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To-dav the German ilag was flying at tho Dunedin Town Hall. Don't bo alarmed. Our City is not surrendered to the enemy. The Union Jack was above the Eagle. Tho display signified rojoicing. Tho Oer- , man Hag that stood out fiat in tho southwest breeze is one of the trophies from . Samoa. It was captured there by the New Zealand Expeditionary Force, and was sent to Mr W. J. Morrell, rector of tho Otago Boys' High School, as a gift to the school, by an "old boy," Captain R. W. Wilkinson, a member of the advance, guard at Samoa. Our citizens noted that the victorious Union Jack is much smaller than the sequestrated Eagle. The disparity in size may havo served to recall historical events in which the bulk of our enemies did not count for much, as, for 4 instance, the boarding of tho San Nicolas and tho San Joseph by tho Captain off Cape St. Vincent in 1797, and, seven years later, the cheeky demand of tho Africa (the smallest ship of the line at Trafalgar) for the surrender of the largest of tho Spaniards, the Santissima Trinidad. Whilst one of our reporters was looking at the two flags this morning Mr Sidney Wolf joined him, and said: "The last time I saw the German flag in the air was at Pearston, in Cape Colony, during one of the Boer troubles. Thero were a lot of Germans there, and I was tho only Englishman. The Germans resolved to celebrate Sedan Day, and they hoisted their flag on tho pole, whereupon the constable in charge, a Kaffir, rodo along and ordered them to pull it down, and so they did. I was a proud man that day—all alone, but my flag was tho only one that had the right to appear."

A number of motor-car drivers were beforo the Police Court this morning on charges of having driven at a pace dangerous to the public in all tho circumstances of the situation. It appears that on the days of tho last trotting meeting at Forburv Constables Howard and Wynn wore stationed at Cargill Corner with a stopwatch, and took the speed (over a measured distance) of motors driven by Alox. Murdoch, Trevor Tisdall, John A. Aingo, James Cruise, and Thomas Maw. The speeds varied from 21 miles to 28 miles, and Mr Bartholomew, S.M., remarked that from his personal knowledge of the locality it was necessary to bring prosecutions in these cases. Fines were imposed according to tho pace: Mnrdrflh, Tisdall, and Maw, 10s each; Ainge and Cruise. 20s each; and the costs in each case were 12s. Loud detonations disturbed tho crowd in Cathedral square from tirno to timo on Thursday night hays the 'Lyttclton Times'). They were caused by detonators on the tram lines, placed thero presumably by boys. Several persons near the lines were struck by flying fragments of the detonators. Detective Ward, who was in the crowd, was struck on tho face. The culprits could not be detected on Thursday night, but they may ho traced, as it is supposed that they stole the detonators from railway premises. Thero were young hoodlums in tho crowd throwing flour balls, but none of them wcer caught.

" I havo discovered a now sport, which shows the resourceful character of tho New Zealand boy," remarked Dr T. Hope Lewis, at a meeting of the Auckland Acclimatisation Society this week. He explained that some boys in the Waikato, in order to catch rabbits, obtained a quantity of carbide. This they placed in the burrow and plugged up one end of the hole securely. The other contrivance was sufiiciently covered to prevent the aeleyleno gas escaping. They then applied 'some water, and when they caculated the burrow was sufficiently filled with gas they lit, a fuse, and tho rabbit was blown out'like, a shot from a gun. "I tried to get rabbits out with carbide fumes," ho added, but it is not a success. It never occurred to me to apply a match." A Wellington telegram states that the looal (secretary of 'Trinity Chlles;o of Miwic, London (Mr Leon Cohen), lias been advised by Mr Henry Saint George, examincr, that Lord Liverpool's medal i'sr tho highest marks for the A.T.C.L. degree has been awarded to Mr Flank Bennett, of Dunedin, with 94 marks. Ho is a son of Mr F. Bennett, of Bennett and Son. cordial makers, of this City.

