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nw acsiraDie. The committee of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals met in the ollice, Empire Buildings, yesterday afternoon, Mr G. I'enwick prosiding. Messrs Adams Bros., solicitors, wrote intimating that .Mrs I'oster, of Kaikorai, had left £SO to the society, and the secretary mentioned that the amount hid been paid into the society's bank account. The secretary reported that the society's revenue had oeen diminished as the result of numbers of subscribers having left the district, and several having reduced their contributions, the total amount being £l7 12s 3d. It was resolved that the chairman Rev. Messrs Diamond and Saunders, and the secretary (.Mr Graham) be appointed a sub-committee to consider and suggest any means whereby the objects of the society can be furthered. The secretary reported that Mr Mills and himself had inspected the dog dectructcr used by the City Corporation, end, having been informed as to the way in which it was worked, ho was of opinion that it was a most humane system. An Invercargill message states that the 48th annual A. and P. Show was opened yesterday in fine, breezy weather. The entries show an advance on those of previous years, and the quality all round io stated by competent judges to be superior to last "season. The new grounds were used for the iirst time, and proved to be in splendid order. The Hon. J as. Allen was present, and officially _ opened the new grand stand. He stated it would be the finest and most complete in the Dominion, and had cost £IO,OOO. The Mornington Council at their meeting last evening decided to take no further action in .regard to a reminder from the Otago Employers' Association that the annual subscription was nov due. Several councillors, and also the Mayor, expressed strong disapproval of a clause in a circular letter issued by the association stating that the labor leaders were making preparations to exploit, :f possible, the Arbitration Court as soon as i the war was over, and that they intended bringing on disputes in every instance when the term of award expired. It was therefore necessary for employers to be in a position to meet these demands in every possible way. This could only be done by keeping the finances sufficiently strong to secure proper assistance and ad vice. In tlie course of a condemnation of the increased food prices, the Hon. J. T. Paul, speaking at the Labor rally at Mornington last night, cited the following instance:—Just before the war tha price of sugar, f.o.b. at Auckland, was £ls per ton. In the company's last circular it was quoted at £l9 ss, an increase of £4 ss. On the £ls per totn basis, remarked Mr Paul, the company were paying a 12A per cent, dividend. Makeje of lemonade and soda water will bo interested in the Magistrate's Court case of Lanes Limited v. Gittens, partly heard by Mr Widdowson yesterday. So far as a layman can judge, the question for the Court to determine is whether the plaintiffs sold the drinks in terms of a ■circular issued by the Aerated Waters Manufacturers' Association, and whether in such sides they parted with the ownership of the bottlee. The legal argument is not yot ooncluded. Mr Paulin's forecast: —Squally S.W. to N.YV. windsj with heavy electrical rain showers.

Four hoys were charged in tho Juvenile Court this morning with trespassing on tho railway goods yard. Tho Senior-sergeant said that the lads played about tho yard and interfered with tho appliances there. They wero admonished and discharge!. One of the chief objects of the Dunodin Municipal Baths was to teach the youth of the City to swim, and the results ,in that direction have been highly satisfactory. The baths have been open for only about nine months, but in that time between 700 and 800 boys of the fourth standard of the City and suburban schools havo learned to swim. The boys have completed the course of 20 half-hour weekly lessons prescribed by the Education Department, the baths having been used for this purpose every morning except Saturdays and Sundays, between the of 9 and 12. After tho Christmas holidays the girls in each of tho schools in Standard IV. will undergo a course of 20 lessons similar to that completed bv the boys, after which tho boys will take up the* running, and so on each year, turn about. It is only fair to state that the success attained is in a very large measure due to the methods of instruction of Mr E. H. Olds. In connection with tho visit .to Dunedin last week of tho pupils of the Lawrence District High School, Superintendent Napier arranged for their benefit a turnout of the Fir© Brigade. The display proved most interesting and instructive, and the young people from Lawrence we»e much impressed. At last night's meeting of the Mornington Borough Council some particularly strong statements regarding the condition of tho tram service generally wero made, but the unsatisfactory state of the Law of Libel prevents us putting on record the details of the discussion. A number of letters dealing with the political situation reached us yesterday, but we were unable to find room for them in our columns. Some contributions of a similar nature came to hand to-day, but as wo indicated on Monday, no letters of a controversial character appear in this issue.

