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I A TRAWLER OVERDUE. Press Association—By Telegraph—Copyright. MELBOURNE, December 17. Anxiety is felt regarding the safety of the Federal trawler Endeavor, which is nine days overdue from Macquarie Island, where the vessel landed the relief men of Dx Mawson's expedition. According to Macquarie reports there was a heavy gale for a couple of days after her departure. Arrangements have been made for the despatch of a warship in search. Experts are hopeful that the vessel has been delayed through a broken shaft or some other mishap. There are 22 persons on board, including Mr Dannevig (Director of Fisheries), Mr Power (the wireless operator at Macquarie Island), and Mr Harrison (biologist). LIBEL APPEAL DISMISSED. MELBOURNE, December 17. The Court dismissed the ' Age's' appeal against the verdict in the Watt libel case, wherein the ex-State Premier was awarded £I,OOO damages. PRICE OF WHEAT. GOVERNMENT WILL BUY. Tress Association —By Telegraph—Copyright. SYDNEY, December 17. A proclamation will bo issued to-morrow whereby the Government will become the purchaser of the new wheat crops at 5s per bushel. THE TOBACCO TAX. ' SYDNEY, December 18. (Received December 18, at 9.20 a.m.) The Tobacconists' Association have decided to add Id nn ounce to imported tobacco and Id to each packet of imported cigarettes, in order to cover the increased duty under the new tariff. THE~IRON INDUSTRY. SYDNEY, December 18. The Labor Council have appointed a deputation to visit Mr Estell (Minister of Labor) to urge action to prevent dislocation of tho iron trade owing to Judge Heydon's recent judgment against increases of wages during the war. THE TOTALISATOR. SYDNEY, December 18. It is stated that Mr Griffith (Minister of Public Works) proposes to introduce a Totalisator Bill, which will be a nonparty measure. WOOL HELD BACK. SYDNEY, December 18. (Received December 18, at 11.15 a.m.) The war has wrought havoc in the wool trade. The quantity sold in Australia during the first haft of the statistical vear shows a falling off of nearly 400,000 bales, of a cash value of £4,600,000. WHEAT FOR NEW. ZEALAND. MR MASSEY BORROWING. SYDNEY, December 18. The New South Wales Attorney-General (Mr Hall), commenting on the wheat position, stated: "1 am considering a cable from tho Premier of New Zealand asking for a loan of wheat until he imports some from Canada or the Argentine. I am not averse to the proposal." A TOUGH MLNER. LITTLE ENOUGH COMPENSATION. SYDNEY, December 18. The High Court awarded Alfred Huddy, a miner, £1,900, record damages, for injuries received hv a fall of stone while employed by the Hampden-Cloncurry Mining Company. Huddv had his skull fractured, both jaws broken, three rib 3 cracked, his left leg shattered, and his right arm mangled and amputated. His recovery is regarded as a miracle of surgery. FEDERAL POLITICS. LIBERALS WALK OUT. MELBOURNE, December 18. During the debate on the Commonweallh Rank Bill an uproar occurred in the Federal Huuse of Representatives. Thrt Speaker mmed Mr Cook, and the whole of the Opposition members left the fhamber. Mr Conk was suspended until he apologises. In the absence of the Opposition, the Bill win rushed through. j The Senate passed Bills authorising tho issue of Treasury bills, sanctioning the £18.000,000 loan", the raising and expending of £2,000,000 to construct tho railway from Kalgoorlie t-o Port Augusta, and tho War Pension-; Bill.

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AUSTRALIAN NEWS, Evening Star, Issue 15679, 18 December 1914

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AUSTRALIAN NEWS Evening Star, Issue 15679, 18 December 1914