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The extent of the coachbuilding trade in New Zealand is probably not gener* ally recognised by most pcoprs. Ate Mia dinner tendered in Auckland this week to the visiting delgatcu to the Coach' builders' Conference, the President (Mf, W. H. Atkin) mentioned that the trade in the Dominion was represented by 601) master coachbuildets, while t-ho etn» ployeeft numbpred 4400. "Tho indus* try," concluded the president "is now the sixth largest in the Dominion." Satisfactory results have attended the nffoi'tfi of the Auckland Acclimatieatioi) Society to reduce the injury to fishinp streams hy the pollution o! the watet caused by sawdust and other refuse from timber mills. In. its annual report, the council of tho society states that mill* ownere on the Waikato River have acceded to the society's representations. In no case has*any action been taken against mill proprietors until every ef. fort to obtain satisfactory arrangements has been exhausted. So far the'sociehy has not been compelled to exercise final legal procedure. The executive of the Wellington South Progressive Society, at a meeting held last evening, decided to ask the Mayoral candidates whether they weic in favour of the question of the two alternate tramway routes— CrawJortWroad and Wei* lington-road, from CctisUble-street to Kilbirnie— being submitted to the rate* payers. The question of trce-plauling itt tho district was brought up, and the clia.irnia.ri waa requested to brin t[ down suggestions at west Jticuting. Approval was expressed of tho work now being carried out at tne Mem-street entrance to the Town Belt. U was agreed to ask for tho erection ot extra lights in Mem* street, and to draw the attention of the tramway {minorities to the overcrowd' ing of cms on tho Newtown route. Good progress is being made with the preliminary work in connection with tho duplication of the Parnell tunnel (re* ports the N.Z. Herald). About SO men are at present employed on th© works. At the Auckland end service sidings are being laid to connect with the main line, so as to enable trains of trucks with materials to be brought right up to the scene of operations. At the Newmarket end the_ approaches to the tunnel are being widened out. The actual work of tunnelling will, it is anticipated, be commenced in about a fortnight. At present the only work done in this direction is the driving of- the tojj-heading for abouta chain. The piercing of the tunnel will be started at the city end, and three shifts of men will be engaged in the work. A little later the driving operations will also be put in hand from the Newmarket end. The cruel and unnecessary practice of docking horses is drawn attention to by a correspondent, who puts forward ft strong plea for the "friend of man." The following extract is taken from a pamphlet issued by the Royal Society, for the Prevention of Cruelty to Ant* inals, in London :—-"The docking of horses is founded upon ignorance, but, having become a custom, it has prevailed long after the ignorance has been exposed. There is, m a dog and cat, and nearly all small animals, no part of their bodies tmreachable by their feet, mouth, lips, tongues, and teeth. The neceesaV' ily more rigid structure of the horse does not permit him to reach all parts of his body in this way, but Nature has provided a most excellent 'flycatcher. ' For this the tail truly is, in. the Horse aa made by Nature, and unmutilated by man, and it is the only weapon with which he can fight flies." "These people are accused of keeping a. den, which iB j a menace to the health of the city," said Inspector Hendrey to Mr. D. G. A. Cooper, S.M., at the Magistrate's Court this morning. "These people" were Emily Johnston, Edith Florida M'Kenzie (alias Bull). Mcc Hung, and George Leonard Bull, who were charged with being idle and disorderly persons, in that they habitually consorted with reuuted pro»titutes. Mr. Dickson asked 'for a remand until the 24th hist., and applied for bail. Inspector Hendrey objected to bail being granted. Mr. Dicksou said the question wa* whether thft accused would, if allowed bail, come to the Court again. If his Worship was of opinion that they would .not appear he was entitled to refuse bail. "Look at that woman ! Is she fit to be released on bail?" asked the Inspector, pointing to one of the accused. His Worship : "I think they had better remain whero they are." The application for the remand was agreed to. "Auckland is going to be the , MeJbourne or Sydney of New Zealand, and before long wo shall have the disgrace of the Southern Hemisphere — the stadium — here/ said Mr. W. J. Hees at Tuesday night's meeting of the Auck» land Presbytery, "because there are men in the city now who are talking of introducing boxing." The speaker (says the Herald) had risen to move, "That this presbytery strongly approves the formation of a laymen's association, to be composed of the elders and managers of the churches attached to the Auckland Presbytery." "Boxing is doubtless a manly art," Mr. Rees continued. "In the old days men like Jem Mace and others fought with bare fists. Nowadays they fight for the plunder. The stadium is a disgrace to the whole Southern Hemisphere, and we are going to have it here if we do not attack it, and laymen are the men to fight it. / There aro, also, two predominant evils— intemper- ' ance and gambling— and, on economic grounds alone, they ought to be wiped out." Mr. Bees went on to say llint three-quarters of a million pounds yearly went into the hands of the racing clubs of the Dominion. All that could bo spent upon something good. It was money taken from the spending capacity of the people of New Zealand. After discussion the motion was carried, with the omission of the word "laymen's. " A report from Cincinnati, Ohio, describes a remarkable test given to a fireproof suit and helmet. • To prove that ins invention is all he claims it to be, Mr. Martin Pannian donned the contrivance and allowed himself to be cast into a great bonfire (the Daily Telegraph says). For five_ minutes, the report states, Mr. Pannian was obscured to the witnesses by" walls of fire, and finally he stepped out tltrough a blazing curtain of flame uninjured, cool, and calm. Tho helmet is of metal, with two layers of water and fireproof canvas inside. Water also rushes between similar layers of canvas that form tho inside of the suit from shoulders to feet. To oCviate the. chances of the water becoming heated, vents at the hands allow it to escape. The exterior of the suit is of fircproofed canvas. Easter Travell^wl Cheek your baggage through uS#S Saves you trouble. We collect, chock, deliver. See u& day before. Now Zealand Express Conipany, Ltd., 87-91, Customhouse-quay.— Advt. The colossal tnsk of taking a census of the stare by means of photography is almost completed, and by the time the lines are read n total of 53 millions wiM have been reached, the count taking twn years to complete. /There wero 206 negntives to be dealt with, each representing twenty-fivo regions of the eky and from 60 to 800 thousands of etare. The counting has been carried out by a sypbem of averages, as to count each stat- would tuke about olio hundred years. Fow. pereotiß eet out to count even thousands .if Btare, t but to those people we give th<* following bit of good nd vice:— Got. v rout good wool soarf from C. Smith, Ltd., ot Cuba-street. They have then) from 1* to ,12» &d each..— Advt>

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Page 6 Advertisements Column 7, Evening Post, Volume LXXXVII, Issue 89, 16 April 1914

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