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BRIEF MENTION.

The Otago Education Board do not approve of the proposal to make parents or guardians of all children attending a public school eligible for service on the committee of auch school. All the casea set down for hearing at the Magistrate's Court this morning were eith< r adjourned, struck out, or confessed. Two stowaways by the Anglian (Charles Fletcher and Charles Russell) were fined £3 each, in default one month's imprisonment. The accused said they had employment in Sydney, and were carried away in mistake. They had gone down to see some friends off, and, being under the influence of drink, remained on board too loDg. An unusual sight was witnessed recently at Cranbrook (Kent). A swarm of bees settled on a pillar-box, and soon afterwards a second swarm located themselves inside the box, the whole colony following the queen through the aperture provided for letters. Every preparation was made for the capture of the swarm on the arrival of the rural policeman to clear the box, but, owing to the awkward position of the winged visitors, it was found impossible to hive the bees till night, when they were smoked and safely housed. Owing to the unusual incident the letters posted before the bee 3 took possession of the pillar-box were delayed in delivery for several hours. Not many monarchs attain celebrity as philosophers. King Oscar of Sweden is, however, an exception, and the Senate of Vienna University has, with the Emperor's approval, made the king an honorary doctor of philosophy in recognition of his services to science. King Oscar is a poet, mathematician, and Orientalist. He has had the works of many learned men published at his own expense, and is a liberal patron of scientific expeditions to the Polar regions. The ' New Zealand Field' is informed that the Eirl of.Ranfurly intends building a steam yacht of about 40 tons. In all probability he will aho build a 5-rater, which it ia intended shall be a flyer.

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BRIEF MENTION., Issue 10426, 22 September 1897

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BRIEF MENTION. Issue 10426, 22 September 1897

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