The Dunedin Horticultural Society, with praiseworthy generosity, have again decided to help a do.-erving cause, and on tiie occasion of their rose 6how, which takes place in tho Early Settlers' Hall next Tuesday, they have decided to donate ail profits to the Belgian relief fund. A special ctall will be plentifully supplied with cut flowers and pot plants, the sale of which should considerably augment the fund. Offers of assistance have been received from many enthusiastic gardeners, and the public will be able to hcip a good cause and at the same time obtain something nice in the way of exit floweis or pot plants. The warm weather of the last few days has rapidly brought the blooms to maturity, so a capital exhibition, not only of roses, but other seasonable flowers, is a&tured.

At 11.40 this morning the City Fire Brigade received a call to Gillics's timber yard at the corner of Moray place and King streets, and on arrival found a stack of timber afire. Tho brigade quickly suppressed the fire, little damage being done. Tho Savings Bank Trustees, at their meeting yesterday, decided to grant a bonus to the manager and staff in recognition of tho institution having attained its jubilee. It was established on Septem-o-n 12, 1864. A particularly fine specimen of Lady Mnrv Ward icse is on view to-day in the v. in.slow of Mes>rs Stewart, Dawson, and Co. Tho bloom, which was grown by Mr S. Solomon, is of an apricot orange shade, and for size, shape, and quality would be difficult to heat. Lady Mary Ward is a new rose, raised in 1913 by'M'Gredy. Mr Justice Sim has granted probate of the wills of Mary Jane Jamieson, Lavhiia Hatcher, John Russell, Janet Pringk Wilson, Margaret Lr.uney, James Forbes, Henry Clothier, and Ellen C. Williamson ; mid letters of administration re Elizabeth Munro, Martha Barron, and James Mann. At the Buniside sales to-day an auctioneer announced that, owing to an arrangement having been entered into by the stock agents, the Railway Department, and the butchers, there would lie no r.alo between the Christmas and New Year s-des. So far as tho butchers are con-C'-rr.ed, a majority of them say that they were entirely ignorant of any such armgcmeiit being made, and it i.s quite likt-ly that they will enter a protest against any such procedure. News was received in Dunedin to-day of the death at eca, off Madeira, of Mr Edmund Joachim, only surviving son of Mr George Joachim, managing director of the West-port (Jail Company. The late Mr Joachim was an engineer on the steamer Hursdalo, which left Brislol for South American ports on July 31, and v,r.s captured and sunk by a German cruiser. The crew of the Hursdalo were landed at Para, in Brazil, and advice came to hand subsequently that they had sailed for Unci and. On tho way Homo Mr Joachim succumbed to typhoid fever. Mr James MacKeruie, Under-Secretary for Lands, arrived in town on Monday, and after attending; to departmental business loft for Wellington by tho second cxprc£3 to-day. New season's photographic goods: Excellent' stock now arriving- Cameras from 6«, Stud vnur order early to H. J. Gill, 11 and 13 Frederick street, Dunedin. 'Phone 1,144. -[.Advt.] Watson's No. 10 is o little dearer thin most, whiskies, but is worth the money.— [A dirt .J Parliamentary EYctions.—The t.s.s. Waireka will leave Dunedin for Portobollo and v.ay pons at. 11 p.m. on Thursday, tho 10th in f t.--{Advt.] ■• Havy nne wiih me." "Thanks, I wi 1. IT. 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.]

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Evening Star, Issue 15671, 9 December 1914

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Evening Star Issue 15671, 9 December 1914

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