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LOCAL AND GENERAL.

At to-day's meeting of the Stock Ex« change the outstanding feature of 'tha , market vras the sharp rise in Talisman scrip. Sales were made on Saturday at , 45s 3d, and the shares changed hands to-d&j. at 47s 63 and 47s 9d. It may be remembered that at a point 40ft south : in the No. 13 level the reef divided, and driving was continued on what was thought to be the main body of the lode. i At a point 466 ft south a crosscut was i put in, and after driving lift the hangmgwall branch was intersected. It proved to be 4£ft wide. The distance between i the above points is 65ft, and at each end assays show a value of £22 per ton. It is now an open question whether the twelfth rise from the No. 13 level' has been projected into the main body. However, a crosscut from the rise will determine this. Waihi shares were accepted at £9 2s, and Tangiaros at Is 6d. The investment eection of the market was quiet, and quotations are unchanged. A heavy fall of earth occurred at( the Branda quarries, Seatoun, as a result of the recent heavy rains. Be* , tween 2000 and 3000 yards of earth and rock came down and scattered over the roadway, shifting the tram-rails and , covering them up. The fall had been , anticipated by the employer and his ■ men, and there was no one within the* dangerous area when the fall occurred, A resident of Napier has patented a nail to secure packing-cases against pi]. ; ferers. For heavy cases the nail is [ driven through a strap of hoop-iron, ; and owing to its peculiar formation cannot be removed, the lid of the cases ' being held secure. For lighter cases ; woven wire may be used, and for this a special nail is supplied, or a delicatelypointed nail 1 may be driven direct into the wood. i Vegetarianism was advocated by - Messrs. Perry and Hogben at a meeting of the Victoria College Debating So- > ciety on Saturday night. The speakers argued that its adoption would benefit the human race. Messrs. Lankshear and J. Mason contended that it would not. Some of the speakers who followed treated the subject seriously; others 1 took is as humorous, and spoke accord- • ,ingly. At the next meeting of the society Professor Picken will deliver hifl 1 presidential address. The Wellington Bakers' strike, accord* ing to Mr. Dowdall, a local Socialist, shows how impossible it is for sectional unionism to compete with combined capi* tal. He urged his hearers, at a meet« ing held last night, to support the co* ' operative bakery that was being 1 run now, but he added that the bakers should have been ready to start a cooperative bakery on the day they went out on strike. He believed that the apathy of labour was the real cause of i labour's unsatisfactory position, and ■ that labour would remain the sport of capital until it really studied economics. t Th© Citizens' Bible in State Schools. , League held its annual meeting last , week, when the report and) balance-sheet . were presented. Incidentally ifc waa noted that the work of the league had stimu* lated public interest in educational mat>- ( fcers, as shown by the improved attendance of householders at school committee \ elections. The officers and executive wer© , | elected. Mr. France was appointed secretary, and Mr. M. D. M'Leod organiser. A letter was read from the secretary of the Hutt Branch of the Women's Christian Temperance Union, expressing its concurrence with the platform of the* league. State control of the medical service is advocated by Dr. Deck, of Waihi., Lecturing on the subject before a friendly society at Waihi, the doctor argued that from a public point of view his scheme would enable every man, woman, and child to obtain direct the services of a specialist in every branch of medical science. He advocated making all hospitals free to such cases as deserved hospital treatment and care, thus doing away with the present existing farce of filling up and wipiug off enormous sums in bad debts annually, as was done in Auckland and Wellington. With regard to Waihi, was it not a scandal, he asked, that £2000 in bad debts had to be wrifc^ ten off in five years? Mr. Murdocn M'Lean, of Messrs. John M'Lean and Sons, contractors for the Arthur's Pass tuiinel, has informed a Christchurch interviewer that at present all material for the work on the Canterbury end of the tunnel is being sent to Greymouth, and from there carted over the pass, carriage from the Canterbury end of the line being too costly. At tho Otira end of the tunnel four and a half chains of driving has already been done, the driving being in hard rock. The machine drills were working most satis-, factorily. Men are working three shifts a day. Most of th© men employed are busy on water supply tunnels in connection