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A special train of 25 waggons, containing 200 head of cattle, was despatched from the Westfield saloyards on Friday to the Masterton freezing works (says the Auckland ' Herald ’). A similar train was to leave Frankton on Monday, and others will be despatched at intervals. .These consignments of cuttle are destined to bo converted into beef for the allied armies, the firm of W, and R. Fletcher, Limited, which operates largely throughout the North Island, having entered into a contract with the Imperial authorities to supply as much beof as it can secure. Probably other firms in New Zealand are also acting as army contractors, and their operations form another factor in raising the value of beef. The demand is already so keen and the ruling prices so high that the Southdown works of the Auckland Farmers’ Freezing Company are unable to slaughter al) the stock that is coming forward, and arrangements have been made by the manager of Messrs Fletcher Pros, to have stock slaughtered and prepared for export by the Masterton works. The present condition is recognised as abnormal, as all the freezing works of the Dominion ore working at their full capacity to satisfy the extraordinary demand caused by the wav. In ordinary circumstances the accommodation at Southdown is mere than sufficient to handle all the stock in the district. “Why do you insist upon hawing the biggest share of . the pudding, Sammy ?” asked a nurse of one of her little charge*. “Isn’t your older brother entitled, to it?” "No, ho isn’t,’’ replied the little fellow. “’Oo* ho was eating pudding two years before I was born,”

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Evening Star, Issue 15657, 23 November 1914

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Evening Star Issue 15657, 23 November 1914

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