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The Evening Star WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 1914.

The whole of our leading matter will today be found on our front page. At Port Chalmers for days past four enigmatical flags have been flvitig from the band rotunda flagstaff. These four flags are respectively colored blue, green, rod, and yellow. The enigma attaching to them is that almost every day the order of the flags is changed, green, red, yellow, or blue taking turns at the truck. The meaning of it is that the flags represent the colors of the four young lady candidates for the enviable position of queen- of the Belgian relief oarnival to be held on General Election day. The blue queen’s flag was uppermost today, showing that her subjects had sold more tickets to date than had been - sold for any one of the' other prospective queens. The competition is getting ever more interesting as carnival day approaches. An Oamaru message states that James Edward Morgan, a letter-carrier, pleaded guilty to-day on several charges of the theft of postal packets, and was remanded to the Supreme Court for sentence. The widow of the Rev. R. M’Clean, who once lived in Canterbury, has presented to the Canterbury Museum an instrument used by Sir John Ross, the Antarctic explorer. ; > The Christchurch City Council on Monday night decided to appoint Mr E. E. Stark, late of Dunedin, to the position of city cleqfric&l engineer, Before the appointment was made Cr H. Hunter asked if canvassing had been barred, and was answered in the negative. The council then went into committee, and on a division by 1 votes to 3 adopted the report redommeoding the appointment ci Mr Stark. Cr Banter asked leave to record hia protest against the appointment, which he regarded as a farce. It was impossible, be said, to got a competent business man and an engineer in one person. Ora M'Cullongh and Miller also recorded their protects. ' ,

Mr - Paulin’s forecastS.W. to S.E. winds and rain showers. The statement was made to a representative of the Sydney ‘ Telegraph ’ by a well-known Sydney doctor, who had just returned from a visit to England, that the Highland clans were being got together again for tho first time for over one hundred years. The Macdonalds, M'Leods, Frasers, Mackenzies, and other great clans were again hearing the call »f battle. Auckland province is suffering acutely i from drought. Since July tho rainfall j hus-Bbbh Jejb than 4in. Usually the fall | for August," September, October, and November is 14in. Tho position in the dairy I industry is serious, many • potato crops | have been ruined, end immense damage j has been done to the strawberry gardens at Waitemata. The Chief Justice reserved judgment in Benge and Leopold v. the Guardian Assurance Company in which £1,760 insurance is claimed in connection with the fire and explosion at the Upper Hutt in March last. • The Hon. Jas. Allen, speaking . at Waikouaiti last evening, on the question of defence, said it had been suggested as one,, of the planks in the platform of the Opposition that the age limit should be reduced from 25 to 21 years, for if that were done they would see an even larger proportion of youths fighting the battles of their country than was the case to-day. Intimation had recently been received from tho Mother Land asking New Zealand to send larger reinforcements than had at first been intended, and though the response up to the present had been veryready he felt sure these’ men would be obtained. Mora than the number asked had already been despatched, while a Native contingent for service in Egypt had also been organised. In answer to a question whether better provision should not be made for the dependents of those killed in the "war, and also for the wounded, Mr Allen stated that provision Was already made by statute for tho dependents of those killed and also for the wounded. The widow of a private would be paid £36 per annum and provision was also made to pay from £6 to £lO for an orphan child. Tho provision for the officers was higher. He could not state offhand what the rates were for those wounded. The provision made by tho lawmight have to be amended. He did not make any promise—tho matter would have to be gone into carefully; at tho same time they could not allow men to go away without making ample provision m the direction mentioned. An Auckland message states that Mr J. M. Meanio has resigned the chairmanship of the Hospital Board, as a protest against tho board’s decision to provide heating bysteam in preference to electricity, stating that ho regarded the resolution as a vole of censure upon the architect and engineer, who strongly advised electric beating. The architect had previously stated that the contract for electric lighting included tho installation of heating by electric radiators, but the members of the board denied that ouch authority was given. After discussing rather fully the regulations governing the working of the Bt. Hilda Fire Brigade’s motor, it seemed somewhat appropriate that the council should immediately afterwards have the opportunity of witnessing a "surprise alarm” sprung upon the brigade by the Mayor and chairman of the committee. The call came from tho St. Clair end of Victoria road, and six minutes from the first toll of the bell the motor, fullymanned, arrived on the scene. The turnout was most satisfactory, and did much to relievo tho minds of some anxious councillors us to tho smartness of their brigade. Tho number of names on the Clutha supplementary roll is 1,002. Tho election for the Central Ward at the Education Board was completed on tho 16th inst., but it will be some little time yet before the result is officially announced. We have, however, good reason for saying that the name of Mr J. H. Wilkinson (chairman of tho Albany Street Committee) will be found at the head of tho list. Probate has been granted by Hxs Honor Mr Justice Sim in the estates of the following persons : —Malcolm Macdonald, Daniel MVlntosh, Euphemia Simpson, Catherine Gavin, Mary Maley. Harriet Louisa Adamson, John Joseph Davies. Robert M'lndoe. Tho Sub-inspector of Police has received a telegram stating that James William Cauinon was arrested at Chateau Peak yesterday on two charges of sheep stealing. He was brought before the Court at Ophir and remanded on bail. Watson's No. 10 is a little dearer than moat whiskies, but is worth the monov.— [Advt.] Kailway arrangements in connection with the Milton and Gore Shows are advertised in this issue. Rheumatic patients should take Broadway’s Rheumatic Cure, price 3s 6d; gives immediate relief. Wilkinson and Son, proscription chemists.—[Advt.] A notice in regard to the tramway service* for to-morrow afternoon appears in our advertising column? “Have one with me.” '"Thanks, 1 will. Fll have Watson’s No. 10, please.”—[Adi :.] A glass of Speight’s beer at lunch and supper is better than all tho tea in China.— [Advt.] Under the auspices of tho Presbyterian General Assembly, a temperance demonstration will be held in the First Church this evening, at 7.30 Tho Rev. John Paterson, of St. Paul’s, Christchurch, will deal with the economic aspect of the Prohibition question. The Rev. Alex Doull, of Palmerston i North, will speak on ‘The Slwrtcst Rond to Victory.’ and the Rev. A. Miller, of Auckland ('convener of the Assembly’* Temperance Committee), will speak on ‘ Our Prospect* at the Poll.’ A special programme of music will be rendered under the direction of Mr Jesao Timson. New season’s photographic goods: Excellent stock now arriving. Cameras from 6«. Said your order early to H. J. Gill, 11 and 15 Frederick street, Dunedin. ’Phono 1,144. V>n Saturday (Hospital Day) the Octagon will look 'specially bright. It i» a beautyspot at ahy time, thanks to Mr Tannock's skill and attention, but tho additional attraction* will be the Japanese stand, and the Public Hospital nurses in their neat indoor costume* and Netley capes. In tlie afternoon four of the miblic school drum and fife bands will muster there. The Orphans Chib Will also give a concert there about 1 These are jiwt a few of the attractions of Hospital Saturday, and should stimulate public interest,-

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The Evening Star WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 1914., Issue 15659, 25 November 1914

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