with the nydro-electric power scheme. When Mr. M'Lean left the works all was going well, prid there were no indications of any dissatisfaction amongst the men. "You will never find me here again In. such a position," asserted James M'Kay, before Mr. W. G. Riddell, S.M., this morning. Defendant, who was charged with being found drunk in Lambtonquay, had two previous convictions against him. M'Kay, who is a remittance man, was convicted and ordered to pay medical expenses incurred. John M'Langhlin, who was found helplessly drunk at the Lower Hutt, was convicted and ordered to pa> medical expenses (17s 6d), or in default undergo 48 hours' imprisonment. On two charges of illtreatment of horses, James BroqkJehurst was convicted and fined 50s on each chaige, with costs amounting to £1 12s. For a similar offence, . Joseph Samuel Perkins was convicted and fined £3 and costs £1 17s 6d, in default seven days' imprisonment. The informations wera laid by Inspector Seed. One case was adjourned to Friday. Rev. C. E. Beecroft, president of tha Wesleyan Conference, and Rev. E P Blamires (minister of the church) yesterday conducted the services in connec. tion with the opening of the new Wes« leyan Church at Island Bay. Mr Beecroft preached both morning and' evening to large congregations. For the choral parts of the services, Mr. F. Billman was responsible. The music given included the "Gloria" from Mozart's 12th Mass ; "How Lovely are the Messengers " from Mendelssohn's "St. Paul-" "O Father whose Almighty Power,"' from Handel s "Judas Maccabeus;" "And the • i r^.°fmf he Lord >" from "The Messiah; "The Heavens are Telling," from Haydn s "Creation." Solos were sune W « W/"^ 8 ,' the Misses Brittain, and Mr- G- W. Dowling. Mr. J. Allen was at the organ. A social gathering in connection with the church will be held on Wednesday next. E.P.N.S.— Electroplated nickel silver belts, in straight and shaped patterns, adjustable to any size, at 4s 6d, 5s 6d, 6s 6d, 7s lid each. Kir'-cald-a and Stains, Limited. — Adyfe

Ten members of the Feilding senior football team, which won the championship shield on Saturday last for the second time in succession, are small farmers on their own account, telegraphs our local correspondeni/. The Dunedin Carpenters' Union passed a resolution endorsing the principles of conciliation and arbitration, and putting the responsibility on the Minister of Labour of having the Act so amended as to prove acceptable. One of the successful Wellington exhibitors at the Hastings Poultry Show last week was Mr. C. Frost, who won several prizes in the Wyandotte classes, including the special prize presented to the exhibitor scoring the most points for young birds. Before Mr. Collins, J.P., at the Mount Cook Police Station this morning, John Finlay, charged with drunkenness, was fined 40s, in default seven days' imprisonment. Eight first offenders were each fined £s, with the option of 24 hours' imprisonment. An application was filed to-day with Mr. A. Stubbs, Clerk of Awards, to have the industrial dispute between the Hawkes Bay Freezing Works Industrial Union pf Workers and certain freezing companies in Hawkes Bay referred to the Board ot Conciliation for settlement. At a recent meeting convened by the chairman of the Westland County Council, and held in the Public Hall, Kokatahi, the provisions of the Hokitika Harbour Bill were considered. The following resolution was carried : — "That, having heard tne arguments of those gentle- . men present, the. ratepayers of this district are unanimously against the provisions of the Harbour Bill and harbour rate." In an address on Socialism given by Mr. Dowdall last night, a statement was made that there were from 700 to 800 men out of work in Wellington, "though the politicians and the press refused to admit it." An effort was being made, he added, "to hold a monster demonstration of the unemployed that would force on the attentibn of the authorities the true position, andjSti prevent the false pretences that were being used to encourage immigration," The speaker announced that the New Zealand Socialist party would put up a candidate for election to Parliament in one of the Wellington city electorates. Tho corporation bylaws regulating street traffic should, irl the opinion of a correspondent ("Sober Pedestrian"), be more rigorously enforced, in the interest of public safety, than they are at present. At 5.15 p.m. on the 14th inst., when it was very wet and quite dark, he narrowly escaped being knocked down and severely injured while crossing Thorndon-quay at the usual crOss-ing-place, by a cab coming from the direction of ManaWatu station, at a fast pace and carrying no lights. The writer considers inspectors should be "stationed in the 1 vicinity of the