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Mr Paulin's forecast: —-Squally to a gale S.W. to N.W. -winds and electricl rain showers.

The rogular meeting of the Port Chalmers School Committee was held last evening, the following members being present: —'Messrs J. M'Lachlan (chairman), J. Mill, Rev. \V. -B. Grant, H. Montgomery, R. D. Jack, and A. M'Donald. It was resolved that the school be closed next Thursday on account of the Belgian relief carnival, and that tho school break up on Thursday week for the Christmas vacation. The Ministers' Association invited the committeo to be present at the distribution of prizes for the school Bible classos. The committee accepted the tender of Mr J. Sykes for the supply of coal for 12 months. It was resolved that the playground be tarred and sanded during the vacation. The rector reported that tho average roll for tho past four weeks was 484, and tho average attendance 466. The attendance shield was won twice by Standard V. with 99 per cent, and 99 per cent., onca by Standard IV., and once by Standard 111. with 99 per cent. As the attendance shield requires a deal of repair, it was resolved to procure a new one. MiGray invited the committee to inspect the woodwork of Standard VI. It was reported that tho extra uniforms ordered for tho school band had arrived, and were quite satisfactory. Donations of 5s from Mr E. M'Ewan and 10s 6d from the Horticultural Society to tho band fund were acknowledged. Mr J. M'Lachlan and Mr J. Mill were appointed a visiting committee for tho month. Cr J. S. Sinclair, as lion, treasurer of the local Huntly colliery relief fund, has received this letter from the secretary of the Huntly Relief Committee:—"My committee and the people of Huntly generally are grateful to the citizens of Dunedin—especially to those who have worked so hard to gather the handsome amounts which have been handed to us—for their sympathy and (valued help. Our fund now amounts to £5,623 4s 3d, which is very good, considering the call* that have been made on the public lately. But at tho rate we are paying out—over £55 weekly—it will not last very long. Of course, when the compensation is paid over v.e shall be able to reduce tho payments materially without causing undue hardship; but even then it- will be hard to fmauce the fund until all the children are grown up. With thanks to yourself and your committee—l am, etc., F. Harris." Mr Meredith Atkinson will visit Wellington next month in connection with the" formation of local branches of tho Workers' Education Association throughout the Dominion. This association was formed in England in 1903, and aims to work in conjunction with the universities in the direction of the education of trade unionists and other workers. Courses of lectures are to be arranged, and a strong Wellington executive is being set up. Last night the Trades and Labor Council hold a special meeting to consider the scheme, and resolved to support it. Professor Hunter addressed the council in favor of the project. A charge against Stewart Dixon, late president of the Huntly Miners' Union, of misappropriating the union's funds. wa3 tjeard in the Magistrates Court, Huntly, yesterday. Accused, _ who reserved' his defence, was committed for trial. The charge is based upon certain entries in the union's books, made by accused during the time he was an officebearer of the union formed subsequent to last year's strike. The steamer Purley, which arrived this morning from Lytteiton and berthed at the Victoria wharf, is the first vessel which has passed through the anami Canal to come to Dunedin. The Purley left Now York on October 11, and reached the canal eight days later. Unfortunately sho was then delayed for four days by a fall of earth which had occurred in the Culebra Cut. By the first three colossal locks which tho vessel traversed sho was raised 71ft above sea level, and then commenced her downward journey to the Pacific Ocean. The distance from New York to New Zealand by the Cape route is 11.571 miles, while by tho Panama route it, is 8,500 miles—a saving of over 3,000 miles. The Purley" s cargo has arrived before the papers, which were despatched by mail, and this unexpected development "has occasioned some inconvenience in commercial circles. Captain J. M. Welsford is in command of the Purley. In the court at Port Chalmers this morning, before Mr Widdowson, S.M., Walter C. Mitchell and William Henry Colthorp were charged with committing a breach of tho peace at Port Chalmers on November 27. It appeared that n heated argument ended in blows, and, failing to clear out when" cautioned, they were proceeded against. Convicted and lined 10s each and costs (7s>. Lanes, Limited, sued John Charles Connolly for the sum of £ls 0s 7d, for goods supplied. Defendant disputed the account, and after evidence had been submitted plaintiffs were nonsuited, with costs (£2 19s 6d). Two lads appeared before Mr J. 11. Bartholomew, S.M., in the Juvenile Court this morning charged with stealing a gent's bicycie. Chief-detective Herbert stated that the lads stole the bicycle from outside a house, in which the owner lived and took it to their own homo. Their home seemed to be all right, and there was nothing known against them previously. Both lads stated that they were in the fourth standard, and on receiving an assurance from their mother that they had been severely punished by their father, the Magistrate said that they would be admonished and discharged. He remarked that they seemed to be intelligent lads, but warned them that if they got into further trouble and appeared _ before the Court on a future occasion it would he a serious matter for them.

