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At a meeting of the Otago Harbor Board yesterday the deputy chairman (Mr J. Dickson) made appropriate reference to the death of Ear) Roberts, and moved the following motion, which was seconded by Mr J. Loudon:—‘"That this board place on record their deep eenso of sorrow'at the demise of Earl Roberts, particularly at the present juncture of the war operations in Europe. The board prize the privilege of having a part in acknowledging the Empire’s indebtedness to the late noble Earl for his past magnificent achievements, and rejoice in the fact that on the Empire’s r.croll of honor there will for a!! time lie indelibly inscribed the _ name of one whoso career has been so illustrious and honorable.” The motion was carried, ail members standing. It is understood that a writ has been issued by Mr Samuel Kractzer, private racecourse detective, claiming £I,OOO in respect to an alleged libel published in a Christchurch newspaper.

A special meeting of the Forbury School Committee was held last evening, there being present Mr W. Fleming and Messrs Trcvcna, Stewart, ilTCeltericfc, Johnson, Smith. and Dixon. A letter was received from the Education Board granting a subsidy up to £3O in connection with the filling in of the school grounds. The Works Committee were authorised to call for tenders forthwith. Although several official denials have been given to the persistent statements that an expeditionary force of Russians passed through Scotland en route to the western theatre of war in Europe, many people are still inclined to believe that there is more than ridiculous rumor in the story. A St. Clair resident has received a letter from a relative, a railway guard in Scotland, who mentions, not as gossip, but as an interesting fact, that his train was held up for seven hours at Carstairs to give a free road to 20 troop trains of Russian soldiers who were being convoyed from Aberdeen to the South of England. The Hospital Committee have fixed on December 17 for the opening of the new women’s ward.

The case of Waters, Ritchie, and Co. and another v. Sliicl and Co., a libel action, lias been »eb down for hearing in tho Supreme Court on the 10th of next month.

The oiler of property at Wakarl for a secondary hospital has been referred to tho medical staff and the medical superintendent of the Hospital for a report. Speaking at the Presbyterian Assembly this moi'nmg on the subject of the Theological College and tho course of study, tho Ror. G. H. Balfour said: “ Henry Drummond has said that tho Church of to-day is a place to think in. Wo have taken our ordination vows. It is possible that in some things a man may change his view’s. I take it that it is right and honest that if a man changes hia views on things which are fundamental ho should give expression to those views. But a man may absolutelv hold to the fundamentals 'of our faith and yet look on ether things from different points ofview. 1 believe that our men and our professors are honest, and I believe that if they make the least move from the great truths which tho Church stands for they will come forward and ask whether what they hold is in conformity with the living faith of the Church.” The rev. gentleman was speaking as convener of tho Theological Committee.

In the course of his Winton address last evening the Prime Minister thus summed up the Opposition party in the late Parliament-. —Freeholders, Leaseholders, Freetraders, Protectionists, Socialists, Prohibitionists and brewers, Red Feds, spoon feds, and well feds. Joseph’s coat of many colors, observed Mr Massey, amid much laughter, was nothing to Joseph’s party.

Shearing is now general among the farmers in Otago, and the nmholders aro also malting a start. Tho first wool sale will be held on December 23.

Mr Paulin’o forecast: S.E. to S.W. winds and electrical rain showers. Mr H. Y. WiddowEon, S.M., with Captain Beaumont as assessor, sat in the Magistrate’s Court again this morning to hoar further evidence in the case in which Antonio Jacobini claimed £125 salvage from Francis Joseph Sullivan. Tho Bench, after Irearing further witnesses, •reserved their decision

An attractive young girl appeared iu tho City Police Court this morning before Mr E. W. Burton, S.M., charged with having attempted to commit cuicide. Senior-eer-geant Dart stated that tho girl who was employed as a domestic servant, evidently had some little tiff with her young man on Sunday, and went homo and took some oar lotion from a bottle marked “poison." She told her mistress about it, and a doctor who was called in said that the lotion, although technically a poison, had clone her very little harm, and, indeed, she could have taken a much larger quantity without doing a great deal of harm. As the girl was m a very despondent state of mind at the time the police could do nothing tflso than take her into custody. She now regretted her foolish act, and was in a perfectly normal state of mind. Hor late employer was quite willing to lake her back again. On receiving this ■ irance His NVbrshlip convlioted and discharged tho girl, who certainly appeared to have learned a lesson.

A pleasant little function took place in the Borough Council Chambers at Port Chalmers at tho conclusion of the council meeting last night. Or Powell proposed the health of the Mayor, conveyed to him tho council’s congratulations and good wishes on his joining the ranks of the "benedicts, and then, on behalf of tho council, presented His Worship with a pretty silver tea service as a wedding present. Tho other councillors also conveyed their individual good wishes, after which Mr Scollay suitably responded. The Minister of Public Works was very hopeful that ho would bo able to officially hand over the Gatlins line to the Working Railways Department in the first week of December; but, owing to the pressure of his political engagements, tho hon. gentleman is not able to visit that district. The function will therefore stand over until after tho General Election.

The Itev.‘ Mr Fitchett calls our attention to tho fact that the words he v.-cd on Sunday evening when referring to the numbers in this Dominion who had volunteered for service were “ one in a hundred,” not one in a thousand, as printed. Speight’s alo and stout aro acknowledged by xhe Dominion public to be the best on the market.-HAdvt.] A plain and fancy dress ball will bo held in the Leith Valley Hall on Friday evening. Particulars aro advertised. Watson’s No. 10 is a little dearer than most wluckies, but is worth the money.— [Advt.]

To-morrow evening tho Minnehaha Ladies’ Swimming and Life-saving Club will hold a swimming carnival in tho Y.M.C.A. tepid hath. A varied programme of swimming events will he presented, including such items ns the Corfu divo, umbrella race, plate diving and relay races. A fancy dress parado by the members of tho club will also take place. Tho arrangements will he tinder the supervision of tho Otago Amateur Swimming Centre, and the proceeds will be devoted to the patriotic fund. It is expected that a large gathering of ladies will be present to witness the performance.

6170 Eczema Cure is recommended for eczema and kindred troubles; 2s 6d box. Wilkinson and Sou, chemists.—[Advt.] C. 11. Street, proprietor of the Provincial Hotel, Stafford street, Dunedin, draws the attention of those residing in No-license districts re supply of liquor on page s.—[Advt.]

The Balclutha traffic bridge lias been closed for a week from November 23. “ Have one with me.” “ Thanks, I wi'l. I’ll have Watson’s No. 10, please.”—[Advt.] No lady should be without Martin’s Apiol and Steel Sold by ari chemists and stores throughout Australasia.—[Advt.] The anniversary social of Court Prido of tho Forest Juvenile Templars is to be held in tho Oddfellows' Hall, Rattray street, tomorrow evening.

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Evening Star, Issue 15658, 24 November 1914

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Evening Star Issue 15658, 24 November 1914

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