railway stations at the arrival of trains after dark, and that offenders when caught should be Severely dealt with. At a meeting of the Christchurch Prohibition League on Friday a resolution was passed protesting against the misrepresentation of the position of the prohibition partj contained in a message sent to one ot the Christchurch newspapers by its Parliamentary correspondent, in which it is asserted that members of Parliament had been requested by the party to support the three-fifths Majority principle. In this resolution the meeting asserts fhat there is absolutely no" excuse for such a wilful misrepresentation of the case, that the party had the three-fifths majority forced upon it, and that it has always contended for the democratic principle that licensing issues should be decided, by an absolute majority of the voters ; further, that this representative meeting of Christchurch prohibitionists requests the newspapers to contradict the unwarrantable and unfair suggestion that the prohibition party ever requested any member or members to pledge themselves to support the three-fifths majority principle as against lhat of the absolute majority. "There is nothing like an illustration," eaid the Rev. F. Bennett, in the Town Hall yesterday afternoon. He described the wreck of -a British vessel years ago on the coast off Nelson. Some of the natives rose up early in the morning and saw the vessel in difficulties : it was on a reef ; and they heard the cries of the sailors for help. Three of them went forward into the billows and got .within a few feet of the ship; but they could get no further. One of them was a woman, and she cried out that even at the risk of her life she must save the pakehas. She got beyond the last billow, and she cried out to the sailors to throw her a rope. She was bruised, bleeding, and fatigued; but through the effort of that woman every soul except one was saved from the wreck. "The picture has changed," said the speaker. "To-day on that reef you have a Maori canoe. Come, come, pakeha people ! and give ' your assistance to the remnant of a great and noble people; save" them from the waves of oblivion and teach them to lead a high moral, intellectual, and spiritual existence. "' At the Magistrate's Court this morning Robert James Roberts was charged before Mr. W. G. Riddell, S.M., on four separate charges of theft from his late employer, Mr. Peter M'Ardle, forwarding agent and general carrier, at Wellington. The charges were taken togethef. Evidence disclosed the fact that defendant, who at the time of his alleged offences was clerk and collector to the above-mentioned firm, collected certain accounts and gave receipts. The* book entries show that on four occasions there was a discrepancy between the amount of the bill receipted and the entries in the ledger, amounting in the aggregate to £45 8s 9d. Accused, who was arrested by Detective Cassells, pleaded guilty to each of the charges, and was committed to the Supreme Court for sentence. Chief Detective M'Grath prosecuted. On a charge of theft of a watch and chain and certain moneys, of a total value of £11 Is lid, the projerty of John Spiers, Angus Charbs Watson, alias Riley, was remanded to the 24th July. Peter Meek, who had d'sobeyed an order made against him nine years ago for maintenance of an illegitimate child, was convicted and sentenced to one month's imprisonment with hard labour, sentence to be suspended while the defendant liquidates his arrears at the rate of 5s per week. The first payment was fixed for the 27th July. Special storage accommodation always available for furniture and all sorts of dry goods in our stores. We make a epeciality of packing and handling furniture. The New Zealand Express Company, Limited, 20, Customhouse-quay. Telephone, 1333.— Advt. The improved form of the British football team has revived interest in the remaining fixtures, and the suggestion has been made that in tho event of tho visitors winning the final test, a fourth game should be played in Wellington, which would doubtless arouse much enthusiasm, but it remains to be seen .whether the extra, test would be required. In the meantime a groat attraction is provided for the Wellington ladies by the great clearance sale now on afc C. - Smith s, Ltd., who arc offering a wonderful line of white gauntlet gloves, in wool, at 10£ d per pair, nnd in Viyella (unshrinkable) at Is, also a better lino at Is 6d pair. These are just the gloves you require for the present cold weather. Ladies wishing to secure a bargain must come early, as we have only a limited number in stock.— AdvW

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Evening Post, Volume LXXVI, Issue 17, 20 July 1908

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