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The Public Works Statement, which will lie delivered to-night, will contain a proposal for a two-million loan. " Is it a fact that the reparation allowance which has hitherto been granted to the manied men at the lorts has lieo.c discontinued''" asked Air Wilford of the Minister ot' Defence in the House last ♦■veiling " X<>." said the lion, dames Allen; "no .such .allowance has been discontinued." , The l)(i!iedi:i council o£ the Bolivian Indian .Mission met last evening, Mr I). .jiimour | lrtiidiiiL'. Correspondence from Bolivia reported that a conference of worker's had been held, at which important decisions were arrived at. Amongst these were the purchase of additional land at Sail Pedro for extension of ]remits, and the change uf name of the missionary 'magazine fiom ' I'ahuantin Suva' to the ' Bolivian Indian.' The translation of the New Testament by M Barron into the Quecha language was proceeding. Mr and Alts lloiacc Urocott, who weie recently invalided home, were reported from ~nd to be steadily recovering iheii health, ami hoped to be in Dunedin in December. The treasurer's ntateinent showed that the contributions to the mission have, in common with those of other mission*, fallen oil' considerably, and this icceivul the consideration of the meeting. The member for Southern Maori (Mr ('. Parata) asked the Prime Miui.-ter in the House .last night if provision had been made foAakiug the votes of the members of the iTOori Kxpeditionaiy Eoice before they left New Zealand. ' In all ptobability." said the Prime Minister in reply, "the .Maoris will be heie on the day of the election, and -will be able to vote in the usual tvjv."

Tlif executive of tlk- Otagn Expansion League met yesterday afternoon to consider tlio question of tin- construction of the "((coin Drive" from SI. Clair to St. Kilda. Tlieiv were present Messrs A. Bfi.thgato lin the chair), G. Fenwick, A. Moritzsoti, V. It. Im-lis Wright, and H. K. Wil-on. Messre Fenwick, Sargood, MoriUson. W. I). R. .NPCurdie, 1). 'Cannock, S. Solomon, K.C., and Duncan wev: 1 appointed a deputation to wait on the Domain Hoard at as early a date as could be arranged by the hoard. It was also resolved thai Mr M'Curdie be asked to prepare a s|. ccilii atiou Vhieh would aPow of the carrying out of the construction of th» Ocean Drive to a certiiin point, involving the expenditure of a specified sum. The secretary wan instructed to write to the Employment and Relief (.'omm ; tteo of the Patriotic and General Welfare Association, pointing to the difficulties in the way of making a commencement to the wolk before the 26th inst., and asking for a anther extension of the time.

"W.'ll the Prime Minift*-r state the terms in which he will supply wheat to tho small miller*'.'" asked Mr M'Callum in the llou*e last night. "1 am being deluged," replied Mr Massey. "with ipplirations from millers all over the Dominion, who state that they arc miming short of supplies. I have instructed my officers in divide the wheat amount the milieu; whose .Mipplie* aie exhausted, and it will Ik> supplied to them at the price lixed by the'proclamation, and the proclamation will be is.-ued shortly. The position has changed absolutely in the last fortnight.''

Xo tune just now can be more pleasing to ii French or Knglish r.iv than the sprightly Belgian mitional snug. 'La Biabanconne.' It is one of the many ballad? which sprang tip in the very heat of battle. Its "author, Jt-nneval. waf killed during the Revolution. (Jt-- composer was Francois Van Canipeuhout. it Urusfie-ls tenor singer and maker of operas. The merits of the eong, says the 'Musical Times.' appear in its joyous snatch of melody and its pleasing rhythmic icnouree. Its weakness is a certain harmonic poverty. which thtoo chords seem intended In it,inpass. The song dates from the Belgian Independence of 1830. An Kuglish iramilation hits been published by Xovello. Tlie city engineer has piepared a larger plan for the making of the Unity Croiind. between Moinington and Montecillo, into a playing area. The Keservs Committee of the City Council now recommend that the work lie carried out, provided that the Ciiideu Fete Committee contribute £25. the Moinington ilrotind Improvement Soeietv £75," and the City Council £75. This makes a total of £175. and the Relief Oimiiitce will In* afcked to pul>Ki<li*-o tliiit amount. The cost of the work ifostiuutcd by the engineer at £550. At the anniversary conceit of the St. Kihla Methodist Sunday School in the Coioiiution Hall last evening it collerticu was taken up in aid ol' the Belgian relief fund while .Mr Slvfield recited "The Ab-sent-minded lienor.' 'l'ho sum realised was £2 33s 6t«—it vei\ good return 'or the number piesent.

