NEWS OF THE DAY
School Holidays Begin
Schools under the jurisdiction of the Auckland Education. Bc-rd will remain closed to-morrow, and will re-open for the third term on Monday, September 3. The schools closed shortly after the announcement of the Japanese surrender yesterday, the remainder of the day being observed as a holiday. Radio License Check A thorough chedk on radio license renewals is being carried out in Wellington by the Post and Telegraph Department, which has now more staff available for this work. Part of the activity is by personal call and every part of Wellington will be checked; some sections are now being done. Those who have not renewed or taken out licenses will be caught up on, sooner or later, depending on "when their localities are visited. _ Mistaken Identity To one contributor to the appeal for clothes for Unrra at least the occasion will be a memorable one. A farmer living about 15 miles from Stratford, he was commissioned by his wife to take a parcel of clothing "into-one of the depots at Stratford. He neglected to do so until later in the day, and then returned home. To his consternation, he discovered that the parcel he had deposited had been a costume, newly purchased by' his wife, and that he had carried the parcel intended for Unrra home again. Another hasty trip was made to the town and the parcel rescued before it was taken to the central depot. Magnetic Variation In N.Z.
A magnetic resurvey of New Zealand begun in 1941 has been virtually completed, states a newsletter issued by the New Zealand Geographical Society. The most interesting result has been the discovery that the amount of annual drift of the compass to the east is very different in the south from that in the north. Until the survey showed otherwise, it was the practice to assume that the annual easterly drift of the compass was the same throughout New Zealand. That meant that values of magnetic variation computed for North Cape would have been plotted more than a degree out, while values 'for Stewart Island would have had a comparable error. To some that might De insignificant, but to many users of modern oil-bath compasses, such as officers .in the defence services, mariners, surveyors, engineers, geologists, and others, it was not.
Jamuna, the Indian elephant at the Auckland Zoo, again broke her own record in the past year by earning £203 in twopenny fares, representing rides for 24,360 children. Stating this in his annual report, Lieutenant-Colonel E. R. Sawer, curator of the zoo, says that the total expenditure on the maintenance of zoological collections and Sai'dens in the year amounted to £9515, compared with an estimate of £9953. Receipts realised £6013 against an estimate of £6242. There was a consequent saving of £209 on budgetry provision, which could be attributed to Jamuna's efforts. Historic Carving For Cathedral A carving, which is all that remains in wood of bomb-destroyed Coventry Cathedral, will find a place in the Wellington Anglican Cathedral. Squadron - Leader Hector Bolitho, a New Zealander who has been living in England for many years, presented for the use of air creAvs in England a praying stool made out of timber from St. George's Chapel, Windsor, and it incorporated a specimen of carving designed for Coventry Cathedral. Squadron-Leader Bolitho has now asked the Bishop of Wellington to accept the praying stool as a gift for the cathedral. Bombed Out Churches One of the things that struck him most forcibly on seeing the bomb damage of London was the number of bombed out churches, said Mr. W. M. Wilson, addressing .the Christchurch Business Men's Club. The reason advanced for this was the fact that at the height of the blitz all fire workers and emergency services had been concentrated on undertakings essential to the prosecution of the war, with the result that churches could not be attended to. Most of the churches were damaged through incendiary bombs striking them. Mr. Wilson said that it was a depressing sight to see these famous old churches in ruins. Burglary In India An explanation of the New Testament reference to "thieves that dig through and steal" was offered by the Rev. James L. Gray in an address on India to the Auckland branch of the New Zealand Geographical Society. Mr. Gray explained that Indian villages were surrounded by thick mud walls for [defence and to keep out thieves. Enterprising robbers, however, would often dig a small tunnel under the walls and pass through a young child, who would gather up all he could lay hands on, passing the things back through the hole. Mr. Gray said he believed that it was this practice to which the Bible referred.
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NEWS OF THE DAY, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 193, 16 August 1945
NEWS OF THE DAY Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 193, 16 August 1945
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