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Of one hundred and fifty steerage passeiners who arrived at Wellington from Sydney by the Manuka on Tuesday a proportion of the men are shearers and slaugh.termen who have been working in New South Wales and Queensland during the past two months, and who now come to fook for work in New Zealand. On account of the drought things in the country ■on the other side are described as "none too bright," and one man said he would not be surprised to see a good many farm hands coming &crc*s to look for work on this side. According to a Melbourne message in the Sydney newspapers, the Commonwealth Minister of Defence is not altogether satisfied that the fires which have recently occurred on British ships were entirely accidental In a reference to the outbreak on the steamers Norfolk and Orteric, Senator Pearce said that he attached some, significance to the rather undue frequency of tha fires at this particular period. "I cannot ;say much," ho added " except that step* rare being taken to make sure that the fires Jfhat are occurring on vessels round th» Australian coast ire nothing more than coincidences." The proverbial worm-catching '* early bird" (says the Fiji 'Times' of October 3) is not more alert in his methods than, the really business-like stamp collector. Any stamp collector can see that there are potential fortunes in Samoa stamps bearing the surcharge of the New Zealand Military Government. As much as £SO or £6O is now being refused for complete sets of Samoa stamps, and £ls has Been refused for a shilling stamp alone. Precautions are being taken by the authorities to see that collectors do not buy up the small remaining supply for the purpose of philatelic profit, and now stamps cannot be obtained at Apia unless the letters to which they are to be affixed are produced. "It was difficult to obtain a passage from London to New York after the war broke out, as there were about 100,000 Americans stranded in London," remarked Colonel Charles Evans, C.M.G., Commissioner of Railways in Queensland, to an Auckland Pressman on Sunday. Cnl'.inel Evans arrived by the Niagara from Vancouver, after having been engaged in a study of the various railway systems of England and the Continent. Millenaries, he said, were reported to have paid high figures for steerage passages from England to the United States. Three special trains, crowded with passengers, were utilised to convey people from London to Liverpool to join the Olympic- The scene on the arrival at the wharf at Liverpool was almost indescribable. The steamer was moored in the Mersey, and the passengers were taken out to her in lighters.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL, Evening Star, Issue 15656, 21 November 1914

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LOCAL AND GENERAL Evening Star, Issue 15656, 21 November 1914