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Widely Separated Twins A space of five days and two hours separated the births of twin calves a bull and heifer to a cow owned by a Palmerston North resident. Both the calvee are alive and the cow is well. Schools In Cook Islands Native-style buildings constructed by the armed forces in the lower Cook Islands have been converted into classrooms since the Army vacated them. At ' the same time school premises which were taken over for defence purposes have been handed back Education which was carried on under difficulty in dispersed schools during the emergency iis now back to normal.

Automatic Rocket Signal An automatic rocket, signal apparatus, the invention of a captain in the Swedish mercantile marine, was recently demonstrated _ to the Swedish Board. of Trade and ' shipping interests. Contained in a steel buoy, the rockets are placed in a basTtet or on a stand at the railing of the vessel or beside the ■ cargo hatches on deck. In case of distress, the buoy can either be dropped into the water or left on board if there

is no time to let go. As soon as the buoy touches the water, an electric contact gives the impulse to the automatic ignition for firing the rockets, which are ejected at regular intervals. Where Rutherford Sat An ordinary pen stuck in the ceiling of a classroom at the South Havelock public school attracts the attention of those who enter the room for the first time. The immediate urge is to remove it, but it still remains, after many years /The headmaster told a recent inquirer that Lord Rutherford, great isew Zealander and world-famous ■ scientist, once sat in the classroom One day, when holidays were approaching, the-boys had a "rag" and things were thrown about Oh the ceiling a large moth had alighted Young Rutherford aimed at the moth' and missed it, but the pen stuck in the wood and had remained there ever since.

Indications Of Spring Indications that spring has turned the corner are to be found in all parts of the Auckland Province. Plum trees in city and suburban gardens have been in flower for some time and some peach trees are now coining into bloom. In the colder portions of the province, also. fruit trees are flowering, while willows have broken into leaf. Karapiro Visitors Conducted tours around the big hydro-electric works at Karapiro have been inaugurated by the Public Works Department. The arrangements provide for tours to start from the vicinity of the main office daily at 3 p.m., and visitors are shown everything of interest in connection with the project. There has been a great increase in the number of visitors since the petrol restrictions were eased, and if necessary, the guide system will be extended.

Cured All — Except Himself "Defendant told me that he could cure any ailment but I did not know that at the time 'he was suffering from a duodenal ulcer," said Mr. L F. Kronfeld, district manpower officer's representative in the Auckland Magistrate's Court, amid laughter. "Yes, that was one thing he could not cure," added Mr. F. Haigh, defendant's counsel, with a smile. Defendant was stated to have left work without permission so that he could continue with the manufacture of medicines of all kinds as well as preparations for the extermination of borer and other insects.

Badge-Conscious Always badge-conscious, Christchurch citizens will in the near future have yet another lapel adornment, this time on the clothes of children and youths, to attract their attention. The new badge will be that of the Canterbury Council of Sport, which hopes, by the introduction of a provincial badge system, to encourage boys and girls of twelve years and upwards to take an active part in sport, to take up some hobby or craft, and to render some useful service to the community. A bronze badge with the word Junior at the top will be available for children of 12 to 14 years; there «Irf ♦* fi"" 1 ? , bad S e for aged 14 to 16, while senio. of over 16 years will compete for a silver badge. Tests fall under three headings—physical, which includes swimming, tramping, and athletics. hobDies and community service.

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NEWS OF THE DAY, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 190, 13 August 1945

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NEWS OF THE DAY Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 190, 13 August 1945

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