civilians, home servicemen and returned men numbered 500. Hours Of Street Lighting Decision to inform the various . local authorities that the present hours of street lighting will be maintained, but that in view of the serious power shortage the matter will receive further consideration approximately one month before the winter of 1946, was made by the Auckland Electric Power Board at its meeting in committee last week. This was stated in a report presented to yesterday's meeting of the .board by the general manager, Mr. R. H. Bartley. With the present hours of burning there was a considerable wastage of current, said the chairman, Mr S.- J. Harbutt, but worse, than this was the psychological effect on the consumer who observed lamps .burning in broad daylight. Some more severe action have to be taken next year.

Fruit Trees Bloom The approach of springes indicated in many Auckland gardens by fruit trees bursting into bloom. In some districts there is as yet no sign of 1 blooms, but in others which, receive their full share of sunshine white- : flowered plum trees have come into , bloom during the past few days. Peach trees, as usual, are well ! behind the plums. Rural Housing Lack of housing as a factor hindering primary production development was discussed at a meeting of the Auckland District Primary Production Council yesterday. The chairman, Mr. R. C. Clark, said the present scheme for rural housing had expired. He felt that the National Council of Primary Production should be asked to urge that another scheme, to extend over a longer period, be made available to farmers. It was agreed to make representations as suggested by the chairman. P.O.W. News Service Prisoners-of-war in Germany were able to keep up with the latest news, as the majority of camps were equipped with wireless, said Private T. H. Garland, of Epsom, who returned home on Sunday. At one camp the men purchased a radio set for 400 cigarettes from German civilians and this was installed in a toilet. "We were supplied with a weekly newspaper written in English but we read this backward," said Private Garland. "The morale of all prisoners was excellent, and there was never any doubt that the Allies would win." The Pup Went Home The recent feat of a pup, as related by its owner, is more to be associated' with the homing instinct of a cat or, a pigeon. The pup was dispatched to its present owner from Castlepoint, some 85 miles away, the first part of the journey to Masterton being by service car,, then by rail to Pahiatua, and delivery was made at Hinemoa by service car. A few days later the owner missed the pup and advertised his loss, but without result. The pup has now been located at its former home at Castlepoint, but how it arrived there is a mystery. It arrived in good condition, making the journey without becoming footsore or starved.

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NEWS OF THE DAY, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 185, 7 August 1945

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NEWS OF THE DAY Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 185, 7 August 1945

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