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Ambulances Record i; A new record for miles covered :in a single day by ambulances of the St. John Ambulance Association was -Te established on Monday, when 1176 ic miles were run. The previous high"S':est total was 880 miles. Included in "P the trips made on Monday were one :c J to Coromandel and another to Wai.i? \vera. Changing Food Habits People's food habits changed cony siderably from to time time said .Mr. H. Jenkins, of Wanganui, in £ an address to the annual meeting of Patea Chamber of Commerce. Some years ago in America there ,j,-had been .a wave of vegetarianism. L-T- which had a far-reaching effect on S r,-the meat industry. To combat the irr-trend and to put the meat industry t, : -back on its feet again those con- _ trolling it were forced to spend consums of money in conductJ4 ■ nig an advertising campaign to '" . change the food habits of the people. Marriages 'i The grooms in 5957 of the marriages of servicemen in Australia in the-three years 1942 to 1944 were United States service--men. the same period Canadian-born servicemen were g bridegrooms in 120 weddings and "*"* Dutch in 224. Forty-elgnt per cent of the United States servicemen were married in Queensland, 21 per cent, in Victoria and 19 per cent, in New - South Wales. Of the Dutch service- £ men, 41 per cent, were married in Western Australia. Thirty per cent i . oi the Canadians were married in . Queensland. Betting In Egypt Interesting facts about betting at race meetings in Egypt were given ' by Major F. A. Jarrett, who returned recently from the Middle East, in a luncheon address to the Christchurch ~ Society of Accountants. There were

several methods of betting, he said. There was a "cheap" totalisator, where women invested small amounts; a win and-place totalisator, a "twin," where dividends were paid out if the investor picked the first two horses past the post; and a totalisator run on the "double" sys- *\ tem, where the odds rose to enormous heights. The Egyptians were inveterate gamblers, said Major Jar- "" rett, and those who made the most money at the meetings were New Zealanders who waited outside the gates with crown-and-anchor boards. First Things First? While radio listeners during the past few days have had their ears jammed against receivers "foaming _ at the mouth" for the vital news the broadcasting authorities have deemed it more important to broadcast, before the news, details of the weather. Listeners interested only in what has been happening in Tokyo have had to hear about "low troughs . approaching from the east" and "shallow depressions in the north:- ~ west" and the like. An amusing side- - light on broadcasting emerged this - morning. After the overseas news indicating that peace was imminent the announcer added: "Owing to the need for conserving- power for vital war industries the station will now close down for half-an-hour." „» A Sailor's Tattoos

In the early days sailing ships frequently found the winds and turbulent waters of Cook Strait inhospitable, said Mr. G. H, Tanner, of the Marine Department, at a smoke "V concert in honour of Mr. W. B. Millier in Wellington, and it was not uncommon to find the bodies of seamen washed ashore/ Often there were no identifying marks, but in the case of a sailor washed up on Farewell Spit there were plenty. An authentic description of the body „ marks reads as follows: "He has tatV toos all over his body. On his bald head is our Saviour's face and head ~ *■:. and around his neck a serpent. Two ;':" t angels are holding a Bible on his •£r- r chest, and the Lord's Last Supper is T*:, tattooed on His stomach. -On his back are the hymns 'Nearer My God to Thee,' 'Abide with Me,' and the- "/.'■ Lord's Prayer. On his arms is" a crucifix and the usual tattoos of a sailor." The much-tattooed sailor was never identified.

Conference Postponed The possibility of peace announcement being made yesterday caused the postponement of the conference of Auckland provincial local body 1 representatives which was to have r been held in the Town Hall to discuss ? regional planning matters. Main item 3 for discussion was to have been the " question of the amalgamation of the 1 Auckland . Regional Planning 2 Organisation and the Auckland " Metropolitan Planning Committee. The conference is to be held on a date to be decided when the peace celebrations have concluded. ■[ Death At Zoo i "I,t is noteworthy that" tuberf culosis, which earlier levied a heavy . toll, has not been recorded at the Zoo e during the past five years," states i the curator of the Auckland Zoo, i Lieutenant-Colonel E. R. Sawer, ih e his annual report. "Several very old Y animals and birds died, including the Syrian bear, a spider monkey, three .- wallabies, a cockatoo and a spur-' ,- winged goose. The necessity for j using a poisonous bait to control the . rat plague resulted in the death of several birds, but a permit had been obtained for supplies of non-poison ; ous bait from the United States." 1 Canned Southland Eel The prospect of a shipment of L Southland eels being sent to the Lon- , don market in the near future is not f beyond the bounds of possibility.' - The subject was discussed at a meet- ; ing of the Southland Acclimatisation Society, when consideration was ' being given to an extensive cam- . paign for trapping eels in Southland L fishing streams. Mr. J. N. Armour ; said he thought there was a South- [ land canning firm prepared to take the risk of sounding the London market with a shipment of canned eels, provided arrangements could be made for the supply of eels. "It ' might well develop into a. good business in time," he said. The matter will probably be pursued'further. Cure For T.B. Buried in medical literature are many forgotten discoveries and one such that may prove highly important was lately unearthed by a British Army doctor. Writing in a British medical journal, he says that he recalls reading a paper published in the French Presse Medicale about 1906-08. In this long-for-gotten paper a French research worker reported a queer happening to some T.B. germs he had grown on a slope of nutrient jelly. The deadly bacteria flourished until some specks of mould were placed among them. This black mould, Aspergillus Niger, speedily wiped the germs out of existence. The significance of this can be realised when it is recalled that the mould from which penicillin is made cleared a colony of staphylococcal germs from Alexander Fleming's historic plate of nutrient jelly—a discovery which later in the hands of Howard Florey led to the discovery of penicillin. In a similar manner the French scientist's discovery may lead to a method of Curing tuberculosis—an eventuality which the French scientist had. visualised. Servicemen's Income Tax v "Broadly speaking, members of all ; special forces raised in connection ( with the- present war are exempt , from taxation during service," said Mr. C. A- Staples, of the Land and t Income Tax Department, in an ad- , dress on taxation. "The belief is ] held by some people that ex-service- ■ men are exempt from taxation on in- t come derived during the first twelve t months after their release from the c Forces," he said. "This is without f foundation in fact." He remarked i that ex-servicemen who, before they t entered into the Armed Forces, had t not completely fulfilled their tax f obligations, either by way of fur- I nishing returns normally due or paying tax due on income derived during civilian life, should communi- f cate with the Department. Where v it was considered that, as a result of war service, payment of the jamount outstanding would cause j serious hardship, details of the circumstances should be' furnished, With a brief but complete statement r of the taxpayer's assets and liabili- a j* prospects of employment g and the probable rate of pay should i also be indicated. The Department s took a sympathetic view of all such I applications. T

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NEWS OF THE DAY, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 192, 15 August 1945

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NEWS OF THE DAY Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 192, 15 August 1945

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