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NEWS OF THE DAY

London Queues

In London everybody queued up for everything from cigarettes to newspapers, said Mr. W. M. Wilson, addressing the Christchurch Businessmen's Club. No matter what one's station in life, whether one was Glad in top hat and tails or in -'rags, there was never any doubt about the order in which people were served. They were served in - their turn, and pushing in front out of turn was simply "not done." Banana Industry At Low Ebb Heavy damage by hurricanes in the • - Cook Islands has reduced the banana growing industry to a low ebb, and .• • many natives formerly engaged in cultivating and harvesting bananas have turned to native handicrafts and other more attractive means of earning a livelihood. In the main, however, irregularity of shipping and hurricanes have been the great est blow to banana production, states the' report of the Cook Islands Administration. Wool-Classing Pays ■'■ \ Tangible proof that careful classing "of wool gives a handsome return to the grower is provided by the ap- ;-. iPraisal returns from three well- -- -'known Wairarapa clips, one of which had not been classed for the previ- '■ -."• ous. five years. In each case, the fleece wool was worth over £1000 in its unclassed state, and the added value through classing was 13 per cent. The estimates of profit, on a A very conservative basis, were made j -. ■. by Mr. R. A. Weber, senior instriic- -.• tor in wool and wool-classing at Massey Agricultural College. Trade With Cook Islands \lfiia Measures to improve shipping •facilities to the Cook Islands are being : by the Government, states the annua>. report of the Islands 'Administration. The trade hae '-'suffered severely during the war 8? years as it has been uneconomic to ;rr: ' r 'divert the only other ship available, : ' F 'that trading between New Zealand ' and the Fiji-Tonga-Samoa area, to ." the Cook Islands. Fortunately, says 'the report the frequent engine troubles experienced in operating the :'. Maui Pomare prior to 1942 have "been fully overcome since the .. rinstallation of new engines, but the '-i"'ship has continued to run at a loss. N.Z. And World Trade "New Zealand, as one of the : ' world's highest per capita exporters, 'is vitally concerned not only in the '. "'early restoration and development of \ u -'"world trade—and to that end has lf "been a strong supporter of the recent ■"''-international conferences which have Is been called for that purpose—but is ''• anxious so to develop and improve I ;' Tier own industries, both primary and '-■'secondary, that she will be enabled '""to maintain and even increase the ;,fi> local standards of living," said Mr. ,;r Nash in his Financial Statement last . "night. "This can be achieved, how- ''• ever, only if all sections of the com- '-'" munity co-operate and work in. harmony for their mutal benefit and ../for the advantage of the Dominion." Silent Train Travel ■: A new type of rail joint, claimed to abolish the clicking sound always associated with railway travel, has been tried successfully in England. The normal practice is to join the ends of rails with "fish-plates," leav- ': ing a gap of three-eighths of an inch i ■ ••; to allow for contraction or expanr. sion under changes of temperature. ■;. It is this gap which gives rise to a a sound of impact every time a wheel • passes over jit. The new device has laeen described, not. very satisfactorily, in the Press as "a bracket tnat tits into and makes part of the rail itself," doing away with the gap and giving perfect continuity. An experienced railway inspector is said to have been taken over an experimental stretch of line without beine told about the new joint. He later asked why the train had seemed to be running on a feather bed al though its speed- was fully sustained

Orange Planting A scheme to establish a hundred plots of 90 orange trees each in Rarotonga and neighbouring islands, has been launched by the Cook Islands authorities. A smaller citrus planting programme undertaken in 1940 "was partially successful, but, while 26. plots are in good condition 14 are only fair and 15 are in a poor or hopeless state. Simple? A sign of the times was to be seen in the book being read by a passenger in a city-bound tram, this morning. It was titled "The Simple Law of Atomic Theory." To a fellow passenger who glanced over the reader's shoulder at a page bountifully decorated with mathematical equations there appeared to be little justification for the innocent-sound-ing title. Nor did the reader find it simple, judging by the frowning concentration with which he bent over the book! Historic Building Gone Much of present and future interest in the development of New Plymouth had been lost in the course of years, said Mr. F. B. Butler at a meeting called to form an historical society at New: Plymouth.' As an example he mentioned a house that stood 10 years ago on the western side of Belt Road. It should not have been dismantled merely because its wooden upper structure was dilapidated, he declared; but it should have been preserved as a place of historic interest because its stone basement contained slits for the use of rifles. Tempted Off Farms The difficulty "of farmers in keeping even members of their own families on their properties was commented upon by Mr. J." Johnston, a Southland delegate, at the annual conference of the New Zealand Dairy Board. The speaker recalled the case of one farmer in his district who had lost all four sons because they had been tempted by high wages in another industry.: "Nowadays we find that young men, instead of being content with earning £5 or £6 weekly on farms," he said, "prefer a 40-hour-a-week job." It was not unusual, he added, for young men to earn as much as £11 weekly in the freezing works. Hardy Newcomer Although the wax-eye came from the comparatively warm climate of Australia, and had been in New Zealand only since about 1860, it had, by some freak of fancy, chosen to nest high up on the Alps, often at an altitude of 3000 feet, at the high' est limit of timber, and in the* most rigorous climate it could find anywhere in the Dominion, remaked Mr. S. A. A. Fry, at a meeting of the .Canterbury branch of the Royal Society of New Zealand. Replying that no one had yet offered an explanation of why a sub-tropical bird should choose so bleak a nestingplace. Dr. R. A. Falla added that it was still more surprising that the wax-eye had reached and appeared to thrive in the A'uckland, Campbell and Macquarie Islands.' Living Fossils "The outstanding peculiarity of the New Zealand fauna," .remarked the director of the Canterbury Museum (Dr. R. A. Falla), addressing tJie Canterbury branch of the Royal Society of New Zealand, "is that many archaic forms that first populated New Zealand are still living. Instead of finding them as fossils, we find them still living, though elsewhere in the world they are known only as fossils.' We have some extremely primitive crustaceans, as well as the better-known tuatara, which had a world-wide distribution millions of years ago. Similarly we have an ancient type of. sea-urchin, living in New Zealand coastal waters, but known elsewhere only as a fossil, fnrt w a fv.' SQme i arch aic insects. All. indicate the extreme antiquity of New Zealand's isolation." ~ *

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NEWS OF THE DAY, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 189, 11 August 1945

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NEWS OF THE DAY Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 189, 11 August 1945

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