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LONDON GOSSIP. ♦ NOTES AND COMMENTS. (From Our Own Correspondent.) LONDON, 30th April. RAILWAY TRIPLE ALLIANCE. The three English railway companies — Great Northern, Great Central, and Great Eastern — which had brought a Bill before Parliament for amjilgamatiou have now decided to proceed no further in the matter. It was felt that the undertaking of the promotion on such terms as proposed by the House would be unworkable and costly beyond precedent in any private Bill. There was, moreover, much talk of nationalisation and general amalgamation. Those who were entrusted with the promotion of the Bill clearly saw the "writing on the wall," ancl foresaw an enormous expense to be borne by them in the proposed Parliamentary enquiry. COMING JAPANESE EXHIBITION. Tlie Japanese Exhibition to be held at Shepherd's Bush next year has now been definitely decided upon, and preparations for it are being made in this country, as well as in Japan. Both the Government and the people of Japan | are keenly interested in the project, and I the Imperial Diet has sanctioned a grant of 1,800,000 yen in its favour. There will be a strong representation of Japan's products, her manufactures, as well as her arts, a vivid portrayal of the ancient and feudal Japajy, as well as of the great and up-to-date Island Empire. Many eminent persons have already consented to serve on the committee, and Prince Arthur of Connaught has accepted the hon presidency of the Exhibition. AMERICAN PAPEB PLANT. It is reported that Mr. W. SX. Hearst, the owner of a "chain" of "yellow"' newspapers in the United States, has purchased a property of 100 square miles on the south coast of Newfoundland, which will be made the centre of extensive paperniaking operations. It is understood that the plans provide for the election, at a tost of about 10,000,000 dollars, of a plant with a capacity of 450 tons of paper daily. UNEMPLOYMENT REMEDIES. Mr. Richard Arthur, M.D., president ot the Immigration League of Australasia, writing from the Royal Colonial Institute, puts a pertinent question dealing with his subject. He asks. "Why not allow the lad of 15 or 16 years, who is prepared to adopt a life on the land, I o go to one of the colonies at once, and not waste several of the most valuable years of his life in running messages or addressing eirvelopes ? In Australia thousands of lads could be placed with farmers, starting with a wage of 7s 6d or 10s a week and keep, and with the opportunity of acquiring land for themselves in the course of time. And the sharp city-bred lad, with no agricultural experience, but with a willingness to rough it and work hard, can get on just as well as the boy from the country. I have already had hundreds of letters from young fellows in every part of England pleading to be granted an opportunity of getting to Greater Britain. Every man sent from the Mother Country to one of the colonies strengthens the Empire and increases trade. The sooner the Home and colonial authorities mee.t in conference, and decide upon some systematic scheme of Imperial emigration, the belter for the future of our race." NEW ZEALAND TIMBER. The Builder some time ago referred to the want of any official tests "affording reliable and adequate data for the guidance of prospective users" of New Zealand timber, and in reply a New Zealand correspondent writes to the paper, quoting the case of "worm-eaten" timber, as opposed to "decayed" timber, which came before his Honour Mr. Justice Cooper in Wellington. The Builder, commenting on this, says :—: — "This would not affect the use of New Zealand timber in this country, if it came here clear of the ravages of an insect which does not exist in this country. But it seems possible from the extract that timber already infested, but to appearance sound, might be imported here, which would be a serious matter to the purchaser." VIGO BAY TREASURE HUNT. Another stage in the Vigo Bay treasure hunt— a search for £24,000,000— has been marked by the formation of the Sea Salvage Company. The leading spirit of this enterprise is an Italian gentleman, Dr. Carlo L. Iberti, who for many years has devoted his energies to the question of the treasure in Vigo Bay. The story of the treasure goes back to the golden age of Spain's history, when she drew from her possessions in the West Indies gold and silver to the value of more than £9 ; 000,000 a year. In the year of the battle of Vigo (1702) a fleet of galleons brought home the accumulated treasure of three years, amounting to £28,000,000 in value, with a merchandise almost equally valuable. When they arrived at Vigo the seventeen Spanish galleons were' attacked by the Britisn and Dutch fleets under Admiral Sir George Rooko, and it was to save the treasure falling into the vie torious allies' hands that the galleons were sunk. LONDON "CABBIES." Owing to the introduction of taxicabs arui motor cars, the London "cabby" is doomed. He sees his occupation rapidly going, and already many of the men have lost employment. This week Lord Rosebery made an appeal for the cabbies. He describes them as a hardworking, enduring, deserving oody of public servants, and he says ; "Cabby is a good fellow, and should not suffer if those whom he has served can help him." The Daily Mail at once appealed for £5000 to meet necessitous cases, and so satisfactory has been the response that the money was over-sub-scribed in a few days WHY NOT TO NEW ZEALAND ? Nine youths, all belonging to Selkirk, have just left for Australia, where they ir tend lo try to find employment in the various callings they have adopted. Seven of them have been financially as sistcd by ex Provost John Roberts, of SMknk. Air. i\oberts tak^s a warm interest in the- youth of the town, and he advanced the money with which to assist in paying the cost of passage, and the amounts are to be repaid by the emigrants after they have found employ- [ ment and a settlement in the countries tc* which they proceec. About two years ago Mi. Roberts sent out four young men to Australia in similar conditions, and so satisfactory was the itheme that he decided to send the seven uho departed last night. The company included mili-workers, joiners, a mason, and .1 tla?ksmith. There was a large crowd of friends and well-wishers attestation, and the emigrants got an enthusiastic send-off. FARMING IN NEW ZEALAND. A Morayshire farmer who recently settled in the Oamaru district writes to the Scotsman an interesting letter, in the conise of which he says :—"I: — "I have never seen anything like the crops there are in some of the paddocks around here, and there are such large areas under ciop that on some of the farms a gross ,

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Evening Post, Evening Post, Volume LXXVII, Issue LXXVII, 9 June 1909

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Page 11 Advertisements Column 2 Evening Post, Volume LXXVII, Issue LXXVII, 9 June 1909