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We have been put in possession of facts that have bewildered ns, A Very for the simple reason that High-handed at the very time when Proceeding, iho military authorities of the Km pi re arc emphasising the need for MKX AN D MORE MEN at the theatre of war. one of the principal departments of State in this Dominion is, out of pure cussedness, as the Americans are wont; to eay, doing its host apparently to stitie the desire for enlistment. Wo are assured try a correspondent whose bona tides are beyond question that on Saturday List the parents of an apprentice n-t the Hillside Workshops received this (to them) most, startling pronouncement: Workshops Manager's Office, Hillside, November 13, 1914. To Apprentice Fitter . IToase note that you are dismissed from tho service for absenting yourself them duty without leave. H. S. Bkooks, Acting Workshops Manager. Now, the person to whom this extraordinary communication was addressed is a- member of tho Expeditionary Force .now ou the wide waters ; that his acceptance ns a King's soldier was known to every worker at Hillside; Unit his action met with the full approval of his immediate superiors; and. mirnble dictu, leave to join his regiment was granted to him by his sectional manager, from whose hands he received on the eve of his departure from Dunedin a i-übsia-ntiol token of the esteem in which he- {;, regarded by his fellow-employ eeis in the department at Hillside where ho was employed! It only needs to be added that tho young fellow, v.Tmn ho left Dunedin, was within time 6 months, of tho completion of his apprenticeship t-rm, and was generally voted a conscientious and capable worker. Well, it scorns that he' committed a technical broach of the departmental regulations, which enjoin that notice of intention to leave tho service temporarily must bo given at headquarters, and can only lie granted three from. What apioars to be clearly established, nukes our information is sadly ut fault, is that) both the approatico fitter and hid immediate? scpciior acted in good faith, and neither was apparently aware that tm unintentional infraction of the regulations would be vbilcrl with such sharp and, wo think, unmerited punishment. Wo would advice the friends of this cashiered appruithe to cany their j story to the I’rimo Minister, who will be within tho electorate to-morrow, and to place the unvarnished facts before him, when wo feel sure that the right honorable gentleman’s sense of fr.ime„s will readily j acknowledge that voty harsh treatment has j been meted out to a youth whoso zeal to i eerva his King and country may have loci him to unwittingly offend, but whose offence (if such it be) has been scandalously over-punished. And we are also sure that Mr Mastey will not la; slow, after consulting with hie- colleague of Railways, to order the withdrawal of tho irritating dismissal notice,.

The Prime -Minister, who speaks at Temuka to-night, will roach Dunedin by the first express to-morrow afternoon. It is the Right Hon. Mr Massey's intention to take part in tho evening at the first meeting of Mr Dalton, the Reform candidate for Dunedin South. In Chambers to-day His Honor Mr Justice Sim made orders in the following matters: —Probates: Ro Mary M'Aulav Dickie (Mr Allan), ro Thomas Carrington (Mr Platts), ro Henry Cooper (Mr Anderson), ro Mary Ann Wiseman (Mr Platts). Administrations: Re George Alfred Hardv (Mr Platts), re Charlotta Leitzo (Mr E. C. Smith. Kerr and another v. Kerr; petition for appointment of guardian ad litem (Mr J. S. Sinclair). Order as prayed. The anniversary of the Congregation!.! Sunday School, Port Chalmers, was celebrated on last Sunday, when threo special services were conducted by tho pastor (the Rev. W. M. Grant). Good congregations were present, and special hymns were sung by the children, who had b»en trained by Miss E. M'Kinlay, with Mr L. Jack as organist. In the 'ifternoon a new infant classroom, one of the results of the recent jubilee efforts, was opened and dedicated by the pastor. Tho room is a fine, lofty one, and provides ample accommodation for tho little ones. Through the liberality of friends it h;i3 been furtished with sand tray and chaire, and all necessary furniture, and is hung with a beautiful'sct of Scripturo pictures'. The builder was Mr Arthur Sykes, a former scholar of tho school, r.iul spechl thanks were given to My J. M. Harlind, also a former tcholar, for .supervising its erection.

On the application of his wife, a prohibition order was issued by Messrs J. Mill and A. Cable, J.P.s, a man this forenoon at the Port Chalmers Court.

