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"Too Many White Lines" A plea for more simplicity in traffic control was made by Mr R. Jones, president of the Somerfield Burgesses' Association, at the Association's fifth annual meeting last evening. "We're getting so many lines on the roads and so many regulations," he said, "that I can see the day coming when elementary education will be confined to a course in how to find your way about your own district. Those unfortunate enough to miss their primary schooling will have to take a correspondence course." Business at the Port During March, 154 vessels entered Lyttelton, compared with 157 during March, 1937. The figures, with those for March, 1937, in parenthesis for comparison, are:—Coastal 128 (135), intercolonial 5 (3), overseas 21 (19). The tons registered last month were 217,737, against 192,116 last year. The engineer's report to a meeting of the Lyttelton Harbour Board yesterday afternoon mentioned that altogether 144,690 tons of spoil had been removed from the outer channel, turning basin, and inner harbour, and 4480 tons in deepening the berths. The last two of the new electric cranes had been tested and were now in use. Aquarium at. Akaroa Suggested The establishment of an aquarium at Akaroa was suggested by Professor E. Percival, of Canterbury University College, in a lecture at Akaroa. He said that the Akaroa waterfront was particularly suited for the right kind of building, and considered an aquarium would be a very great attraction to the town. There was not an up-to-date aquarium in New Zealand, but those in England, especially at seaside resorts, attracted many people. The building could be small to start with, and additions could be made. Interest in Woodwork Classes Keen interest is being shown in the woodwork classes at the Kaikoura centre. Mr L. J. Aschman, woodwork instructor to the Canterbury Education Board, said in an interview that three of the boys who were pupils at the Aniseed School cycled 15 miles to the centre to attend the classes, often returning late in the afternoon. Even unfavourable weather did not deter them from their 30-mile ride over a road with many bad patches. Von Luckner's Yacht May Visit Lyttelton A promise that he would try to visit Lyttelton in his yacht on his way to Australia was given by Count Felix von Luckner at the end of his address in the Theatre Royal last evening, and was greeted with loud applause. Count von Luckner said he was sorry to be leaving New Zealand. He would be setting sail in about 10 days' time. However, he hoped to call at Lyttelton. A fascinating story of his raiding adventures, his preparations for, and final escape from, Motuihi Island, where he was taken after his capture and his final recapture, was told by Count von Luckner to a large audience. Alarm at Roll Purge Alarm at the manner in which the municipal electoral roll had been purged was expressed in a resolution passed at the annual meeting of the Somerfield Burgesses*, Association last evening. Members said persons who had had residential qualifications to be on the roll for 20 years, and still had them, had had their names removed. "The purge is similar to the one made by the Tramway Board some years ago when it deleted the names of a whole lot of people it did not want to vote." observed the president, Mr R. Jones. "We cannot object too strongly to this indiscriminate removal- of names." Advertisements on Statues

The sight of yellow advertisements of the New Zealand University Easter tournament fixed high up on the statues of Queen Victoria and Sir George Grey in Albert Park, Auckland, aroused protests from many visitors to the park, during the week-end! An explanation of the defacement was made by the president of the Students' Association of Auckland University College. Mr H. Halstead. Stickers advertising the tournament had been issued for distribution, said Mr Halstead; but a number had got into the hands of unauthorised persons, whose misguided enthusiasm was responsible for the regrettable incident. —Press Association. "'No Good to -Country" "The man at the top of the ladder on the stock exchange who plays pitch and toss with a nation's domestic requirements, is a curse in the same way as the scrounger at the bottom of the ladder. Neither is any good to the country." This was a statement by the Minister for Transport (the Hon. R. Semple) at Rangiora last night where he gave a public address. The Mayoralty "I would have been very pleased to stand for the Mayoralty again; I have enjoyed the work," said the Mayor (Mr J. W. Beanland) at the annual Anzac reunion of the Christqhurch Returned Soldiers' Association last evening, when a speaker expressed regret that he was not standing again. "The Citizens' Association, in its wisdom, selected Dr. J. Guthrie as its candidate and our Labour friends selected Mr R. M. Macfarlane. Whoever is elected Mayor—Dr. Guthrie or Mr Macfarlane—will do his best for the returned soldiers." added Mr Beanland. Scouts' Visit to Sydney Advice was received by the Dominion Scout Commissioner. Mr Hector Christie, yesterday to the effect that the cost of transporting scouts to the Sydney jamboree in December will be only £lB a boy, instead of £24, as anticipated. It is expected that this will mean that a larger contingent will sail from New Zealand.—Press Association. , Lancaster Park's New Clock The electric timing clock which the Lancaster Park Board of Control has decided to install on the oval will be ready for erection within a fortnight, it was reported to the meeting of the board last evening. It was decided to erect the clock beside the scoring box.on the embankment on the south end of the oval. Sharp Bends to Go "The sharp bend and the climb up steep hills must go to make provision for the tremendous increase in the number of motorvehicles and for the safety of the public, of the Dominion," said the Hon. R. Semple, Minister for Transport, at a meeting at Rangiora last night. .A Sea Elephant Ashore A large sea elephant was a visitor to St. Kilda, Dunedin, yesterday, and after lying in the sun for most of the day it disappeared into the sea again shortly after sunset. It first emerged from the water about 11.15 a.m., appearing through the surf close t6 where the proprietor of a private hotel at St. Kilda was taking his baby son for a paddle. The sea elephant was bleeding at the mouth and had nine wounds on its body. It was obviously in pain and went slowly up the dry sand to he in the sun, where it was a centre of attraction during the day for hundreds of children and adults. It measured 16 feet over all and was about 12 feet in girth. In the late afternoon it showed definite signs of reviving, and at 6.45 it turned again seawards, —"The Press Special Service. An Unexpected Visitor An unexpected visitor at the annual Anzac reunion of the Christchurch Returned Soldiers' Assdciation last evening was Count Felix von Luckner, who was accorded an enthusiastic welcome when he entered the Jellicoe Hall late in the evening. The visitor was immediatly surrounded, by returned men, equipped with pieces of - paper and books, eager to obtain his signature, which he gave most readily. His toast was proposed by the president (Mr W. E. Leadley), and in reply Count von Luckner appealed for close co-operation between the British Empire and Germany. "Justifiable" Spending "We are spending more money this, year than has ever been spent in the history of the Dominions—because we have got to. The demands are entirely justifiable," said the Minister for Public Works (the Hon. R. Semple) at Rangiora last night. , t

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General News, Press, Volume LXXIV, Issue 22375, 12 April 1938

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