The re-erected gasholder is now filled with water. Tho foundations are standing the full weight 'well, and there is not a sign of a crack of any kind. The whole job looks very satisfactory..

The management announce that the latest "movie," the King Edward The atre, in King Edward street, .South Dunedin, will be opened on Monday afternoon next. It is intended to give an absolutely non-6top exhibition, commencing at 1.30 p.m. daily, and finishing about 10 o'clock.

Wo are informed by the secretary of the Dnnedin branch of the Social Democratic party that at a meeting last night Mr G. S. Thomson was allowed to remove any misunderstanding as to the position he had taken up in standing as an Independent Labor candidate for Chalmers. He invited questions from members of the branch, and several questions were put and answered, but he failed to convince the meeting that any good would result from his being admitted as a member of this branch, and the following resolution was carried unanimously : "That the branch would Be pleased to reconsider Mr G. S. Thomson's application for membership to this branch six months henco."

A Gisborno telegram states that Edward Hooper, a half-caste law clerk, was charged with the theft of £lO from his employers. Ho was remanded. The police stated that accused had admitted talcing £I,OOO. He had a loaded revolver in his possession when arrested.

The quarterly meeting of the Chalmers Licensing Committee was held at Pert Chalrr.ors to-day, Mr Widdowson, S.M., presiding. The permanent transfer of the Iio?nso of the Port Chalmers Hotel from Frank Bertram Smith to John Douglas Warden was granted. In reply to questions, Mr Lang, who appeared" on behalf of tho proprietor and the licensee, said thut contracts had been let for the renovation of tho building inside and outside, and the- wiork was feeing carried out. Mr Lang did not understand that the committee recommended the painting of the outside of the building, which was merely stained by smoke from railway locomotives. The Railway Department bad been asked to prevent the emoko nuieancc, and Mr Lang was satisfied that when tha outside of the building was washed the paint would be found to be in good order. The chairman, in announcing that the transfer of the license was granted, said that the outside of the building would have to bo painted before tho annual licensing meeting took phxee. otherwise tho committee would deal with the matter at that meeting.

.Mr G. M. Thomson has received the following telegram from tho Right Hon. Mr Masaey : "I am advised that 50 tons of flour will arrive in Dunedin on Friday morning." This is all right as far as it goes. Any flour is welcome in Dunedin just now) for tho holdings ate very limited. But 50' tons will not go far. It is estimated that the Otago consumption is 600 tons a month. We understand that tho Government shipment is coming on tho Mokoia.

The South Dunedin Fire Brigade wore called out about 9 o'clock last night to St. Patrick's School, Macandrew road. The brigade quickly responded to the alarm, and very soon had tho fire, which, strangely enough, was found to havo broken out in two places, in check. Had the weather not been calm it is probable that the building, which is over 30 years old, would have been burntf down. Incendiarism ia suspected, as both fires evidently commenced externally.

A social gathering was held in the schoolroom of St. Michael's and All Angels' Church, Anderson Bay, last evening to welcome tho new vicar, the Rev. R. G. Coates, and was attended by a large number of parishioners. Mr Atchley, church officer, expressed, on behalf of the vestry and parishioners, satisfaction in having secured tTie sole services of a duly-ordained clergyman for the Bay. He said they were now at the parting of the ways," and hoped that under the active ministration of Mr Goatee the church would make rapid progress. Mr F. 0. Bridgeman, in a few words of welcome to the new vicar, hoped that as the result of his work in the district the. Anglicans would soon find it necessary to follow tho example of their Presbyterian neighbors and build a Larger and more commodious church. The R*v. A. Cameron and Mr T. -Somerville spoko welcoming Mr Coates to the community. A resolution of thanks to the Rev. V. G. King for his services to tho church during the interregnum of five months was proposed by Mr Bridgeman and carried by acclamation. A presentation of a Morris chair was also made to Mr Kin?, who acknowledged the resolution and gift in his characteristic and modest maner. A musical programme filled up a pleasant evening.

A somewhat widespread outbreak of measles is affecting tho attendance at several of the schools in Dunedin and suburbs.

Watson's No. 10 is a little dearer thin most whitkies, but is worth the money.— [Advt.] Rheumntic patiente should tako Broadway's Rheumatio Cure, price 3s 6d; givea immediate relief. Wilkinson and Son, prescription chemists. —[Advt. J

"Have one with me." "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.]

Jlr Bodkin asks us to staia that in his Momona address ho never shid that ihc tenant of the. Puketoi run was an übscntco livnig in London. What he did say was that thr tenant was a wealthy man living in Dmi•eclin. We inadvertently admitted yesterday to acknowledge receipt* of the report of Mr Bodkin's Momona remarks from our morning contemporary.

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Evening Star, Issue 15667, 4 December 1914

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Evening Star Issue 15667, 4 December 1914

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