The libel action ' New Zealand Times ' r. tho ' Dominion,' which was set down for hearing to-morrow before M\> Justice Sim and a jury, has been settled. Tha claim was for £3,000 damages. Twico the action was tried at Wellington with an inconclusive result, rind a change of venuo to Dunedin was then agreed on. At a meeting of the executive of tho Council of Churches yesterday afternoon, in the board room of the Bible Depot, it was resolved to urrange a series of meetings for prayer in connection with the great Europoan war now raging. Details wore left to a small sub-committee, but the date suggested is Wednesday, jUecember 2. In addition to a great central meeting, similar gathorings will probably bo held simultaneously in Roslyn, Mornincton, North-east Valley, and South Dun-

Many acts of self-sacrifice on the part of children in connection with tho appeal for the Belgian children were related at a conference of schoolmasters held at Wellington on Saturday (says the ' Post'). "One of my little girls," said Mr Blake, of the Maranui School, " brought hor favorite doll and asked that it be forwarded to a Belgium girl. Now, you all know how much a girl prizes her dolls. However, I obtained the mother's permission to sell the doll. It has been sold over and over again, and has so far realised £l3. And we have not finished with it yet." Mr Worboys (Kilbirnie) related how one boy was unable to play tennis this year because he had handed over the money given by his parents for the purchase of a racket. A little girl had agreed to go without her birthday doll. Mr Grundy (Clyde quay) was not to be beaten. A little girl out of his infant classes had emptied tho sum of 10s from her moneybox. A boy had given 8s 6d—tho amount in his box—and another ss, which had just been received as a birthday present. It was the genoral opinion that the children had been taught a lesson of self-sacrifice which they will never forget.

The quarterly public meeting of the Bolivian Indian Mission was held in tho Choral Hall last evening, when the General Secretary read correspondence detailing interesting operations which had recently taken place in the Bolivian field. Tho translation of the New Testament into the Quechua tongue, under the supervision of Senor Barron, of Cochabamba, is progressing satisfactorily. This language has no literature, and a lexicon of 1,500 words recently compiled by the missionaries _ is the first work of its kind. Gratification was expressed by the chairman at the receipt that day of a bequest of £SO from the estate of the late Mr Allan Steven, and it was reported that Mr J. L. Hay would tako up the position of secretary of the Mission after next Easter. A letter of greeting was read from Mr and Mrs Horace Grocott, at present in Auckland, 'n which the hope was expressed that, should improvement in their health continue, they would be able to visit Dunedin in January.

A Christchurch message states that a deputation from the Chamber of Com merce waited on the Prime Minister today, and brought under his notice a circular from a firm in Holland statins th-it German goods could bo obciined through them. Mr Massey, in reply, said that steps would be taken at once to look into the matter. Tho denotation further complained that cable codes were not allowed to certain parts of the Empires. The authorised cable codes ,v j re unsuitable for the Dominion. fhe ['rime Minister said he would make inquiries Mr Paulin's forecast: —Squally to a gale from N.W. to S.W., with heavy electrical rain; stormy weather may be expected.

At 5.10 a.m. to-day the City Fire f'ugade received a call to '.he Dunedin Hos pita!, whore a fire had occurred in tho is<> lation ward. The flames were confined to ono room, the floor of which w,is badly damaged, and the interior w-js also damaged by the heat and smoke. It is not known for certain how the lire occurred, but it is thought that a gaa heater was responsible for the outbreak. The brigade quickly suppressed th>: !lames Mr E. S. Wi'sop. secretary of the Sh'pwreck Relief Society, to-day sen; a ttle gram to the Collector of Customs at Jnvercargill, asking if any relief was m-cded for the crow of the schooner Rosetta, which was wrecked on Ruapmce Iskud

Tho Dunedin Fire Board held their monthly meeting yesterday, Mr T. C'halmer being in the chair. There was- very little business to transact. The Minister of Internal Affairs wroto advising that the Dunedin City Council had appointed Cr J. Wilson to fill the vacancy on the board caused by the resignation of Mr A. J. Sullivan. The General Committee reported that the financial position as nt November 9 showed a credit of £2,801 9s 9d. The committeo recommended that Mr W. I. Bolam be appointed trustee for the board's account in the Post Office Savings Bank, in lieu of 'Mr A. J. Sulli-v->n (resigned), and that "two years*" .service bars be granted to first clas3 firemen AV. Morrison and A. Ciowe.

