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"The war will completely overshadow the elections." This was the reason mainly raised by the opponents of tho elections being held this year when the matter was under consideration some time ago. The events of the past fortnight went to show that this view was not likely to be verified. But to-day a change suddenly came o'er the scene. No sooner was it known that a great naval battle had ended in favor of the British than bunting sprang into evidence everywhere, the Town Hall bell was rung, and th;re was but one topic, and that was not political. • At St. • Matthew's Church the cathedral bells rang for 10 niinutc.j, playing ' Rule Britannia' and the National Anthem. Smiling faces were met with everywhere, and m hundred;; of cases voters "did their duty with lights.'hearts.

There was a short sitting of the Magistrate's Court before Mr Widdowson this morning, whon judgment by default was given in the cases of John T. Cooper v. Patrick and F. H. Webb, £5 16s, for dental services, and Guthrie, Bowron, and Co. v. Aage Nielson (Murchison), £23 2s 6d, amount of dishonored promissory note. A Press Association telegram from Wellington states that in to-day's election there, will be a new factor, which may possibly alter or modify the results as announced to-night. This is the vote of the members of the Expeditionary Forces at present on active service. Under special legislation last session every member is entitled to vote a? an elector in the district where he resided before enlisting. As these votes number some 10,000, and will be counted as absentee votes—i.e., after the day of the election, when the official scrutiny takes place—the results announced to-night cannot be accepted as final, especially in cases where the contests are clo.-c. Probably two or three days will elapse bofore the" actual results are known. . A Wellington message states that the State Insurance Department is circularising chambers of commerce drawing attention to the fact that the arrangements made by the Government for war risk insurances are not being taken advantage of by a number of people, who are thereby imposing upon themselves unnecessary expense. Briefly, the scheme is for the Government to cable particulars to the. High Commissioner, who will pay the premiums to the Imperial War Insurance Office. An Imperial Reservist named Frederick Whiting, who is attached to the Otago Corps at the Trentham Camp, appeared at Wellington on Tuesday to answer to a charge of using obscene language and assaulting Constable Parkinson. Whiting was not in uniform, and had told the police that he had left the military equipment in camp. " But," said Inspector Hendrey, "he would not be alloxved to leave camp in mufti, and his uniform is probably somewhere in the city." Whiting was convicted on both charges, and ordered to be handed over to a military guard which was waiting in tho body of the court.

"We learn on good authority," oays Pull Thro',' published by the New Zealand garrison in Samoa, "" that the building now being erected at Vaea Camp is to be used as a stadium. Since the consignment of boxing gloves arrived from Auckland there have been several try-outs 'neath the coconut trees, and rumor hath it that more than one reputation has suffered in consequence. One championshio event was decided when Dally, the Auckland welter-weight, met and defeated a former Australian chamnion in Leslie, the harbor. It was not a highly scientific scrap, but there can be no doubt that it was * willin'.'"

At the presentation of prizes in connection with the Girls' Hi»h School, held last night, Miss F. M. Allan (principal) mentioned that among tho prize-winners she desired to make special mention of Miss Dorcthy Clarke, who had a perfect attendance record at the Hi<rh School for the past five years. This added to her primary school "record meant that she had attended school for 12 veare without missing half a day. Mie<* Clarke was warmly applauded on coming forward to receive the several prizes she had won. Tier attendance record is unique, and is probably unparalleled in the Dominion. The Bible classes conducted in the George Street School by Revs. I. K. M'lntyre, C. R. Allen, f. A. Pybus, A. H. Wallace, and Richards were broucht to a close for this year on Wednesday morning. Messrs J. Wallace (chairman) and C. Chadwick represented the School Committee, and in addressing the scholars emphasised the good work dono by the ministers, and oh behalf of the scholars and committee thanked the rev. gentleman for the time and trouble they had given to their task. .Mr T. A. Patterson, M.A. (headmaster), also bore testimony to the value of the instruction given. The various ministers thanked the committee, the teachers, and the scholars for the assistance they all so willingly rendered. These Bible lessons have been given by the ministers of the varum denominations for many years, and the parents show their appreciation of the work done by sending their children regularly and in large numbers.

It was mentioned by Cr Small at last rticht's meeting of the City Council that. | ViO men were now engaged on relief works, { 57 of them by the council without :iid from any outside body, and at 9? 4d ;; day. Thirty-four extra men would be put or, to-morrow —24 men on the Leith works below Leith street and 10 on the University works.

Speaking at Devonport (Auckland) last night the Prime Minister stated that he had completed an arrangement by which a supply of ships to tr.kc away Xew Zealand produce was assured. Traifsports wero to return from Efjypt in ballast at once, and those which carried cargo would tranship it to other ships instead of proceeding to England.

The promoters of the St. Clair Life Saving and Surfing Club are determined to make their project go this summer. Their new building is well under way, and the contractors very hopeful cf being able to hand \t over in a finished state at the beginning of January. As one way and another the executive are committed to an expenditure of between £709 and £BOO, they have invited the cooperation of their lady members and their friends, with the result that the latter have undertaken to hold a bazaar and art union early in May next. A preliminary meeting with this object in view was held the other day, and preliminary stops taken to raise means for perfectly equipping the women's department, and for lightening the financial burden that the committee are called on to bear. It was enthusiastically agreed to make the color scheme of the bazaar coincide with the national characteristics of the Allies of Great Britain in the present war.

Mr Paulin telephoned at 1.30 to-day :- Squally gales from S.W. to N.W.; and heavy ram and hail showers.

A German vouth named Alfred Kraut was before the City Police Court this morning charged with deserting from tho ship Panda. He was arrested at Outram yesterday, but the charge was withdrawn this morning, tho chief detective explaining that the man will be handed over to tho military authorities.

Watson's No. 10 ia a little dearer than most whiskies, but is worth the money.—[Advt.J To-morrow night a concert will bo given in tho High Street School Gymnasium Hall by the members of the school choir and tho drum and fife band. The proceeds are in aid of the band cn,u : pment fund. A varied and attractive programme )'as been arranged, so that an enjoyablo evening's entertainment is assured.

"Have ono with me." "Thanks, I wH. PK have Watson's No. 10, please."—[Advt.] Parliamentary Elections.—The t.s.s. Waireka will leave Dunedin for Portobcllo and way ports at. 11 o'clock to-night (Thursady). -[Advt.] Speight's alo and stout are acknowledged by ihe Dominion public to be the best on tho market.—[Advt.] By a regrettable omission on the part of tho "principal, threo names were omitted from the prize-list f St Andrew's Collegiate School:—Elocution: Senior class—Da : sy Patersou (medal) 1, Bessie Thomson 2. Standaid Y.: Enghsh—Lilian Jeffreys 2. Ladies recommend Martin's Apiol and Steel Pills. Sold by all chemists and stores. See you get the genuine.—[Advt/1 The first of the season's calendars lias come to hand—Messrs S ono, Son, and Co.'s well-known and useful diary-

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Evening Star, Issue 15672, 10 December 1914

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Evening Star Issue 15672, 10 December 1914

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