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Cold Classrooms The committee of the Ohakune District High School is at present making an appeal for funds to bridge the £200 gap between the Department's capitation grant and the cost of heating and cleaning the school. In spite of two central heating systems stoked with coke from Wellington at approximately £20 a truck, temperatures are often low in this school, which is 2000 feet above sealevel. On the shady side of the school several rooms have temperatures of less than 40 degrees on cold mornings. Was Not Operated Dairy factory managers assembled at Massey College last week were told something of the big dry butterfat plant erected in the Waikato, which had never been put into operation and was to be dismantled and the machinery sold. The plant was capable of turning out 100 tons of dry butterfat each day. Professor W. Riddet, director of the Dairy Research Institute, said the plant had been erected at the behest of the British Ministry of Food in collaboration with the New Zealand Government, as a safety measure against shortage of food and shipping space. When the plant was erected the war conditions altered and it was not necessary to set the machinery in motion. Railway Tarpaulins "It is almost an unwritten laAv amongst farmers that they may borrow railway tarpaulins in an emergency, particularly those left lying by the tracks at unattended stations," said Mr. B. J. Drake in : the Magistrate's Court at Christ- - church, appearing for two farmers, ■ one of whom admitted having four j and the other thi'ee railway tarpaulins in his possession. Both farmers, said Mr. Drake, had bor- r rowed the tarpaulins to cover clover r crops from the rain until the clover i could be threshed, and had no interntion of retaining them, although, on t account of continued bad weather, 1 they had kept the tarpaulins longer i an , Sad expected. Pointing € out that the offence was so prevalent i that the Railways Department had ? had to offer a reward of £3 to any f person supplying information as to £ the whereabouts of its tarpaulins, £ Mr. Raymond Ferner, S.M., aaid that 1 if the Court did not take a stand 1 against people who helped them- ( selves to the Department's property ; the evil would spread. He fined each ; ' offender at the rate £5 a tarpaulin 1

Early Blooming Peach

. Several weeks ahead of peach trees in tne majority of Auckland gardens, ® ee in a wai ™ sheltered spot in Edgperley Avenue, Epsom has been a mass < of bloom since the middle of July. Although it blooms so early, it is not, however, an exceptionally early peach, for the fruit is not ripe until February. Each year for nearly 20 years it has burst into blossom while most other trees are still only swelling their buds. N.Z. Geographical Society Since it was founded a year ago, the New Zealand Geographical Society has established two branches, a journal is published, and a large membership roll has been achieved, states the annual report recently. At the end of May the membership in the four centres including students was: Auckland 304, Canterbury 313, Otago 246, and Wellington 356. The members and libraries are not yet sufficient, however, to enable the society to continue publication of its journal, the New Zealand Geographer, without outside, help Assistance by the Internal Affairs Ministry towards the publication is acknowledged. "No Whited Sepulchre" Frankness was the x keynote of ' many statements made at the sitting 1 of the Royal Commission on Licensing in Invercargill. Asked about his ability to give enlightenment • on ! drinking generally, one of the witnesses declared: ''I have had one 1 over the eight on occasions—l'm no i whited sepulchre!" Another piece of frankness concerned the evidence 1 given under cross-examination by } the Inspector of Police, Mr.' J. B. { Young. He was emphatic about his ideas on prohibition, and said that if it was introduced in New Zealand he would consider leaving the coun- J try. "That's candid," remarked Mr. j H. F. O'Leary, K.C. 1 a jracie s Mere f After her show in the Wellington rown Hall, Miss Gracie Fields, neeting a few people backstage, was n formed that a greenstone mere .vhich had been given to her would Dring about 1000 dollars in America, rhe entertainer was not interested n selling it, of course, for, as she ;xplained, "when I saw one in Roto- 0 ~ua, .1 wanted one." The mere was t given to Miss Fields as a souvenir P from New Zealand by Mr. Bob Jensen, a young business man, and an avid autograph hunter. Mr. Jensen had had the mere for some years and s had awaited just such a visitor as Gracie Fields to give it to. The mere, about 14 inches long and weighing s about five pounds, is a particularly fine example of Maori craftsmanship f

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NEWS OF THE DAY, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 187, 9 August 1945

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NEWS OF THE DAY Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 187, 9 August 1945

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