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Mr W. D. R. M'Curdie, city engineer, in'his recent address to the technological branch of the Otago Institute, showed illustrations of the great dam on tho Nile at Assouan. This dam is founded on solid Egyptian granite. It will be remembered that tho French member of tho International Commission (M. Boule) could not agree with tho majority report, and submitted a report of his own, holding that tho water escaping from the dam by the 180 sluices would scour the granite, and ultimately undermino the structure. This scouring" actually took place. Tho first work of the engineers who have just finished the great work of raising; the dam was to make good in concrete the granite scoured away below and tinder tho dam. The want of expansion joints in the masonry has caused the cracking of the dam in 82 places. These cracks close in summer, when the temperature is high, and open in winter as the reduced temperature contracts the stone. These cracks, though looking unsightly, do not interfere with' the stability of tho dam. The water level in the dam has been raised about 23ft, and its capacity has been raised from 980 million cubic metres to 2,500 millions. Great care was taken to underpin tho temples about Philao to make them stand submersion, so that persons interested may still see them at low water. Tho Architects' Registration. Act, which came into force on November 22, 1915, provides for the registration of all architects within tho Dominion. Last year a board was set up by the New Zealand Institute of Architects to dead with applications for registration, and these wero received up to November 22 last. The, board sat in Christchurch last week, and dealt with the applications, which wero numerous. Future admissions to tho profession can only be secured by examination or the production of some recognised diploma. Late yesterday afternoon the City Fire Brigade" received a call from the office of the Union Steam Shin Company, but on arrival foujsd. that a false alarm had been registered. At a meeting yesterday of the executiveof the Prosbvterian Social Service Association, tho Chairman 'Rov. A. Cam-a-ron) imported that he had received a bequest of £SO for the orphanages from tho estate of the late Mr John Mitchell, of Mornmj,'ton. In reply to a, question by a member of the committee as to the irainins; of tho senior girls in the home, Mr AxeLscn that in all cases they wero trained so as to fit them for fcovson-oifc. Tho object «jf tlie association was to make every girl a homemaker.

Owing to th-a illnesa <*f two councillors and (he absence of others for various reasons, the monthly meeting of tho West Harbor Council had to bo postponed yc-tc-vday evening for of a quorum. Thos'.' present weie Cns Harridge, Grain, Dowries. Mitchell, and the Mayor (Mr J. 11. Blaekk'). The postponed mooting will bo held on Friday evening. In the case of Thomas Stone char/ed at Invercargill yesterday with threatening with intent to extort money, the acetified failed to appear wlwn called np-.->n. Accused'* counsel produced a- letter, in which accused said he had gone to tho war as a motor transport driver. The Cro-wn Prosecutor: "He has bo-en lined four or fivu times for furious driving. If he d.-irs that at war he will m-obably get a medal. Bail of £IOO in accused's own security and £IOO in his brother's surety was estreated. .

The English mail which was despatched from Duiicdin via Urindisi on tin- 15th October arrived in London on the 28th

The following judges have been appointed to adjudicate at the Dunedin Horticultural Society's Summer Show next week :—Eoses, Mr H. Clarke ; pot plants and cut flowers other than roses, Sir S. Spiers; decorative and floral work, Mr D. Wall. The annual examinations for Matriculation, Solicitors' General Knowledge, Medical Preliminary, Engineering Preliminary, Entrance to the Military College, and Junior University Scholarships commenced at Otago University this morning, and will conclude on December 11. There arc 18 candidates for the junior scholarship, and 206 candidates for tho other examinations. Mr F. G. T. Little is again chief supervisor. An Auckland message states that in the Supreme Court to-day Arthur Forbes Newbold, formerly county clerk at Itaurimu, charged with embezzlement, the sum involved being £152, was sentenced to six months' invDrisoument,

1 Mr Paulin's forecast:—Squally S.W. to N.W. winds and cold rain showers. Tho Dunedin branch of the W.C.T.U. held the monthly meeting in the Nolicense Rooms, Moray place, on Tuesday afternoon. Mrs A. S. Adams occupied the chair. Deep regret was expressed at the sudden death of Mrs Hutchison, a member of the union, and a motion of sympathy was passed with Mrs Saunders, Mrs Gain, and Mrs Webb in their recent bereavements. Miss Bisson addressed the meeting, and gave greeting from the Manchester and Salford Unions, in which she had been an active worker, She said she members there were much interested in the great campaign for No-license in New Zealand, and on a smaller scale were waging the same war in England by annually protesting against the renewal of licenses. Very successful work was dono among the mill girls and children. Police court missionaries and restaurant workers wero engaged to combat the drink evils. Miss Bi=son urged the members to renewed activity in the great campaign, and vote out the iiquor traffic Tho Dunedin Ladies' Amateur Swimming Club hold their first annual carnival on Friday evening at the Municipal Tepid Bathe. " Have one with mc." " Thanks, I wi'l. I'll have Watson's No. 10, please."—[Advt.] A glass of Speight's beer at lunch and supper is better than all the tea in China.— [Advt.] Tiro installation of officers of Port Chalmers Marine Lodge. 8.C., will take placo on Friday evening. Watson's No. 10 is a littlo dearer than most whiskies, but is worth the money.— I [Advt.] Rheumatic patients should take Broadway's Rheumatic Curo, price 3s 6d; gives immediate relief. Wilkinson and Son, prescription chemists.—[Advt.] New season's photographic goods: Excellent stock now arriving. Cameras from 6s ; Send vour order early to H. J. Giil, 11 aim 13 Frederick street. Dunedin. 'Phone I,IM. -[Advt,] ___

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Evening Star, Issue 15665, 2 December 1914

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Evening Star Issue 15665, 2 December 1914

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