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Occupying Incomplete Houses A suggestion that, as a means of assisting the housing shortage, owners should be permitted to occupy their dwellings prior to their total completion was received at last night's meeting of the City Council. The city engineer, Mr. A. J. Dickson, said several applications by owners along the suggested lines had been granted in recent years where there was no infringement of the by-laws. The council agreed that the practice was undesirable, but that each case should be considered on its merits. More Herd Recorders With the termination of this year's 10-days , course of training at Massey Agricultural College a further 72 herd-recorders are now available for service with district herd improvement associations. Of this total, nearly 30 are young men, in contrast to the previous five years of war, during which the enrolments were almost, exclusively confined to women. This year's trainees, most of whom have already been allotted to districts,- bring the total trained. « at the - College since the inception of v the New Zealand Dairy Board's* scheme in J928 to 852. : Banned Book In Demand The American novel, "Forever • * Amber," which is a best-seller in the United States, and which jhas been banned in Australia by the Minister of Customs, has not yet been on sale to the public in New Zealand, it as - reported, but there are four copies of the American edition in the Wellington Central Library. The copies were indented from, the United States. They are in heavy demand by the reading public, and all are in circulation. There is a waiting list for the I book. When inquiries were made of the Customs Department in Wellington concerning its censorship, officials were reticent as to who did the censoring in New Zealand. There has just been printed an English edition, it is reported, but copies of that have not .yet reached New Zealand. Few people who liaye borrowed the book from the. Central Library have read it from, cover to. cover. It : is extremely long, and several people ■who have dipped into it out of curiosity describe it as being dull and poorly written.

Employment Of Apprentices

The City Council carried out a considerable amount '■ of carpentering, painting and plumbing, arid he considered it only right that it should do its share towards training young men seeking to take up these trades, said the city engineer, Mr. A. J. Dickson, reporting to last night's meeting of the council. The employment of apprentices, he added, should also be of assistance in helping to replace more, experienced men as they retired. The council authorised Mr. Dickson to employ apprentices in any trades which he considered advisable. ■-■■."' • ■; . ;. ■-,■_ ■ Food Parcels Praised "I have seen published statements from returned prisoners-of-war claiming that food parcels saved 50 per cent of the lives of those in prison camps. I think that's an understatement—they must have saved the lives of up to 80 per cent of the prisoners and internees," said Mr. Laurie Stuart, who was. a war prisoner for four years up to April 29 last, in a luncheon address to the Auckland Y.M.C.A. Optimists' Club yesterday. "For 2J years the Germans , ' herded us, .4000 men, into an area no more than twice the size of an average city block. We had to combat the repression instinct, for chaps became what we called 'barbed-, wire happy.'" Story Competition A competition for eye-witnessi stories of the activities during this war of the New Zealand Medical Services (Navy, Army and Air,) overseas and within New Zealand, has been organised by the Medical Archives Section, Army Medical Headquarters, Wellington: The object is to obtain material of value for an official history of the Medical Services and cash prizes totalling £35 are offered. As material obtained through the competition will be used for historical purposes, absolute accuracy is essential.. The competition is open to servicemen and servicewomen of all branches of the Forces who are serving in New' Zealand or overseas and to men and women' who have been discharged. Entrants need not be members of the Medical Corps but the stories must deal with some aspect of the Medical Services, either in the field or at base. Stories from first-hand knowledge are chiefly sought, but, provided accuracy is assured, entries prepared from an interview with an eyewitness are eligible. Entries must not exceed 3000 words.

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NEWS OF THE DAY, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 188, 10 August 1945

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NEWS OF THE DAY Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 188, 10 August 1945

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