The Reserves Cnmniitee will lfcommenti the C'itv Council not to proceed with the levelling of Chishohn -"aik '" lh< " meantime. It ic- proposed instead to approach ihe Domain Board for the purpose of see ing whether a sufficient aiea can be obtained at the S{. Kilda tram tei minus lor two recreation grounds. Mr John Carroll, piopo-ed by Messr.s W T. tlilmour and A. M. Sidey. and Mr John Limn, proposed by Messrs < ieorge Simpson and tJeoi-e Clink, were the only iwo candidates nominated to-day i»r the viie-iucv in the Central Ward of the City I ouneil. caused bv the resignation of Mr A. .1. Sullivan. 'The election will take place next Tuesday. Th* matt'T of afforestation, which was i-forred to the Water Committee from the last meeting of the City Council, ha* since beet, considered bv that committee, who recomme-id the council to expend the sum of £3OO on work at l-lag*taft. |"'«>; vided that the- Belief Committee expend a .similar anion it. Iti fh-o Votice C<™ri iW uu-vcmitf two first offenders wei* dealt with on a chllVfS? of drunkenness, each being fined Js. 11l default 24 hours" imprisonment, anil out: havin" to pav also 2s for cab hue. At a subsequent sitting of the Juvenile Omit a bov approaching 14 years was charged stealing 6s a fruit shop He had been the ringleader of a group of boys who got into trouble on a previous occasion, and Mr Widdowson. S.M.. made an order that be receive four strokes of the lurch. nl«sr> ordering him to come up for .sentence i! called upon at anv period within two years. The Magistrate warned the father that if th-i> lad offended again he would be sent to an Industrial School.

Under the terms of the will of the .late Mr John Newton, 250 seats, made of wood and iron and of finch design as the trustees of the estate mav select, each capable ol seating six persons, arc to be presented partly to the corporation of the city ot WelliiiL'tou ami partly to tome other local bodv adjoinwic the boundary of the city. A condition of the ufiifc is that the local bodv that receives it undertakes to keep the'sentfi in Bond order and repair. This ths Wellington City Council agreed to do. Tru trustees of the estate are to be met by the council and the allocation of the seats decided upon. Each seat is to be inscribed "Rest and be I'hankful. X." The following division of the neat& bequeathe?! him ly-en decided on :- Wellington 150. Onslow 30, Karori 30, Mii-amar 30, Day's Bay Park 10. The question of installing a filtration system at the public baths was considered by the General Committee of the City Council at their meeting yesterday, and it was decided to recommend the council to adopt a system in accordance with t-he- engineer's rejjort at a cost of about £550.

At the meeting of the Fire Board yesterday afternoon Mr T. Chahner stated that he had received copies of Air T. K. Sidey's Fire Inquests Bill, which had been' introduced into the House, but as the session was closing it was not likely that anything would be done with the Bill. He thought, however, that it was on right lines, and although there might be one or two alterations necessary, he 'approved of the principle of the measure. After members had perused the Bill they might feel disposed to pans some resolution of approval or something to that effect which would strengthen Air .Sidey's hands on a future occasion if he were returned to Parliament at the coming elections.

On Friday afternoon a pleasant and happy little function under the auspices of the Patients and Prisoners' Aid Society was tendered to the patients at the Dunedin Hospital. Mr (j. Fen wick, the so ciety's chairman, presided. The first part of the progtamme wan given by a few members of the Orphans' Club. Songs were given by Messrs. ,1. A. HaggTtt. F. N. Dobbie, .1. H- Battersby. (!. 1). Mearns, and Sligo. Mr W. W. Crawford gave two stirring recitations.; duels were contributed by Alcssrs J. B. M'Oonnell and T. N. Dobbie. and violin selections by Mii-s Dick. Mr Haggitt acted as accompanist in both parts of the programme. In the interval refreshments were passed around to the patients, and each one ieceived a bouquet of flowers. The second part of the programme wa.s contributed to by Miss Wilson, Aliss Payne, and Mrs Taylor (songs), the accompanists being Alisss Dunlop and .Mr Haggitt. The singing of the National Anthem brought' the entertainment to an end. The Loudon Piano Company lent the piano and gramophone for the occasion.

According to a .statement made by Superintendent Napier to the Fire llnaid yesterday afternoon, false calls from the automat ie alarms installed in business places have not been so frequent of late as they were some time ayo. The po : nl was raised by Air \Y. I. Bolam as to what action the board might take to prevent unnecessary calls, and he was as-' siirod by the chairman (Mr T. Chahner) that if false alarms became too numerous the board would take drastic steps, if necessary, to stop' them: but, generally speaking, the installations were .betterand the people were more careful. Some calls, of course, were due to mere carelessness.

If you irkh the «erriee» of Mr Morris purtonally, he bow makes portrait* at his Vtom» or garden itudio. 554 Oeorge atreet; telephone 859.—fAdvt.l

Watson's No. 10 is a little dearer than most whiskies, but is worth the money.— [Advt,* Speight's ale and sf.out a-re acknowledged by the Dominion publia to be the best on the market.—{Advt.l

A notice to members of the Victoria League appears in our advertising columns. The greatest possession is self-possession, but Watson's No. 10 is srreat too.—TAdvl.]

Indigestion and kindred ailments prevented by Btsmutratsd Magnesia; 2s 3d bottle. Wilkinson and Son, chemists.—{Advt.] No lads' should be without Martin's Apiol and Steel Pills. Sold by all chemists and stores throughout Australasia.—[Advt.] A meeting of supporters of the Liberal League will be held in the Council Chambers, Kcshn, this evening.

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Evening Star, Issue 15628, 20 October 1914

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Evening Star Issue 15628, 20 October 1914

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