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Shipping and Mail Notices. Shipping news, weather and mail notices appear on Page 15 in today's issue of "The Press." Not a Farmers' Delegation. A peculiar mistake by which the Victorian Scottish delegation at present touring New Zealand has been commonly referred to by speakers and newspapers as the Victorian farmers' party, was commented on by Senator W. Plain, the delegation's leader, when speaking at the civic welcome to the tourists yesterday. He said that very few of the delegation were farmers, and it did not represent farmers. It was organised by the Scottish Union of Victoria, and was representative of every slate in the Commonwealth except Tasmania. Reading on a Bicycle. It has been left to Christchurch, where as many persons ride bicycles as go on foot, to provide a ne>' version of the saying that "he who runs may read." At the city end of Victoria street, not long after 5.30 p.m. yesterday, when the road was thick with Iraflic, a messenger buy pedalled away with his head constantly bent over the delivery basket in front of the handlebars of his bicycle, apparently heedless of other vehicles on the road. His abstraction and really dangerous conduct were explained when it was seen from a passing tramcar that ho was reading a book which lie had open on top of the parcels in the basket. Unclassified Veronica. In referring to the hitherto unclassified veronica (hebe) plant which was discovered at Clow's Lake in the Gravie Range, Southland. Mr U. L. Darton, secretary of the Christchurch Horticultural Society, stated yesterday that lie had merely brought specimens of the plant north for identification and description, and did not wish to claim the distinction of discovering it. It had been known to Mr James Speden, of Gore, for some years, and consequently Mr Speden was the discoverer and colleelnr of it. "It appears to be quite distinct from any species listed in Cheeseman's manual of New Zealand flora," Mr Darton said, "and wi'l be handed uvcr to the proper authorities for identificatio ; and description." Surl'ooal Favoured. The Canterbury Surf Life-Saving Association at. its meeting last evening decided to adopt Mr L. Li. Hart':: suggestion that surfboa' ' should be provided for the bathing beaches near Christchurch. The association passed a resolution thanking Mr Hart, for his offer of a donation, and asl'.ni' the newspapers and the public to give wholehearte I : upport 1,, till- appeal. Arrangements were lei'l in the hands of a .sub-commit fee, vi. Inch was n. irucl'-d to consider the whole ques'.

Elephants at Hie Avon. Though many hundred:; of children had assembler, or the banks of ' the Avon by tlte time five of the elephants belonging to Wirt Iff. Circus had a rived, any of them ■ who had hoped I" see the beasts wallow or squirt water through ! their trunk:; were (loomed to dis- j appointment. They drank copi- j ously from the river and were fed j b many of the children from the banks. Leaving the river somewhat < reluctantly, they returned to their quarters by the stat:--" Japanese Catalogue Show. Tlu: Canterbury C'haml.ier of Commerce has received a JeMer ' from Yol;ohama statin-, that the; Yof:ohama Commercial and Industrial fviuseum, which is miner Ihe management of the Yokohama Chamber oi Commerce intends to open a foreign catalogue show next ; spring for the purpose of encouraging importations from the countries concerned. The Canterbury cham-; her was asked to send catalogues relating to the various kinds of j goods of Christehurrh firms, and j tin; secretary (Mr J. Roy Smith,; has taken steps to supply the Yoke-, hama Chamber of Commerce with; publications dealing with New Zea-; land primary products which are : exported to the Japanese market. , Arrangements at Inquest. Some complaints against those responsible for the arrangements . were made' bv witnesses called to an inquest, at the Magistrate's Court vosterdav afternoon. The inquest was to start at. 3 o'clock in the No. 2 court, but when that hour arrived the coioncr was engaged, as magistrate, in No. 1 court. The taking, of evidence was proceeded with by a ■ sergeant of police; but when all the ; witnesses bad been heard the euro-; ner was still engaged. As the wit- ; nesses were informed that they had ; to be sworn before the magistrate. ; they settled down to a long wait. After some time had elapsed they were summoned to appear in No. 1 ■ court, where the magistrate had i adjourned the case before him so ; that the inquest could be completed. The magistrate studied the; evidence and gave his verdict, and ; the court case was then proceeded j with. The delay was annoying to j the witnesses, one of whom was a j company manager, another a sales- j man. and a thrcl a doctor who \ should have been on duty at the! Christehureh Public Hospital. i | A Slringe I'isli. A strange fish was caught oil. Commanded recently by Mr 11. Hay- ! ward, in the launch Rose. The fish, | which is 3fl long, lias characteristics pertaining to a barracouta, dogfish, swordfisk. and stingray. The ' skin is like that of a barracouta and the lower part of the body like that of a shark or dogfish. Immediately behind the head there are two horizontal fins and a vertical fin. ending in a sting more than a foot long. Further down the body there are a pair of horizontal fins and a pointed j tail like that of a swordfish. The snout protrudes from the head with , a. piece of flesh resembling a tongue facing toward the mouth, which is devoid of teeth. The bony nose has nostrils similar to those of an animal. i i | p ;mc t \). Duncan. Ltd.. Christ.-; i church Dear Sirs. -We used your , I Truck Sweep, lilted to our Chevrolet; I 1-lon Iruck, all through last, season, I with hay and lucerne, and it gave en- ; itire satisfaction, being taster and more: I efljcienl than two horse sweeps. It; ! easily kept our big baler going, turn- j i ing out from 3 to 4 tons per hour. I ■have every confidence in recommending' it to anyone.—Faithfully yours iSg'd.) T. C. Robinson. Duncae Hay S\ve'.p, price complete. IT 10s; Hay Raters, complete £3O; No. 3 Hay Rake, £l7 10s; tlr- TTornsbv R7 Mower, £32 IPs P. and D. Duncan. Limited, 190 Tuam street, Chri.M-iuvch and at Ashburtun. — "

The only taxi firm to run short of taxis during the holiday;; was the Gold Band Taxis, although it is the larjiest lleot in New Zealand, and il lias the largest iiiimber of telephones, which are operated by only one number automatieallv tlii'y wore, unable to nipe vith tin' work. This liocs h. prove thai Gold Band Taxis arc Ihe must popular. Lowest tare Is and -Id per niilii for trips. JO miles mil, Jncludinc, all iuaaytio. -

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General News, Press, Volume LXX, Issue 21065, 17 January 1934

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General News Press, Volume LXX, Issue 21065, 17 January 1934

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