The Postmaster-General (Hon P.. H. Pihodcs) made an announcement at Tai Tapu (near Christchuroh) last evening regarding the Post Oitico Savings Bank business. For last month tho deposits were £818,569. and the -withdrawals £683,541, which showed an excess of deposits over withdrawals of £135,028. For tho month of November last year the excess of deposits amounted to only £51,518. The former figures were, incomplete, as the returns from a number of the outlying sub-offices had not yet been received, but these would, if anything, increase the excess of deposits.
In connection with the proposed erection of a retaining wall at Anderson Bay, the chairman of the Bar Town Board (Mr T. Soinerville) suggested that endeavors should be made to increase to £3OO the £2OO subscribed by residents of the Bay to the patriotic fund, and that tho board might then subsidise this amount £ for £. when the Central Patriotic Association might be approached to subsidise the £6OO £ for £. In this way £1,200, tho amount of the Harbor Board engineer's estimate of the cost of the erection of the wall, might be made available. Members of tho board spoke in favor of the suggestion, which it was agreed to endoavor to carry into effect.
At a political meeting at Westport last night addressed by Mr H. Gillen, Social Democratic candidate (or the Buller seat, tho following resolution, proposed by Mr Gillen, was carried unanimously:—"That this meeting of Westport electors protest against the apathy and ineptitude of the Government in neglecting to safeguard tho people from the machinations of those farmers, millers, or speculators who are cornering flour or wheat with a view of taking toll from the people for their chief necessity ; that this meeting demand that the Government shall immediately exercise their powers under the Act already passed to fix the price of wheat and other staple commodities, and to take such means as are available to discover the individuals and firms who are withholding supplies, and to punish those taking advantage of public necessities to exact exorbitant profits ; that this meeting further demand that the evidence taken by tho Food Commission in Wellington and elsewhere be immediately published for public information."
In hi> final election tour the Liberal Lender is outdoing the famous record travelling established by the Racing Commission four years ago. Sir Joseph Ward left Wellington on Saturday afternoon, reached Masterton shortly before 8 o'clock, addressed a public meeting there, and, leaving by motor car, boarded the ferry steamer at Wellington a quarter of an hour before midnight. Owing to bad weathor, Christchurch was not reached till late on Sunday afternoon. Sir Joseph came on to Dunedin by first express yesterday, and went on to Balclutha, where he spoke last evening. He expected to speak at Hah'moon Bay, Stewart Island, at 3 o'clock this afternoon, and to address a meeting in Gore at 6 o'clock to-morrow afternoon.
The medical superintendent has been instructed to act in tho matter of providing a " suggestion " box at the Hospital. A 15-year-old boy who was arrested yesterday on a charge of stealing an accumulator, valued at £2, from a motor car was committed to the Burnham Industrial School. He had been once previously convicted.
As evidence of the generosity of the people of New Zealand in contributing to the British and Belgian relief funds about 100 tons of goods, for the greater part clothing, is being despatched from Auckland to Sydney for transhipment Home. The Monowai, from Lyttelton to Welling; ton, took 66 packages, of a weight of 22 tons, on December 2, the Wahine took 70 tons on December 3, and 65 tons from Dunedin are being forwarded by the Poberua. on Saturday. The shipping companies are generously carrying the jjoocls freight free.
There was a larijo eection of what arc known as " Bed Feds." at the Princess Theatre last evening, and tho hostility to Mr Statham was pronounced. But tho candidate's temperament proved a valuable ascot, and he met the interrupters so goodhumonodly as to carry the bulk of the audience entirely with him. Warming to his subject, Mi- Statham quoted, for the bonefit of tho noisy element, what the party onran had said—viz , that tho Red Flag of Socialism would one of these days be flying over Parliament Buildings, and that New Zealand would be the first Socialist republic in the world. "So it ought to be," came in stentorian tones from ono of the noisy element. "You ought to be ashamed of yourself for giving expression to such a sentiment," Mr Statham rapped out amid applause, and he was not subjected to further interruption till question time arrived. Then bo was severely heckled for supporting tho importation of a " foreigner" as railway manager at a high salary. "To call a Britisher a foreigner 3hows to what depths opponent* of tho Government will sink,'* said the candidate. "I'm a native of New Zealand, and proud to welcome to our shores as niany British subjects as choose to como." The meeting was highly (sympathetic to Mr Statham for his defence of the new head of the Railway Department.
To-night the official opening of tho new band stand in tho Botanical Gardens is to take place. His Worship the Mayor will perform the ceremony, and Mi J. Rennie (president of the Citizens' Garden Fete S(»ciety) will also speak. The Otago Hospital Saturday Association have organised a collection, the proceeds of which will bo handed to the British and Belgian relief fund. An attractive programmo by the Kaikorai Band and members of the Dunedit. Orphans' Club has been arranged, so that an enjoyable evening's entertainment is assured.
Speight's alo and stout are acknowledged by the Dominion public to be the best «u the market. —[Advt.]
Watson's No. 10 is a little dearer than most whiekies, but is worth the money.— [Advt.] "Sympathiser" sends us 2s 6d in aid of the local distress fund.
6170 Eczema Cure is recommended for eczema and kindred' troubles; 2s 6d box. Wilkinson and Son, chemists.—[Advt.]
The first ordinary general meeting of the Union Steam Ship Company of New Zealaud, Limited, will ho hold in the New Zealand Express Company's board room on tho loth insfc., at 3 p.m. An extraordinary general meeting of the company will bo held at the conclusion of the abo\-o meeting. "Have one with me." "Thanks, I wi". ril have Watson's No. 10, please."—[Advt.] No lady should be without Martiu's Apia] and Steel Pills. Sold by *h chemists and stores throughout Australasia.—[Advt.j The police want owners for accumulators which are supposed to have been taken from motor cars.
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Evening Star, Evening Star, Issue 15670, 8 December 1914