TROUBLE AT LEVIN.
» - DAIRY SCHOOL AND STATE FARM. The fact that the Government has chosen Palmerston North as the site for the Dairy School was the reason for a meeting of Levin residents on Satnrday night. They considered that as the State farm was situated tljiere, the Dairy School was theirs by right, and the 'fact that another placp was chosen caused a good deal of heartburning. Consequently they voiced their indignation, and while tho rain held off about 250 people listened to speeches from the balcony of the Levin Hotel. Mr. B. R. Gardener, Mayor, said the people of Levin now wanted to know what was to be the future of the Experimental Farm. Nobody would, he said, complain of the £20,000 spent on t^e farm if it was brought up to date, and they had a right to know what the policy of the Government on the subject was to be, seeing that £40,000 worth of valuable land was standing idle. Unanimously the meeting carried the following resolution :—: — "That seeing that the Agricultural Department's experts of the Dominion reported strongly in favour of the Levin Experimental Farm as a site for the Dairy School, this meeting urges that Cabinet should submit for publication the reports and material on which it re- ' jected-its expert officers' reports by fixing the Dairy School afr Palmerston." The meeting also carried a resolutioiT in the following terms ;—; — "That this public meeting asks the Minister of Agriculture the ■ Government's intentions as to the future destiny of the Experimental Farm, as it considers some more definite experiments should be carried out, and tho farm rendered of more benefit to the Dominion ; failing this it would be advisable to subdivide it into small farms." "I am a soldier," said Thomas Ord this morning in answer to a charge before Mr. Riddell, S.M., of using obscene language in the Albert Hotel on Saturday afternoon and further with assaulting one Charles Kelly on the same occasion. The accused in evidence I further stated that he had served in the Imperial army at Home and had also been three months in the Per- | manent Artillery in Now Zealand. He i described himself as a remittance man. j The evidence of Charles Kelly, waiter ! at the Grand Hotel, was to the effect I that the accused had been annoying the barmaid in tho central bar at the Albert Hotel and, when refused drink, used obscene language. The witness interposed and wa3 kicked by the prisoner. Accused denied remembrance of using any obscene language, but admitted ho j might have spoken hard to Kelly. As ! his reason for not quitting the hotel when refused a drink, he stated that he did not want to be attacked by a lot of civilians. On the first charge theaccused was convicted and fined £5, or in default 14 days' imprisojHrrent, and on the second charge £2, with the alternative of seven days' imprisonment. Time was allowed for payment. Acclimatisation societies always have trouble with the unsportsmanlike marauders of the haunts of fish and game. The instrument known as a "jag," a stick with a large fish-hook on the end, was displayed in its most formidable aspect before Mr. Riddell, S.M., this morning. Three young men, William Henrickson, Harold Pearco, and Robert Burnett, pleaded guilty severally to plying theie weapons in the Porirua stream on the 9th March. They urged in extenuation that they were only looking for oels, and th 9 evidence of the ranger was that no trout had been found in their possession. Mr. Gray, who prosecuted, contended that the law forbade tho use of jags altogethor in the taking of fish. Two of tho party pleaded ignorance of the law, and difference of custom in tho part of tho Dominion from which they hailed. His Worship showed that this was no excuse, and inflicted the minimum penalty of £2 fino each, and total costs of £2 2s 4d, with defaults in each case of forty-eight hours' imprisonment. The family reaidonce in Majoribankngtreet, lately m the occupation of Mr. M. T. M'Gratb, is advortisod for private sale. Particulars can be obtained on application to Messrs. George Thomsui and Co., Allenstieot.