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PRINCESS THEATRE. | tong the holiday attractions for jie week are the "Magpies," a musical comedy company, who will appear at the Princess's, beginning on Monday next. They are described as a gay lot of " birds " —strong vocally, bright in action and effect, and entertaining in their lighter moods. The members of this costume company are Miss Pearl Livingstone (who is a natural comedienne, and whose delightful sense of comedy is immediately popular), Mr Kennedy Black (organist, baritone, and sketch artist), Lou Vernon, Cissie O'Keefe (contralto), Cliff O'Keefe (basso), Billy Maloney (comedian), and Mies Edgar (soprano). The "Magpies" should prove exceedingly popular For some time past Mr Young, member for Waikato, has been in correspondence | with the Prime Minister respecting the powers of the Now Zealand Casein Board to control a process of souring milk for purposes other than the manufacture of casein, which might be used by butter and chocs manufacturers within the Dominion, Mr Massey has replied as follows :—" As regards the patent taken out by the New Zealand Casein Board for a process of souring milk in connection with the manufacture of casein, the department went into the matter at the time the patent was applied for. It is recognised that the process has been employed for a considerable time in connection with butter and cheese making, and I am informed that the legal position is that the patentee's rights cannot be enforced if it can bo proved that the patented process was i known and used either in New Zealand or elsewhere before the grant of the patent." In the absence of the Judge, Mr A. i Stubbs, registrar of the .Supreme Court, eat this morning to hear a petition for adjudicating bankrupt.Rebecca Mills, wife of Alfred Mills. Tho petitioning creditor was Alexander Edward Farquhar, of Stirling, merchant, and the act of bankruptcy relied on was that, judgment having been t'svn) arainst Mrs Mills in tho Magistrate's Court at Kaitangata for £43 17s txl, the bailiff made a nulla bona return. The necessary evidence in support of the petition was duly presented by Mr R. R. Stewart, and Mrs Mills did not oppose it. Tho order of adjudication was therefore made. At the Port Chalmers Court this foreneon, before Messrs T. Scollay and A. Cable, J.P.s, a_ first offender for drunkenness was convicted and ordered to pay court costs amounting to 7s. Four boys, brought befoie the Juvenile Court for throwing stones and damaging a building in Beash street, were severely reprimanded and discharged, the Bench intimating that any further charges of the kind would be severely dealt with, as several complaints had been made, about stone-throwing recently. The annual military district staff tour will be held at Palmerston on January 1. 2, and 3. Some 40 volunteers for Samoa were put through the medical tests last evening, the results being eminently satisfactory; in fact, taken all ovor, they were a very fine lo& of men physically. Doubtless many of them would be able to stand a morotrying climate quite successfully. The recruiting for the reinforcements of the main body is proceeding quietly, and the central office in the Stock Exchange corridor, where Sergeant-major Stroud is stationed, when properly equipped, should prove a great convenience. jj As a result of the recent Port Chalmers carnival the aim of £5lO is being despatched for the relief of the Belgian*. This amount includes £2O from the Port Chalmers Women's Patriotic Committee. The tickets sold for the carnival queen competition realised the sum of £546. Altogether about £I,OOO has been raised at Port Chalmers for various objects corrected with the war. - The "small boy nuisance" is a constant source of trouble even to local bodies. The chairman of the Fire Brigade Committee of tho St. Kilda Council had no sooner completed a (statement last evening to the effect that the fire alarms had been installed, and had uttered a warning ae to what would follow if thev were tampered with than fellow-councillors an- \ nounced that the alarm boxes had already become tartrets for voad metal. Enough was said to show that prompt measures w'll be t-tken to prevent smatl boys and others from tampering with fire alarms, iu« offence is a serious one, and any offender who is detected will find that he jrill g«t little sympathx, ,'

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Page 2 Advertisements Column 3, Evening Star, Issue 15683, 23 December 1914

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Page 2 Advertisements Column 3 Evening Star, Issue 15683, 23 December 1914