The Dunedin Presbytery ln.-t night spent mo=t of the hour allotted to business in discussing privately the qualifications of the candidates for licensing as ministers. Only one other matter was brought forward, and that was a motion by the Rev. A. M. Finlayson to tha effect that Scacliff and Warrington be sanctioned as a church extension charge with Mr Finbi\son as moderator, and that tho Church Extension Committee be requested to vote the cost of erecting a manse at Seaclift. Tho motion was carried without opposition.

Tha first Dominion conference of delegates of branches of the Xew Zealand Moderate League is to bo held in Wellington on Friday week. Mr A. A. S. Mententh (president) states that the policy of the league in connection witli the forthcoming elections and their subsequent activities will then be decided upon. Many suggestions for tho amendment of legislation, etc., are coming to hand, and it is the intention to set up a legislative committee to deal exhaustively with them before the new Parliament assembles. It is also the intention of the league to promoto a code of temperance throughout the Dominion.'

On the recommendation of tho Profe«soi'ia.l Board, the Otago University Council awarded this afternoon the following f choiarships : Macandrew scholarship. Win. Youngson; Beverly scholarship in junior physics, H. K. Christie; Stuart prize, H. K. Christie; Uiric-h memorial medal, X. Carless; Parker memorial prize, Winifred J. Farnie. The annual " bare fiy" fishing competition for two gold medals, presented by the Otago Acclimatisation Society, was held on the Waipahi River. Fifteen anglers entered, and eight returns havo been sent in, as follows:—P C. Murray, 16 fish, 111b 2oz; J. Johnston, 9 fish', 111b; J. TurnbuJl, 18 fish, 91b 14oz; B. Hey, 11 fish, 91b; T. Tresler, 8 fish, 81b 2oz; J. Clement, 9 fish, 6|lb; T. Hayes, 14 fish, 61b lOoz; G. Johnstone, 5 fish, 51b; F. Ladewig, 6 fish, 41b 6oz. Mr .Murray, having previously won tho first gold medal, is subject to a handicap of 30 per cent. Another competition was held on the same river, open to members of the Otago Anglers' Association, for trophies. Six entries were received, and the following arc the results;— P. C. Murray, 19 fish, lojlb; H. Jones, 27 fish, 13-Mb; John Clements. 10 fish, 641b; G. Johnstone, 7 fish, 41b. There being no handicap in this competition, the three first named are winners of trophies. Pharmacy _ Board examinations, under the supervision of Messrs B. S. Scoficld and J. A. Haslett, were held in Dunedin last month. The following have been notified of their success in section A: Messrs Smith, Pearson, Robertson, Jackson, and Robertson. In section B Messrs Birt and Hawkhead were a warded, partial passes.

James Edward Morgan, a. letter-carrier at the Oamaru Post Office, was charged at Oamaru yesterday (says the ' Mail') with tho theft of a parcel containing two shirts and a fountain pen, valued at £l. Sergeant Stagpoole opposed tho granting oi bail, in view of its possible interference with other cases of a similar nature pending against the accused, but bail was Allowed in the sum of £2OO in two sureties of £IOO each. Accused was remanded till to-morrow.

Tho University Council received, to-day the resignation of Dr Shand from the New Zealand University Senate, and a member to replace him "will be appointed at next meeting. Tho council expressed their regret at the necessity for the resignation, and their appreciation of Dr Shand's cervices.

Ladies recommend Martin's Apio! and Steel Pi'.ls. Sold by all chemists and stores. Seo you get the genuine : —TA.dvt._l

"Have one with me." "Thanks, I wi". I'll have Wation'e No. 10, please."—[Advt.j Speight's ale and stout are acknowledged by the Domiuion public to be tho best ou Iho market.—[Advt.]

A notice to common jurors summoned to attend the Supreme Court sittings to-morrow intimates that they are' discharged.

Watson's No. 10 is a tittle dearer than most whiekies, but is worth tho money.— [Advt.] 6170 Eczema Cure is recommended for eczema and kindred troubles; 2s 6d box. Wilkinson and Son, chemists,— {AdvtJ

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Evening Star, Issue 15652, 17 November 1914

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Evening Star Issue 15652, 17 November 1914

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