William G. Chambers, a middle-aged man, was charged at the Police Court this morning (says an Ashburton message) with firing a shot gun at Peter .Stewart, an elderly man, with intent to do grievous bodily barm. It appears that Chambers had a grievance against Stewart, who wa> a boarder at Chambers's house- At 11.50 last night Chambers came homo after a few weeks' absence, and Stewart went to eeo him. Chambers immediately fired three or four shots at Stewart with a single-barreled shot gun, one of the pellets striking Stewart on the chin. The accused was remanded for a week, bail not being allowed.

Our Tapanui correspondent wires: A record catch of trout was made in connection with the Pomahaka competitions on Saturday. Mr George Howat was the wmnor, all the competitors well. The highest basket was 44 fish Some good trout were obtained and nil are in good condition.—A heavy S.Yv. storm was raging on Saturday and Sunday.-

Mr Paulin's forecast :—Squally S.W. to N.W. winds, with rain and sleet showers.

In First Church yesterday morning the Rev. G. H. Balfour made a short statement with regard to the policy of the Bible-in-Stato-Schools' League at the elections. He said that the policy of the office here was determined by the executive in Wellington, and the local committee were not responsible for the literature distributed regarding candidates. Ho hoped that all the members of the league would continue to support tho great cause though they might not endorse the methods of every other member.

At Trinity Methodist Church yesterday a retiring collection was taken up at tho morning and evening services on behalf of the South Island Methodist Orphanage. Though the day was so wet the congregations were large, and the total collected for the orphanage was ill-

Antonio Guiseppe, seaman, appeared before Mr J. Watson this morning at the Port Chalmers Court charged with deserting from tho Italian ship Combermere prior to that vessel's departure from Dunedin. No evidenco being forthcoming, the case was dismissed. A telegram from Ashburton states that an elderly man named John Sheehy was found on .Saturday ifternon in a hut at Tinwald with his throat cut. Ho now lies in the County Hospital in a critical condition.

A warning to dealers in motor cars was administered at the Police Court to-day, when Robert Slado was charged with driving an unregistered motor. Senior-ser-geant Dart explained that the case was brought as a, warning to proprietors that all motors used for hire must be registered. The car in question belonged to tho Pacific Motor Company, and was hired by tho members of tho Drainago Board to take them round the drainage works. The Pacific Motor Company ana other dealers wore entitled to use a general identification mark on a motor for trial after completion, or on trial by an intending purchase!', but were not entitled to use this for cars; on biro. Not only did such a practice deprive the City Council of registration fees, but, moreover, since the same company might have two or three cars under the same mark, it prevented identification. Mr Bartholomew, S..M, said that if this practice continued substantial penalties would be imposed. As this was a first caso ho would inflict a small penalty of 10s and costs (15s). A Blenheim wiro reports I :—The Wairau River last night overflowed, damaging a number of crops m the Spring Creek and Tuamarina district. The inundation is confined to a limit.:.! area-. A number of flock was last.

New season's photographic goods: Excellent stock now arriving. Cameras from 6s. Stnd your order early to H. J. Gill, 11 and 13 Frederick street, Dunedin. 'Phono 1,144. -[Advt.]

Watson's No. 10 is a little dearer than most whiekics, but is worth the money.— [Advt.] Tho Belgian relief fund art union will be drawn at the oftices of Messrs Wright, Stephenson, and Co High street, at 11 o'clock en Wednesday morning. A glass of Speight's beer at lunch and supper is better than all tho tea in China. — [Advt.] The Braemar House brcaking-up ceremony lakes placs at tho Burns Hall to-morrow (Tuesday) afternoon. Amongst other items the students of the elocution class, under the direction of their instructor (Mr De Spong), will produce Tennyson's delightful play ' The Piinccss,' in eight scenes. "Have one with me." "Thanks, I wi'l. I'll have Watson's No. 10, p!ea;e."—[Advt.] A sitting of the Valuation of Laud Commission will bo held in the Council Chambers, Dunedin, at 10 am. on Thursday. Tho Commission will be nrepared io hear any evidence relating to tho value cf laud.

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Evening Star, Issue 15675, 14 December 1914

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Evening Star Issue 15675, 14 December 1914

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