NEWS OF THE DAY
Tribute to the Banks. Speaking at a. function in New Plymouth recently, Mr. \V. (,'. Woston, president of the Taranaki Chamber of Commerce, paid a. tribute to the- manner in which the Bank of New Zealand, and other banking institutions, had assisted Hn> business community during the past five difficult years. Now Zealand owed a great dobt to the solidity of its banks, ho said. The difficult times would have proved even more difficult had not business had such, a strong banking system hehiud it, and had not the banks been so generous in their support. Great Scots Day. The Chatham Cup final, which is to tako placo next Saturday in Wellington between tho Thistle Club (Christehurch) and tho Thistle Club (Auckland), is to be made tho occasion of a great Scots Day by the Wellington Association of Scots Societies. At the meeting of the association, hold last week, Mr. J. Lothian, a member of tho .New Zealand I'ootball Council, waited on that body asking its support to mako tho day a, real Scots Bay. It was unanimously resolved to co-operate in making the gathering a memorable one. Delegates wero appointed for attachment to the competing teams to look after their welfare. It was resolved that steps be taken to givo the- teams a civic "welcome. At tho football ground the Caledonian Society's Pipo Band will play prior to the game and at the interval, while Scots dancing will keep the crowd entertained prior to tho commencement of the game. The teams are to be taken for a motor run on tho Sunday, cars being offered for that purpose. Old Bones at iiuniner. Bones -which were. afterwards identified as belonging to a sea lion wcro discovered by some workers underneath tho precipices at Clifton, Sumner, recently, statcß tho "Press." Tho men were removing somo masses of rock for use in the construction of the foundations of the new lifeboat shed near Shag Bock corner and wore working about 10 feet nbovo Uio'levcl- of the road. Amongst a layer of soft red soil, which had evidently fallen from a laterite band higher up, they found tho deposit on a huddled heap, and had brokon up many; of the bones before noticing them. Most of the head, some of the teeth, some of the vertebrae, and somo ribs were collected and were afterwards identified at the museum as the bones of a sen. lion. There were no wood ashes or other signs of a Maori camp, and it was thought that tho animal must have died there very many years ago. About a chain away workers once found a well-shaped stone Maori axe. Stolen Bicycle's Adventures. A Hutt Valley resident who has had his bicyclo stolon and returned to him for tho third time is much amused at the circumstances of tho thefts, and the tolling of them may serve as a warning to other bicycle owners. The first time the bicycle was stolen was from his residence. Ho placed the matter in tho hands of the police, but nothing more was hoard until one day when ho was visiting tho Lyall Bay Bowling green he noticed the bicycle against a fence. Inquiries revealed that the bicycle was purchased from an auction room in Wellington. Tho bicyclo was sold-to the auctioneers by a Maori who gave a fictitious address at Otaki, and £.2 was paid to tho Maori as an instalment. The bicyclo was sold from the auction rooms for £6, which had to bo refunded by the auctioneers. After paying iC2, the original owner obtainod his bicycle back. Tho next time tho bicycle disappeared the lure to the thief was partly a parcel that was attached to the handlebars. Tho matter was again referred to the police and the bicycle was found abandoned a few weeks later in Lower Hutt. The third time the bicycle was stolon it was taken from the vestibule of an office. The owner informed the police, and tho bicycle was traced to a Wellington auctioneering firm, which had sold it. A youth who was arrested in Christchurch • confessed that lie had stolen the bicycle. Tho owner now has his bicyelo back for the third time. "The Greatest Growler." In reminiscent mood at the annual dinner of the Now Zealand Company of Master Mariners on Saturday evening, the Prime Minister mentioned that his father had a ship-chandlery business, and thus as a boy he had become acquainted with shipmasters, their ways, and their language. In his twenties, said Mr. Forbes, ho left the shipchandlery business and wont farming, and ho had been farming ever since. "They say that tho one thing about a farmor is that he is always growling. Well, I have heard those 'shell-backs' growl, and I am certain they can loso a farmer in growling," said Mr. Forbes. "1 have been told that a farmer growls on the slightest provoeatiou; and I have replied that if a fanner does not growl he is not in good health.- (Laughter.) After all, liko the shipmaster, ho has to put up with the vagaries of tho weather. Thu farmer has to stand by and sco a drought continuing week after week, and his crops going to waste. He has to have a lot of pationco and good robust hope; and ho must try and moot adverso conditions with a .smile. Fortunately in Now Zealand wo usually have frequent changes of weather, and, in tho end, our seasons as farmers enable us to show an average return." English Mail Delayed. I^nglish mails which arrived by the Mariposa from Los Angek's at Auckland op. Friday included only threo days' London postings instead of tho usual week's mail from England, states tho "New Zealand Herald." This, according to postal officials, is probably duo to the mail which loft Southampton by tho Berengaria on August 11 just failing to connect with tho Mariposa at Los Angeles. The last of tho London letters brought by the Niagara, which left Vancouver on August 15, were dated August 4, while thoso by the Mariposa, which sailed from Los Angeles on August 22 boro the London postmark of August 7. In calculating the timo taken by mails to reach Los Angoles from Southampton an allowance of eloyen days is usually made. The English mails brought by tho Mariposa woro carried across the Atlantic by tho Majestic, which left Southampton on August 8, and eonsoqucntly included Lotklou postings of August 7. Tito ISorengnrin. sailed from Southampton on August 11, her mail including letters posted in London on August 10. This mail should have reached Lns Angeles on August H, > tlie (lay on which the Mariposa sailed, but apparently the connection iva.s nut made.
Hutt Pipe Bridge. Traffic ol'iiftovs were kept busy rm .Friday, Saturday, and yesterday stopping motorists at the Hutt Pipe Bridge and asking tliom the districts in which their cars wero stationed. Tho purpose of this is to help to fix tho basis of the maintenance charges for tho bridge. Thefts from Dressing Sheds. Mention was made in "The Post" last Monday of thefts of money, clothes, and tickets belonging to Soccer players at the Rongotai Beserve. Sitnilar'thefts took place on Saturday at Wakeficld Park, again emphasising the need for supervision in dressing sheds when play is in progress. A Sensation at Sea. On July ID the freighter Anglo Canadian, bound to Newcastle (New South Wales), was in the zone of tho Solomon Islands earthquake, and did not know it. Without warning, there was a shock which startled everybody and awakened men who wero asleep. The sea was so calm that, the suggestion of a submarine earthquake did not at first enter the mind of anybody aboard. Tho vessel was stopped and investigations were made to discover whether there was any propeller trouble. No sign of this could be found, and soundings wero then taken to discover whether the vessel had encountered an uncharted reef. Again tho result was reassuring, and at last the true explanation of tho disturbance was guessed. "A'Delightful Country." A favourable impression of New Zealand has been gained by LieutenantColonel Sir John Seymour Lloyd, K.C., of Headlcy, Surrey, m-lio is at present visiting Auckland, states the "New Zealand Herald." Sir John, who is making a brief holiday visit to the Dominion, arrived from England by tho J!angitata a little over a week ago and has already been in Wellington, I Hawke's Bay, Wairakei, Botorua, and tho Waikato. Expressing his pleasure at what he had seen of New Zealand, Sir John said the pasture lands reminded him of the English counties and he considered the roads of the North | Island wero excellent. Tho extraordinary progress made in Napier since the earthquake impressed him greatly.