At the meeting of the committee of the Otago Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals yesterday afternoon it was decided to circularise the candidates for Parliament urging that they should give attention to the question of the pea-rifle nuisance. A fair amount of formal business waa transacted, and the committee expressed satisfaction at the statement that good work was being done in both City and country. The country members were stated to be particularly keenly interested in the work of tho society. The rose show of the Dunedin Horticultural Society will be held on Friday, December 11, "the Garrison Hull being engaged for December 9, the tehedulo date. Th« Minister of Defence (Hon. J. Allen) to-day sent the following cable to Senator Pearce (Federal Minister of Defence) :— ci Heartiest- congratulations on the splendid work the Sydney has done.'' The hot weather experienced yesterday during the prevalence of the rather gusty north-west breeze was succeeded in the early evening by a sudden whip round to the southward, a light shower, and a quick drop in the temperature. Some time in the night the wind hauled to tho eastward, bringing rain from a quarter that watered gardens in spots tint are mostly dry. This morning King SouthWest resumed charge. It is good growing weather.
There are to be two performances of ' Tho Messiah ' this summer. Tho Dunedin Church Choir's Union are to give their third annual performance of the oratorio in the Garrison Hall on the 2nd December. Tho members have been practising tho work for some time, and as it is expected there will be a choir oi about 300 voices, the various choruses will be given with a sound volume. Mr Don is conductor, Mr Gale is at the orzan, and Miss Harland at the piano. This year the union are to be assisted by an orchestra led by Mr J. A. Wallace. The soloists for the occasion consist of two of our leading lady vocalists—Misses Walton and Esquilant—both of whom achieved a great success in the performance of ' Tho Messiah ' last year. Mr W. E. M'Kmlcy, the tenor, will make hin debut in oratorio in Dunedin. Mr S. J. Gilbert, the bass, sang the solos last year, and will be much welcomed this year._ The proceeds of the concert ate to be given to tho local patriotic fund.
Be careful about surfing at St. Clair. We do not suggest that the beach is unsafe for those who know it, or for strong swimmers who are wary, but the headlong stranger may quickly get into difficulties. Unusual current twists, probably caused by .some great Antarctic disturbance, have bitten out great masses of sand ' and formed new banks and channels, and mado the surf spiteful. All the.se peculiarities will probably resolve into tho normal before long. In the meantime, strangers should look out, and nobody should take risks. By the exercise of precaution the. bnthing may be enjoyed as usual.
Our Bluff correspondent wires :—Fishermen here complain bitterly of the alleged impracticability of Professor Prince's suggestions with reference to New Zealand's deep sea fish. Tho professor has recommended over and ever again that fishermen should usa every endeavor to market several varieties of ediblo Fsh that at present are not so popular as cod and flounders. He referred to mold, telescope, Jock Stewarts, and so fi, a;:d the fishermen allege that the proin-j.-nr has quite failed to grasp Mmv Zoaiand conditions. As an instance 'n point-, ovc-r four tons of freshly caught telescope fish were brought into port by the s.s. Rita (steam trawler) yesterday morning, and heaved overboard on arrival. No one would buy tho fish. The fish merchants rang no Dunedin and could not sell a single "fish thero; in fact, they were informed that a case of telescope sent up weeks was still in the freezer, as there wan no demand. This is not an isolated instance, but the throwing away of large quantities of such fish is so frequent that if Professor Prince _ had paid sufficient attention to the evidenco of fishermen and merchants he would never have, it is alleged, compiled a report that is valueless so far as deep-sea fish are. concerned. Just before Mr Philip Snowden commenced his address at the Garrison Hall last night Mr Steve Boreham arose and asked if ho might be allowed to make a statement. On permission being given, Mr Boreham said ho wished to thank exceedingly the chairman (the Rev. R. S. Gray) for his great gallantry in coming aloni to rescue a " strayer from the fold.'' Mr Gray knew his history, and wotdd, ho was sure, agree that he tried to fight fair. Ho explained that Mr Gray had gone down to the police station the previous evening nnd gone bail for him, and ho wished lo
take advantage of that public meeting to express his gratitude and thanks. The licensee of the Thistle Inn, William Hannafirm, was yesterday fined £lO at Wellington for permitting drunkenness on his licenced premisesL A 'Gazette Extraordinary.' published today, contains regulations (says an Association wire) under the War Regulations Act, and gives tho military authorities nowcr to arrest any person suspected of having committed, or being_ about to commit, a breach of thcec regulations j also power to occupy any building or premises suspected of being ttse<l in a. manner injurtous to the public safety. Tho regulations further prohibit the publication or spread of false news likely to create disaffection or alarm, and prohibit- tho possession of wireless apparatus without authority. Several of the regulations relate j 1/> shipping in connection with defended ] Juu-bijr.,.. J
Mr Paulin telephoned at 2 p.m.: Squally S.W. to N.W. winds, and some cold rain showers.
Wo are learning a lot of geography in these war days. Everybody was this morning looking over his maps to locate Cocos Island, whore tho Emden's career came to an end. The exact position is latitude 12.5 S., longitude 95.53 E. It is not one island, but a group, consisting of Horsburgh and Keeling and several islets. On many maps they are named the Keeling Islands. They "lie a little to the eastward of the track from Australia to Ceylon, being 1,565 miles from Colombo and 1,563 miles from Fremantlo. Such a short distance arc they off tho steamer route that they are sometimes sighted. Mr E. Roberta, of Dunedin, saw them when returning from England in 1911. The captain of his ves.v;! took her close in, within a mile or two, end tho passengers observed that the icland past which they ran was Hat and covered with palms and ecvera! miles long, whilst, some distance away they saw another island on which the wireless mast was conspicuous. A son of Mr G. Burnett (Railways Department, Dunedin) i« on service at this wirelcfis station. The islands belong to the British. A Scotchman named Ross settled there about, 100 years ago, and his descendants practically constitute the population of the Cocos Iflands. It was eo, at any rate, a few years ago. The name is mentioned in our cables to-day. Here, again, is a point of contact with New Zealand, for some years back there was amongst tho students at Nelson College a young man named Win CI any Ross, a direct descendant of the Coco's Islands proprietor. This Chtny Ross will be remembered by his (schoolfellows as a superb swimmef.
The lecture entitled 'A Peep Into Parliament Through a Woman's Eye,' to bo. delivered by Mrs Philip Snowdcn to-nigiu, should attract a bis* house. Mrs Snovrdcii possesses an attractive personality, and is looked upou as the most eloquent Hngii.-di-woman now living, with such a gift of oratory, so much magnetism, and such persuafive sweetness of manner and ability iomovp great bodies of men and women. Box plan is now open at the Dresden.
Watson's No. 10 is a little dearer tlnn most whiskies, but is worth tho money.— [Adv..] Rheumatic patients should iahe Broadway's Rheumatic Cure, price 3s 6d; gives immediate relief. Wilkinson and Sen, prescription chemists.—[Advt.] "Have one with me." "Thank"!, I w ; 'l.
I'll have Watson's No. 10, p'eavc."—[Advr.] Land Tax is payable, on December 2.
A glass of Speight's besr at lunch and stumer is better than ali the tea in China.— [Advt.] Alterations in tho Dunedin.Quecnstown train service as from Friday next are announced elsewhere.
New season's photographic goods: Excellent rtock now arriving. Cameras lrom \li. g-end vour order carlv to 11. J. Gill, 11 and 15 Frederick street, Dunedin. 'Phono 1,1 M. -[Advt,]
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Evening Star, Evening Star, Issue 15647, 11 November 1914