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The Railway Appeal Board sat again yesterday afternoon, when George Andrews (senior clerk at Oamam) appealed against the decision of his manager not to recommend him for promotion. Mr C. P. Ryan appeared for the appellant. Mr M'Donufd, who appeared for the department, said this was the third appeal brought forward by the appellant. Mr Ryan said this appeal was entirely apart from any previous case. Thomas W. Waite (district traffic manager) stated-that at the last annual review of the regulations ho had declined to recommend the appellant for promotion, as he was not satisfied with his fitness for promotion. Witness had come to the conclusion from his observation of appellant’s work that he was lacking in initiative and general alertness, whicn qualities were absolutely necessary for a man desiring to enter the nest higher grade. After this witness had been cross-examined at length by Mr Ryan, and appellant had given evidence, in the course of which he said he was sure he was; competent to fill the position in the advanced grade, the board closed its sitting. The vigilance of the guard at Fort Kelburn (Ngahauranga) resulted in the arrest on Tuesday of three well-known Wellington solicitors, who were subsequently released, with the hint that they “ may hear more of it.” They were Messrs A. Gray, K.C., A. W. Blair, and O. Beere. With three clients they proceeded to Ngahauranga to inspect property which will be the subject of litigation in the Wellington Supremo Court. They wore endeavoring to arrange a settlement, and went round the different pegs just above the forts. After that they seated themselves on the grass and commenced to examine the plans. Before they knew quite what had happened they were surrounded by a guard. Tho officer in charge informed the solicitors that they were.under arrest, but they only smiled, thinking the whole affair was a joke. They were quickly informed I that it was no joking matter, and their names were demanded.

Mr J. G. Wilson's house at Bulls, which was reported to be on fire yesterday afternoon, was totally destroyer!. The building was one of the finest residences in the district. The beautiful gardens surrounding the house were also ruined. A Crookston correspondent writes: The prevalence of cold winds, invariably developing into heavy gales, followed by showers of hail and sleet, has greatly retarded the growth of vegetation in the districts tapped bv the Waipahi-Edicvale branch railway. As a- consequence, grass feed is not over-plentiful, and cereal crops are backward. But a change which will bo gladly welcomed by agriculturists took place during the week end. Fine weather set in, and, as if to make up foe its, protraded appearance, the sun shone out with tropical power, three successive days being idealistic of perfect, summer. Following this wak a day's warm rain, which had a most beneficial effect, the growth in grass being very perceptible. To-day (Wednesday) the climatic conditions are all that could be desired, and with a continuance of mild weather a wonderful improvement may be looked for, and funnels will view the prospects of the season with less concern. The area devoted to cereals in this part of Otago this season is not large—in fact, very little larger than it would have been under ordinary circumstances. As in Southland, grain-growing here is evidently a declining industry, farmers, in view of the remunerative returns, diverting their attention to other avenues. In the South grain-growing is being abandoned in favor of dairying, which is rapidly developing, while farmers hereabouts aro going in more extensively for sheep-breeding and wool-growing. A well-known agriculturist pointed out that one of the principal contributing factors to the decline in grain-growing was the difficulty in securing labor to harvest the crops. This was a continual source of trouble. But, apart from the labor problem, he contended that after defraying the cost of production there was “ mighty little ” left to pay the grower for hia trouble, even at current quotations. Farm work all along the line is well advanced, turnip-sowing being in full swing. Shearing will not be general for a week or two yet, although in several parts farmers have commenced operations with n. view to having their clips ready for the first sale. On account of the cold weather the wool is not yet in good order for shearing, but a few *hot days would make a vast difference. Those who have had fat stock for sale during the past month cr so have reaped a good harvest, and growers are now looking forward to a rising market for their wool. The City Council last evening placed on record their sense of the less the Empire had sustained by the death of Earl Roberts, and extended their heartfelt sympathy to his bereaved family. A brief sitting of the City Police Court was held this morning before Mr H. Y. Widdowson, S.M. A first offender was fined sa, in default 24 hours’ imprisonment, on a charge of drunkenness, while Robert James La wry was dealt with in the same manner on a similar charge, and on a charge of breach of prohibition order he was fined 20e, in default seven days. At a sitting of the Juvenile Court this morning two boys were committed to the Industrial School at Nelson, known as the Boys' Training Farm, to be brought up in the Roman Catholic form of religion. Tho mother, who made the application, was ordered to contribute 3s 8d a week towards the support of each of the boys.

Some individual with a peculiar sense of humor amused himself in the north end of the Oifcy on Saturday night by removing a few doormats. His method appears to have been to drive tip to a house, alight, ring the doorbell, seize a doormat, and make a quick get-away before the householder had time to respond. One or two cases have been brought under the notice of the police, and someone may yet learn that thieving of this kind, although it may be accompanied by a certain amount of audacity, is not a very profitable venture. A visitor to the rhow ..said that one well-to-do fanner in North Otago, who holde about 1,000 sacks of wheat, refused 5s 6d per bushel, saying that ho wanted 7e.

Mr r:rulm’« forecast:—Strong N.E, winds, changing to S.W. ; heavy rain and stormy weather.

The Auckland A. and P. Show opened to-day (says an Association wire) in fine weather, after good showers last night. The entries total 1,441, which, considering the war and weather conditions, is distinctly good The net profits go to the relief of local distress and the Belgian fund. The total collected in the Garrison Hall last night (or promised) for the Belgian fund was £1,561 13s lOd, which includes a donation of £220 from the Otago Women’s Patriotic) Association, of which £SO came from the Port Chalmers branch. The fervid appeal of the Rev. R. S. Gray drew a number of big emns. 'Thus, there was one donation of £IOO, nine of £6O, thirteen of £25, and three of £2%

6170 Eczema Cure is recommended tor eczema and kindred troubles; 2s 6d box. Wilkinson and Son, chemists.—[Advt.] “ Have ono with me.” '* Thanks, I w3». I’ll have Watson’s No. 10, please.”—[Advt.] Speight’s nlo and stout are acknowledged by the Dominion public to be the beet on ihc market.—[Advt.]

The police arc looking for the owners of several bicycles which have been found in the streets but have not been reported as stolon.

Watson's No, 10 is a little dearer than most whickies, but it worth the money.— [Advt.j

All residents of Caversham who have donation'; of flowers for Hospital Saturday are asked to leave them with Mr T. K. Sidoy at Forbury Comer.

Ladies recommend Martin’s Apiol and Steel Pj'.la. Sold by all chemists and stores. See you get the genuine.—[Advt/l A meeting of the ladies or Anderson’s Bay and district will bo held in the Presbyterian Sunday School Hall to-morrow at 3 p.m., when Mrs W. R. Don, Dominion President ot the W.C.T.U.. will give a temperance address, illustrated by original diagrams. A good attendance is already assured. Refreshments will be handed round, and a collection made to further the movement. Particulars will bo found in our advertising columns.

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Evening Star, Issue 15660, 26 November 1914

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Evening Star Issue 15660, 26 November 1914

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